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Turkish women's rights are at stake in Sunday's elections

Apr 14, 2017

For most of the last century, Turkey has been the go-to example of an Islamic country functioning as a secular democracy, where women enjoy vast freedoms rare across much of the Middle East.

This Sunday, this liberated vision of Turkey will be seriously tested. Turks will vote on a constitutional referendum to abolish the office of the prime minister and transfer its powers to long-standing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, an Islamist and strongman, whose conservative and patriarchal views have pummeled women’s freedoms into dust.

Courtesy of Four Paws

When Amir Khalil, a veterinarian with the animal welfare group Four Paws, entered the Montazah Al-Morour Zoo in the Iraqi city of Mosul, he encountered a horrifying scene.

In the midst of heavy fighting between the Iraqi Army and ISIS, the zoo had been left completely abandoned for months. Most of the animals had died, either from starvation, or killed in the bombings.

Somehow, though, a caramel-colored bear named Lula and a lightly spotted lion named Simba had survived. Just barely.

The biggest anime film of all time comes to the US

Apr 14, 2017
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The plot of the new movie "Your Name" may initially sound more like a "Freaky Friday" spin-off than a Japanese anime film: A teenage boy in Tokyo swaps bodies with a teenage girl in the Japanese countryside, the two eventually fall in love, and the story builds from there.

We love music here at The World, and we love to share our latest favorites with you. Here are some of the artists we featured this week!

The Cuba of past, present and future, all on one album

Daymé Arocena and her band are experts at respecting Cuban traditions while finding ways to make them current. On Arocena's new album "Cubafonía," there are elements of jazz, latin-jazz, funk and fusion.

Yemenis make a heartwarming video about a nasty war

Apr 14, 2017
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What country has mud-brick skyscrapers, the world's best flatbread and could also be the birthplace of coffee? It's the same place that is enduring a brutal civil war that's killed more than 10,000 people. 

A London-based BBC journalist has been trying to focus the world's attention on the deadly conflict in her home country.

Why aren't we moving as much for work?

Apr 14, 2017
Sabri Ben-Achour

For hundreds of years, Americans have moved for work. The gold rush, the Great Migration, the pioneers, even the colonists.

“That was one of the ways to get ahead in this country,” said Daniel Shoag, associate professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School. You move to a new place or a new job, you find better wages or more opportunities.

The thing is, Americans don’t appear to be moving around as much as they once did.

Studios find new ways to sell to faith-based film fans

Apr 14, 2017
Adrienne Hill

Conversations about the modern faith-based film pretty much always start with Mel Gibson’s 2004 “The Passion of the Christ.”

Churchgoers packed theaters. The movie made more than $600 million worldwide and was the third-highest grossing film of the year in the U.S. "Once ‘The Passion’ came out and did that kind of business, Hollywood was all over the idea of making films for this audience,” said Chris Hansen, chair of the Department of Film and Media Studies at Baylor University in Texas.

Lizzie O'Leary and Eliza Mills

Leigh Gallagher of Fortune Magazine and Catherine Rampell of The Washington Post join us to discuss the week's business and economic news. This week, they talk about what President Trump has learned as he approaches his first 100 days in office. With him shifting on issues, such as now saying China is not a currency manipulator and that the Export-Import Bank is good for the U.S., Trump might be getting a tough lesson on just how Washington works. 

Why cities are cracking down on self-storage units

Apr 14, 2017

Your diploma … from elementary school. The old Christmas decorations you've been meaning to look through. Or those fruit dishes from your grandmother. If you're like many Americans, you may have boxed up belongings that you can't bear to part with but also don't have room for and stashed them in a storage space. But as storage spaces have sprung up, cities around the country are cracking down on them. New York this week became the latest to tighten zoning regulations to restrict, slow or prevent more storage units. Here’s why.

Three things you need to know about the U.S.-Russia relationship

Apr 14, 2017
Lizzie O'Leary and Eliza Mills

No doubt you are hearing and reading a lot about Russia these days — negotiations with the U.S. government, involvement in Syria and, of course, the questions about interfering in our election. President Trump himself has taken a relatively harsher tone toward Russia, but this is an incredibly complicated geopolitical and economic relationship.

Marketplace Weekend spoke to Matthew Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, about how to consider the U.S.-Russia relationship. Here are three things you need to know:

How much leverage does China have over North Korea?

Apr 14, 2017

China is urging North Korea and the U.S. to tamp down tensions between the two nations. A U.S. naval strike force is heading to the waters off the Korean peninsula in response to North Korea's continued defiance of a nuclear testing ban. North Korea sees that as a provocation and warned that it is ready for war. President Trump wants China to do more to rein in the communist dictatorship and said that if China won't, the U.S. will. But how much leverage does China, a longtime ally of North Korea, actually have?

04/14/2017: What's the worst part about flying?

Apr 14, 2017
Marketplace staff

We're diving into the airline industry this week with analyst Henry Harteveldt, and we hear from a flight attendant about what it's like working with travelers every day. The Los Angeles Times' Natalie Kitroeff and The Atlantic's Gillian White go long and short, plus Matt Rojansky, director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center, weighs in on the U.S. relationship with Russia. 

Why the FDA doesn't like chocolate eggs with toys inside

Apr 14, 2017
Jana Kasperkevic

This is just one of the stories from our "I've Always Wondered" series, where we tackle all of your questions about the world of business, no matter how big or small. Ever wondered if recycling is worth it? Or how store brands stack up against name brands? What do you wonder?


The economic policy of the United States today is substantially different than it was at the start of the week. President Trump has flipped on a bunch of stuff, and that's a big deal. Has his "thinking evolved," as politicians so often say? Or did he, um, just not know what he was talking about during the campaign? We'll talk about it in the Weekly Wrap. Then: Americans are moving for work a lot less than they used to, and it's not clear why.

The FCC has just wrapped up an auction over airspace, with T-Mobile, Dish Network and Comcast among the winners.  Total amount spent for that airspace, or spectrum? Almost $20 billion. We'll take a look at why this airspace was so coveted and what'll happen to the the TV stations that are losing access to it. Afterwards, Marketplace's David Brancaccio wraps up his road trip across the Midwest in search of robot-proof jobs. The latest technology he's exploring on our show today: driverless cars, which may be the catalyst for propelling automation deeper into the American workplace. 

Kim Adams

Owning or running a business is becoming increasingly less common for African-American men and women. 

Companies have grabbed larger shares of the market over the past several decades, edging out small and independent businesses, which often play important roles in their respective communities.

Mega-retailer Wal-Mart is rolling out discounts for shoppers who order items online and then agree to pick them up at the store. The move is the latest play by Wal-Mart in its battle with Amazon in the e-commerce sector. But is a discount a substitute for the convenience of having stuff delivered right to your door? 

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The big banks will start rolling out their first-quarter earnings reports today and expectations are high. But Wall Street will also be looking for clues to a lending mystery: why aren’t banks doing more of it? 

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04/14/2017: How hackers are preying on taxpayers

Apr 14, 2017

It's tax season, which means someone might try to rip you off soon. Rick Holland, vice president of strategy at Digital Shadows, joins us to talk about how hackers are targeting people and how the IRS is doing with anti-fraud efforts. Afterwards, we'll play this week's Silicon Tally with our very own David Brancaccio, who recently launched a new series called "Robot-Proof Jobs."

04/14/2017: Would you take orders from a robot?

Apr 14, 2017

It's the final day of David Brancaccio's road trip across the Midwest in search of robot-proof jobs. One occupation that doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon? CEO. He's talking to experts who say we could see more and more of them with the rise of entrepreneurialism. Afterwards, we'll discuss the struggles that U.K. manufacturing companies face when it comes to recruiting workers, and then look at Wal-Mart's latest discount offering in an attempt to compete with Amazon.

Robot-Proof Jobs 2: The winners of tomorrow

Apr 14, 2017
David Brancaccio and Katie Long

The second episode of a special three-part podcast series on automation and the economy. As technology competes with us for work, one strategy to fend off the machines is to become their creator. Plus: Think you know which jobs would survive a robot takeover? Take our quiz here:

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Every night in Calais, France, aid groups give out food and clothes to migrants. On a cold winter night, a young boy stands by a van, looking wide-eyed and shy. He speaks neither French nor English. One of the men here tells me he is from Eritrea and his name is Tachloin.

“His age is 12," the man says.

“Twelve?” I asked, stunned.

“Twelve,” he repeated, “one-two.”

Some advice from an Arab son. If your career choice is to become a comedian, don't expect your dad to be very excited.

Here's how Lebanese American Nemr Abou Nassar's dad responded: "You want to become a clown?" No, explained Nemr, a stand-up comedian. His dad remained skeptical. "Oh, you're going to stand up and be a clown!"

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Everywhere President Donald Trump looks these days, he seems to see a "nasty" place. 

At his inauguration in January, the new head of state detailed his dark vision of "American carnage." This week at a press conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, he extended that dark view to the entire planet.

"Right now the world is a mess," Trump told the audience. 

Fariba Nawa

At the Twins Beauty Salon on the Anatolian side of Istanbul, the staff generally avoid talking politics with their customers. But these days, the referendum keeps coming up.

On April 16, Turkish citizens will vote "yes" or "no" on a referendum that would change the Turkish constitution from a parliamentary to a presidential system. Proponents say it will make the government run more efficiently. Opponents say it’s a power grab. Polls suggest the race is close and many are still undecided.

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On a recent evening, several Ukrainian women pushed their wheelchairs along the narrow hallway to the kitchen, where they pounded dough into a pie.

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov and President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday. It was the first Russia visit by a Trump Cabinet official, and after the US blamed chemical attacks and launched missile strikes on Russia's ally, the Syrian government, few expected any diplomatic breakthroughs.

Tillerson said afterward in a joint press conference with Lavrov that US-Russia relations have a hit a "low point."

What Miles Davis told Zucchero

Apr 13, 2017
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When I sat down to chat with Italian blues and rock musician Zucchero in Boston, we talked about a lot of things — from how the songs of slaves in the American South helped inspire his latest album, "Black Cat," to his collaboration with Miles Davis in the late '80s.

We're still unpacking Trump psychology

Apr 13, 2017
Tony Wagner

The latest "Make Me Smart with Kai and Molly" got a little heady, let's admit. 

Men outnumber women in the beer business, but that could be changing

Apr 13, 2017
Kai Ryssdal and Robert Garrova

Three Weavers in Inglewood, California, is one of those places where you can sit and sip a beer with a straight-shot view of the fermentation tanks. 

It’s a craft brewery, for sure, or independent brewery as brewmaster Alexandra Nowell would prefer it called. Whatever you call them, smaller breweries are becoming more and more common in Los Angeles. But what’s less common is to find one run by two women.

But that’s changing, Nowell said.