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No refuge for wildlife in some US wildlife refuges

Jun 9, 2018

A new report from the Center for Biological Diversity finds that chemical pesticides, totaling half a million pounds, are sprayed annually within some United States national wildlife refuges.

About 560 national wildlife refuges cover more than 150 million acres across the country, with some areas completely off-limits to humans and others open for hunting and fishing. But a number of national wildlife refuges also allow commercial agriculture, which exposes migrating birds and other wildlife in those refuges to yearly spraying of pesticides.

How U.S. trade policy has changed over 30 years

Jun 8, 2018

I'm pretty sure that this is a mutually acceptable statement of reality: Global trade is hard. There are competing interests, international geopolitics and economic pressures from every angle. But for at least the last 30 years, the trend has been toward more, not less, free trade. That makes where we are today with trade policy in this country all the more noteworthy, and why we made a timeline looking back at 30 years of U.S. trade policy.

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More than 90 percent of millennials eventually want to buy a house, according to the National Association of Home Builders. That can seem really far off for recent graduates, but there are a few steps to take right now that will make it easier in the future. But how do you pay off student loans, build credit, pay rent and save all at the same time? Delia Fernandez, a personal financial planner, sat down with Marketplace Weekend host Lizzie O'Leary to discuss.

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For millions of women worldwide, menstruation is seen as a mark of shame. Many are told not to discuss it in public, to hide their tampons and sanitary pads. The stigma is universal, rendering women and girls vulnerable to health problems and gender discrimination.

In her new book, "It's Only Blood: Shattering the Taboo of Menstruation," Swedish author Anna Dahlqvist traveled to Rwanda, Uganda, Bangladesh and India to find out the menstrual rules across the world.

On a recent Saturday in May, the atrium at Cleveland’s Metro Health Hospital was the site of a typical-looking job fair — people in suits shook hands and swapped business cards with company reps who sat behind tables adorned with mounds of branded freebies. Among the 24 companies, there were some big names including Starbucks, PNC Bank and Progressive Insurance.

Floating from table to table, leather portfolio in hand, was Nicolette Baldwin. After about 90 minutes, Baldwin had spoken with reps from nearly every company there.

Ronald Reagan said that 30 years ago in a weekly radio address about protectionism. For decades, the global economy has trended toward more free trade, not less. We're going to spend a few minutes today charting how we got here, from that speech through the next four administrations and up to our current moment, on the brink of a trade war. But first, we'll talk about the gathering of world leaders in Canada this weekend and America's place in it. Is it really the G-7? Or the G-6 plus one? We'll talk about it.

Graduating into the economy

Jun 8, 2018

We're diving into the economics of being a recent grad this week, from building credit, to finding the right job, to saving for a home (or simply paying the rent). Also, Marketplace staff lay out the graduation advice they wish they received but never got. And we look into just why "Pomp and Circumstance" is at every graduation. Plus, Linda Cardellini of "Freaks and Geeks" takes the Marketplace Quiz. (06/08/2017)

The city-state of Singapore is preparing to host a much-hyped summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday.

Local speculation about where, exactly, the summit would be held was resolved this week. The two men, and possibly South Korean President Moon Jae-in, will hold talks at a swank hotel on Sentosa, an island resort just off the mainland that also features a water park, a Universal Studios theme park and a casino.  

(Markets Edition) World leaders from countries like the U.S., Canada and the U.K. are set to meet this weekend as part of the annual G7 summit. On the heels of the event, we'll look at some of the maneuvering that business and trade groups are doing behind the scenes. Afterwards, we'll hear from Chris Low, chief economist at FTN Financial, about why economic trends in the U.S. — even positive ones — can have negative effects abroad. Then, we'll discuss how limited housing is a barrier for older Puerto Ricans in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. (06/08/2018)

Ahead of G-7 summit, lots of behind the scenes lobbying on trade

Jun 8, 2018

The G-7 Summit gets underway today (June 8) in Canada.  There will be plenty of pressure on President Trump at the various working sessions and dinners from US allies unhappy with the steel and aluminum tariffs, and NAFTA negotiations. But there’s also plenty of behind-the-scenes maneuvering by business and trade groups, both in Canada and the US. 

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Oil execs in meetings with pope

Jun 8, 2018

Pope Francis has called the world’s leading oil execs to the Vatican. Meetings are today and tomorrow, and will include leaders from companies like BP and ExxonMobil. They’re gathering to talk about how their businesses can tackle climate change.

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(U.S. Edition) The Justice Department has told a federal court that it would no longer defend key provisions of the Affordable Care Act. We'll explore what this could mean for Obamacare recipients. Afterwards, we'll discuss why the U.S. decided to strike a deal with Chinese electronics giant ZTE, allowing it to do business in the country again, and then we'll look at whether the Pope can influence big oil companies to address climate change. (06/08/2018) 

When Hurricane Maria flooded Andres Reyes’ home in Cidra, Puerto Rico, he stayed on the property for as long as he could. The island’s central mountainous region, where Reyes had lived for 37 years, had been badly hit. Reyes slept inside his home for one month as the water receded and, when he contracted a bacterial infection, he moved outside for two months.

“I would take my pillow, my blanket — my cousin gave me a little foam mattress,” he  said. “I would roll it out, put it there and I would sleep in the car.”

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service … Just a week after imposing new tariffs, President Donald Trump is expected to get a frosty reception from his fellow G7 leaders in Quebec today when they gather for an annual meeting. So, what will the president’s allies want from him – and what are the implications if they don’t get it? Then, Argentina has double-digit inflation and a ballooning deficit. Now, it’s secured the biggest loan in the International Monetary Fund's history – but at what cost?

An Indian tech company is hiring 10,000 workers in the U.S. Here's why.

Jun 8, 2018

India built a $150 billion tech industry thanks, in part, to American companies outsourcing information technology work and software development. Now, a combination of automation, oversupply and U.S. immigration policies have led to layoffs and concerns about the future for India’s IT giants. One of those is Bangalore-based Infosys, which is credited with essentially creating the city’s middle class. Rollo Romig wrote about Infosys and the Indian IT economy for the The California Sunday Magazine.

The $150 billion Indian tech industry was created in part by U.S. companies outsourcing information technology work and software development. Now a combination of automation, oversupply and U.S. immigration policies have led to layoffs and concerns about the future for India’s IT giants. One of those is Bangalore-based Infosys, which is credited with essentially creating the city’s middle class. Rollo Romig wrote about Infosys and the Indian IT economy for the The California Sunday Magazine. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood spoke with him about the headwinds facing IT in India now.  

What products are making all the retaliatory tariff lists?

Jun 7, 2018

We looked through the lists of tariffs Mexico, Canada and the European Union are imposing on the United States in response to the 25 percent steel and 10 percent aluminum tariffs. And we found some commonalities: orange juice, whiskey, motor boats and kitchenware among them. So why these products? We talked with Wendy Cutler, vice president of the Asia Society Policy Institute and a former acting deputy U.S. trade representative, and Renee Bower, economic professor at the University of San Diego, to find out.

With all the talk of steel and aluminum you might have forgotten that tariffs were already placed on foreign-made solar panels. Reuters is reporting that the tariffs have resulted in $2.5 billion in projects being frozen or cancelled, which far outweighs benefits to American solar manufacturers. But it’s still not clear what the lasting impact will be.

Short-termism not long for Wall Street?

Jun 7, 2018

Only about a quarter of public companies continue to include earnings predictions in their quarterly reports. Guidance is not required by law, and experts say it has become the tail that wags the dog. Once companies forecast earnings for the coming quarter, they manage their businesses to meet — or beat — those forecasts, which makes it hard to plan and invest based on long-term goals.

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The photos on Naomi’s cell phone tell a gruesome story: shriveled and discolored skin on her now 8-year-old son’s left-hand.

She said he suffered third-degree burns when her former boyfriend threw a pot of hot oil at her, but it scalded her son instead. This happened back home in Honduras, when the boy was 4. The mother asked us not to use her real name in order to protect her identity while she seeks asylum.

"It's something I'm going to remember my whole life," Naomi said, adding that she feels guilty about her son's injuries but knows they are not her fault.

Sassafrass. It's what musician Tami Neilson defines as "a sassy person who speaks her mind." It's also the title of her new album, "Sassafrass!"

Learning to think long term

Jun 7, 2018

You hear a lot on our show about corporate profits, quarterly earnings reports and how companies beat or missed expectations. Warren Buffet and Jaime Dimon spoke out about this kind of quarterly forecasting this week, on the grounds that it fosters too much short-term thinking. We'll talk about it. Then: steel and aluminum tariffs are the headline trade news, but what about solar panels? Solar tech is subject to 30 percent tariffs right now, and the resulting hit to the American solar energy industry might outweigh any benefits.

Blockbuster Broadway, it's more than just "Hamilton"

Jun 7, 2018

The annual showcase of all things Broadway — the Tony Awards — takes place on Sunday. But even before the trophies get handed out, the New York theater industry has a lot to celebrate. It just had its most successful year on record, with record attendance and grosses of nearly $1.7 billion.

After the 2016 presidential election, Xavier Maciel felt compelled to act. He created a unique spreadsheet of universities that identify as sanctuary campuses, including his own Pomona College in Claremont, California. The goal? Provide a resource for undocumented students to learn about their schools’ stances on protecting them.

On a busy street, outside the headquarters for Pittsburgh’s bike share program, staffers are unloading a shipment of nearly new 200 bikes. The city’s Healthy Ride program is growing from 50 stations three years ago to 175 this year. David White, who runs the program, said growth was always the plan because many bike share programs like his are nonprofits and start out with a small amount of seed money from grants and corporate sponsorship.

Fred works the early shift at Bethany Health Care Center, a Catholic nursing home in Framingham, Massachusetts. He’s up at 4 a.m. every day, washing clothes and bedding for the hundred-plus residents. 

In 2012, Bart Layton made his directorial debut with “The Imposter” — an ambitious true crime story that mixes documentary and narrative filmmaking. His latest movie further blurs the lines between fiction and reality: “American Animals” depicts a 2004 book heist by interspersing interviews with real people and the fictionalized version of the events.

“I found myself thinking maybe there’s a new way to tell a true story,” Bart Layton tells Kurt Andersen. “Where you kind of get to have your cake and eat it.” 

Ch-ch-changes: making the Bowie mashup

Jun 7, 2018

After touring the world for the last five years, the "David Bowie is" exhibit is making its final stand at the Brooklyn Museum. The show features over 400 pieces: diary entries, handwritten lyrics, artwork, and lots of unforgettable costumes.

But Bowie's music is on display as well. One of the show's highlights is a mashup of David Bowie songs, created by his longtime producer and collaborator, Tony Visconti.

On Shanghai’s famous waterfront, the Bund, some 300 officials, foreign business leaders and journalists gathered last week to celebrate the 40th anniversary of what China calls its “Reform and Opening” — an economic liberalization plan that opened the state-run economy to the outside world.

The reforms benefited companies like American-Italian automaker Fiat Chrysler.

Speaking on the lawn of the ornate former British Consulate on the Bund, Brian Williams, head of the firm's financing division in China, told the crowd:

American Icons: ‘Fahrenheit 451’

Jun 7, 2018

Last month, HBO premiered a new adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel “Fahrenheit 451,” starring Michael B. Jordan and Hollywood’s current go-to evil G-man Michael Shannon. The story takes place in a world where firemen go house to house to start fires — to burn books.

Every few years, the work ends up on a banned book list somewhere in the United States. It’s an irony with a long history. In 1979, Bradbury himself demanded that Ballantine Books cease publication of a high school edition that censored some of the language.

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