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Marketplace Morning Report - First Edition with David Brancaccio

A lot happened while you slept. Marketplace Morning Report® host David Brancaccio explores the latest in markets, money, jobs and innovation, providing the context you need to make the smartest decisions. Get a global perspective on what's making the bus

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05/26/2017: The future of global trade

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

President Trump is preparing for his first G7 meeting in Sicily, Italy, where trade policy and climate change will be on the agenda — topics that he and other countries don't exactly see eye to eye on. On today's show, we'll take a closer look at these sources of tension. Afterwards, we'll discuss how much U.S. lemon growers could lose out on from the USDA's decision to lift an Argentine lemon ban, and then examine how the affordable housing crisis is affecting minority families.       

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Robot-Proof Jobs 3: Rewiring the future

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 05:01:00 -0500

The final episode of a special three-part podcast series on automation and the economy. If technology makes humans obsolete, how do we make a living? Plus: Think you know which jobs would survive a robot takeover? Take our quiz here:

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Robot-Proof Jobs 2: The winners of tomorrow

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 04:54:01 -0500

The second episode of a special three-part podcast series on automation and the economy. As technology competes with us for work, one strategy to fend off the machines is to become their creator. Plus: Think you know which jobs would survive a robot takeover? Take our quiz here:

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Robot-Proof Jobs 1: Jobs that are safe today

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 04:36:46 -0500

The first episode of a special three-part podcast series on automation and the economy. Technology is increasingly replacing work done by humans, but some jobs are more resistant than others — we'll find out which. Plus: Think you know which jobs would survive a robot takeover? Take our quiz here:

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Bonus interview: Treasury Secretary Jack Lew talks legacy and the economy's future

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:46:08 -0600

As Treasury Secretary Jack Lew prepares to leave the office he’s held for nearly four years, he spoke with David Brancaccio about his economic legacy. Lew shared his thoughts about the Great Recession of ’07-‘08, and the steps he and his colleagues took to institute regulations on the financial industry – a framework he hopes will stay in place as a safeguard against future economic crises. As the nation prepares for the transfer of power between President Obama and President-Elect Trump, Lew addressed the concerns of Americans across the country who have felt dislocated by the economy, and what he believes should be done to support the working class moving forward.This interview has been edited for length and clarity. David Brancaccio: After financial markets nearly froze up in 2008 and 2009, triggering the Great Recession, new rules were put into place to keep Wall Street from ever again taking the sort of risks that would require a government bailout. With the new administration in the wings the pendulum could swing back. A top agenda item for the new team is deregulating Wall Street. Is there room now for some deregulation of financial services and financial markets?Jack Lew: I think you have to start by remembering how far we've come. In 2007, 2008 our financial system was in terrible shape. We were surprised by a financial crisis that led to the worst recession since the Great Depression and it led to the most expansive overhaul of our financial regulatory system since the Great Depression. Today we have financial institutions that have deeper capital and I think they're the best capitalized financial institutions in the world. We have transparency where we used to have opacity so that complicated financial products will in the future not be some mysterious box of potential exploding problems. If a financial institution hit a speed bump in ’07, ’08, the uncertainty of what was inside those institutions was an accelerant to the financial crisis. We have procedures in place to resolve failing institutions so the taxpayers should never again have to step in and become the equity holders of financial institutions. So I think before one asks what could change we have to remember how far we've come, and with a bit of humility recognize that until tested in a financial crisis, we don't know whether what we've done is as effective as we think it is. The fact there hasn't been a financial crisis is not a reason to unwind what we've done. We built the system to withstand a shock that hasn't come, and happily has not come on my watch but will come because there are cycles, and shocks come.I think that if you look at the questions that people raise often about where reform might be debated one issue is small banks. And I think there's very broad openness to thinking about treating the smallest banks differently from large ones.Brancaccio: Some of them feel that the added regulation is onerous.Lew: We have a lot of flexibility, and that flexibility has been used to not have a one size fits all approach. But the problem is when people advocate for small bank special rules, they sometimes jump exponentially to a size of institution that meets no definition of small. So for example, under the Dodd-Frank law, there is a threshold of $50 billion for the size of an institution that you pay a certain level of scrutiny to. If there were a debate about raising that from 50 to 100, I think reasonable people would probably find a way to agree that there are small institutions that should get some special consideration. But the last major proposal put forth to reform Dodd-Frank didn't go from 50 to 100. It went from 50 to 500, and at $500 billion you're talking about some of the largest financial institutions in the country, so reform has to be incremental and sensible. It can't be painted with such a broad brush that we undo some of the basic protections we have.I actually am pretty confident that, because it[...]

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05/25/2017: Trump wants Europe to spend more on defense. Will they listen?

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Part of Trump's agenda during his meeting with NATO leaders includes pushing them to join an anti-ISIS coalition and invest more in their militaries. We'll take a look at the numbers behind Europe's defense spending. Then back in the U.S., we'll discuss the increase in mortgage co-signing for first-time home buyers, and explore NYU's new effort to help college students graduate early. 

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05/24/2017: The second-largest economy in the world just got a downgrade

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Moody's Investors Service has just reduced China's credit rating by a notch. We'll explore how significant this downgrade is and the economic factors that warranted the drop. Afterwards, we'll take a look at the challenges that those from the foster care system face when trying to attend college. 

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05/23/2017: How Uber has tried to take over the world

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

President Trump's first major budget proposal will cut away at the safety net for millions. One program being threatened: Medicaid, which will give states more power to set spending priorities, but much less to spend. We'll look at exactly how much the service could stand to lose over the next decade. Afterwards, we'll chat with author Adam Lashinsky about the strategies Uber has employed to become a ride-sharing juggernaut.

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05/22/2017: Ford to fire CEO Mark Fields

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 -0500

With Ford's stock down from 2014 levels, the company is gearing up to remove Mark Fields as CEO. We'll examine some of the criticisms that investors had about Fields, and who he's being replaced by. We'll also take a close look at one Rhode Island after-school program that faces closure over Trump's budget cuts. Plus: a report on the peripheral industry that's sprung out of crowdfunding, which includes consultants, social media managers and marketers.

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05/19/2017: Corruption in the West

Fri, 19 May 2017 05:00:00 -0500

President Trump is traveling to Saudi Arabia today, a trip that'll include a number of American CEOs. The reason they're tagging along: there are deals to be made. On today's show, we'll take a look at the state of trade between the Gulf kingdom and the U.S. Afterwards, we'll explore the meal-kit war between startups like Blue Apron and major supermarkets like Kroger. Plus: Author Laurence Cockcroft explains rising corruption in the West and how the Trump administration is trying to roll back rules aimed at combating the issue.

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05/18/2017: Some Facebook missteps

Thu, 18 May 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Facebook, Facebook, Facebook. On today's show, we'll look at news that the European Union is fining the social media giant $122 million following its purchase of the messaging service WhatsApp back in 2014. This marks the first time a company has been penalized by the European Commission's merger regulation law. There are also reports that the company has mischarged advertisers for the 10th time in less than a year. Marketplace's Molly Wood explains how this incident illustrates the uncertainties in digital advertising — and how television advertisers might use this to their advantage. Plus: We discuss whether it's a good or bad thing that Americans are borrowing at record levels. 

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05/17/2017: The effects of an airport laptop ban

Wed, 17 May 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Amid news that ISIS may have devised ways to conceal bombs in laptops, U.S. and European officials are meeting Brussels today to discuss a laptop ban from some airports. We'll take a look at the ways this new policy could impact passengers. Afterwards, we'll examine a new law in New York aimed at protecting freelancer pay, and then discuss effort in Georgia to improve website accessibility for disabled men and women.

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05/16/2017: The high price of the future

Tue, 16 May 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Ford could lay off about 10 percent of its workforce worldwide, most of whom may be salaried workers. On today's show, we'll discuss one of the issues the company is grappling with: its investment in the future, a move that comes at the expense of high costs in the present. Afterwards, we'll look at a new Trump administration policy that will deny funding to foreign nongovernmental organizations that promote abortion, and then explore how ESPN will try to use its out-of-home audience numbers to court advertisers. 

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05/15/2017: The malicious computer worm that holds your data for ransom

Mon, 15 May 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Countries around the world, including Russia and China, have been hit by a cyberattack that erupted on Friday. We'll look at how it's affected some businesses, and the demands that were put forth by the ransomware. Plus: a look at the differences between Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 bankruptcies. 

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05/12/2017: Planes, trains, automobiles and Trump

Fri, 12 May 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has announced that U.S. and China have reached a deal to open each other's markets up to one another — kinda. Which industries stand to benefit, and will this actually bode well for the future of their relationship? The BBC's Andrew Walker breaks it down for us. Afterwards, we'll look at the growing comparisons between the mortgage-lending crisis of 2008 and the current market for car loans, and then talk about the role private investors could play in the president's infrastructure plans.

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05/11/2017: The meaning of 'Trumponomics'

Thu, 11 May 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Trump and other key staffers from his cabinet sat down with some editors for the Economist to talk about the administration's approach to the economy. Zanny Beddoes, the publication's editor in chief, joined us to talk about the president's perspective on trade and tax reform. Plus: A look at the struggles that retailers across the U.S. are facing and what they can do to overcome declining traffic.

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05/10/2017: What Comey's firing will do to Trump's policy agenda

Wed, 10 May 2017 05:00:00 -0500

With a fight looming in Congress about replacing FBI director James Comey, we'll take a look at how the incident could translate into slower economic growth. Afterwards, we'll discuss another unsolved mystery in Washington that involves America's central bank. Jeffrey Lacker, the president of the Fed's regional bank in Virginia, retired early over allegedly confirming confidential information to a Wall Street analyst. 

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05/09/2017: The cost of losing a teacher

Tue, 09 May 2017 05:00:00 -0500

It's National Teacher Day, which means kids will likely be showering their teachers with thank-you notes and gift cards and apples. And they need all the support they can get — about half of new teachers leave the profession within the first five years. On today's show, we'll explore the dissatisfaction they face and the negative effects such a high turnover rate has on schools. Afterwards, we'll look at why a key measure of investor anxiety, VIX, may have closed at its lowest level in decades, and then talk with Marketplace regular Allan Sloan about his proposal for how people should pay Social Security taxes.

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05/08/2017: Emmanuel Macron won the French presidency. What next?

Mon, 08 May 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The pro-European Union candidate, Emmanuel Macron, just won the French election, so why's the euro down this morning? Its dampened value may be a sign of things to come during his term. On today's show, we'll take a look at the uphill battle Macron could face in the near future. Afterwards, we'll talk with Jose Quiñonez about the approaches his nonprofit, the Mission Asset Fund, is using to support families who face deportation. 

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05/05/2017: A look inside the GOP health care replacement bill

Fri, 05 May 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The House of Representatives has officially passed a health care measure that would replace Obamacare. We'll give you a rundown of what the bill could mean for Americans, which may include higher premiums for those with pre-existing conditions and higher costs for older people. Afterwards, we'll take a look at politics across the pond: France's presidential election this weekend includes a runoff between the anti-EU, far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and the pro-right, centrist Emmanuel Macron. And finally, we'll look at the evolution of Churchill Downs, a racetrack that's hosting tomorrow's Kentucky Derby.  

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05/04/2017: The surprise bills that sometimes come with a free medical visit

Thu, 04 May 2017 05:00:00 -0500

France's presidential election is Sunday, featuring a runoff between right-wing Marine Le Pen and center-left Emmanuel Macron. The two are coming off a heated three-hour debate, which we'll recap on today's show. Next, we'll look at new tool from Zillow that lets users add up all the expenses associated with owning a particular house or apartment, and then explore research that indicates Medicare's free wellness visits aren't quite as free as expected.

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05/03/2017: Another swing at health care reform

Wed, 03 May 2017 05:00:00 -0500

President Trump said his health care overhaul would keep protections for people with preexisting conditions. But it turns out this new proposal would allow states to get a waiver for rules that guarantee that coverage. We'll take a look at how Republicans are feeling about the plan. Afterwards, we'll check out one scrappy couple's strategy to keep their small business going, and then examine how big food companies are doing with consumers.

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05/02/2017: The power of a quarter trillion dollars

Tue, 02 May 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Turns out Apple may have more than a quarter of a trillion dollars in cash. With a stockpile that you can practically see from space, what does one do? We'll discuss the exact powers that amount of money gives the electronics giant. Afterwards, we'll look at why property insurers had the worst set of quarterly profits in more than 20 years, and then examine the National Urban League's annual report on equality in America.

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05/01/2017: Could robots create a recession?

Mon, 01 May 2017 05:00:00 -0500

After the looming possibility of a government shutdown, Congress has a new $1 trillion spending bill. We'll examine who gets what, and how closely it aligns with President Trump's priorities. Afterwards, we'll look at a suggestion from the British Parliament that says U.S.-based social media companies should pay up when police investigate hateful content, threats or images of child abuse online. And finally, we'll talk about a recent report that calculates automation will create about 15 million jobs in the next 10 years, while eliminating about 25 million in the process.

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04/28/2017: A last-ditch effort to avoid a government shutdown

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 05:00:00 -0500

As Congress gets ready to vote on a stopgap funding bill that would prevent a government shutdown, we'll get you up to speed on where things stand. Afterwards, we'll talk about the country's economic growth as President Trump approaches his 100-day milestone, and then look at how many immigrants are starting to stay home due to increased fears of deportation.

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04/27/2017: United CEO tells us he 'messed up'

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 05:00:00 -0500

United Airlines is rolling out a series of 10 changes to "improve customer experience" — a move that follows the forcible removal of a passenger on one of its flights. Among those changes: an offer of up to $10,000 to passengers if they give up their seat. CEO Oscar Munoz stopped by to discuss these new policies, regrets over his initial response to the dragging incident, and why the airline is still overbooking flights. Plus: a status update on reports that President Trump would withdraw the U.S. from the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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04/26/2017: Are you gonna report things differently on next year's Tax Day?

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:00:00 -0500

President Trump has been talking about tax reform for a little while now. Well, today's the day we're getting a roll out of his plan. We'll dive into the proposals we might see from the White House, which could include a call for lower corporate tax rates and a re-adjustment of the country's income tax brackets. Afterwards, we'll look at how previous presidents have attempted to reform the American tax system, and then explore a radical proposal in Wisconsin that may increase the state's monthly health care premiums. 

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04/25/2017: The barriers that exist for African-Americans on the road to the middle class

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 05:00:00 -0500

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. have made it much harder for African-American men and women to enter the middle class.

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

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 05:00:00 -0500

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.

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04/21/2017: Rage against the machines

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 07:36:00 -0500

We’re expecting another series of executive orders from President Trump that'll deal with taxes and financial regulations. Marketplace's Kimberly Adams explains what's in store for our financial future. Afterwards, as part of our "Robot-Proof Jobs" series, we'll chat with Thomas Kalil, a former deputy director for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Kalil shares how we can apply AI to the classroom to teach tech skills and beat a robot takeover. 

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