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40 years of documenting Earth's beauty

Dec 7, 2017
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After 40 years of traveling the world and capturing natural wonders, photojournalist Art Wolfe has published a stunning new book, "The Earth is My Witness."

The volume features an expansive photo collection that documents climate change and the world’s most threatened traditional cultures.

The career website Glassdoor has released its annual list of the best places to work in the U.S. Over the last 10 years, the survey has ranked companies based on employee feedback anonymously submitted on the Glassdoor website.

(Markets Edition) Congress still needs to reach an agreement on a government spending bill. We'll hear from economist Diane Swonk, CEO of DS Economics, about how worried markets are about a potential shutdown, along with what we can expect from tomorrow's jobs report. Afterwards, we'll chat with the CEO of the career site Glassdoor about the best company to work for in 2018. Hint: It's a certain social media giant that's been in the spotlight this year over how it's handled the spread of "fake news."

Environmental Protection Agnecy head Scott Pruitt is scheduled to testify before Congress today. ((Thurs)) The oversight hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee will focus on how he’s managed the agency since taking the reins. Questions will come from Republicans and Democrats. What’s he likely to face? 

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Affordable housing advocates say that a provision in the House version of the tax bill would remove an incentive for developers to invest in affordable housing.

(U.S. Edition) With the government due to run out of money very soon, President Trump is set to meet with congressional leaders to avoid a shutdown. Can they reach a deal? On today's show, we'll look at some of the snags Republicans and Democrats may still run into. Afterwards, we'll discuss a provision in the House's version of the tax bill that could remove an incentive for developers to invest in affordable housing. Then, we'll visit Aransas County, Texas to see how Hurricane Harvey has affected housing in the region.

Battery technology is hard. We need batteries that last longer, charge faster and take up less space. And that’s important when it comes to not just our devices, but also renewable energy, electric cars and electrical grids. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talks with Kristin Persson, an engineer who works in a lab funded by the Department of Energy, about why lithium-ion batteries can’t get much better and what the next battery looks like.

24 hours and over 1,000 miles in the life of a rescue dog

Dec 7, 2017

This story was produced in partnership with Topic, a film, television and digital studio. For more information and to check out pictures of the dogs along the journey, go to Topic.com.

For Joy Harklerode, it started with a call at church. A friend had found something.

“A little week old puppy that was thrown away,” Harklerode said, now cradling the small black ball wrapped in a towel. “In a trash bag with her six siblings.”

Aransas County, Texas, hugs the Gulf of Mexico coastline. It’s a vacation spot with trailers plunked down for long fishing weekends. Rene Cartini and her husband, Bo, have been full-time residents for 10 years. He’s a fishing guide; she manages rental property. Like so many in this part of Texas, their home was wiped out by Hurricane Harvey. While waiting on an answer about temporary housing assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, they made due with what they had.

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service … Ten years after the global financial crisis, is China still too exposed to personal debt and risky lending? A new report from the International Monetary Fund has a warning. Then, we hear from Melinda Gates — whose foundation invests in global health — about the role contraceptives play in helping low-income countries transition to high-income ones. Afterwards, we take a ride in one of London’s newest cabs…the iconic black vehicle has gotten a green makeover.  

Lithium-ion batteries are about as good as they can get

Dec 7, 2017

Batteries are far from perfect. It seems like we're always reaching for a power cord to charge our phones or waiting by the power cord, wishing our phones would charge faster. And that's when we're not worried about the batteries in phones exploding and catching fire.

Institutions of Higher Earning

Dec 7, 2017

Across the country, universities are being criticized over issues of money: from how they spend their endowments, to how they raise tuition, to how they award financial aid. Many students are feeling the pinch. They’re going into debt to pay for their education, or abandoning their dreams of a college degree altogether. This week on Reveal, we take a look at the bottom line for universities and students.

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What if she hadn’t lost her shoe that day? Arati Baladas wonders about this sometimes.

Baladas is 20, and she sometimes replays in her mind that moment on April 24, 2013,  when she scrambled to find her missing sandal, as the walls and the ceiling around her crumbled.

She was working at her sewing machine when she heard a loud bang. She says the building “shivered.” Her supervisor told everyone to run.

The GOP tax bills in the House and Senate have been portrayed as legislation intended to create a windfall for big business. But the bills have winners and losers by industry sector. We take a look at what industries come out ahead, and we give you context on the Bitcoin boom, the rumored $60 billion sale of Fox's entertainment assets to Disney and why Jerusalem's divided economy is at risk. Plus, the latest installment of “My Economy," where we hear from the publisher of a cultural magazine about southern Louisiana. 

President Donald Trump announced today he is starting the process of moving the United States Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It’s part of a shift in American policy, acknowledging Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Most other countries don’t recognize the city as Israel’s capital because it’s disputed territory, and the Palestinians hope to one day use part of the city for a capital of their own state. Those disputes and divisions also mean that Jerusalem’s economy is something of a tale of two cities, with very different opportunities for Israelis and Palestinians.

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The clock is counting down: Now that tax reform bills have made their way through the House and Senate, Republicans in both chambers are working to iron out the differences between the two bills — with a goal of overhauling the US tax system by December 22.

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Everyday life in Puerto Rico these days — in the still-ragged aftermath of Hurricane Maria, two months ago — is a test of patience, even for the middle class. 

Few traffic lights function and that slows commutes to a crawl. Electricity is sporadic, so stocking the fridge remains a risky proposition. 

What some Central Texans think about taxes

Dec 6, 2017

As the Republican tax bill makes its way through reconciliation in the House and Senate, people are talking about what it might mean for them.

That's true in Horseshoe Bay, a community mostly of retirees on Lake LBJ in Central Texas. It’s right on the edge of Burnet and Llano counties, which both voted 75 percent in favor of President Donald Trump.

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Past presidents talked about it. But Donald Trump did it. 

“My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians,” Trump said on Wednesday during a speech at the White House. 

“It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said from a podium flanked by two decorated Christmas trees. 

“While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.” 

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It took him 32 years, but scientist Sam Hudson and a team of other researchers have found a way to produce silk without silkworms. 

Unlike fabrics such as polyester or nylon, there’s no petroleum-based plastic. Unlike rayon, there’s no toxic chemicals or deforestation involved. 

It’s a yeast that when you add sugar and vitamins, it grows — secretes, to be precise — a spider silk. 

What if someone gave you bitcoin for your wedding?

Dec 6, 2017

Bitcoin has gained $1,000 in value over the last 24 hours. The current exchange rate as of today's date is somewhere around $13,000 to one bitcoin. The frenzy around the cryptocurrency has many wondering if there is a bitcoin bubble. But what if someone had given you a bitcoin several years ago? Would you have cashed out early or ridden the wave?

Many young girls take fashion cues from their Barbie dolls, and I suppose I was no different. OK, I was pretty different. I have spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, and when I was about 10, someone gave me a Share-a-Smile Becky.

Rumors of a deal between Walt Disney and 21st Century Fox are getting louder. Multiple sources are reporting that the two entertainment giants are in talks and could strike a $60 billion deal as early as next week. It looks as if Disney would snatch up a good deal of Fox’s empire, including its movie and TV studios. Meanwhile, Fox would keep its news, sports and broadcast network. What would a deal like this mean for Disney?

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What happens when a town loses its only grocery store?

Dec 6, 2017

The former grocery store in the village of Carrollton, Ohio, looks like your typical creepy abandoned building. It’s dark inside. It’s boarded up with moldy wood.

Last January, residents of Carrollton — population 3,135 — showed up to find the doors locked and a sign attached that read, simply, “store closed.” It was the only dedicated grocery store in a county of nearly 28,000 people.

There are major differences between the Senate and House versions of the GOP tax plan. And while corporate America writ large appears to be the big winner in both versions, not all corporations are treated equally. Here’s a look at which industries come out on top and which do not.

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While Puerto Rico slowly recovers from the destruction of Hurricane Maria in September, hospitals on the mainland are dealing with some of the side effects of that destruction. They're struggling with a shortage of intravenous fluids directly linked the hurricane damage. 

My Economy tells the story of the new economic normal through the eyes of people trying to make it, because we know the only numbers that really matter are the ones in your economy.

Today’s installment is from James Fox-Smith, owner and publisher of Country Roads Magazine:

Walk into Claire’s with $20, and you’ll step out with sterling silver hoops, rhinestone studs, and maybe even a fashionable scarf. The retailer’s claim to fame has been cheap and cute accessories for its customers, mostly tweens and twenty somethings meandering through malls. Its primary model has been simple: to draw upon the foot traffic from popular mall department stores like Macy’s, Sears, and J.C. Penney.

(Markets Edition) While tech stocks have been kind of tepid this week, it's been a while since the markets have seen any serious downward jump. Susan Schmidt, senior vice president and portfolio manager at Westwood Holdings, explains whether this is cause to worry. Afterwards, we'll look at how Britain's Brexit plans have hit a major roadblock. While Britain's prime minister wanted to figure out a future trade relationship with the EU, there's disagreement over what happens to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The Department of Labor has proposed changes to Obama-era rules about tipping. The changes would let employers pool tip money from workers who earn at least minimum wage and share it with non-tipped workers or use it to “make capital improvements, lower prices, or hire additional workers.” The public comment period is remarkably short, with comments accepted through early January.

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