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How do you do business without high-speed internet?

Jun 20, 2017
Caitlin Esch

Driving around rural Erie County, Pennsylvania, what you notice — aside from rolling hills, old farm houses, and the occasional small town — are the movie rental stores. There are a lot of them.

Jamie Buie is the manager of Family Video in Erie City. As she rang up a customer with a towering stack of DVDs, she said her decision to take a job here five years ago came down to internet access.

21: Tax cuts and partisan brain candy

Jun 20, 2017
Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed a series of big tax cuts back in 2012, pledging to put money back in the hands of individuals and grow the economy. It became known as an experiment in "trickle-down," or supply-side economics.

Why you should listen to Leonard Cohen music when you eat toffee

Jun 20, 2017
Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

Can a restaurant actually make you think its food tastes better because of the place settings and ambiance? Can a chocolate company make you think its candy bars are sweeter because they've changed shape? 

Tired of jogging? There’s an exosuit for that.

Jun 20, 2017
<a href="">Clem Onojeghuo</a> via <a href="">Unsplash</a>. Image cropped.

Talk about suiting up for a jog — researchers have developed an exosuit that helps runners use less energy.

The ensemble is no stiff, Iron Man-style exoskeleton — it looks more like a pair of belted spandex shorts. In the study, recently published in Science Robotics, researchers say that wearing the suit can cut the metabolic cost of a treadmill run by 5.4 percent.

Now you have another reason to tip your Uber driver

Jun 20, 2017
Jana Kasperkevic

Uber is cleaning house. Recently, the scandal-ridden company fired more than 20 people after it had investigated over 100 sexual harassment complaints. Its founder and CEO, Travis Kalanick, is taking a leave of absence.

Franc Contreras

Their faces appear etched on Mexican pesos and mannequins in their likeness stand behind polished glass in Mexico City’s world famous Museum of Anthropology. But despite the frequent use of their images as cultural symbols, the voices of Mexico’s millions of indigenous people are largely absent from their nation’s mainstream political life.

Adam Allington

The Supreme Court yesterday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks.

The justices ruled that a 71-year-old clause in the Lanham Act, which barred disparaging terms or phrases from receiving federal trademark registration, infringed on free speech. 

Andy Uhler

The number of people fishing for fun in California has decreased over the past 30-plus years. Fewer people buying a recreational fishing license means less money for California's huge fish and wildlife agencies. A change to the fishing license system aims get more hooks in the water. 

Jim Kraft and his 12-year-old son, Tyler, spent the weekend fishing at Lopez Lake on California’s central coast. Their annual fishing licenses run $47.01 apiece.


We know about as much about Senate Republicans' plan to repeal and replace Obamacare as we did yesterday — pretty much nothing, except that we might be able to see the secret bill Thursday. That's a lot of uncertainty around a plan to rework 17 percent of the economy. So in the meantime let's talk about that number. Where'd it come from? Then, as we continue on series "The Big Promise," we'll look at one problem facing rural Pennsylvanians President Trump hasn't talked much about: the digital divide.

06/20/2017: Barclays CEO faces fraud charges

Jun 20, 2017

The price of crude oil has been in sharp decline — the third straight year in a row. And that's making the job of policing interest rates in America even tougher. David Kelly, chief global strategist at JP Morgan Funds, joined us to talk about the connection between the two, and whether it's actually the right time to raise rates. Afterwards, we'll look at news that the former CEO of Barclays and three other executives at the bank are facing criminal charges in connection with the 2008 financial meltdown.

The board of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which regulates many of the country’s smaller banks and oversees the “living wills” of larger banks, could soon have a new chairman. President Trump plans to tap long-time Republican congressional staffer James Clinger for the role, which would require congressional approval. What could change at the FDIC under a new chair?

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Department of Energy head Rick Perry has a history of developing renewable energy, especially wind power, as governor of Texas. He voiced support for wind and solar power expansion in his confirmation hearings and elsewhere. But the budget on the table for DOE includes drastic cuts to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, as well as research labs that work on renewables. 

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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. 




When we talk about automating jobs, we often think it's bad for workers. But in the garment industry, which can be known for tough hours and dangerous conditions, could it actually be a good thing if robots took over millions of jobs? Motherboard's Ankita Rao joined us to talk about this tension, along with companies that are developing machinery in this space. Afterwards, we'll chat with the chief marketing officer of GrubHub about whether the food-delivery space is becoming a little too crowded. 

Mexico’s government appears to have been using advanced spyware created for criminal investigations to target some of the country’s most prominent journalists, lawyers and anti-corruption activists.

The software — called Pegasus — was reportedly created by Israeli cyberarms manufacturer NSO Group and sold to Mexican federal agencies under the condition that it be used to track terrorists and investigate criminals.

A call is made by the referee on the field or court. Then, there’s a pause as officials review the video. A final call is made one way or the other. 

Pakistanis go wild after cricket triumph over India

Jun 19, 2017

Pakistanis went wild Sunday after a surprise sporting triumph over its archrival, India.

“Cricket is the blood and heart of our nation,” says journalist Bina Shah, in the Pakistani city of Karachi. “We are so excited when we win and so devastated when we lose.”

The Pakistani national team stunned the cricket world by beating India in the final of an international tournament called the Champions Trophy, in London.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May vowed Monday to fight extremism in all its forms after a white driver plowed his van into a crowd of Muslims near a mosque.

It was the fourth terror strike in a tumultuous four months in Britain.

Ten people were injured in the attack, which took place just after midnight on Monday after prayers in Finsbury Park, north London.

One elderly man, who had collapsed just before the incident, was pronounced dead at the scene, but it is not yet known whether his death was directly linked to the attack.

The rescued Jewish tombstones of Thessaloniki

Jun 19, 2017

Iosif Vaena, a Greek pharmacist who regularly works 13-hour days, has a sideline. When he gets a break, he heads to the back and opens up a door to reveal an ancient Jewish tombstone by the bathroom sink.  

The stone is about a foot tall and a foot wide, with faint Hebrew scripture on it.

When Vaena found it loose among some steps, he picked it up and brought it to the pharmacy to safely stow until he gets the chance to deliver it to a Jewish cemetery.

“I think it's a bit more dignified than having people step on it,” he says. 

Kai Ryssdal

It's another busy week on Capitol Hill. Just a few of the items on the agenda include Paul Ryan making a speech on tax reform and a hearing on the use of military force in Syria, and over in the Senate, getting the Republican health care bill done by the Fourth of July recess.

Can Tidal and Jay-Z get Sprint new users?

Jun 19, 2017
Reema Khrais

It's been a busy couple of weeks for music icon Jay-Z. He became the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and his wife, Beyonce, a music-industry force of her own, just had the twins.

Annie Baxter

“Somali Lives and Culture,” a four-week course open to anyone, wrapped up recently on the campus of the College of Saint Benedict, a Catholic college in Central Minnesota, near the town of St. Cloud. It drew about 40 people. The teacher, Hudda Ibrahim, is a Somali-born college instructor and author. Her book “From Somalia to Snow: How Central Minnesota Became Home to Somalis” served as the course material.

Ibrahim is tall, wears glasses, a chunky gold necklace and a head covering, as many Muslim women do. She told the class she gets a lot of questions about it.

After a difficult few months, Brexit negotiations begin

Jun 19, 2017
Kai Ryssdal and Sam Beard

Today, British and European Union negotiators met to start talking about how they're going to talk about Brexit — in other words, how those negotiations are going to go. But those meetings have faded into the background of another terrorist attack, the fourth in recent weeks. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke with Stephen Beard, the Marketplace correspondent based in London, to see how the Brits feel going into these negotiations. Below is an edited transcript of their conversation. 

On health care, consumer groups have no seat at the table

Jun 19, 2017

The Senate is working to get its own version of the American Health Care Act ready before it goes on recess July 3. Only a small group of senators is working on it, without the input of many other people. This has been frustrating for some consumer groups, who say they’ve been locked out. So many of these organizations are taking their messages directly to the American people.

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For fish, the good and bad of warming ocean waters

Jun 19, 2017

As ocean temperatures rise, what will happen to the fish we eat?

According to a recent study published in “Progress in Oceanography,” some fish species will thrive in warmer waters — and others, not so much.

Using a detailed climate model and historical observation data, researchers at NOAA and The Nature Conservancy modeled the shifting thermal habitats of over 50 species along the Atlantic coast, from North Carolina to the Gulf of Maine.

Andy Uhler

Morro Bay, a town on California’s central coast, touts itself as a fishing community. Fishing has been vital for the town's economy, but it collapsed at the turn of the century because of overfishing and subsequent federal regulation.

Fishermen were offered some relief money for their losses, but the industry was left for dead. Now, things are on the upswing thanks to an unlikely partnership between local fishermen and environmental group The Nature Conservancy.  

Richard Hall/PRI

Wadha Khalaf sits cross-legged on the rough ground, throwing dough between her hands like she’s done it a million times before.

The 45-year-old mother of 13 is a new arrival among the thousands of displaced Yazidis living on top of Mount Sinjar, in northern Iraq — a sacred place for people of her faith.

But it is not the first time she has sought safety here.

Marketplace Weekend Staff

Can peer pressure push people to investment in thousands of dollars worth of home improvements? Google hopes so. Project Sunroof, one of the tech giant's latest ventures, uses maps to show people which of their neighbors have installed solar panels. Google is hoping that if you've been toying with the idea of installing solar, a little keeping up with the Joneses might speed things along.


You've probably heard the Senate is working on a health care bill. So far there's no public drafts, no hearing, no CBO score, no nothing. But it's there, according to the small group of Senators who are trying to put it up for a vote before July 4. The whole situation is a conundrum for lobbyists and interest groups. Their whole business is legislation, but how can you get a seat at the table when there is no table? Then, speaking of Congress: rank-and-file members are facing shrinking staffs and an ambitious legislative agenda. What could go wrong?

06/19/2017: Getting rid of those government floppy disks

Jun 19, 2017

The tech world's top CEOs are in D.C. today to meet with President Trump about how to help the government run more efficiently. We'll talk about some of the plans the White House in store, which includes an upgrade of of the government's computer systems. Afterwards, we'll look at whether Phoenix's power grid will be able to handle the Southwest's heatwave, and then discuss California's plans to change its fishing license system so that more people will go fishing.