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A trio of proposed tariffs echo America's protectionist past

Nov 13, 2017

“I want tariffs. And I want someone to bring me some tariffs.”

That’s what President Donald Trump reportedly told top aides in a meeting this summer. It just so happens a trio of formal trade complaints by U.S. manufacturers may deliver exactly the sort of tariffs the president has been hankering for.

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Two arachnid experts share their four favorite spider facts

Nov 13, 2017
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If you’re afraid of spiders, join the club: Catherine Scott and Eleanor Spicer Rice have been right there with you.

“I used to be terrified of spiders until I was about 25 years old and started studying them,” Scott says. These days, she’s an arachnologist and Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto. Rice, for her part, is now an entomologist with a book, “Dr. Eleanor’s Book of Common Spiders,” due out this winter. 

So, what changed?

(Markets Edition) Both the House and Senate have released their proposed bills to overhaul America's tax system, and it turns out the markets are kind of disappointed in these plans. Julia Coronado, the founder of MacroPolicy Perspectives, stopped by to tell us why the response is lukewarm. Afterwards, we'll look at the possibility that the U.S. will impose tariffs on solar panels imported from other countries, and then discuss how France is using drones to catch dangerous drivers.

The Blue Water Bridge soars more than 200 feet above the St. Clair River at the southern tip of Lake Huron.  Every day, thousands of people cross this span, which stretches for more than a mile between the United States and Canada.

Crossing a bridge this high and long can be a little unsettling, even for an experienced driver. But what if you could make the trip with your foot off the gas and your hands off the wheel?


Businesses founded by women and people of color aren't just likely to have a diverse pool of employees — they might also be able to fill a gap in the market. Take Mayvenn, an e-commerce platform that allows hairstylists to sell hair extensions directly to their clients. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talked to its CEO, Diishan Imira, about the very lucrative market for hair products and how exactly his service works.

France is using drones to catch dangerous drivers

Nov 13, 2017

On a quiet road next to the busy Bordeaux beltway, a huddle of policemen watch as a drone climbs into the sky to fix its glass eye on the main road. On the ground, police captain Pascal Gensous scrutinizes the images it sends down to the monitor.

"The drone is very useful because we can see dangerous drivers on the roads without being seen by them," he said.

Police in the Bordeaux area of Southwest France are pioneering the use of drones to catch drivers violating traffic laws. They started in summer and have already issued hundreds of fines thanks to the spy in the sky.

(U.S. Edition) Carbon emissions are up 2 percent this year, heading to a record high, according to a report from the Global Carbon Project. We'll look at some of the reasons for this increase, and where the U.S. stands on climate change. Afterwards, we'll chat with Bill Gates about his efforts to help find a cure for Alzheimer's disease. The Microsoft founder and philanthropist is investing $50 million in the Dementia Discovery Fund.

Through his foundation, Bill Gates has focused on reducing global poverty, finding cures for infectious diseases, and promoting education and sustainable energy. Now Gates is getting into an area that's new for him: Alzheimer's disease. Today, the philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft announced he is investing $50 million in the Dementia Discovery Fund to accelerate research and progress in tackling the disease, which affects more than five million Americans. The investment is a personal one, not part of the foundation's work.

11/13/2017: Uber unlocks a massive investment

Nov 13, 2017

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service ... Uber is one step closer to an investment of as much as $10 billion. Then, new data unveiled today says world carbon emissions haven't peaked as hoped. We get the latest from UN climate talks in Bonn and find out how a U.S. delegation on "clean coal" is causing a stir at the event. Afterwards, we hear the Australian debate around immigration and the economy.

Jon McHann, 56, got started on prescription opioids the way a lot of adults in the U.S. did: He was in pain following an accident. In his case, it was a fall.

"I hit my tailbone just right, and created a severe bulging disc" that required surgery, McHann says.

McHann, who lives in Smithville, Tenn., expected to make a full recovery and go back to work as a heavy haul truck driver. But 10 years after his accident, he's still at home.

Liz Smith, the longtime gossip columnist whose stories earned her a celebrity that rivaled many of the A-listers she covered, died on Sunday of natural causes, Smith's literary agent Joni Evans confirmed to the Associated Press. She was 94.

Smith started her own column, titled "Liz Smith" that ran in the New York Daily News from 1976 to 1991, and ultimately drew millions of readers when it was syndicated nationwide.

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Rising CO2 levels threaten global marine life

Nov 12, 2017

The rising acidity of ocean waters due to increased levels of atmospheric CO2 will have profound adverse effects on sea life, according to a new study.

The report, called “Exploring Ocean Change,” from the group Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification, or BIOACID, shows rising acidity leads to habitat loss and disrupts the growth and reproduction of sea life.

What can fly, swim and dive? This tiny robotic insect.

Nov 12, 2017

Imagine going to the beach and catching sight of a bee buzzing past you, then watching as it dives into the water, swims below the surface and shoots back into the air a few seconds later.

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And now we turn to a story of love, friendship and music.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SUITE: JUDY BLUE EYES")

CROSBY, STILLS AND NASH: (Singing) It's getting to the point where I'm no fun anymore.

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Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

Biographer Sought To Write The Kind Of Book Lou Reed 'Deserved': "It wasn't like I had to go looking for the drugs and the sex," Anthony DeCurtis says. "Lou wrote about it ... so I felt it was fair game." DeCurtis' new book is Lou Reed: A Life.

The Secret Life Of Tiny Bees

Nov 11, 2017

Along The Kelp Highway

Nov 11, 2017

The Country Music Association Awards ceremony was Wednesday, but people are still talking about the show because of what wasn't said that night. The CMA tried to create a politics-free zone for hosts Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, and for reporters covering the event.

11/10/2017: Trade deals, taxes and trafficking

Nov 10, 2017

Tax overhaul took over most of our coverage this week, so we end today with a check-in on the state of tax bills in the Senate and the House. And President Donald Trump's speech in Vietnam today asserted that the U.S. won't enter multilateral trade deals. We take a look at what his administration prefers instead. Plus, a regulation that would make internet platforms liable for what their users do intends to curtail sex trafficking, but could have many "chilling" implications, especially for smaller companies. 

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