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Apple kicks off its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose today. One of the things the tech giant is reportedly going to be rolling out is a series of tools that may help you spend less time on your phone ... or at least be aware of how much time you’re spending. What does that mean for a company that normally wants you to be glued to your devices?

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For many lower-income families, the cost of private school tuition can seem out of reach. But a nationwide network of private schools has found a way to help subsidize that cost. The program only accepts students below the poverty line as part of a unique model of work-for-tuition. In Atlanta, students work at a business one day a week, and in return, over 100 metro Atlanta companies cover 60 percent of the students’ education costs.

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The changing economics of health care

Jun 4, 2018

(U.S. Edition) New research from the New England Journal of Medicine finds that many breast cancer patients may not need chemotherapy at all. On today's show, we'll explore the publication's findings, and what avoiding chemotherapy can mean for a patient's health and their finances. Afterwards, we'll discuss the high costs associated with new cancer drugs and who ends up footing the bill, and then we'll look at how one Catholic organization has come up with an innovative way to make private school more affordable. (06/04/2018)

 

 

Coffee chains look to China for more buzz

Jun 4, 2018

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service … Trade talks between the U.S. and China ended without a deal on Sunday, so are the two nations closer to a trade war? Then, a look at why farmers in India are throwing their produce, milk and cheese into the street to push the government for more assistance. Afterwards, it’s Monday, which means many of us feel like it takes a boatload of caffeine to get us going after the weekend. While not everyone in the world relies on coffee for that morning buzz, we’ll take you to China where global chains are exploring more expansion opportunities.

New novel imagines tech industry "solving" childbirth

Jun 4, 2018

Sometimes it seems like there's nothing that tech companies won't try to disrupt. The new novel "Mother of Invention" by Caeli Wolfson Widger takes that idea all the way to the womb. The book tells the story of Tessa Callahan and her biotech startup, which shortens pregnancy to just nine weeks and gets rid of some of the side effects.

Sometimes it seems like there's nothing that tech companies won't try to disrupt. The new novel "Mother of Invention" by Caeli Wolfson Widger takes that idea all the way to the womb. The book tells the story of a biotech startup that shortens pregnancy to just nine weeks ... and questions whether that's actually a good idea.

Fears of a trade war rekindled

Jun 1, 2018

What a week. We started with Italy and fears of another European debt crisis. We segued quickly into fears of a trade war. And we ended the week with a boffo jobs report. The unemployment rate has fallen to 3.8 percent, but impressive numbers aside, what’s going on with sluggish wage growth? It's not keeping up with household expenditures. Then, we discuss trade war fears that have been stoked this week. And will tariffs eat away at the benefits from the tax cuts? We break it all down with Nela Richardson from Redfin and David Gura from MSNBC. 

More of the tariff skirmishes between the U.S. and China, the EU, Mexico, Canada, and other countries are likely to end up at the World Trade Organization. That's because the WTO is supposed to help mediate trade battles. The problem is, President Donald Trump has been working to undermine the WTO's authority by vetoing all judicial appointments to the body's seven-person appeals chamber, which has final say on trade fights.

5 things you should know about women who heist

Jun 1, 2018

"Ocean's 8" hits theaters June 8, and Sandra Bullock's gang of women criminals may be fictional, but there are some real life women who ran big heists. In the 1920s, the infamous Bonnie Parker of Bonnie and Clyde hit the scene.

Other notorious thieves have made their mark: Ma Barker, who led the bank-robbing Barker Gang, and a string of more recent criminals — the Starlet Bandit, the Church Lady Bandit, the Barbie Bandits.

Why the death toll in Puerto Rico matters

Jun 1, 2018

This week, a Harvard study published in the New England Journal of Medicine estimated that at least 4,645 deaths in Puerto Rico were related to Hurricane Maria and its devastation of the U.S. territory. That's 70 times higher than official estimates.

Earlier this month, we asked listeners for questions for Ask a Manager's  Alison Green on navigating an internship. Now, as internship season approaches rapidly, she gives her best advice for how to get the most out of an internship. Below is a summary of her answers. 

What do you do about an absentee manager?

Two years ago, Vanessa Roanhorse was in Taos, New Mexico, with her husband, and they walked by the Kit Carson museum.

"My husband was like 'who's Kit Carson?'” says Roanhorse. “I'm looking at him thinking, ‘how do you not know who Kit Carson is?'”

Although Carson is a significant part of US history, people outside of the Southwest generally have no idea who he was. He was a frontiersman, famous as a tracker and wilderness guide and for shaping New Mexico.

At a café near Williams College in the Berkshires, in western Massachusetts, students crammed for final exams. Sitting in the back, junior Tyler Tsay, an American studies major, had something else on his mind as well.

“It's very necessary to have an Asian American studies program, if only to complete the American Studies program that already exists on campus,” Tsay said.

What North Korea looks like with capitalism "creeping in"

Jun 1, 2018

Last year, the Trump administration banned U.S. citizens from traveling to North Korea. Before that, the country was only getting around 1,000 visitors from the U.S. annually. That means few Americans have traveled there or seen how the country has changed under Kim Jong Un’s leadership. Travis Jeppesen is one of those few people.

Halina Litman Yasharoff Peabody remembers the events of her life during the Holocaust in remarkable detail.

She was only 6 when Russians invaded her Polish town, arrested her father and sent him to a prison camp in Siberia. The Germans arrived in 1941, setting off a string of horrors for Peabody, her mother and her baby sister: the hiding, the ghetto, the mass graves, the escape by train and the bomb that took two of her fingers.

(Markets Edition) The U.S. economy added 223,000 jobs in May, while the unemployment rate declined to 3.8 percent, according to the latest jobs report. We'll hear from Christopher Low, chief economist at FTN Financial, about the positives in this report, and yet why investors are being cautious over these indicators. Plus: We find out why it's such a big deal that the president tweeted that he was "looking forward" to the release of the employment numbers.

President Donald Trump was in Texas Thursday meeting with the families of ten people who were shot to death at a high school in Santa Fe Springs near Houston. Earlier this week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott laid out a plan to increase school safety in his state. The $120 million proposal would focus on “hardening schools” and increasing mental health services for students.

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Today marks one year since President Donald Trump made good on his threat to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord agreed to under the Obama administration. In response, 17 states and 2,700 mayors and business leaders have pledged to do their part to honor the deal that calls on the nation to cut greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent by 2025. Can the United States hit the Paris target — with or without help from the federal government?

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The basic rules of buying a house

Jun 1, 2018

It can be nice not dealing with a landlord who will suddenly send you a letter saying you have to be gone in a month.

But with housing prices skyrocketing dramatically, it might make more sense to rent

(U.S. Edition) Now that the Trump administration has decided to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum from Europe, Canada, and Mexico, we'll look at how its North American allies, specifically, plan to retaliate. Both Canada and Mexico have already announced new tariffs on U.S. steel. Afterwards, ahead of the May jobs report, we'll discuss what wages look like for entry-level workers, and then we'll explore how Texas' governor plans to increase school safety in the state. (06/01/2018)

Germany's Jewish population is small, somewhere around 200,000. Yet in German schoolyards, the word “Jew” is heard regularly, and not in a good way.

“'Jew' is an insult here,” says Berlin resident Gemma Michalski. “If you want to insult somebody, whether they're Jewish or not, it doesn't matter, but it's the thing you throw at them: 'Ah he's a real Jew,' or 'You're a Jew.' That's a sort of go-to insult.”

Who really stands to win from a global trade war?

Jun 1, 2018

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service … Global trade is under threat again as President Trump’s fresh tariffs target the United State's North American and European allies. Who really stands to win, and will the White House come to the negotiation table again or is a global trade war just about to kick off? (06/01/2018)

A pay increase for entry-level jobs

Jun 1, 2018

The job market is now being flooded by the class of 2018 — both college and high school graduates. Leticia Aguilar is among them. She's about to graduate from Franklin High School in Portland, Oregon.

“I will be working in the summer and then I will be attending PCC [Portland Community College],” Aguilar said recently in the college and career counselor’s office at her school. She’s hoping to continue her education after community college and transfer to a four-year college to complete a degree in social work or teaching.

Are we trading security for emojis on Venmo?

Jun 1, 2018

Venmo has been a major player in the peer-to-peer payment scene the past few years. If you’re not familiar with the PayPal-owned app, one popular feature is its public news feed. That’s where people post their payments, often with emoji to describe them. But as it gets more popular, some are wondering if it’s secure or private enough.

Are we trading security for ... emoji?

Jun 1, 2018

Venmo has been a major player in the peer-to-peer payment scene the past few years. If you’re not familiar with the PayPal-owned app, one popular feature is its public news feed. That’s where people post their payments, often with emoji to describe them. But as it gets more popular, some are wondering if it’s secure or private enough. In fact, PayPal recently settled a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over Venmo about privacy and security. Alison Griswold has covered Venmo at Slate and now at Quartz. She spoke with Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood about the app. (06/01/2018)

American manufacturers cope with the loss of EU tariff exemptions

May 31, 2018

The Trump administration said today it would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the European Union, Canada and Mexico. Since the global tariffs were announced in March, these allies had temporary exemptions from the tariffs. In anticipation of this day, some companies applied for more permanent exclusions from the Department of Commerce. Two such companies are Max Daetwyler Corp., which makes printer parts called doctor blades, and Gemini Group, which produces many metal and plastic products.

This guy will make anything, as long as he can make it in America

May 31, 2018

Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal took a trip to Columbus, Georgia to do an informal survey of American manufacturing by looking at three slices of how we make things in this country today.

We’ve told you about a a textile company that’s had to reinvent itself as the trade economy changed around it.

In 1942, there were 44 people living on Attu Island, nearly all Alaska Natives. They were taken as captives to Japan, where half of them died. And after the war, the federal government forbade them from returning.

But in August, a group of 11 descendants finally visited their ancestral home for the first time.

Related: Seventy-five years after the Battle of Attu, veterans reflect on the cost of reclaiming US soil

The threat of a trade war has been looming over this country since President Donald Trump announced steel and aluminum tariffs almost three months ago. But one set of tariffs, and a bunch of exclusions and carve-outs to it, does not a trade war make. But now those exceptions are expiring, countries are retaliating and things are getting real. Today, we'll break down what's happening, talk to businesspeople trying to figure out their place in all this and answer your questions about all things trade.

(Markets Edition) The Fed is changing up a measure known as "The Volcker Rule," which was put in place after the financial crisis to curb risky behavior from banks. We'll discuss whether this will start enabling dangerous behavior. Afterwards, we'll chat with the Economist's New York bureau chief, Patrick Foulis about why corporate America is so fond of President Donald Trump. (05/31/2018)

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