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When Jose Palma, an immigrant from El Salvador with Temporary Protected Status, first started lobbying for a legal path to permanent residency, some members of Congress had never even heard of TPS.

For decades, Palma and others have lived legally in the US, quietly becoming integral parts of their communities. But TPS, a status granted to individuals escaping untenable conditions in certain countries, is one of several immigration programs, including DACA, that the Trump administration has tried to end.

Florence Schechter is set to open the first bricks-and-mortar Vagina Museum in the UK. And yes, there is already a penis museum.

The Vagina Museum will be a curation of gynecological studies that are gender inclusive and intersectional.

Tropical cyclone Idai: The storm that knew no boundaries

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Tropical cyclone Idai has made headlines across southern Africa throughout the month of March. Lingering in the Mozambique Channel at tropical cyclone intensity for six days, the storm made landfall in Beira, Mozambique in the middle of the month, then tracked in a westerly direction until its dissipation.

George H.W. Bush and his baggie of crack

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It was the perfect political prop: drugs seized by government agents right across the street from the White House, just in time for a big presidential address. The reality was more complicated.

Levi Strauss & Co. returns to the stock market this week. The 165-year-old company is hoping to sell more than $500 million in shares, which it will invest in broadening product offerings and appealing more to young people. 

In his very first address from the Oval Office, President George H.W. Bush looked into the camera and held up a clear plastic baggie of chalky, white chunks.

“This is crack cocaine, seized a few days ago by drug enforcement agents in a park just across the street from the White House,” he said. “It’s as innocent looking as candy, but it’s turning our cities into battle zones.”

In a sharp turn from December’s forecasts, the Federal Reserve announced yesterday that it will hold short-term interest rates steady. The announcement comes amid signs of a slowing economy and weakening consumer and business spending. For workers and the housing market, however, the economy is still healthy.

 

The Fed decides to hold off on raising interest rates. Italy is buying what China is selling on infrastructure. Plus, the top spot for happiest place on earth goes to — surprise — Scandinavia.

Today's show is sponsored by Panopto and WellFrame.

From the BBC World Service… Despite an effort from Prime Minister Theresa May last night to reassure the British public and the country’s businesses about Brexit, firms are still worried about what happens next Friday when the clock strike midnight. We'll hear from businesses on both sides of the English channel about how they’re preparing in an increasingly uncertain environment. Then, Chinese president Xi Jinping is in Italy today – a country expected to become the first G-7 nation to officially endorse China's global Belt and Road Initiative.

The world's happy place

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The Fed decides to leave interest rates alone. Are courts equipped to handle matters of complex scientific questions? Plus, the top spot for happiest place on earth goes to — surprise — Scandinavia.

Today's show is sponsored by Panopto and WellFrame.

As part of a series on extremism on the internet, Marketplace's Molly Wood explores how people get radicalized online.

What can the biggest social media platforms in the world do to radicalization online? Host Molly Wood talked with Dipayan Ghosh, who used to work on global privacy and public policy issues at Facebook. Now he's a researcher at the Harvard Kennedy School. He says, yes, it's hard for big platforms to minimize that content. But he says it's also not that hard.

It's no secret that nearly all of Facebook's revenue comes from advertising. But did you know Facebook is accused of allowing advertisers to discriminate against minorities, women and other protected groups? In some cases, civil rights groups say, Facebook made it possible for housing, job and credit advertisements to post to the feeds of white people or men exclusively — a violation of decades-old equal opportunity laws.

How femtech uses data to help women and advertisers

Mar 20, 2019

In our economy, the devices we use are constantly asking us to share — or sometimes just taking — our data. And when it comes to that data, not much of it is more personal and private than our health. Yet personal health devices and apps are a growing industry, a subset of which is targeted specifically at women. It's called femtech, and it includes devices like FitBit, the Ava fertility bracelet, and the Eve by Glow period tracker. Yet sharing your data also means that data can be used to target ads in ultra-precise ways, as Molly McHugh at The Ringer reports.

The United States has dropped from 18th to 19th place in this year's edition of The World Happiness Report.

Political fundraising's new math

Mar 20, 2019

Fundraising is a huge part of running for president, but in this primary season, where candidates receive their money may be as important as how much they make. Plus: Fallout from Facebook's job discrimination settlement and the "femtech" apps that help women control their health — while collecting a lot of personal data.

Your employer's podcast wants your attention

Mar 20, 2019

The podcasts are filled with conversations with executives, vice presidents and inspiring stories about business. Nope, we're not talking about Marketplace ... but about podcasts being produced by corporate America.

In 2010, shortly after Arizona had passed the controversial immigration law known as Senate Bill 1070, Jessica Gonzalez was riding a bus through downtown Phoenix when it passed a crowds of protesters and counter-protesters.

Gonzalez remembers being the only person with brown skin on the bus. When the protesters spotted her through the window, she said they began shaking the bus. As she recalled it, they yelled: “Alien! Go back to your country! Stop stealing jobs from people!’”

How to value a life, statistically speaking

Mar 20, 2019

When we talk about the value of a human life, we normally say it’s priceless. Because it is. But at the same time, economists do put a dollar sign on life in a way.  And so does the government. In fact, that’s how many regulations are evaluated – weighing the cost to businesses with the benefit in lives. This is how the U.S. government came to do so. 

After years of legal battles, a Miami-based company won the right to carry out exploratory oil drilling in the Florida Everglades. A Florida appeals court ordered the state to issue a permit for one deep hole test. This exploratory well would go more than 11,000 feet below the surface, drilling through the porous limestone of the Biscayne Aquifer, which local officials say could put the water supply for millions in southeast Florida at risk. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection refused to issue the permit and requested a new hearing.

Yesterday at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Google unveiled a new gaming platform called “Stadia." Instead of focusing on a local console, the platform will be cloud-based and offer instant access to play from sites like YouTube, meeting both casual gamers and aficionados where they are. The company plans to launch Stadia in North America and Europe later this year.

The E.U. tells everyone to prep for a no-deal Brexit. The Fed announces what it will do with interest rates Tuesday, and it looks like they'll stay put for now. Levi's is back on the stock market, but will it be able to appeal to Millenials? Plus, after years of resistance from environmental groups and legal battles, an oil company will get to explore for oil under the Everglades.

Today's show is sponsored by WordPressBrother Printers and Panopto.

Facebook changes its targeted advertising system after its accused of discrimination. Levi's is back on the stock market. Plus, we look into the environmental costs of sapphire mining and its effect on the lemur population in Madagascar.

Today's show is sponsored by WordPressBrother Printers and Panopto.

The U.S. Supreme Court, narrowly divided along ideological lines, ruled Tuesday that the government may detain — without a hearing — legal immigrants long after they have served the sentences for crimes they committed.

From the BBC World Service… South Africa is in its fifth day of severe power cuts , impacting everything from traffic lights, to water systems, and emergency services. That's as effects of a cyclone in Mozambique add more pressure to an already aging infrastructure suffering from a decade of mismanagement. Then, Taiwan requests new F-16 fighter jets from the U.S. But that could cause ructions in the ongoing trade talks between the U.S. and China.

This week Marketplace Tech is looking at how an online troll becomes a terrorist, how people are recruited and radicalized online through social media and how companies can deal with it. Host Molly Wood talked with Fathali Moghaddam, a professor of psychology at Georgetown University.

Host Molly Wood talks with Fathali Moghaddam, a professor of psychology at Georgetown University, about how a troll becomes a terrorist. He says radicalization isn't new, but the internet can make it faster and easier.

Today's show is sponsored by Pitney Bowes and EquityZen.

The online marketplace just got a little more interesting. Instagram launched in-app purchase and payment services for 20 major brands, including Nike, Burberry and Uniqlo. Shoppers will now be able to click on Instagram posts featuring items they want and complete purchases, all while staying inside the app. The news raises questions about data privacy and how much more information shoppers will have to give up to Instagram and its parent company, Facebook. 

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On Maryland’s eastern shore, crab season is less than two weeks away. Aubrey Vincent, who runs the crab wholesaler Lindy’s Seafood with her dad, is getting ready. Lindy’s sells to markets, restaurants, and has its own brand, Mary Ellen Crab Meat. 

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday she would announce new gun laws within days, after a lone gunman killed 50 people in mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch.

"Within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism we will have announced reforms which will, I believe, make our community safer," Ardern told a news conference after her cabinet reached in principle decisions on gun reform laws in the wake of New Zealand's worst ever mass shooting.

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