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

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -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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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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06/27/2017: Where finance meets humanity

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -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 00:00:00 -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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06/15/2017: Rethinking remedial education

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

A trade war might be brewing. There's currently an investigation at the Department of Commerce to determine whether cheap steal imports are a threat to national security. On today's show, we'll take a look at how other countries might retaliate if that happens. Afterwards, we'll talk about Delta Airlines' decision to test new technology that would record facial images of travelers leaving the U.S. Then, we'll discuss how community colleges are starting to change up their remedial courses, which cost money but often don't count for college credit. 

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06/14/2017: The case of the missing CEO

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The head of the high-profile Chinese company Anbang is no longer running it — and now the public doesn't seem to know where he is. Some speculate that CEO Wu Xiaohui has been detained by anti-corruption investigators. We'll chat with the BBC's Stephen McDonell about what could have happened to him, and learn more about his company's background. Next, we'll discuss the resignation of an Uber board member who made a sexist remark during an all-staff meeting about sexism and harassment, and then take a look at how teens are faring in the summer job market.

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06/13/2017: A key link in the chain of world trade is siding with China

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Panama has abruptly cut ties with Taiwan and embraced mainland China, a major blow for Taiwan's government. On today's show, we'll take a look at some of the likely incentives for the Central American country's move. Afterwards, we'll discuss Gymboree's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, and then talk about the Medill School of Journalism's decision to let its accreditation lapse. 

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06/12/2017: The aftermath of the Pulse nightclub shooting

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The Trump administration could rein in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a watchdog agency that critics say has too much power. We'll talk about the exact restrictions the White House might place on the bureau, and why the president's team takes issue with it. Afterwards, we'll look at how sanctions imposed on Qatar by five Middle Eastern countries has been affecting it economically. Plus: On the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, we'll discuss how businesses in the area have been faring. 

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06/09/2017: U.K.'s prime minister faces big defeat after snap election

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The British election results are in, revealing that the ruling conservative party has lost its majority in Parliament. On today's show, we'll take a look at what this means for the future of Brexit negotiations. Afterwards, Robert Puentes — president and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation — explains what public-private partnerships would mean for America's infrastructure system. 

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06/08/2017: What'll the Comey testimony mean for Trump's policy agenda?

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

With Former FBI Director James Comey set to testify on Capitol Hill this morning, we'll discuss what's at stake for U.S. markets and business interests. Next up, we'll look at a new financial rule that'll raise the standards for investment advisers, and then talk about why major U.S. airlines have agreed to stay in a global agreement to reduce carbon emissions.

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06/07/2017: Do people still want to work for Uber?

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Investigations at Uber over harassment and discrimination claims have led to the dismissal of 20 employees. As controversy after controversy continues to plague Uber, what will the company's future look like? Fortune editor Adam Lashinsky joined us to talk about whether its workplace culture can change, and if it can continue to attract talent. Afterwards, we'll look at the challenges South Africa's economy currently faces, including citizens' lack of confidence in the country's president. Plus: We explain the psychological reasons behind stock splitting. 

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06/06/2017: A showdown at General Motors

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

General Motors' annual shareholder meeting today might get a little heated. One activist investor is unhappy GM's share price is almost exactly the same as it was when the company came out of bankruptcy. So he's proposing some financial re-engineering of the company's stock. On today's show, we'll explain how stock splitting works. Afterwards, we'll chat with the editor in chief of The Economist, Zanny Minton Beddoes, about who  the publication is endorsing in the upcoming U.K. election. Plus: A look at Puerto Rico's education crisis.

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06/05/2017: The first major infrastructure upgrade

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

President Donald Trump has promised to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure, so where could we see the first big change? With the air traffic control system, according to his administration. On today's show, we'll discuss what needs upgrading in this sector and how exactly his plan would work. Next, we'll examine the House's plan to roll back Dodd-Frank reforms, which were implemented to prevent the possibility of another financial collapse. Plus: A look at the struggles that young farmers face in the midst of rising agriculture costs. 

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06/02/2017: Let's do the numbers — just how feasible are Trump's job promises?

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

This morning, we'll be getting the latest government data on the labor market. President Trump has promised to add 25 million new jobs over the next decade, but is that actually within the realm of possibility? Marketplace's Mitchell Hartman is here to crunch the numbers. Afterwards, we'll check out new data showing that renewables generated 10 percent of U.S. electricity in the first quarter of this year — well above expert forecasts. And finally, we'll hear from travel aficionado Mark Orlowski about ways you can solve your airline customer service problems. 

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06/01/2017: China's getting fed up with pollution

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 05:00:00 -0500

While President Trump is expected to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord, China and the European Union are doubling down on the fight against climate change. On today's show, we'll talk about rising support — motivated by both ethical and financial reasons — for the agreement in these two regions. Plus: A look at the future of home health care.

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05/31/2017: Another Uber executive is out

Wed, 31 May 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Uber has just let go of one of its top engineers, Anthony Levandowski. He's at the center of a high-stakes legal battle between the company and Waymo, Alphabet's autonomous car company. We'll recap the controversy surrounding his hire and discuss what it could mean for the future of Uber's self-driving initiative. Afterwards, we'll hear from Marc Morial — the CEO of the National Urban League and a former mayor of New Orleans — about why America's economic progress isn't where it should be. And finally, we'll examine a new report that shows U.S. tourism is down — a decline that countries like Canada are trying to take advantage of.

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05/30/2017: Multiple stores, one stop

Tue, 30 May 2017 05:00:00 -0500

ExxonMobil investors will vote soon on a proposal asking for the company to produce a "meaningful" climate risk plan. On today's show, we'll take a look at how shareholders are increasingly calling on energy companies for more accountability on climate change reports. Afterwards, we'll talk about Singapore's decision to fine two banks in connection with a money laundering scandal, and then explore the rise of co-retailing, a concept where multiple retailers share a space.

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05/29/2017: Helping veteran employees stay on board

Mon, 29 May 2017 05:00:00 -0500

Frustrating air travel isn't just an American problem — this weekend, British Airways had to cancel and postpone hundreds of flights due to a massive computer failure. The BBC's Andrew Walker joins us to talk about what this'll cost the company, both financially and in terms of its relationship with customers. Next, we'll discuss the Common App's decision to create a new form aimed at being more transfer student-friendly, and then look at the challenges associated with retaining veteran employees. 

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05/26/2017: The future of global trade

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:00:00 -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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05/25/2017: Trump wants Europe to spend more on defense. Will they listen?

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:00:00 -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 05:00:00 -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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