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Mexican restaurant chain Chipotle reports earnings after markets close today. The beleaguered burrito brand’s stock is up nearly 20 percent this year, signaling a possible comeback from its E. coli scandal of 2015. Analysts expect a recovery quarter for Chipotle, but the company has a ways to go.

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As Sonny Perdue gets sworn in to be the new Secretary of Agriculture, President Trump is set to meet with farming representatives. Among the top items on their list: immigration and trade. Up to 70 percent of the farming labor force is undocumented immigrants. About 20 percent of the U.S. agriculture business are exports dependent on good trade relations.

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Why women and men view the economy differently

Apr 25, 2017
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Marielle Segarra

In the Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, we asked this question: where is the U.S. economy today, compared to a year ago — better, worse or the same? The poll found that 40 percent of men thought it was doing better, compared to 24 percent of women.

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On the website Twitch, video game fans get to watch popular video game players stream footage of their game play. Now Twitch is going to allow users to make money from their own streaming. We'll dive into reasons for the company's move — which may include a fear of YouTube — and the pitfalls of this business model for gamers. Afterwards, as part of our "hacktivism" series, Science magazine's John Bohannon shares the story behind the site Sci-Hub, which was created by grad student Alexandra Elbakyan after she became frustrated with the paywalls placed in front of research papers.

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The U.S. Commerce Department has announced a new set of tariffs to raise the cost of wood produced by several Canadian lumber companies. Turns out lumber pricing has been a source of tension for decades. We'll take a look at how much these tariffs will increase by and what this could mean for the future of NAFTA. Afterwards, we'll discuss why not all of President Trump's policies are sitting well with farmers. And finally, we'll chat with former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert about his new documentary "Against All Odds," which examines how discriminatory policies in the U.S.

How Trump's border wall demands could lead to a government shutdown

Apr 24, 2017
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The deadline for Congress to pass a new federal budget — this Friday at midnight — is fast approaching, and recently, there appeared to be bipartisan support for a compromise. However, last week the White House introduced a new spending measure that seems to have scuttled that progress and could, potentially, result in a government shutdown.

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Tony Wagner

You have to use the internet.

We're almost at 100 days. What is Trump's approval rating?

Apr 24, 2017
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Marketplace

The countdown is almost over. Come Saturday, President Trump will have been in office for 100 days.

The 45th president arrived at the White House with quite a to-do list. Among the things he hoped to accomplish during the first 100 days in office were: tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare, investing in infrastructure and ending illegal immigration. None of these have been checked off yet.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is known for taking big risks. It’s a reputation that helped him raise billions of dollars for his various companies over the years. Musk’s latest gamble is a decision to fast-track the assembly-line strategy for the new Tesla Model 3 electric car. Typically, carmakers do a prototype buildout before going to full-scale production. But there are some big reason’s Tesla can’t afford to wait.

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Sherry Lansing on the next 'chapter' of her career

Apr 24, 2017
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Kai Ryssdal

Negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and television and movie production companies are in recess today as the union counts membership votes on whether to authorize a strike. Watching with not-quite-detached interest is Sherry Lansing, the former CEO of Paramount Pictures.

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Kai Ryssdal

For this week at least, shove the GOP health care plan to the back of your mind. Come Friday night, the government is facing a shutdown should it fail to pass a bill to fund itself. And on Wednesday, the president is scheduled to announce his plan for tax reform. Rep. Kevin Brady, a Republican from Texas, is the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke with Brady about the coming week. The following is an edited transcript of their interview.

The Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross met with the European Union's trade negotiator in Washington today. Although it's been buried by immigration and foreign policy in the first three months of President Trump's administration, fixing trade was a key promise Trump made on the campaign trail — which is why Ross is looking for a win.

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04/24/17: AAA wants in on the ride-sharing game

Apr 24, 2017

Stock prices are surging in Europe following the first round of election results in France. We'll take a look at why exactly investors are excited about the possible winner. Afterwards, we'll chat with Larry Rosin, the president of Edison Research, about the latest results from our Marketplace-Edison Research Poll. One major source of anxiety for Americans? Having proper health care coverage. And finally, we'll talk about AAA's attempt to lure younger members by wheeling out a new ride-sharing company called "Gig."

Staid AAA hopes to get a lift from car-sharing

Apr 24, 2017

You know AAA as the big truck that comes to help when your car breaks down on the highway. But the auto club was an original mobility disrupter, one of the first car-service companies back when people were trading in their horses for a Model T. Now it’s the latest entrant to the car-sharing market. AAA’s “Gig” is rolling out in San Francisco as a bid to lure younger members.

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For some time we’ve heard that American manufacturing is in long-term decline — and that’s true, at least in terms of how many people it employs and how much of what we consume is made here. But manufacturing has rebounded since the recession, and there are lots of lean, mean, technology-driven manufacturers thriving all over country. Yet employers increasingly complain they can’t find enough skilled workers to meet current demand and grow. A new report says the industry could help itself a huge amount by doing one thing: hiring more women.

The word 'Trump' may be shifting our ideological attitudes

Apr 24, 2017
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Marketplace

Since late 2015, we’ve been tracking Americans' economic anxiety levels through the Marketplace-Edison Research Poll.

Just before Election Day last fall, our poll showed that we were experiencing increased levels of economic anxiety. But how is the country feeling now? Larry Rosin, president of Edison Research, joined us to talk about which results were surprising, how people perceive President Trump's tweets, and what Americans value most in a job. Below is an edited transcript.

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Kai Ryssdal

He likes to say he inherited a mess, but, economically at least, President Trump was dealt a pretty good hand when he was inaugurated. 

The American economy’s been adding jobs for the past 78 months — six and a half years — as just one big indicator. And while the overall macro-economic numbers aren’t going gangbusters, they’re generally solid and consumer confidence is strong.

But.

There’s a disconnect.

04/24/2017: How is America's economic anxiety?

Apr 24, 2017
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Marketplace

There's been a big shake-up in Europe. Two outsiders have taken the lead in France's presidential election: Centrist Emmanuel Macron and the far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen. We'll look at how the news has affected global markets, and what France's election could mean for them in the coming weeks. And in news across the pond, we'll examine the latest results from our Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, which finds that nearly three-quarters of Americans — regardless of party — feel the government in Washington has forgotten them.

04/24/2017: Our fascination with dystopian futures

Apr 24, 2017
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Marketplace

Science fiction novels are getting the Hollywood treatment. Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" is coming to Netflix, while Dave Eggers' "The Circle" will hit the big screen later this week. Amy Webb, futurist and head of the Future Today Institute, explains why we seem to be so into dystopian fiction right now. Afterwards, we'll look at the meaning behind the word "hacktivism," and get a brief history of the term from Chester Wisniewski, a cybersecurity researcher for Sophos. 

Attendees from across the country descended on the nation's capital to speak up for science.

The March for Science unfolded on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, and in multiple cities around the world. Coinciding with Earth Day, the event drew researchers, educators and scientifically-minded people.

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Kai Ryssdal

Rachel Abrams of the New York Times and David Gura of Bloomberg join us to discuss the week's business and economic news. This week, they talk about whether the Trump administration can meet any of its major pledges before its first 100 days. Also, Trump has signed a lot of executive orders, but are they doing anything?

Steve Ballmer says numbers and facts still matter

Apr 21, 2017
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Kai Ryssdal

President Trump said today his tax reform plan will be ready on Wednesday. While we're waiting, how about getting an idea of where exactly all those trillions of tax dollars are going? 

Corporate inversion rules go back on the table

Apr 21, 2017

President Trump signed an order directing a review of all tax regulations that might unduly burden U.S. corporations. That could lead to a rollback of an Obama order that sought to limit corporate inversions — when a U.S. company moves its corporate address to a foreign country to pay lower taxes. A rollback would line up with Republican party wishes, but would fly in the face of putting America first.

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Sam Beard

“We reject the global village, we reject this world without borders. We reject the big banks and the power of money that have subjugated France. We don’t want France to disappear.” Those are the words of David Berton, a 25-year-old student lawyer and an activist with the youth wing of the far-right National Front party. 

More young people support the National Front than any other party, and one of the main reasons is the appeal of the Front’s anti-globalization and protectionist policies, said author Alexandre Devecchio.

Trump's first 100 days: 3 mayors weigh in

Apr 21, 2017
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Lizzie O'Leary and Eliza Mills

April 29 marks President Trump's first 100 days in office. His tenure so far has been marked by executive orders on immigration, efforts to repeal Obamacare and a pledge to "hire American," among many other things. So, how's Trump doing? 

During election season, we spoke to three mayors from very different cities across the country, and after Trump took office, we visited each of them: Dennis Mock in Dalton, Georgia; Louise Carter-King in Gillette, Wyoming; and Biff Traber in Corvallis, Oregon. 

Musician Tei Shi takes the Marketplace Quiz

Apr 21, 2017
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Hayley Hershman

No matter who you are, you've probably had a rough day at the office that changed your perspective, or maybe you made an impulse purchase you really, really wish you could take back. This week, musician Tei Shi took our money-inspired personality questionnaire. Her latest album, "Crawl Space," is out now.

Below is an edited transcript of the conversation.

In a next life, what would your career be?

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Ben Bergman

TV and movie writers are worried about the future as their payments go down while the studios' profits go up. Their union, the Writers Guild of America, is in the process of negotiating their new contract; their current contract expires May 1. The Guild is asking members to give authorization for a potential strike. Here’s some background on the situation:

It seems like there are more TV shows than ever. Why are writers unhappy?

Paradoxically, as the number of shows has increased, writers say their earnings have decreased 23 percent in the last two years. 

How to ace a job interview? We asked a manager

Apr 21, 2017
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Lizzie O'Leary and Hayley Hershman

Want to work? Chances are you'll need to interview. Trying to charm a potential employer isn't everyone's idea of fun, but Yale professor Jason Dana questions whether job interviews are useful at all.

Some of you reached out to Marketplace Weekend with your thoughts:

04/21/2017: Where does Uber go from here?

Apr 21, 2017

As federal funds for research are threatened and White House climate change plans are canceled, students are trying to stand up in the name of science. Thousands are set to march this weekend, many of whom will include Caltech students. We visited the campus to chat with the community about why they personally want to get involved. Next, we'll discuss Uber's declining popularity with corporate customers, and then look at the arrest of a 28-year-old man in Germany who's connected to last week's explosions. 

A new report out this week shows that Uber’s long string of bad PR could be costing it corporate customers. Uber is still the dominant ride-hailing app by far, but Lyft appears to be gaining ground in business travel.

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