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It’s pre-dawn and in the driveway of his home outside of Los Angeles, Tom McRorie is attaching a trailer to his SUV and getting ready to drive south to make an unusual pick-up: 23 greyhounds, who have been living and competing at Tijuana’s Caliente race track.

It was October 2013. ISIS had splintered off from al-Qaeda earlier that year. 

The militant group grows stronger and attracts recruits from all over the world, many from Western Europe. 

Ayan and her younger sister Leila are Somali-Norwegian teenagers living in an affluent neighborhood outside of Oslo. They leave their adopted homeland to travel to Syria and marry ISIS fighters. 

On Feb. 27, 2017, a man sits, sipping tea at the dining room table in his Pennsylvania home when federal immigration officers arrive at his door. Once inside, they demand his  ID, which shows he is not a US citizen. Then, they arrest him and his co-worker, who arrives for their morning carpool. Neither man has a criminal record.

Four months later, his lawyer argued in immigration court that none of the evidence the officers gathered should have be used.

04/12/2018: TPP? TBD

Apr 12, 2018

Much like health care, it seems global trade is a harder nut to crack than the White House thought it might be. In a meeting today, Presdient Donald Trump said he's told his top economic and trade advisers to look at getting the United States back into the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It's not really a surprise. The president hinted at it in Davos, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin flat out said it in an interview on this program. That's where we're starting today, plus the latest on bank earnings and Disney's move to streaming. Also: A lot of science fiction tech has become reality.

58: So ... you wanna talk about Facebook?

Apr 12, 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's loooong testimony on Capitol Hill is over, and we have so many thoughts we added an episode to hash them out. So we're back, asking big questions: What problem do lawmakers think they need to solve? Is that even the most pressing problem? And do they know enough about Facebook to tell the difference? Plus, now that he's back in Menlo Park, does Zuckerberg get what a big deal this is?

Finding forms of devotion in Tuyo's Conselho do Bom Senso

Apr 12, 2018

Spring in New England is a reminder to provide your own consistency and structure. 

The weather hints at a new season by brushing chills over tepid weather. It’s almost impossible to keep up with a ritual let alone choose what coat to wear outside at this time. It helps to have a song or two to guide us through the lack of clarity.

Congress finally got its chance to grill Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week. The hearings in both the Senate and the House were mainly focused on data collected by Facebook and the apps that live on its platforms, as well as how that data can be used. While lawmakers had a lot of questions, Zuckerberg did not always have an answer ready. Instead, he told lawmakers that his team would “follow up.” This is actually a pretty common practice at hearings for executives, but we thought we’d check if the company would actually follow up.

Mo Korchinski has been there, done that.

White Castle is adding a "bloody" veggie burger to its menu

Apr 12, 2018

Fast food chain White Castle is stepping into the plant-base meat game by debuting a new slider from Impossible Foods. The plant-based meat is made from potato protein, coconut oil and wheat protein. Sounds dull? Maybe. But it gets the characteristic texture and bloody look of meat. And for meat lovers, it even smells and tastes like ground beef.

Can science fiction predict our economic future?

Apr 12, 2018

Self-driving cars, 3-D printers and robots are just a few inventions first hinted at in science fiction that later became a reality. That's one reason why companies are visiting the small town of Wetzlar, Germany. Wetzlar is home to what's called the Fantastic Library — a large public collection of fantasy and science fiction literature. From the outside, the Fantastic Library looks fairly ordinary. A  few dragon decorations on its facade are the only clue that this small building houses something unusual.

04/12/2018: A small sigh of relief for the markets

Apr 12, 2018

(Markets Edition) While President Trump tweeted yesterday that missiles "will be coming" to Syria, he's now saying an attack  could happen "very soon or not so soon at all!" That had investors breathing a small sigh of relief. We'll talk to Susan Schmidt, senior vice president at Westwood Holdings Group, about why she thinks the markets are facing a "confused moment." Afterwards, we'll look at how Delta's business is doing ahead of the release of its first-quarter earnings report. Then to cap off today's show, we'll discuss the controversy surrounding the U.K.'s new passport colors.

The spring of 2016 was a rough time for now 33-year-old Cherise Greer.

She'd just lost her job at Pizza Hut in Marlow, Oklahoma, where she was a regional manager. She couldn't pay her rent and was evicted from her home. She and her daughter, Angelique, then 6, were couch surfing. Oftentimes, Angelique would stay with Greer's grandmother in Duncan, a small town in Stephens County, about 10 minutes away.   

Book creates buzz about native bees of North America

Apr 12, 2018

When it comes to bees, honeybees get all the attention. But as a new book will tell you, honeybees are just one fraction of the many types of bees buzzing outside the collective consciousness of most Americans.

Tech companies in Silicon Valley are under the microscope for not living up to their idealistic pledges to save the world. On this week’s episode of Reveal, we investigate companies on the cutting edge that are struggling to solve some old-fashioned problems: Worker safety at Tesla, and diversity at Google and beyond.

Big banks are expected to report big profits tomorrow

Apr 12, 2018

Tomorrow, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Wells Fargo will report earnings for the first few months of the year. This year is shaping up to be a good one for the big banks, which are hauling in record profits. Analysts expect the new tax law and consumer confidence to be big boosters.

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Fuel prices depress Delta earnings

Apr 12, 2018

High fuel costs and a 6 percent raise for most of its employees are likely to take a toll on Delta Air Line's earnings. After years of low fuel prices, Delta's revenue is not what it used to be. Yet the air line is expanding and offering new trans-Atlantic flights — including direct flights between Atlanta and Lisbon.

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Purple faces over Britain's new blue passports

Apr 12, 2018

The UK is planning to mark its departure from the European Union by discarding the burgundy colored EU passport that has been issued to British citizens since the 1980s. Instead, from October next year, the UK will revert to the traditional British blue and gold document. The government has trumpeted the move as symbolically important: a clear sign that the UK is regaining its independence after more than 40 years of EU membership.

(U.S. Edition) The World Trade Organization is out with new data showing global commerce is off to a strong start. But there's a stark warning that governments should refrain from a retaliatory trade measure. Who could they possibly be talking about? Afterwards, we'll chat with Margrethe Vestager, Europe's top antitrust official who's gone after the world's biggest tech companies. Following Mark Zuckerberg's testimony on Capitol Hill, she joined us to talk about why privacy is such an important issue to her and why she thinks regulation isn't a disadvantage for smaller companies.

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service … IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde warned that while China’s Belt and Road Initiative might be a critical infrastructure investment, the nation should be wary of “problematic increases in debt.” So, how do you strike the right balance between stimulating economic growth without creating huge payment challenges? Then, today New Zealand banned all future offshore oil and gas exploration in the name of tackling climate change. Industry players, though, say they were blindsided by the move.

She's the woman taking on some of the biggest tech companies in the world, and she has a response to some of the statements Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg made on Capitol Hill this week.

The Data Economy: Policy (or lack thereof)

Apr 12, 2018

This article is part of Marketplace Tech's ongoing series on The Data Economy. You can read the other parts here.

In some ways policy is the easiest thing to discuss when we’re talking about the data economy. That's because, well, there really isn’t any.

Congress may have grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this week, but generally, lawmakers have given social media and tech a regulatory pass. Now there's at least talk about the possibility of laws that would govern our private data. So, all this week on Marketplace Tech, we're focusing on the data economy. Today a look at the laws (or lack thereof) that have been put in place around data and technology. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talks with Nuala O'Connor, who leads the nonprofit Center for Democracy & Technology. 

Jimmy Carter on faith, Trump, and his undying optimism

Apr 11, 2018

Former US President Jimmy Carter says there's an erosion of faith happening all around him. It's one of the main topics in his new book  — his 32nd — called "Faith: A Journey for All."

"All over the world there is a lack of faith in things which we used to cherish. Faith in democracy, faith in freedom, faith in God, faith in ourselves, faith in our neighbors," Carter says. "Your faith in other people, faith in the future."

CFPB head Mulvaney grilled on Capitol Hill

Apr 11, 2018

Across the hallway from Mark Zuckerberg’s second round on Capitol Hill today there was another hearing taking place. This one was not quite so well-attended. Mick Mulvaney was there to be questioned on his role as acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Democrats have been worried that Mulvaney is a little overly-friendly to the industry he’s supposed to regulate. One item that came up is payday lending, the small short-term loans many low-income Americans use, and that tend to come with super high interest rates.

The most powerful tool in social media

Apr 11, 2018

Before it was ever introduced to the world as the "like" button, Facebook developers had another name for it: the "Awesome" button.

“It’s one of those things that was lost in history,” said Soleio Cuervo, who helped design the feature about a decade ago.

He said before the blue thumbs up icon, designers experimented with a star symbol and a plus sign (those didn’t feel “Facebook-y” enough). Cuervo said the feature kept failing so-called Zuck reviews.

04/11/2018: What Paul Ryan's departure means

Apr 11, 2018

We got the most recent Federal Reserve meeting minutes. The key takeaways: Trump tax cuts and increased federal spending will give the economy a short-term boost, but all the deficit spending and retaliatory tariffs carry long-term risks. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan won't have to worry about any of this soon. He announced today he'll leave Congress in January. We'll talk about the ripple effects of that departure.

The woman sits with her hands clasped tightly together.

She’s petite and has long, curly, reddish hair with just a strand or two of gray. She’s still wearing her winter coat, even though it’s uncomfortably warm in the courtroom.

This woman, who asked not to be named, has come here to plead guilty to theft. She’s at the North Vancouver Provincial Court to be sentenced.

White Castle CEO: plant-based Impossible Sliders are "a natural evolution"

Apr 11, 2018

White Castle announced this week that it will start serving the Impossible Slider, a traditional White Castle slider made by Impossible Foods, featuring their plant-based substance that mimics the taste and texture of ground beef — it even bleeds. CEO Lisa Ingram said the addition is about continuing to respond to consumer tastes. When vegetarians first started ordering sliders with only cheese and onions, the company updated its menu with veggie sliders. And now, a plant-based meat alternative. "This was a natural evolution for us," she said.

One of the key parts of the 2017 tax law was the reduction of the state and local tax deduction. Filers can't deduct as much state and local tax as they were before. It's capped at $10,000.

But states have been trying to find sneaky ways of getting around this. New York recently became the first state to try it. It passed a budget outlining various methods for people to get back the money they would lose from not being able to deduct state taxes on their federal taxes.  

Jaime Mann lives in Eastern Arkansas. Over a decade she paid over $15,000 for charges that ranged from traffic violations like not wearing a seat belt, to fines for things like using fake car tags, disorderly conduct during an arrest, and drug possession. Mann says the drug charge involved carrying prescription drugs in a bottle with the wrong label. 

It all started in 2005, when she was cited for several traffic violations.

“And then it started spiraling out of control, and I was so mad, I remember, because I thought, ‘I paid this ticket,’” she said.