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Marketplace

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt caught a lot of heat for claiming the U.S. has added 50,000 coal jobs. That's not true; there are actually about 51,000 coal miners in this country total. That small group wields out-sized political influence, so we'll do numbers on the coal industry and the way energy is moving overall. Then: A gas explosion in Colorado this spring is renewing an intense debate in that state over drilling in urban areas.

06/15/2017: Say farewell to EU roaming charges

Jun 15, 2017

We did our best to make sure you weren't surprised by the news: Janet Yellen and co. decided to raise interest rates. Analyst Diane Swonk from DS Economics joined us to give insight on why the Federal Reserve made the decision that it did. Afterwards, we'll look at the European Union's move to abolish telephone, text and data roaming charges, and then discuss some of the reasons for why the growth rate of global energy demand is slowing down. 

David Brancaccio

The global demand for energy just isn't growing at the same speed it used to. The fossil-fuel giant BP has released a new report about global energy use in 2016, finding that energy consumption increased by 1 percent in 2016, compared to a 10-year average of 1.8 percent a year. 

Jana Kasperkevic

Tiny homes seem like a perfect answer to most of millennials’ problems. They are affordable. They are minimalistic. The are trendy. Except there’s one problem: Tiny homes are not considered homes when it comes to bank loans, making it hard for potential owners to find financing.

In the immediate aftermath of the shooting attack in Alexandria, Virginia, which left Rep. Steve Scalise in critical condition, congressional lawmakers have inquired about the possibility of using campaign funds to pay for heightened personal security. We'll report on the ethics, as well as the pros and cons of taking such a step.

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Will new technology improve your airport experience?

Jun 15, 2017

Delta Airlines is testing new biometrics technology that would allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection to record facial images of travelers leaving the United States. The measure is being touted as a way to boost security and make life easier for travelers. Experts say the goal is to move the technology on to all airlines and especially incoming flights.

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Amy Scott

Just before noon on a recent Thursday, Robert Piluso’s English 1A class was wrapping up at Mt. San Antonio College near Los Angeles. Many of his busy students headed off to jobs or home to take care of children.

“Great work, everybody,” Piluso told the class. “I’ll see you Monday. “

06/15/2017: Rethinking remedial education

Jun 15, 2017
Marketplace

A trade war might be brewing. There's currently an investigation at the Department of Commerce to determine whether cheap steal imports are a threat to national security. On today's show, we'll take a look at how other countries might retaliate if that happens. Afterwards, we'll look at Delta Airlines' decision to test new technology that would record facial images of travelers leaving the U.S. Then, we'll look at how community colleges are starting to change up their remedial courses, which cost money but often don't count for college credit. 

Marketplace

Whenever there's a disaster, someone usually launches a relief effort online. Well, those in the U.S. will soon be able to do that using Facebook now that the social media giant is launching a fundraising tool tied to its "Safety Check" feature. On today's show, we'll talk about what this means for the charity landscape and whether crowdfunding is getting too crowded. Afterwards, we'll discuss HP's move into 3-D printing and how the process could affect the manufacturing industry. And finally, with questions swirling about malicious interference in recent U.S.

Faisal Al Nasser/Reuters

When Manal al-Sharif posted a video of herself driving in Saudi Arabia in 2011, she angered many in the deeply conservative kingdom. 

"The worst backlash was from the religious establishment," she says. "They took the Friday sermons, and they called me things like a prostitute for just driving a car." 

Damir Sagolj/Reuters

The US Senate on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a new package of sanctions that punish Russia for its efforts to alter the course of the 2016 presidential election.

The vote was 97-2 for the package. Republican Senators Mike Lee and Rand Paul voted against the amendment.

According to a press release, the new measure will:

'Letters from Iraq' told through music

Jun 14, 2017

We're excited to share a new collaboration today. We're calling it "FutureFolk." The series is in partnership with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

To help kick things off, we turn to Rahim AlHaj, an Iraqi-American composer and oud player. He has a new album out called "Letters from Iraq."

AlHaj lives in New Mexico now, but the songs on the album are inspired by actual letters sent by people in Iraq.

This week, marks 30 years since former President Ronald Reagan stood near the Berlin Wall and told Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev: “If you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe ... Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

This month, Markus Rindt, a German symphony conductor, brought that same message to the US-Mexico border. He organized a tour, called “Tear Down This Wall!” — after Reagan’s famous speech —and planned a performance on the California-Mexico border, where the fence divides Tijuana and San Diego.

America's ring of fire

Jun 14, 2017

Last fall, Reveal reporters found that wildfires were spreading to new parts of the country, and to more densely populated areas. Now, we revisit that hour with a new story about Kansas, a state that’s battling not only wildfires, but also significant underfunding of its forest firefighter team.

The bond market takes interest rate hike in stride

Jun 14, 2017

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates about a quarter percent today, but yields on 10-year Treasury notes have been trading just around their 2017 lows — about 2.21 percent. That's the interest rate paid to the borrower of these notes. Yields rise when traders expect inflation to increase, and, therefore, interest rates climb. So what exactly is the bond market saying?

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All is not gloomy in retail sales

Jun 14, 2017

There are new numbers out today that show just how much we spent on retail last month. And it was not so great. Retail sales were down 0.3 percent, which is the biggest monthly decline in more than a year. Department stores in particular have been struggling, but we wondered if there are any silver linings in retail. Fast fashion and discount stores are among those seeing a bit of sunshine.

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A half-dozen Michigan state officials now face criminal charges for their role in the Flint water crisis. The state cut subsidies for Flint water in March, leaving residents to pay for their water at one of the highest rates in the country. Though the city’s water now meets federal quality standards for lead and copper, the water system still needs an expensive overhaul that includes replacing about 20,000 pipes that connect homes to drinking water.

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Inside the booming black market for bourbon

Jun 14, 2017
Adam Allington

Bourbon, America’s only “native spirit,” has been riding a wave of popularity like it hasn’t seen in 50 years, driven by a combination of savvy marketing and a resurgence of cocktail culture.

Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry

Television isn't just on TV anymore. Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and YouTube are all creating original shows available on the digital device of your choice. We're watching shows in more ways than ever. Kathleen Grace used to run the YouTube space in LA. Now she's the CEO of New Form Digital, one of the studios that creates for different online platforms. She talked with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about the new online TV trend and the struggles of making a profit with an internet-based format.

India's renewable energy revolution is racing ahead

Jun 14, 2017
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In 2015, at the climate talks in Paris, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi spearheaded the launch of an international solar alliance to raise $1 trillion to light up the developing world. Eighteen months later, Modi has turned promise into action.

India, a country of 1.3 billion people, is becoming perhaps the world’s best example of the revolution in green energy.

Daniel A. Gross/PRI

When President Donald J. Trump announced that he would pull the US out of the Paris Climate Accords, European leaders quickly piled on criticism. French president Emmanuel Macron addressed American scientists and engineers: "I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland. Come, and work here with us."

Jana Kasperkevic

On Sunday, 23 percent of Puerto Rico’s eligible citizens went to the polls, and 97 percent of them voted to make Puerto Rico America’s 51st state. That’s about half a million people. The vote was nonbinding, and because of the low turnout, it might not be enough to persuade Congress to convert Puerto Rico from a commonwealth to a state.

The story of Magnus Hirschfeld, the ‘Einstein of sex'

Jun 14, 2017
Via Undiscovered

Decades before Alfred Kinsey developed his scale for human sexuality, there was Magnus Hirschfeld — a doctor who dedicated his career to proving that homosexuality was natural.

Hirschfeld’s reasoning was simple: In turn of the 20th century Germany, where he lived, a law called Paragraph 175 made so-called “unnatural fornication” between men punishable by prison time.

06/14/2017: It's time for another hike

Jun 14, 2017
Marketplace

As many suspected, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates a fourth of a percent today. It's the third hike in six months, and we'll get a little wonky parsing Janet Yellen's comments on inflation, the labor market and overall economic health. Then, we're going hunting for the silver lining in a very cloudy year for retailers. Plus: a look at why bootlegging is booming again.

Is competition the solution to high drug prices?

Jun 14, 2017
D Gorenstein

When it comes to prescription drugs, even some drugmakers agree the cost needs to be reined in.

The U.S. Supreme Court this week unanimously ruled in support of a new class of generic drugs that some argue will inject more competition into the market. The decision coincides with several meetings on the subject of drug pricing — the Senate met on the topic yesterday, while the American Chamber of Commerce will discuss prices today.

Macy’s, like so many other department giants, is reeling from falling sales. Dozens of it stores have shut down as it loses foot traffic to online competition. To reboot itself, Macy’s says it has a new strategy: It plans to offer more exclusive lines.

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06/14/2017: About 200 Democrats have decided to sue Trump

Jun 14, 2017

Democrats are suing President Trump for allegedly violating the constitution's emoluments clause, which prohibits presidents from taking foreign gifts without permission from Congress. On today's show, we'll look at why they think they have the standing to sue, and other lawsuits that have been filed against Trump over this issue. Afterwards, we'll examine how Macy's is trying to ramp up sales amid the country's retail crisis, and then talk about Arizona's planned partnership with Mexico to bolster its manufacturing industry.

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot Wednesday at a congressional baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, officials said.

A congressional aide said Scalise was in stable condition at George Washington University Hospital.

Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said several other people also were hit, including two law enforcement officers.

Brooks said that Scalise, 51, was down on the ground with what Brooks described as "a hip wound.''

Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Mich., said Scalise was standing on second base when he was shot.

JaeRan Kim

The Federal Reserve announced this morning it's raising interest rates by a quarter of a percent. It's the third hike in six months. Higher interest rates mean things are improving, right? Not so fast. 

“For the economy, this is not a bad thing. For consumers with balances, it’s not the best thing," said Jill Gonzalez, an analyst with WalletHub.

She said Americans now have more than a trillion dollars in credit card debt — debt that’s getting more expensive. 

Carrie Jung

Officials in Arizona have big dreams about turning the region into a manufacturing hub. Their sales pitch to do that? Lots of cheap land, nearby international ports and a budding partnership with supply chains in Sonora, Mexico. But in today’s economic and political climate, turning this dream into a reality is taking some creative solutions.

In the manufacturing world, the buzzword for the relationship that Arizona and Sonora are creating is known as a “mega-region." And one of the first companies to take advantage of it here was electric carmaker Lucid Motors.

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