Graduating into the economy

Jun 8, 2018

We're diving into the economics of being a recent grad this week, from building credit, to finding the right job, to saving for a home (or simply paying the rent). Also, Marketplace staff lay out the graduation advice they wish they received but never got. And we look into just why "Pomp and Circumstance" is at every graduation. Plus, Linda Cardellini of "Freaks and Geeks" takes the Marketplace Quiz. (06/08/2017)

(Markets Edition) World leaders from countries like the U.S., Canada and the U.K. are set to meet this weekend as part of the annual G7 summit. On the heels of the event, we'll look at some of the maneuvering that business and trade groups are doing behind the scenes. Afterwards, we'll hear from Chris Low, chief economist at FTN Financial, about why economic trends in the U.S. — even positive ones — can have negative effects abroad. Then, we'll discuss how limited housing is a barrier for older Puerto Ricans in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. (06/08/2018)

Ahead of G-7 summit, lots of behind the scenes lobbying on trade

Jun 8, 2018

The G-7 Summit gets underway today (June 8) in Canada.  There will be plenty of pressure on President Trump at the various working sessions and dinners from US allies unhappy with the steel and aluminum tariffs, and NAFTA negotiations. But there’s also plenty of behind-the-scenes maneuvering by business and trade groups, both in Canada and the US. 

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Oil execs in meetings with pope

Jun 8, 2018

Pope Francis has called the world’s leading oil execs to the Vatican. Meetings are today and tomorrow, and will include leaders from companies like BP and ExxonMobil. They’re gathering to talk about how their businesses can tackle climate change.

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(U.S. Edition) The Justice Department has told a federal court that it would no longer defend key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. We'll explore what this could mean for Obamacare recipients. Afterwards, we'll discuss why the U.S. decided to strike a deal with Chinese electronics giant ZTE, allowing it to do business in the country again, and then we'll look at whether the Pope can influence big oil companies to address climate change. (06/08/2018) 

When Hurricane Maria flooded Andres Reyes’ home in Cidra, Puerto Rico, he stayed on the property for as long as he could. The island’s central mountainous region, where Reyes had lived for 37 years, had been badly hit. Reyes slept inside his home for one month as the water receded and, when he contracted a bacterial infection, he moved outside for two months.

“I would take my pillow, my blanket — my cousin gave me a little foam mattress,” he  said. “I would roll it out, put it there and I would sleep in the car.”

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service … Just a week after imposing new tariffs, President Donald Trump is expected to get a frosty reception from his fellow G7 leaders in Quebec today when they gather for an annual meeting. So, what will the president’s allies want from him – and what are the implications if they don’t get it? Then, Argentina has double-digit inflation and a ballooning deficit. Now, it’s secured the biggest loan in the International Monetary Fund's history – but at what cost?

CDC: U.S. Suicide Rates Have Climbed Dramatically

Jun 8, 2018

Suicide rates have increased in nearly every state over the past two decades, and half of the states have seen suicide rates go up more than 30 percent.

Suicide is a major public health issue, accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016 alone. That is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta decided to take a comprehensive look at suicides from 1999 to 2016.

An Indian tech company is hiring 10,000 workers in the U.S. Here's why.

Jun 8, 2018

India built a $150 billion tech industry thanks, in part, to American companies outsourcing information technology work and software development. Now, a combination of automation, oversupply and U.S. immigration policies have led to layoffs and concerns about the future for India’s IT giants. One of those is Bangalore-based Infosys, which is credited with essentially creating the city’s middle class. Rollo Romig wrote about Infosys and the Indian IT economy for the The California Sunday Magazine.

Anthony Bourdain remembered in his own words

Jun 8, 2018

The Splendid Table was saddened to learn this morning that Anthony Bourdain, a dear friend of the show and an inspiration to adventurous food lovers around the world, had passed away. It’s no secret that Tony was one of retired host Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s favorite guests; she welcomed a conversation with him any time schedules aligned. They chatted multiple times over the years, tracing Tony’s progression from bad boy chef to author to television star.

What products are making all the retaliatory tariff lists?

Jun 7, 2018

We looked through the lists of tariffs Mexico, Canada and the European Union are imposing on the United States in response to the 25 percent steel and 10 percent aluminum tariffs. And we found some commonalities: orange juice, whiskey, motor boats and kitchenware among them. So why these products? We talked with Wendy Cutler, vice president of the Asia Society Policy Institute and a former acting deputy U.S. trade representative, and Renee Bower, economic professor at the University of San Diego, to find out.

With all the talk of steel and aluminum you might have forgotten that tariffs were already placed on foreign-made solar panels. Reuters is reporting that the tariffs have resulted in $2.5 billion in projects being frozen or cancelled, which far outweighs benefits to American solar manufacturers. But it’s still not clear what the lasting impact will be.

Short-termism not long for Wall Street?

Jun 7, 2018

Only about a quarter of public companies continue to include earnings predictions in their quarterly reports. Guidance is not required by law, and experts say it has become the tail that wags the dog. Once companies forecast earnings for the coming quarter, they manage their businesses to meet — or beat — those forecasts, which makes it hard to plan and invest based on long-term goals.

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao says she is open to changing pilot training regulations that would roll back the 1500 rule enacted after the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence nine years ago.

Learning to think long term

Jun 7, 2018

You hear a lot on our show about corporate profits, quarterly earnings reports and how companies beat or missed expectations. Warren Buffet and Jaime Dimon spoke out about this kind of quarterly forecasting this week, on the grounds that it fosters too much short-term thinking. We'll talk about it. Then: steel and aluminum tariffs are the headline trade news, but what about solar panels? Solar tech is subject to 30 percent tariffs right now, and the resulting hit to the American solar energy industry might outweigh any benefits.

Blockbuster Broadway, it's more than just "Hamilton"

Jun 7, 2018

The annual showcase of all things Broadway — the Tony Awards — takes place on Sunday. But even before the trophies get handed out, the New York theater industry has a lot to celebrate. It just had its most successful year on record, with record attendance and grosses of nearly $1.7 billion.

On a busy street, outside the headquarters for Pittsburgh’s bike share program, staffers are unloading a shipment of nearly new 200 bikes. The city’s Healthy Ride program is growing from 50 stations three years ago to 175 this year. David White, who runs the program, said growth was always the plan because many bike share programs like his are nonprofits and start out with a small amount of seed money from grants and corporate sponsorship.

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President Trump said Thursday that his summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next week could be "a great success," and held out the possibility of an unprecedented invitation to the White House for Kim if all goes well in Singapore.

Fred works the early shift at Bethany Health Care Center, a Catholic nursing home in Framingham, Massachusetts. He’s up at 4 a.m. every day, washing clothes and bedding for the hundred-plus residents. 

The boy who cried trade war

Jun 7, 2018

(Markets Edition) President Trump is set to meet with allies from now through the weekend, and they're all upset over U.S. tariffs. We'll hear from Diane Swonk, chief economist at Grant Thornton, about why markets don't seem that afraid of a trade war (at the moment). Next, we'll recap a technical snafu that happened at the London Stock Exchange today, and then we'll discuss how one company is memorializing sports moments through trendy T-shirts. (06/07/2018) 

UPS workers vote to authorize strike

Jun 7, 2018

UPS Inc. workers, who belong to the Teamster’s Union, voted by more than 90 percent earlier this week to authorize a strike if there’s no agreement on issues around pay and expanding delivery days. The current five-year contract expires on July 31. Negotiations are ongoing.

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Sports fashion turns to on-trend t-shirts

Jun 7, 2018

Sports fashion is often all about the jerseys, but these days fans can also find t-shirts that capture trending moments in sports. That's because companies like BreakingT see a new opportunity to cater to a market for individualized messaging, by turning moments in sports into trendy t-shirts.

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The U.S. strikes a deal with Chinese electronics giant ZTE

Jun 7, 2018

The Chinese smartphone and telecom company ZTE will officially be allowed to do business in the U.S. again.

Worth The Whisk: How The Woman Behind Duke's Mayo Became A Tycoon

Jun 7, 2018

Peek into the walk-in refrigerators of the most lauded restaurants in the country, and you will likely find just one store-bought ingredient: Duke's Mayonnaise. But what most people don't know is that the company was founded by a Southern woman at a time when many women like her didn't run businesses.

From Japan to France, U.S. allies are up in arms

Jun 7, 2018

(U.S. Edition) With Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe set to meet with President Trump today, we'll discuss what their trade relationship looks like at the moment. The U.S. has levied tariffs on Japanese steel and aluminum, but now there's a movement to do the same for automobiles. Afterwards, we'll explore what to expect from a larger trade gathering this weekend between the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the U.K. and Japan — also known as the G-7 summit. Plus: How Trump's policies on immigration threaten the long-term care industry. (06/07/2018)

(Global Edition) A “technical issue” on the London Stock Exchange delayed the start of trade by an hour this morning. No word on what caused the outage, but we’ll explore how common these problems are becoming and what it means for safety of financial markets. Then, it’s a crucial day in Turkey: The country’s central bank will decide whether to raise rates to help offset red-hot inflation and a rapidly-depreciating currency. But presidential elections at the end of this month are putting policymakers in a tricky situation.

Melinda Gates: "Nobody actually collects good data about women's lives"

Jun 7, 2018

Melinda Gates is known as the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. But the longtime philanthropist is also the founder of a for-profit organization called Pivotal Ventures. Through her for-profit enterprise, Gates is trying to get more women and minorities in tech by funding venture capitalists who invest in more diverse entrepreneurs. Such funders are known as limited partners, or LPs, but the name is misleading because limited partners hold the purse strings and can set a venture capitalist’s agenda if they want to.

Melinda Gates is most well known as the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. But the longtime philanthropist is also the founder of a for-profit organization called Pivotal Ventures. Through her for-profit enterprise, Gates is trying to increase the number of women and minorities in tech by funding venture capitalists who invest in more diverse entrepreneurs. Such funders are known as limited partners (LPs), but the name is misleading because LPs hold the purse strings and can set a VC’s agenda if they want to.

We got new numbers from the Commerce Department today about one of the president’s favorite topics — the trade deficit. Month to month, the trade deficit got smaller, that is, the difference between what we sold to the world versus what we bought, shrunk a bit. That gap was just over $46 billion in April, down from just over $47 billion in March. But year over year, the trade deficit is actually bigger. It’s up 11.5 percent from this time last year.

Retaliatory Mexico tariff could leave apples rotting on trees

Jun 6, 2018

On May 31, President Donald Trump announced that the 25 percent steel and 10 percent aluminum tariffs that had been temporarily exempt for the EU, Canada and Mexico would go into effect in June. Mexico answered with some counter-tariffs, including one on U.S. apples. If you're an apple grower in Washington state, like Patrick Smith, whose family runs Loftus Ranches in the Yakima Valley, this is really bad news. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talked with Smith about what he's expecting.