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  • The Mexican Energy Industry Has a Long Road Ahead | Kai Ryssdal

    The Mexican Energy Industry Has a Long Road Ahead

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    Just because foreign companies can now invest in Mexico’s state-owned energy agency Pemex, it doesn’t necessarily mean they will. Seventy-five years of monopoly bred messy finances, debt, nepotism and corruption. But it’s too big an opportunity for some to pass up, and we’ll likely see U.S. companies involved with Pemex’s modernization. Next, our sustainability desk visits tech startups that are figuring out better places to put carbon dioxide than into the air — and some of their solutions make pretty useful products. Plus, the coal conversation continues with an update from Wyoming.

  • When Health Care Reform Is Tax Reform | Kai Ryssdal

    When Health Care Reform Is Tax Reform

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    We're still digging through the Congressional Budget Office report on Republicans' Obamacare replacement. Today we're looking at the plan's $600 billion in tax cuts for the health industry and wealthy Americans. Then, what you need to know about Intel's big bid to get in the autonomous car business. Plus: inside the NBA's minor leagues and one man's mission to spread the truth about caramelized onions.

  • How to Build a New Blockbuster Franchise | Kai Ryssdal

    How to Build a New Blockbuster Franchise

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    Ahead of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit tomorrow, let's look at our trade relationship with Japan. Then, we check in with Remitly, an app that helps immigrants send money back, to see how business is going since President Donald Trump took office. Plus, we learn how The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie built the new franchise, and talk about the pressure of making everything awesome again.

  • Nobody Knew Health Care Could Be So Complicated | Kai Ryssdal

    Nobody Knew Health Care Could Be So Complicated

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    So, no vote on the big GOP health care bill today. There might be one tomorrow, depending on whether you listen to the White House or to Republican leaders in Congress. The latest carrot they're using to win votes is scrapping an Obamacare provision that standardized insurance policies. We'll talk about "health care a la carte." Plus, a NAFTA thought experiment and the latest in our My Economy series.

  • The Cost of Russia's Support for Syria | Kai Ryssdal

    The Cost of Russia's Support for Syria

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    The full global political reaction to last night's U.S. airstrikes on a Syrian air base remains to be seen, but the impact on Russia’s economic ties to Syria will only heighten tense relations. Russia, as President Bashar Assad’s staunchest ally, has boosted the Syrian government’s military might in its civil war and in turn profited from billions of dollars in arms and equipment sales. Let's face it, there's no easy transition to our next story, where we meet Mark Wagner, the New York-based collage artist who deconstructs dollar bills to make portraits of presidents and re-create famous paintings. And, as always, we'll wrap up the week in business and economic news.

  • Half of All the Venture Capital Goes to Two Places | Kai Ryssdal

    Half of All the Venture Capital Goes to Two Places

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    Yesterday we were talking about how bank ethicists measure success (by boredom), today we're looking at a way President Trump and Republicans could actually make banking a little more boring. Gary Cohn, one of Trump's economic advisers, told Bloomberg he'd be okay with the financial sector going back to the days when investment banks did trading and underwriting of securities, and commercial banks did banking as the rest of us know it. We'll talk about it, plus the unusual way Spotify could go public and injecting a little geographic diversity in the start-up world.

  • New Deal Lessons for the Trump Administration | Kai Ryssdal

    New Deal Lessons for the Trump Administration

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    President Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan is still in the nascent stages, but it’s a key part of his promise to create millions of jobs. Once upon a time, infrastructure was this country’s job. After the Great Depression the government put millions of Americans to work building stuff. We'll look back at that history and what lessons it might hold for Trump's ambitious infrastructure plan. Plus: Auto earnings, Trump's visit from Xi Jinping and an exit interview with Fed Gov. Daniel Tarullo.

  • Don't Touch Your Retirement! | Kai Ryssdal

    Don't Touch Your Retirement!

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    President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met for the first time today, and at a joint press conference Trudeau stressed the two countries' trade relationship. Could Canada be the one to save NAFTA? Then: Most Americans aren't saving enough for retirement, and those who are saving often raid their funds for big and unexpected expenses. We'll look at different saving plans that can keep you from self-sabotage. Plus, the economics of pilot season and why smart cars need smarter roads.

  • Let's Do the Numbers on Health Care | Kai Ryssdal

    Let's Do the Numbers on Health Care

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    Snowstorm aside, it's a busy start of the week in Washington. The Congressional Budget Office just did the numbers on Republicans' Obamacare replacement, and, well, we may need to break out Stormy Weather. Plus, the Federal Reserve is meeting tomorrow and Wednesday, so we'll soon have an official call on interest rates. We'll look at the relationship between the Fed and the White House over the years. Plus, can Trump help send a human to Mars?

  • American Infrastructure Stinks | Kai Ryssdal

    American Infrastructure Stinks

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    If you're listening to our show in your car, or on the train or while looking at a dam, we probably don't need to tell you: American infrastructure is not great. In fact, thanks to the American Society of Civil Engineers' annual report card we know it's just this side of failing: D+ this year. President Donald Trump has promised to fix the country's infrastructure, in part with tax incentives and public/private partnerships. Will look at how that works. Then: We've learned more about how Trump plans to fund his big defense boost: by cutting about $6 billion from Housing and Urban Development. Plus, a commercial drone industry begets a anti-drone industry.

  • 12/29/16: Why you don’t have to worry about the trade deficit | Kai Ryssdal

    12/29/16: Why you don’t have to worry about the trade deficit

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    Donald Trump has made cutting the U.S. trade deficit one of the centerpieces of his trade agenda. But are trade deficits necessarily a bad thing for the economy? Also: The White House announced sanctions against Russia in retaliation for cyberattacks today. We spoke with Nick Wadhams, foreign policy reporter for Bloomberg, about the response. Millions of refugees have left their home country for a better life in Germany. Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson looks at how Berlin’s tech industry is helping to resettle refugees.

  • How Small Is Too Big to Fail? | Kai Ryssdal

    How Small Is Too Big to Fail?

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    There was a time when a North Korean missile launch, a Russian spy boat, a resigned national security adviser and a couple of disastrously rolled out executive orders might have been very bad news for Wall Street and stock prices. Not anymore. We'll look into that, plus President Donald Trump's new pick to head the Labor Department and the measure the government uses to decide what's "too big to fail." Plus, more dispatches from America's downtrodden steel towns and a bit on Trump's press conference today.

  • NAFTA, Explained | Kai Ryssdal

    NAFTA, Explained

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    We're kicking off a new series today, explaining the North American Free Trade Agreement and what could happen if President Donald Trump renegotiates it. To start off, we have to talk about your pants. Where they were made and what you paid for them are essential to understanding how NAFTA works. Then, we'll talk with Jaime Serra, one of the agreement's architects in Mexico. Plus, the latest on Brexit negotiations and Uber's scandal-filled year.

  • 12/27/16: And now the presents go back | Kai Ryssdal

    12/27/16: And now the presents go back

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    Christmas shopping is over but Christmas returns are just getting started. An estimated 10 percent of holiday presents will be returned. We look at the logistics of sending gifts back and how brick-and-mortar stores might profit. Also: The nation's second-largest union, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) plans to cut its budget by 30 percent over the next year. Unions expect to defend workers' rights effectively with less spending when it also believes those rights may be threatened by Republican control of the federal government. Finally: An ode to Carrie Fisher and the many jobs you might not know she had.

  • What Happens When the POTUS Changes His Mind (a Lot)? | Kai Ryssdal

    What Happens When the POTUS Changes His Mind (a Lot)?

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    Noticed something different about President Trump these past couple days? He's reversing his positions on some key economic issues. We'll look at what might be the cause and the implications for the broader economy. Plus, Republicans and Democrats are testing the limits of how far outside money can take them in the race to replace HHS Tom Price. Cash is pouring into the Atlanta suburbs. Then, we take a break from the news to do a small business story at one of Kai's favorite types of businesses: A craft brewery.

  • Marketplace for Monday, December 19, 2016 | Kai Ryssdal

    Marketplace for Monday, December 19, 2016

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    Following the theme of his administration so far, President-elect Donald Trump (it's official now) has named a budget hawk to the budget office. Also, we continue our coverage of Dayton, Ohio with two small business owners who have very different takes on Trump. Plus, why women may make better doctors and the taxes Apple doesn't want to pay a country that doesn't want them.

  • 01/02/17: More shopping, more shipping | Kai Ryssdal

    01/02/17: More shopping, more shipping

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    Online sales for the 2016 holiday season are expected to total about $91.6 billion, an 11 percent jump from last year, according to Adobe. We look at how that impacted delivery services. Also on today's show: Molly Wood talks to New York Times tech writer Farhad Manjoo about his piece “The Gadget Apocalypse Is Upon Us.” We also talked to Arrival screenwriter screenwriter Eric Heisserer about why making an alien movie without the explosions and battles is difficult to do.

  • Trump Fired FBI Director James Comey. Now What? | Kai Ryssdal

    Trump Fired FBI Director James Comey. Now What?

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    President Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, the White House said, for the way he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. We'll talk with Politico's Sudeep Reddy about whether that reasoning passes the sniff test and what this news means for Republicans' congressional goals. Then: The Trump administration has put off a decision about staying in Paris climate agreement as coal production is up. The long-term for coal is trickier though.

  • What Does (Almost) Full Employment Really Feel Like? | Kai Ryssdal

    What Does (Almost) Full Employment Really Feel Like?

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    We got the jobs numbers for the first full month of the Trump administration today: 235,000 jobs, and 4.7 percent unemployment. We'll talk about what that means in the Weekly Wrap, and then look at the folks who still cant' find work as we near "full employment." Plus, oil's public image problems and one very expensive field trip.

  • The Unintended Consequences of NAFTA | Kai Ryssdal

    The Unintended Consequences of NAFTA

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    It's NAFTA week here, so today we're heading to the Midwest. The trade deal opened up the Mexican market to American farmers, who enjoyed billions in exports. But Mexican farmers couldn't compete, and many of them immigrated to the U.S. illegally after going out of business. Then: we'll talk with the American and Canadian architects of NAFTA about how the negotiated the agreement in the first place. Plus, we'll unpack the latest travel restriction's impact on business travelers and look ahead to the House's big health care vote.

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