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10/20/2017: Money, mouths and method acting

Oct 20, 2017

Do you put your money where your mouth is? That's the question we're digging into this week. As businesses embrace activism and causes, does it actually help? Or is promoting a cause just a way for a company to boost its reputation? Plus, a look at the money around actual mouths — and how Netflix could partially be to blame for the decline of suburban restaurant chains like TGI Fridays and Applebee's. Also, we speak with a former Social Security Administration commissioner about the Americans stuck on waiting lists for hearings to receive disability benefits.

10/20/2017: Tech innovation in Ciudad Juarez

Oct 20, 2017

(Markets Edition) The GOP is getting closer to tax reform following the Senate's approval of a budget resolution, which could mean $1.5 trillion in tax cuts. Chris Low from FTN Financial joined us to talk about how interest rates will play a role in making up that lost revenue, a crucial point going forward given that Trump has to select the next Fed chair soon. Afterwards, we'll discuss Japan's upcoming snap election, in which the current prime minister, Shinzo Abe, is expected to retain power.

"All voices are welcome in this world, you know. All experiments. I can't criticize anyone's voice, 'cuz people's voices are their soul. So how can you criticize one's soul?" 

That's what French singer Camille has to say about the unique voice of Yoko Ono. And you could say the same thing to describe Camille's. Hers is a subdued voice that can soon break out into a guttural cry, especially in the song "Twix." And yes, the song is about the candy bar. 

With North Korea looming, Japan heads to the polls

Oct 20, 2017

Japan is holding a snap election on Sunday. Prime Minister Shinzō Abe is widely expected to retain power, with his party maybe losing a few seats from its huge majority. In many ways, the election is a referendum on the prime minister’s economic reforms, known as Abenomics. It’s also a vote about national security.

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Pressure from Amazon has Walmart.com looking for new kinds of customers. According to the Wall Street Journal, the giant discount store is close to landing a deal with Lord & Taylor, one of the oldest luxury department stores in the country. 

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10/20/2017: Congress moves closer to tax reform

Oct 20, 2017

(U.S. Edition) The Senate has approved a $4 trillion budget, checking one of the boxes the GOP needs before it pushes a tax overhaul. We'll look at how this will help Republicans' tax efforts, and whether the budget provides anymore clues about the party's plans for tax reform. Afterwards, we'll discuss Walmart's courtship of Lord & Taylor, one of the country's oldest department stores, and then report on the emerging demand for "greener" aluminum. 

The emerging demand for "greener" aluminum

Oct 20, 2017

Sales of aluminum are on the rise, and that’s in part because using it in products can have environmental benefits. But there’s a dirtier side to aluminum — producing it is energy intensive. So, now demand is growing for “greener” aluminum.

10/19/2017: Tax reform's brain drain

Oct 19, 2017

Kai Ryssdal promised we weren't going to talk about tax reform today, but it kept coming up: Rep. Pat Tiberi's resignation from Congress signals a brain drain of tax code experts in the Ways and Means Committee, which could make tax reform a lot messier. And we checked in with a union leader in Erie, Pennsylvania, who wasn't exactly moved by President Donald Trump's big announcement that tax reform would lead to the rebirth of American industry.

A day in the life, surrounded by federal regulations

Oct 19, 2017

Can you name a single federal regulation? Probably not, but they're all around you, from the second you open your eyes in the morning.

The first wave of university students displaced by Hurricane Maria has arrived to study in the mainland US, taking advantage of tuition discounts offered to Puerto Rican students whose home institutions remain shuttered.

“Coming here was a big relief,” says Rosamari Palerm, 23. She was the first student from Puerto Rico to arrive at St. Thomas University, a private Catholic school in Miami Gardens, Florida with over 5,000 students.

Tech companies head to Capitol Hill over politcal ads

Oct 19, 2017

Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, took to Washington to smooth things over with Congress about Russian-linked accounts using the social network to target political ads in the 2016 election. But her efforts may be too little too late, as Congress introduced a bill today to change the disclosures tech companies must make about political advertising. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke with Molly Wood, the host of Marketplace Tech, about the controversy. 

In Pennsylvania, a budget stalemate — one that’s been going on for more than three months now — is threatening millions of dollars that some universities count on to lower their in-state tuition. The state’s legislature adopted the budget over the summer, but it still hasn’t agreed on how to pay for it. Meanwhile, four schools — Pennsylvania State University, the University of Pittsburgh, Temple University and Lincoln University — are nervous their funds could become a casualty in the negotiation process. 

President Trump pledged sweeping political and economic changes during the campaign. We have no idea if Trump can deliver on those promises, but we can explore what it’s going to take for him to try. It’s all in our series The Big Promise.

One of President Donald Trump’s big promises while he was campaigning was that he was going to bring manufacturing jobs back to this economy. More recently, he said the Republican tax overhaul plan will “lead to the rebirth of American industry.”

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