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Marketplace from American Public Media is the premier business news show on public radio. Host Kai Ryssdal and the Marketplace team deliver news that matters, from your wallet to Wall Street. Online at Marketplace.org.


03/28/2017: Trump can't save coal  

Obamacare is the law of the land, so now the GOP is moving on to the federal budget. Easy enough, right? Um, no. Then: President Donald Trump's latest executive order rolls back several climate regulations. But can deregulation alone save coal? (No, it can't.) Plus, the latest on Brexit and robots that may be able to predict your death. Happy Tuesday.

03/27/2017: Can the government really act like a business?  

What now? That's the question after House Republicans last week failed to pass a repeal-and-replacement bill for the Affordable Care Act. We take a look at what might happen to state and federal insurance exchanges in 2018. We also re-visit the question "Can the government really act like a business?" President Trump seems to think so. Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, will head a new department with an old concept: use data-driven business practices and apply them to government. Lastly, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is a major proponent of school choice, but that program could put some rural districts at risk of losing funds.

03/24/2017: Obamacare is the law of the land. Now what?  

Well then. Seven years and one day after the Affordable Care Act became law, after more than 50 votes to repeal and one tense, go-for-broke replacement attempt under President Donald Trump, Republicans backed off their health care plan. We'll leave the political post-mortems to others, and instead just focus on the economy and tax reform, which the GOP says is next on their agenda. Plus, we have a double-dose of Disney stories (one in the boardroom, another at the theater) and the thrilling conclusion of our NAFTA series.

03/23/2017: Nobody knew health care could be so complicated  

So, no vote on the big GOP health care bill today. There might be one tomorrow, depending on whether you listen to the White House or to Republican leaders in Congress. The latest carrot they're using to win votes is scrapping an Obamacare provision that standardized insurance policies. We'll talk about "health care a la carte." Plus, a NAFTA thought experiment and the latest in our My Economy series.

03/22/2017: Did NAFTA cost jobs, or create them?  

We've been talking a lot about NAFTA this week, but let's get down to brass tacks:  What did the North American Free Trade Agreement do? President Donald Trump (not to mention Sen. Bernie Sanders) made NAFTA as a favorite target during the presidential campaign. They'll both tell you it was a “disaster” for the U.S. economy, that it cost the United States hundreds of thousands of jobs. The reality is not nearly as dramatic or tidy a story. Then, we'll look at how negotiating NAFTA could affect your happy hour. Plus, the latest on Sears' financial woes and more from our series in Erie, Pennsylvania.

03/21/2017: The unintended consequences of NAFTA  

It's NAFTA week here, so today we're heading to the Midwest. The trade deal opened up the Mexican market to American farmers, who enjoyed billions in exports. But Mexican farmers couldn't compete, and many of them immigrated to the U.S. illegally after going out of business. Then: We'll talk with the American and Canadian architects of NAFTA about how they negotiated the agreement in the first place. Plus, we'll unpack the latest travel restriction's impact on business travelers and look ahead to the House's big health care vote.

03/20/2017: NAFTA, explained  

We're kicking off a new series today, explaining the North American Free Trade Agreement and what could happen if President Donald Trump renegotiates it. To start off, we have to talk about your pants. Where they were made and what you paid for them are essential to understanding how NAFTA works. Then, we'll talk with Jaime Serra, one of the agreement's architects in Mexico. Plus, the latest on Brexit negotiations and Uber's scandal-filled year. 

03/17/2017: Trump and Merkel's awkward diplomatic dance  

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spent a few hours at the White House today for her first face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump. Things were a little frosty, and Trump made his thoughts on the trading relationship between the U.S. and Germany clear. Merkel surely knew this was coming, as she arrived in Washington with several execs, including the CEO of BMW. We'll look at the negotiation ahead. Then: How much of the U.S. budget is tied up in foreign aid, do you reckon? Most folks' guesses are way, way higher than the reality. Plus, as always, we'll wrap up a busy week in economic news. 

03/16/2017: It's budget day  

The budget plan the White House released today is sort of like an extension of President Donald Trump's tweets: It gives you a sense of his thinking, but it's not the whole plan. It's called a "skinny budget." We'll discuss what that means and what it says. Then, Trump told Fox News' Tucker Carlson that he wants to cut business taxes from 35 percent down to 15 percent. But what businesses actually pay that much, and what would a cut mean for the economy? Plus, a conversation with the CEO of the Uber-for-chores company TaskRabbit and one man's billion-dollar bet against Herbalife stock.

03/15/2017: Take a (very small) hike  

It's official: The Federal Reserve is raising interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point, with two more hikes expected this year. We'll talk through Chair Janet Yellen's announcement. Then: President Donald Trump's plan for a border adjustment tax seems like a straightforward enough way to encourage companies to buy American and hire American, but is it legal? Plus, the view from an Uber-less SXSW and the remarkable success of "Get Out."

03/14/2017: When health care reform is tax reform  

We're still digging through the Congressional Budget Office report on Republicans' Obamacare replacement. Today we're looking at the plan's $600 billion in tax cuts for the health industry and wealthy Americans. Then, what you need to know about Intel's big bid to get in the autonomous car business. Plus: inside the NBA's minor leagues and one man's mission to spread the truth about caramelized onions.

03/13/2017: Let's do the numbers on health care  

Snowstorm aside, it's a busy start of the week in Washington. The Congressional Budget Office just did the numbers on Republicans' Obamacare replacement, and, well, we may need to break out "Stormy Weather." Plus, the Federal Reserve is meeting tomorrow and Wednesday, so we'll soon have an official call on interest rates. We'll look at the relationship between the Fed and the White House over the years. Plus, can Trump help send a human to Mars?

03/10/2017: What does (almost) full employment really feel like?  

We got the jobs numbers for the first full month of the Trump administration today: 235,000 jobs, and 4.7 percent unemployment. We'll talk about what that means in the Weekly Wrap, and then look at the folks who still cant' find work as we near "full employment." Plus, oil's public image problems and one very expensive field trip.

03/09/2017: American infrastructure stinks  

If you're listening to our show in your car, or on the train, or while looking at a dam, we probably don't need to tell you: American infrastructure is not great. In fact, thanks to the American Society of Civil Engineers' annual report card, we know it's just this side of failing: D+ this year. President Donald Trump has promised to fix the country's infrastructure in part with tax incentives and public-private partnerships. We'll look at how that works. Then: We've learned more about how Trump plans to fund his big defense boost: by cutting about $6 billion from Housing and Urban Development. Plus, a commercial drone industry begets an anti-drone industry.

03/08/17: "Big Candy" is ethically sticky for Trump  

Yesterday we talked about how important but difficult it is for the government to figure out what the Republican's health care reform bill will cost. Now the bill is getting amendments and re-writes, and the GOP is trying to fast-track that process. Plus, the future of consumer watchdogs under President Donald Trump, and the money his resort is getting from Big Candy.

03/07/2017: What's it cost to reconfigure almost a fifth the economy?  

All the punditry flying today about the Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act boils down to a couple essential questions: How many people will it cover, and what will it cost? Figuring that out will fall to the Congressional Budget Office, which uses modeling to try and predict the bill's effects. But when you're messing with nearly a fifth of the American economy, that's complex work. Plus, a look at America's "dignity gap" and what happens when a family sitcom runs straight into the political moment.

03/06/2017: Don't get distracted by Trump's tweets  

You may have noticed the president of the United States tweeted this weekend. We're not going to talk about those unsubstantiated claims today, except to note that when Donald Trump tweets, he's usually trying to distract from less favorable news. News like the 1,100 or so Senate-approved jobs he has to fill, or the new executive order on travel restrictions for six countries (not seven, like the last ban that stalled out in federal court). We'll cover both stories. Plus, we'll answer the age-old question: Why are Carl's Jr. and Hardee's near-identical restaurants with two different names?

03/03/2017: Two big speeches  

Donald Trump and Janet Yellen both gave big speeches this week: one about the state of the economy and some detail-light plans for kickstarting it, and one about finally (finally) raising interest rates. We'll pick apart both and talk about how markets are reacting on the Weekly Wrap. Then we'll look at the theory vs. the reality of Republicans' proposed border adjustment tax and the Obamacare replacement that's inching forward. Plus, the fight in your supermarket over what qualifies as "milk" and McDonald's foray into delivery.

03/02/2017: From $24 billion to $33 billion in a Snap  

Snap Inc. made a splash in its first day of trading today. Shares rose 44 percent from the initial offering, valuing Snapchat's parent company at about $33 billion. The company's young founders are billionaires, and many of its employees are now millionaires (on paper anyway). We'll look at the effect all that young money is having on Venice, California, where the company is based. Plus, more than 300 companies have expressed interest in building President Donald Trump's proposed border wall with Mexico. We'll take a look at the bidding process and what these companies stand to make. Then, a visit to a Border Patrol job fair.

03/01/2017: One Trump speech is not the economy  

Markets rallied after President Donald Trump's largely detail-free speech before Congress last night. We'll look at why and take a closer look at Trump's claims about unemployment. Then, how can Travis Kalanick can right the ship at Uber after yet another PR hit? Plus, Kai talks with Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Expedia and an Iranian immigrant, about Trump's travel ban.

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