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Senior Trump administration officials cancelled a meeting today to talk about whether the U.S. will stay committed to its emissions targets under the Paris climate agreement. Trump has promised to take the U.S. out of agreement. A surprising group wants America to stay in: coal executives. The nation’s three biggest coal companies would rather the U.S. have a seat at the climate change negotiating table than be sidelined.

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How Charles Shaw wine became Two Buck Chuck

Apr 18, 2017
Marketplace

When Trader Joe's introduced Charles Shaw wine in 2002, it sold for $1.99 a bottle. The price of "Two Buck Chuck” has since risen, but the nickname endures. Journalist Natalie O'Neill went in search of the original Charles Shaw for an article in Thrillist on the history of Trader Joe’s wine. She talked with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about what she learned. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation. 

John Jenkins

More and more police departments are using body cameras as they look for ways to protect themselves, their communities and to preserve evidence. So the lucrative new bodycam market is becoming fiercely competitive. But the real money to be made is on the back end.

For almost two decades, Taser International was known for making stun guns. But now there’s a new product rolling off its production line in Scottsdale, Arizona: body cameras.

Spokesman Steve Tuttle watches a production line as the cameras come together.

Why boom-bust oil prices may be here to stay

Apr 18, 2017
Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst

Crude oil prices fell today following a government report predicting the biggest increase in U.S. production in two years and the Saudi Arabian energy minister publicly doubting whether that country will keep cutting production as promised. Once again, oil is the global economic wild card.

Trump wants to rethink worker visas

Apr 18, 2017

At a factory in Wisconsin today, President Trump signed an executive order directing agencies to focus on buying American goods and order a review of the H-1B visa program. That's the visa companies use to hire skilled foreign workers. During his campaign, Trump talked about eliminating the program entirely and promised he would protect American workers. What does today's order actually do — and does it have teeth?  

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Why companies differ over 'proxy access'

Apr 18, 2017

Investors in IBM will vote next week on whether to give themselves more rights to influence company decisions. Many companies have already embraced a kind of governance called “proxy access,” where shareholders can nominate company officials. But other corporations, including IBM and Charles Schwab, oppose it. 

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In a recent episode of Make Me Smart, Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood interviewed George Lakoff, emeritus professor of cognitive science and linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1996, he wrote an influential book called "Moral Politics," which describes the science behind how liberals and conservatives think.

13: 'Nobody's got to use the internet'

Apr 18, 2017
Molly Wood and Kai Ryssdal

In a recent town hall with Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner of Wisconsin, a constituent was upset about the congressman's vote to repeal internet privacy laws. He replied, "Well, you know, nobody's got to use the internet."

Rick Wilking/Reuters

Over President Donald Trump's first 100 days, we're asking him questions that our audience wants answers to. Join the project by tweeting this question to @realDonaldTrump with the hashtag #100Days100Qs.

#86 @realDonaldTrump, do you plan to prosecute those who give aid or shelter to undocumented immigrants? #100Days100Qs

Federal prosecutors have been directed to bring more cases and more serious felony charges against immigrants — and against those involved in immigration-related crimes.

04/18/2017: Who is 'Two Buck Chuck'?

Apr 18, 2017
Marketplace

President Trump was in the heart of American manufacturing territory today: Kenosha, Wisconsin. He gave a big speech and signed two executive orders: One directing the federal government to make good on his campaign promise to "buy American, hire American" and other concerning H1-B visas. Candidate Trump was no fan of the program, which allows American companies to bring in skilled foreign workers, but President Trump might have his hands tied. Plus, we'll follow the money in the police body camera business. Competition is heating up, and there's big money to be made on the back end.

Annie Baxter

In the late 1990s, John Rosenow was expanding his dairy in Cochrane, Wisconsin. He struggled to find workers to fill positions on the farm as he went from milking 50 cows to more than 500. Other farmers had turned to immigrant labor from Mexico. Rosenow wasn't interested. 

“Diversity for us was whether you were Polish or Norwegian or you were Catholic or Protestant,” he said. “And so to bring somebody in from a different country, who spoke a different language — boy that's something we just didn't want to do.” 

04/18/2017: The future of the H-1B visa

Apr 18, 2017

The Trump administration might make changes to the H-1B visa program, which could include a shift from more of a lottery-based system to one that's skills based. We'll look at what's in store for the future of the visa. Afterwards, we'll explore why there be another writer's strike brewing in Hollywood, and then discuss the winners and losers of Philadelphia's controversial soda tax.

Jana Kasperkevic

Andrew Newman, an associate professor of English and History at Stony Brook University, is not worried about filing his taxes today. He already completed his return and is expecting a small refund. Yet, he is not exactly happy with the way his taxes turned out. The problem? He didn’t get the chance to protest President Trump’s administration.

Newman’s taxes were automatically deducted from his paycheck, so he has already paid everything he’s owed.

Negotiations continue between the Writers Guild of America and TV and movie producers as the May 1 expiration date of the writers' contract looms. Writers have struggled with changes in content production and distribution. 

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Britain's prime minister to seek early election

Apr 18, 2017
Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — In a shock announcement, Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday called for an early general election to be held June 8 to seek a strong mandate as she negotiates Britain's exit from the European Union.

Standing outside 10 Downing Street, May said she would ask the House of Commons on Wednesday to back her call for an election, just two years after the last vote and three years before the next scheduled date in May 2020.

The IRS brings in private debt collectors

Apr 18, 2017

It’s our duty to inform you that today is tax day. If you have some outstanding debt owed to the Internal Reserve Service, you might have a new kind of debt collector coming after you this year. The IRS is bringing on four private debt-collection agencies to go after certain older tax debts: CBE, ConServe, Performant and Pioneer.

Philadelphia's new soda tax is sweet and sour

Apr 18, 2017
Bobby Allyn

Michelle Murray was  browsing the soda aisle of her neighborhood corner store in North Philadelphia.  

“Oh, my goodness. Oh, that’s ridiculous,” Murray said. “A dollar eighty. For a 16 ounce Pepsi? That’s just too much money for me."

A new city tax on sugary drinks can add up 18 cents to a can of soda or $1 to a 2 liter bottle.

Murray opted for tea instead. Like her, other consumers are increasingly going for unsweetened drinks, according to Philadelphia retailers. Some report a 50 percent drop in soda sales.

The next big tech hub might surprise us all

Apr 18, 2017
Bruce Johnson and Janet Nguyen

When we think of tech, we think Silicon Valley. But that could change. Places like Omaha, Nebraska and Philadelphia are becoming promising areas for startups to develop and grow. In this series, we’re looking for cities that might become home to the next big thing.

One day, Silicon Valley may no longer be the epicenter of the tech industry.

Entrepreneurs across the country — parts of the country that you may not associate with e-commerce and apps and the latest gadgets — are making their mark on the tech world.

David Brancaccio

Five years ago, Marketplace explored how machines, robots and software algorithms were increasingly entering the workforce in our series "Robots Ate My Job." Now, we're looking at what humans can do about it with a new journey to find robot-proof jobs.

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UnitedContinental posted strong quarterly profits yesterday. Now United CEO Oscar Munoz is set to brief investors this morning, following an incident in which a passenger was forcibly removed from one of the company's flights. We'll look at whether the company can bounce back from the controversy. Afterwards, we'll look at a new kind of debt collector that might be coming after people who haven't paid their taxes. And finally, we'll talk about a new experiment in Silicon Valley where researchers plan to give people free money (seriously). 

04/18/2017: The third wave of tech

Apr 18, 2017
Marketplace

Facebook's developer conference, known as F8, kicks off in San Jose, California today. We'll hear from Wired's Cade Metz about what the social media giant is trying to get developers to do for them. Afterwards, we'll look at another tech conference that recently look place. Rise of the Rest, the brainchild of former AOL CEO Steve Case, champions entrepreneurs from all across the U.S. Case chatted with us about his effort to make sure venture capital gets evenly distributed across the country, and what he thinks the "third wave of tech" will consist of.

Will your city be the next tech hub?

Apr 18, 2017
Bruce Johnson

When we think of tech, we think Silicon Valley. But that could change. Places like Omaha, Nebraska and Philadelphia are becoming promising areas for startups to develop and grow. In this series, we’re looking for cities that might become home to the next big thing.

Kemal Aslan/Reuters

Sunday's vote in Turkey may have handed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan a victory, but the leader's drive for expanded powers is far from settled on Turkish social media. 

The narrow margin endorsing a referendum to change the country's constitution sparked rancorous debate on Twitter and Facebook, as the country's main opposition party called on Monday for the vote result to be annulled. 

Even government supporters celebrating their win online didn't seem entirely convinced. 

Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Back before the age of Twitter, a previous US president traveled to within spitting distance of North Korea and issued a stark warning about the nuclear aspirations of that country’s leaders.

“It is pointless for them to try to develop nuclear weapons, because if they ever used them it would mean the end of their country,” Bill Clinton said during a 1993 visit to the Korean Demilitarized Zone, standing closer to the North Korean border than any US president before him.

The North Koreans had plans of their own, however.

Three years ago, Mira Rai didn’t know mountain trail running was a sport.

Now, this former child soldier from rural Nepal is one of the top long-distance, high-elevation mountain runners in the world.

And she’s just getting started.

Rai pulls trophies from a glass case at her house in Kathmandu. I ask her to show me the one from her first trail-running race in Nepal, the one that launched her career three years ago, but she says there wasn’t an award for that one.

“No trophy,” she laughs.

How we could simplify the American tax filing process

Apr 17, 2017
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Because of Emancipation Day, a somewhat obscure holiday celebrated in Washington, DC, Americans have until Tuesday, April 18, to file taxes — three days later than the typical April 15 deadline.

If you're still working on yours, you're probably not alone: Americans will spend more than 6 billion hours preparing their taxes, which includes digging up W-2s, sifting through receipts and filling out any number of forms. The amount we spend to get it done by firms or by ourselves with software is also significantly high.

Marketplace Weekend Staff

Got a job? Chances are you went through a lengthy interview process to land the gig. Well done, you! But should endless conversations with anonymous hiring managers be the only way? 

Yale professor Jason Dana says no. He discusses this in a recent piece for the New York Times titled  "The Utter Uselessness of Job Interviews."

Rebecca Morrison/PRI

One evening in mid March, I was part of a full-house audience at the local city council meeting in Eugene, Oregon. On the agenda was an ordinance to prevent the city and police from using its resources to arrest and detain people whose only offense is violating federal immigration laws.

I can see how this kind of rule would make the job of law enforcement easier if entire sectors of the community were not afraid to speak to cops. Thirty-five people gave testimony, many of whom identified themselves as immigrants or the children or grandchildren of immigrants.

I’m a bit of a masochist in that I like to make things harder for myself than they should be. As difficult as it is to get paid for writing these days, I’ve made the task even tougher for myself by limiting my subject matter to Iran. And, as if that weren’t enough, I steer clear of politics (I’m just not interested) and focus solely on arts and culture.

But thanks to the White House’s belligerent orange-hued resident, the load on my scrawny shoulders has lightened. Somewhat.

Fair Trade certification comes to U.S. seafood

Apr 17, 2017
JaeRan Kim

If you’re a frequent buyer of seafood, you may be aware that more attention is being focused on how that seafood was captured. There are several certification programs meant to convey whether the fish you like to eat was taken from overfished areas. Enter another program: Fair Trade.

You may know if from coffee or chocolate. In recent years, it’s expanded into seafood. And soon, the first U.S. seafood products will get that label. Is there something truly different about the Fair Trade label, or is it just another fish in the sea?

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