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Mitchell Hartman

At graduation day for Franklin High, a big urban high school in Portland, Oregon, newly minted graduates milled around in their maroon caps and gowns after the ceremony, hugging friends and posing for family photos.

For 18-year-old Jack Morgan, thoughts were also turning to what comes next this summer: “Work — video, hopefully video production,” said Morgan. He didn’t have a job lined up yet, but was “absolutely confident” he would land one.


Uber has released an external report on its workplace, an environment that some have called abusive. We'll recap the changes that the report proposes, which include the recommendation that HR keep track of complaints and employee data. Afterwards, we'll chat with Buzzfeed's Katie Notopoulos about how transparent celebrities have to be about ads on their Instagram accounts. And finally, we'll talk with Mozilla's chief marketing officer, Jascha Kaykas-Wolff, about the role of ethics and corporate responsibility in the business world.  

06/14/2017: The case of the missing CEO

Jun 14, 2017

The head of the high-profile Chinese company Anbang is no longer running it — and now the public doesn't seem to know where he is. Some speculate that CEO Wu Xiaohui has been detained by anti-corruption investigators. We'll chat with the BBC's Stephen McDonell about what could have happened to him, and learn more about his company's background. Next, we'll discuss the resignation of an Uber board member who made a sexist remark during an all-staff meeting about sexism and harassment, and then take a look at how teens are faring in the summer job market.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has managed to control the message coming from most media outlets in his country. But he hasn't been so successful online, where many young Russians go to get their entertainment and news.

In Uganda, fake news isn't just the difference between facts and fiction. It can be the difference between life and death. 

People with albinism (lack of pigment in a person's skin, hair and eyes) are often ostracized and treated with suspicion in many parts of the world. And in parts of Africa, many who have the condition live in fear for their lives.

Ian Brennan, an American music producer, became aware of this gruesome reality when he visited an albinism community on the island of Ukerewe, Tanzania.

Russia roiled by protests against Putin and corruption

Jun 13, 2017

On Monday, thousands joined protests in cities across the length of Russia — from Vladivostok on the Pacific coast to St. Petersburg on the Baltic Sea, and from Murmansk in the Arctic north to the Olympic city of Sochi in the south.

Citizens were protesting against Vladimir Putin’s government and its corruption. 

In Moscow, the protests turned violent, with police using tear gas to try to disperse the demonstrators. Hundreds of people have been arrested.

Why the health reform bill is also a tax bill

Jun 13, 2017

Behind closed doors, Republican senators are pushing to get their health care bill written, with a July 4 goal for completion. While they’re at it, they may be trying to get a smidge of tax reform done at the same time. 

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Pink boxes: the unsung icon of LA's doughnut scene

Jun 13, 2017
Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst

For all the things written and said about Los Angeles, you may not know that La La Land is also kind of a doughnut town. If you count them on Yelp, there are more doughnut shops in LA County and there are in New York City or in Chicago. But it's not just the numbers that make the LA doughnut scene special.

Just after President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris agreement, Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein tweeted his displeasure. Now, the blue-blood bank is going green in another way with a big move into wind and solar energy. Not just buying it, but pairing other buyers and sellers in the emerging market of renewable power. Goldman has inked a wind power deal to help run all its buildings and data centers on 100 percent renewable energy eventually.

Kai Ryssdal

While Attorney General Jeff Sessions was testifying today at the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election, Bloomberg was busy publishing its own investigation into the affair. The piece, co-written by Michael Riley and Jordan Robertson, reports that the Russian intrusion was far more widespread than initially thought, extending to 39 states.

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Have you gotten your hands on a fidget spinner yet?

The brightly colored device can be spun, flipped and even tossed in one hand, and it’s been turning up in schools across the country.

Manufacturers say the fidget spinners can help relieve stress, but the toys have already been banned as distractions in some classrooms, sending kids back to the Stone Age of clicking pens and squeezing stress balls.

Laura Benshoff

Each year, farms in and around a place called Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, produce more than half of all mushrooms grown in the United States. The town calls itself the mushroom capital of the world and drops a glowing mushroom cap on New Year's Eve.

But all those baby portobellos and shiitakes are picked by hand and almost entirely by immigrants — many of them undocumented — from Mexico and Guatemala.

Mushroom farm owners, like Chris Alonzo, say fears of immigration enforcement under President Trump may already be hitting their bottom line.

20: The Enforcer

Jun 13, 2017
Molly Wood and Kai Ryssdal

Enforcers abound on this week's podcast. With help from Former Attorney General Eric Holder, Uber took on a series of recommendations to save itself from its own workplace culture, plus CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a leave of absence. But are there larger lessons for tech? Then we're talking with FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny about internet privacy and why she believes the open internet still needs a regulatory safe space. Plus, McSweeny answers our Make Me Smart question, and we have the results of our unofficial "Delete Twitter" Twitter poll.

The private prison company, Management and Training Corporation, uses the slogan “B.I.O.N.I.C.” on its website and job listings. It stands for: “Believe it or not, I care.”

But inmates housed at one of MTC’s facilities in Raymondville, Texas, in the Rio Grande Valley didn’t buy the private prison company’s slogan. In 2015, a protest at the Willacy County Correctional Center turned into a riot. The fighting left the facility uninhabitable and it was shut down.

MTC isn’t alone among private prison companies in its safety problems.

Who in their right mind approved this ad?

Jun 13, 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?


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said he wants a vote on Republicans' health care bill before Congress leaves town for the July 4 recess. That gives the Senate 13 working days to vote on 17.8 percent of the American economy without, so far, any public hearings. We'll take stock of where that's at. Then: A new Bloomberg investigation found Russia's digital intrusion into the U.S. election was more widespread than we thought. We'll talk about the latest.

Yahoo and AOL will form Oath, a new company, under Verizon

Jun 13, 2017

Verizon is expected to close on its $4.4 billion acquisition of Yahoo today after nearly a year of negotiations. Verizon will combine Yahoo with its property AOL to create Oath, the largest digital media company in the United States, with more visitors than Google. Will Oath have a chance to compete with Google and Facebook for ad dollars? 

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Lesley McClurg

The San Francisco Giants, who started the season with the worst record in the National League, are adding a little extra juice to their routine.

About a third of the major league roster, including some big-name players, are working out while using high-tech headgear that sends a weak electric current to the brain, said Geoff Head, the team’s sports scientist. The team is testing whether the technology, called transcranial direct current stimulation, or tDCS, improves athletic performance.

06/13/2017: The politics of advertising

Jun 13, 2017

Marketing decisions seem to be getting a lot more polarized these days. Bank of America and Delta have pulled their sponsorship from New York's Public Theater because its Julius Caesar resembles Donald Trump, while JP Morgan Chase is pulling its ads from NBC because Megyn Kelly is interviewing a right-wing conspiracy theorist named Alex Jones. On today's show, we'll dig into the growing politicization of advertising.

Miles Bryan

The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University recently took an unusual step for a top-rated program — it allowed its accreditation to lapse.

As of May 1, Medill is no longer accredited through the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, a nonprofit organization that reviews journalism programs across the country on a voluntary basis, usually once every six years.

06/13/2017: Uber's board vs. Travis Kalanick

Jun 13, 2017

Uber's board has now seen a report on the company's internal culture and is considering changes. Except ... it doesn't have a whole lot of power. In many Silicon Valley companies, the power actually lies with the founder. Noam Wasserman, author of "The Founder's Dilemma," joined us to discuss whether these founder-centric structures are becoming trendier, and why some founders are able to gain so much control. Afterwards, as part of the launch of this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, we'll look at the rise of professional virtual reality sports.



Panama has abruptly cut ties with Taiwan and embraced mainland China, a major blow for Taiwan's government. On today's show, we'll take a look at some of the likely incentives for the Central American country's move. Afterwards, we'll discuss Gymboree's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, and then talk about the Medill School of Journalism's decision to let its accreditation lapse. 

Children’s clothing chain Gymboree announced Sunday it’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The retailer will close about 400 of its 1,300 stores and restructure debt in a bid to stay alive. Gymboree views its troubles as part of the larger challenges facing the retail industry as customers move their business online, but some of its competitors are staying ahead of the trouble.

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Russian feminists take on a big role in protests

Jun 12, 2017
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As tens of thousands of Russians took to the streets Monday to protest the government, Russian young women were front and center.

One of them, 21-year-old Olga Tochenaya, is no stranger to violent resistance. She’s been shoved, jailed and threatened with a machine gun. The young feminist is deeply opposed to President Vladimir Putin, who has been Russia’s leader for 17 of her 21 years. She’s willing to risk her university education and her freedom to oppose him.

British Prime Minister Theresa May took the blame for the Conservatives' disastrous performance in last week's election when she faced her party's angry MPs on Monday, seeking to ward off any challenge to her leadership.

"I got us into this mess, and I'm going to get us out," May told Conservative MPs during a meeting in Westminster.

Conservatives unexpectedly lost their majority in parliament on Thursday, ramping up political uncertainty ahead of Brexit talks to leave the European Union, which are set to begin next week.

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Fifty years ago today, the US Supreme Court struck down state bans on interracial marriage — the Loving v. Virginia case.

One of the lawyers who argued for removing the bans was a Japanese American who had been incarcerated in a detention camp during World War II. David Muto wrote about that lawyer, William Marutani, for The New Yorker's website, late last year.  

The scene at the Agadir Open looks like something out of a southern California surf competition: A white sand beach, a DJ booth blasting pop music and clusters of young men in board shorts. But the mint tea on the judges’ table and blue fishing boats along the shore give the scene a distinctly Moroccan feel.

The ridge above the beach is packed with locals who have come to watch hometown favorite, Meryem El Gardoum, compete in the contest’s first ever women’s final.

These people are fighting off a famine in Yemen

Jun 12, 2017

Fatik al-Rodaini has people to feed this holy month of Ramadan. He and his team of volunteers are delivering food baskets to people who would otherwise have nothing for iftar, the nightly meal when families break their Ramadan fast.

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Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi wrote the hit song Despacito, but as he told the BBC he still can't comprehend that it's the biggest song in the whole world right now.