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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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08/17/2017: Hate groups run into a payments problem

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Discover Financial Services is ending merchant agreements with what it deems as hate groups, while Visa and Mastercard are taking a similar stand. On today's show, we'll take a look at how big of a step this is toward limiting funding for hate groups. Afterwards, we'll discuss Steve Bannon's interview with Prospect Magazine, in which he said the U.S. is fighting an "economic war" with China. Then we'll talk about the ongoing rivalry between Walmart and Amazon, which represents two sides of the U.S. economy: brick-and-mortar versus online sales.

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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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08/16/2017: Let the NAFTA renegotiations begin

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0500

President Trump has dubbed the North American Free Trade Agreement "one of the worst deals ever." Well, now he has a chance to change it as talks to overhaul the pact begin today. One of the original negotiators of the deal, Mickey Kantor, joined us to talk about some of the revisions we might see and why America's trade relationship with Mexico and Canada is so important. Afterwards, we'll look at how Target is faring as the threat of Amazon looms in the background.

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08/15/2017: CEOs and tech giants respond to Charlottesville violence

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0500

Two more high-profile CEOs — including Intel's Brian Krzanich and Under Armour's Kevin Plank — have resigned from President Trump's manufacturing advisory council. On today's show, we'll look at how businesses are responding to this weekend's violence in Virginia. Afterwards, we'll talk about the possibility that the U.S. will place tariffs on foreign-made solar panels, and then discuss the controversy over allowing children to translate for their parents in emergency situations.

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08/14/2017: Could efforts to fight violent extremism get more support?

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0500

A rally planned by white nationalist groups ultimately led to violent clashes and the death of an anti-racist protestor, Heather Heyer, this weekend. One federal effort to target domestic terrorism, the Countering Violent Extremism program, had been set up by the Obama administration. But recent changes under the Trump administration have raised questions about the program's future. On today's show, we'll take a look at what the program does and what might change. Afterwards, we'll look at a RAND study that shows Americans are doing work during their personal time, and then discuss the question of who owns seeds bought by farmers and gardeners. 

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08/11/2017: Are economic sanctions actually effective?

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0500

With tensions rising between the U.S. and North Korea, we'll talk with Leon Sigal — director of the Northeast Asia Cooperative Security Project — about whether sanctions actually work, and then look at growing support in Congress for greater missile defense spending. Afterwards, we'll discuss the U.S. Postal Service's push to gain more freedom to raise the price of stamps.

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08/10/2017: Get ready to negotiate that raise

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Deep into this slow economic recovery, American workers might finally be gaining the leverage to ask for more money (or they'll find work elsewhere.) On today's show, we'll discuss why their prospects are looking good. Afterwards, we'll discuss how military conflict between the U.S. and North Korea would affect the global economy, and then look at Nordstrom's (unsuccessful) attempts at going private.

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08/09/2017: The exact day the financial crisis began

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Nuclear threats from North Korea have rattled global markets. Amid the escalating rhetoric, we'll talk about how certain stock indices have been reacting, and investors' move toward bonds. Afterwards, we'll step back in time to examine where and when exactly the financial crisis began, and then talk about the problems Detroit's public school system is facing through the eyes of one of the city's teachers.

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08/08/2017: These are the best states to win the lottery in

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0500

San Francisco's Federal Reserve Bank is looking into whether Wells Fargo failed to refund insurance money it owed to some customers that financed car purchases through the bank. These customers may be entitled through this money through a type of insurance known as Guaranteed Auto Protection. On today's show, we'll explain how exactly GAP works. Afterwards, we'll look at why you want to be living in Texas or California when you win a lottery, and then talk about Eros International's potential plans to sell its catalog of movies and music.

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08/07/2017: When a food goes mainstream, does that hurt or help its appeal?

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 04:21:07 -0500

After reports that North Korea successfully tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles, the U.N. has agreed to sanction the country in a move backed by China. On today's show, we'll take a brief look at the history of the North Korea-China relationship. Afterwards, we'll discuss the purpose of "catastrophe bonds," and then — amid the rising popularity of Nashville hot chicken — examine how food trends spread. 

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08/04/2017: Who's benefiting from this economic climate?

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The government is releasing the July jobs report this morning, and economists expect to see about 180,000 more people on payrolls. We'll take a look a look at how the labor market is giving a boost to demographic groups that may have had trouble finding work in the past. Afterwards, we'll look at Amazon's plans to apply a hassle-free returns policy to all items purchased on the website, and then chat with Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Zweig about the decline of individual stock picking.

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08/03/2017: How come we're not getting raises?

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Economists say the unemployment rate will drop even further in the July jobs report, but even with that good news, the typical paycheck doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Marketplace contributor Chris Farrell stopped by to talk with us about the economy's issue with compensation. Afterwards, we'll look at how Kraft-Heinz is being affected by the ongoing Amazon–Walmart price war, and then discuss Mattel's plans to spend big bucks on online advertising. 

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08/02/2017: The Yelp-minimum wage connection

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0500

While U.S. Senators are piling out of Washington for their postponed summer recess, there's still work to be done for some Capitol Hill staffers on tax reform. On today's show, we'll take a look at some of the numbers that could be tossed around. Afterwards, we'll discuss reports that the Trump administration may sue some colleges and universities over what they see as "reverse discrimination." Then, we'll look at how Yelp ratings may predict how a restaurant does after it undergoes a minimum wage increase.

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08/01/2017: The evolution of denim

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The rate at which the U.S. approves H-1B visas for skilled foreign talent has dropped by almost 30 percent since last year. But as America gets stricter with its visa program, Canada isn't. On today's show, we'll talk about the efforts Canada is making to capitalize on its neighbor's stricter stance on immigration. Afterwards, we'll discuss the ongoing investigation of British American Tobacco for allegedly bribing regulators, and then look at how denim makers are opting to make their jeans stretchier.

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07/31/2017: The winners in America's big retail slump

Mon, 31 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Apple is taking some data security software out of its app store in China. Known as virtual private network apps, these services could be used by consumers to thwart government censors. The BBC's Theo Leggett explains the incentive Apple has to remove these VPNs. Afterwards, we'll discuss how the EPA's focus on environmental cleanups may be a way to shift the agency's focus away from climate change, and then look at the success of discount chain stores as retailers struggle.

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07/28/2017: Robots may not be the real economic problem here

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

Obamacare remains the law of the land. Three Republicans joined all Democrats to vote down the measure to repeal it earlier today. But the health care battle isn't over yet — the White House just might let the Affordable Care Act collapse. On today's show, we'll talk about the steps it might take to encourage its demise. Afterwards, economist Heidi Shierholz joins us to discuss how the notion of a "robot takeover" is a distraction from other economic issues.

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07/27/2017: The health care reform saga, part three

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

Senate Republicans are putting together a third health care bill as they scramble to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The new measure will reportedly allow employers to stop offering health insurance and taxes on medical devices would also end. On today's show, we'll talk about about the show of unity in Washington against the Senate's efforts. Afterwards, we'll discuss how more Americans with cancer are continuing to work, and then look at whether Google could jump start virtual-reality filmmaking.

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07/26/2017: How are small businesses supposed to prepare against cyber attacks?

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

While everyone's watching the latest health care news, there's another important issue being discussed in Washington, D.C. — the cost of borrowing. As the Federal Reserve wraps up its policy meeting, we'll talk about what the future of interest rate hikes might hold. Afterwards, we'll take a look at stock market volatility, and then discuss how small businesses are trying to prepare against cyber criminals. 

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07/25/2017: Why so many Americans aren't getting ahead

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

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on a bill to impose stricter sanctions on North Korea, Iran and Russia. On today's show, we'll talk about how these sanctions impact U.S. businesses. Afterwards, we'll discuss Michael Kors' decision to buy Jimmy Choo in a $1.2 billion deal: Plus: A look at why the American dream is still out of reach for so many. The nonprofit Prosperity Now finds that more than a third of American households don't have enough on hand to cover basic needs for about three months.  

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07/24/2017: Using young blood to help the old

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

The House of Representatives could vote tomorrow to enact new sanctions on Russia for interfering in the U.S. presidential election. On today's show, we'll dive into what exactly this new package of sanctions will include. Afterwards, we'll discuss the future of America's relationship with the U.K., and then look at an emerging biomedical industry: the harvesting of young blood to help the old.    

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07/21/2017: Yep, Amazon is launching a social network

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The U.S. Treasury has just slapped ExxonMobil with a $2 million fine for violating business sanctions against Russia. We'll take a look at how the controversy began and how Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (the former CEO of ExxonMobil) has responded. Afterwards, we'll discuss the challenges that General Electric's incoming CEO John Flannery may face, and then talk about Amazon's new social network: Spark.    

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07/20/2017: Repealing Obamacare, by the numbers

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The Congressional Budget Office has calculated the costs and benefits of repealing Obamacare, but not replacing it. An estimated 32 million people would be left uninsured. On today's show we'll take a look at what the release of these figures mean for the GOP's health care strategy. Afterwards, we'll talk with APM Reports about the Trump administration's infrastructure plans, and then discuss a class-action lawsuit filed by the Disability Rights Advocates against Uber over wheelchair-accessible vehicles.

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07/19/2017: Let it fail, or make it fail?

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Republicans didn't have the votes to neither replace nor repeal Obamacare, so President Trump has said to just let it fail. One way to do that is to stop paying the billions in subsidies to insurers that cover out-of-pocket costs for low-income Americans. On today's show, we'll look at how plausible it is that that these payments will get halted. Afterwards, we'll discuss the House's consideration of a proposal that would bar states from setting their own rules for self-driving cars, and then talk about how to make the most of your travel points.

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07/18/2017: About that whole renegotiating NAFTA thing...

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Despite Trump's criticism of NAFTA on the campaign trail, the White House is now basically saying that maybe it can stay. On today's show, we'll take a peek at the wishlist it's released for renegotiating the trade agreement. One of the biggest items on the list: A push to get rid of those international courts that countries use to settle trade arguments. Next, we'll look at the alliance between many American cities and states to uphold the Paris climate agreement's goals, despite the United States' withdrawal from the pact.

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07/17/2017: China growth holds steady

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0500

China has released its latest GDP figures, revealing that the economy grew 6.9 percent compared to this time last year. On today's show, we'll take a look at the role China's investment in infrastructure plays in this growth. Afterwards, we'll discuss America's relationship with the United Nations' Green Climate Fund, and then talk about the worker shortage in the fracking industry.

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07/14/2017: Preparing for a solar eclipse

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0500

During a two-day trip to France, President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed topics like trade and the Paris climate agreement. Despite the different approaches the two have toward these subjects, the countries face similar problems. We'll take a look at what some of those are, along with the benefits this visit had for Trump. Afterwards, we'll look at what's included in the House's expansion plans for the GI Bill, and then talk with one Oregon hotel owner about how tourist plans for next month's solar eclipse are affecting business. 

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07/13/2017: The latest GOP effort to repeal Obamacare

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The Senate is expected to unveil a revised health care bill later today. On today's show, we'll take a look at what'll stay the same, and a new proposal that would allow insurers to sell plans that don't comply with Obamacare standards. Afterwards, we'll look at one trading exchange's plan to launch an open-outcry trading pit — a move that some trading firms are opposing.

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