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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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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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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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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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07/12/2017: Thousands of internet companies unite

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0500

As part of her bi-annual visit to the Hill, Fed Chair Janet Yellen is set to testify in front of the House Financial Services Committee. On today's show, we'll take a look at what topics she's likely to address, which may include interest rates and the Fed's plans for any bond sales. Afterwards, we'll discuss how thousands of internet companies are banding together today to protest the possible roll back of net neutrality rules. Then, we'll talk about why airline companies are enjoying higher profit margins from passengers, and how politics might be shaping the economy.

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07/11/2017: How 'Too Big to Fail' became a thing

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has adopted a new rule that will allow consumers to sue financial institutions in class-action lawsuits. On today's show, we'll look at the route you've typically had to take in the event that you had a financial dispute, and what industries this new rule will apply to. Afterwards, ProPublica's Jesse Eisinger joins us to discuss why it's difficult to indict corporations. 

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07/10/2017: Congress gets back to work on health care

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The Senate returns from its Fourth of July recess, with health care top of mind. On today's show, we'll look at where reform on the issue stands and why there's dissent among Republicans on what changes should be made. Next, we'll discuss a new government rule that will allow companies to file IPO paperwork confidentially, regardless of size. And finally, we'll talk about the Census Bureau's decision to reconsider asking about sexual orientation and gender identity on upcoming surveys, a move that has advocates for the LGBTQ community concerned.

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07/07/2017: The hotel for millennials

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0500

With the world's economic leaders meeting this week, we'll talk about the future of global trade. The U.S. may impose harsher trade restrictions, which could lead European countries to retaliate. Afterwards, we'll look at some in-demand jobs in this near full-employment economy, and then discuss Hilton's decision to launch a new low-cost hotel brand called Tru. 

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07/06/2017: A showdown between the U.S. and Germany

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0500

President Trump will soon attend his first G20 Summit, a gathering between representatives from the world's 20 largest economies. There's a lot to unpack: it will not only be the first meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin as global leaders, but many are expecting tension between Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel because of their stances on climate change and free trade. After we talk about what's in store for the summit, we'll look at two economic indicators that have been performing well lately: consumer confidence and home prices. Then, we'll discuss how the Disney Channel can survive the new era of cord-cutting.

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07/05/2017: Volvo says the combustion engine is a thing of the past

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 06:24:23 -0500

By 2019, all of Volvo's new cars will have electric motors. We'll take a look at some of the reasons behind the company's big move, which include a commitment to lower carbon emissions. Afterwards, we'll explain why President Trump's first stop will be Poland on his multi-country trip to Europe, and then talk about the imbalance between housing demand and housing supply.

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07/04/2017: What's the Fourth of July without fireworks?

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Though it's not quite the no. 1 player in wind energy, the U.S. has invested pretty heavily in this sector. On today's show, we'll discuss how the U.S. is faring in this business on a global scale. Afterwards, we'll talk about how methane leaks could undermine the cleanliness of natural gas, and then look at how tight budgets across the U.S. are affecting fireworks shows. 

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07/03/2017: The museum that celebrates failure

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The start of this month was supposed to mark a new budget year in most states, but about 10 still have yet to pass their budgets. We'll discuss why they missed their deadlines, and what the delay means for state services. Afterwards, we'll take a look at how potential Medicaid cuts could affect one little-noticed target: schools. Plus: A brief tour of Sweden's Museum of Failure. For $10 you can marvel at Colgate TV dinners or some Harley-Davidson perfume. 

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06/30/2017: Halfway there

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The Senate's last push of the first half of 2017 is toward passing the new health care bill. Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expects a tight margin in the upcoming vote, so he's trying to appeal to both sides — adding funding for opioid addiction treatment and low-income Americans, as well as higher tax deductions for health savings accounts. We discuss a newly released study that calculates the financial impact of unchecked climate change and talk to one of the study's authors, who says that climate change's impact will be much bigger in hotter regions. These areas tend to be poorer, meaning climate change has the potential to aggravate America's inequality. And speaking of inequality, we play some of your responses to last week's story on America's divide between people who leave their hometowns and those who stay.

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06/29/2017: Big banks in the safe zone

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

All 34 big banks passed their Federal Reserve stress tests, which were implemented after the last financial crisis to test how these banks can withstand future disasters. Marketplace's Marielle Segarra explains just how safe this should make us feel. And we explore the opposite end of the spectrum from America's biggest banks — the world of those who are unbanked — with Lisa Servon, who worked as a check casher and payday lender to better understand the system.

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06/28/2017: What the economy looks like for millennials of color

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Millennials are the largest and most diverse generation of Americans, with about 19 percent of them identifying as Latino or Hispanic, 13 percent as black or African-American and six percent as Asian-American. According to a new report called "Gen Forward," African-Americans and Latino millennials are more likely to be economically vulnerable than their white and Asian-American counterparts. We talk to one of the study's authors about these findings. Also, yesterday Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said "asset valuations are somewhat rich," which is Fed speak for "stock prices are high." But does that mean we are heading for a bubble? 

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06/27/2017: Where finance meets humanity

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Here's a thought: What if a wider reading of the humanities can help you understand finance? We talk to Harvard Business School Professor and economist Mihir Desai who wrote a book about just that, called "The Wisdom of Finance: Discovering Humanity in the World of Risk and Return." Also on today's show: A record week for IPOs. Ten companies are expected to go public this week, making it the busiest week for IPOs in two years. 

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6/26/2017: Trump may bash trade deals but states are forging ahead

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Senate Republicans are reportedly planning to put a penalty in the health care bill that would lock people out of the market for six months if they drop their coverage. Why are they doing this? Health care reporter Dan Gorenstein fills us in. Also, the most expensive bailout of failing banks in Italy's history and what to expect from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first meeting with President Trump. Lastly, the president has been a vocal critic of foreign trade, but states are making their own deals. We drop in on a big, three-day convention in Maryland, just outside Washington, to see how states, counties and U.S. territories are coming together with foreign investors.

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06/23/2017: The fight brewing in the solar-panel industry

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

A draft of the Senate's version of the Republican health care bill is finally here. We'll talk about the changes it would make to Medicaid, and whether consumer behavior would change under the plan. Afterwards, we'll look at the conflict brewing between U.S. solar panel makers and foreign ones. Two American manufacturers have asked for steep tariffs on foreign panels because of their cheap prices, which makes it hard to compete. 

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06/22/2017: America's great divide

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

In just a few hours, we should have a draft of the Senate's health care overhaul. But even though it hasn't been officially released, parts of the bill have been leaking. On today's show, we'll discuss some of the reforms the measure calls for, which will outline how much power states would have and how Medicaid could change. Afterwards, we'll chat with Guardian reporter Chris Arnade about how divisions in America may not necessarily have to do with a liberal-conservative construct, but with those who left their hometowns vs. those who stayed. 

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06/21/2017: Uber investors oust CEO Travis Kalanick

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

A group of investors have pushed out Uber's founder and CEO following a series of controversies, including allegations of sexual harassment. On today's show, we'll take a look about what's in store for the ride-sharing company's future and how much power Kalanick still has left within the company. Plus: A look at how technology is helping farmers determine the most efficient growing practices. 

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06/20/2017: What's happening with the GOP's health care plans?

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

We might soon get clarity from Senate Republicans on their plans to repeal Obamacare. On today's show, we'll take a look at what a bill from the group — which is looking pretty similar to the House's  — could mean for the future of health care in America. And in other government-related news, we'll talk about Ricky Perry's plan for budget cuts to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Then, we'll discuss the growing clout of Emmanuel Macron, France's president, in the political sphere.     

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06/19/2017: The complications of Brexit

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Negotiators are still trying to figure out just how the U.K. will exit the European Union. We'll talk about some of the key issues surrounding the end of their relationship, which includes questions about what to do with Europeans living in the U.K. and British people living in the EU. Afterwards, we'll discuss Oregon's decision to let residents list "X" for their gender on their driver's licenses or state IDs, and then look at a California proposal that would lower traffic fines for low-income drivers. 

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06/16/2017: Are you going to listen to this whole episode?

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

U.S.-Cuba relations may get a little chillier. While President Obama worked to thaw them, President Trump is expected to re-freeze some of America's policies toward its Caribbean neighbor. We'll discuss what some of those could be, which may include new travel restrictions. Afterwards, we'll look at news that Takata — the company accused of covering up potentially deadly airbags — may file for bankruptcy. And finally, we'll chat with Marketplace's Molly Wood about Apple's plans to release data about podcasting behavior, which'll include information on when people listen to podcasts and at what point they bail out. 

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