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We got the jobs numbers for the first full month of the Trump administration today: 235,000 jobs, and 4.7 percent unemployment. We'll talk about what that means in the Weekly Wrap, and then look at the folks who still cant' find work as we near "full employment." Plus, oil's public image problems and one very expensive field trip.

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In the early morning hours on Myanmar’s Inle Lake the quiet is broken by small tourist boats rumbling across the water to catch some of the lake’s famous performing fishermen.

The motorboats slow to an idle to watch as a father and his young son step onto the prows of their canoes, balance on one foot, wrap the other around a long paddle and slowly push forward. It looks like they could tip at any moment, but they’re fully in control. It’s almost like ballet on the water.

The jobs numbers were never phony

Mar 10, 2017
Kai Ryssdal

One last thing about this morning's better-than-expected jobs report.

Gillette, Wyoming: Industry and politics in coal country

Mar 10, 2017
Lizzie O'Leary and Eliza Mills

Gillette, Wyoming, is a small city of just over 30,000 people. Its economy is deeply dependent on the extraction industry: oil, gas, uranium and especially coal. Wyoming produces about 40 percent of American coal, and Campbell County, where Gillette is located, produces more than 80 percent of Wyoming’s coal.  

Wyoming uses western mining — not the underground maze you might imagine when you think of a coal mine, but a collection of huge, open pits. They look like quarries with cliffs for sides, and looking down from the ledge, the 50-foot trucks inside seem like Matchbox cars.

America's sanctuary communities are more numerous than you think

Mar 10, 2017

For some, the term "sanctuary city” is hardly new. It’s decades old, with roots in the 1980s — when churches defied federal officials and led efforts to house people escaping violence from Central America's civil wars.

As the debate over immigration policies and their legality intensifies, the push to protect unauthorized immigrants from deportation has spread to more than 600 counties in 30 states. While policies vary, one tactic used by resistant localities is to limit cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, when it comes to immigration detainers.

Kai Ryssdal

Six undergraduate students from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, are in New York City this weekend with $100,000 to spend. They're on an art-buying trip for the university’s Student Union Collection of Contemporary Art. After spending months researching artists, they are finally visiting galleries and purchasing artwork for the school. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talked with one of the students on the trip, Devon Gilbert, about his experience.

What Russian cheese can tell us about the trade deficit

Mar 10, 2017
Jana Kasperkevic

President Donald Trump got some bad news earlier this week — the U.S. trade deficit of $48.5 billion reached a five-year high in January. While economists do not believe that a trading deficit is a reason for concern, Trump has made it his administration’s mission to reduce it.

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Australia is not a country you'd expect to be investigated for crimes against humanity, but that's exactly what a group of human rights lawyers is asking the International Criminal Court to do.

The alleged human rights abuses took place far from Australia, in two offshore immigration detention centers in the South Pacific.

In the future, people might really wear their emotions on their sleeves

Mar 10, 2017

Picking up on subtle cues in our conversations with other people is tough — and it can be even trickier for people with social anxiety or Asperger’s syndrome.

Kai Ryssdal

David Gura of Bloomberg and Leigh Gallagher of Fortune join us to discuss the week's business and economic news. This week, they talk about opposition to the new GOP health care plan and details of President Donald Trump's budget proposal.  

Lauren Silverman

It's 2017, but medical records are still mostly stuck in the dark ages. Most hospitals use electronic health records, but if you want your primary care doctor to share information with your allergist or surgeon, it’s a pain.

The most popular idea right now for connecting medical records — without compromising privacy — is blockchain. The platform used for bitcoin, the digital currency system, could serve health care.

03/10/2017: Coal and politics in Gillette, Wyoming

Mar 10, 2017

Almost 40 percent of U.S. coal is mined in Gillette, Wyoming. We're reporting from Gillette this week, talking to the people who live there and what the economy feels like post-election. Plus, we go long and short on topics from the week's news, talk health care and explore the market for California raisins. 

Big oil is seeking public trust

Mar 10, 2017

The corporate world seems on track to address the issue of climate change even as the Trump administration questions much of the research around its validity. Shell corporation says it’s not just boosting its renewable investments to $1 billion, it’s also tying board member pay to greenhouse gas emissions reductions. It’s not uncommon for fossil fuel executives to speak about getting buy-in from local communities and the population at large. The question is, why do they care about public advocacy, and what’s in it for them in light of this changing political climate on climate change?

We're getting awfully close to what economists call full employment. It means that unemployment is low enough that everyone who wants a job can pretty much find one. So if you push the unemployment rate a whole lot lower, you start to get imbalances in the economy, like acute labor shortages in some sectors and wages spiking as employers scramble to find people to work for them. But by most estimates, we're not there yet. Because even with unemployment down to 4.7 percent, there are still a lot of people in this country who could work, and want to work, but haven't found a job yet.


We got the jobs numbers for the first full month of the Trump administration today: 235,000 jobs and 4.7 percent unemployment. We'll talk about what that means in the Weekly Wrap, and then look at the folks who still cant' find work as we near "full employment." Plus, oil's public image problems and one very expensive field trip.

What the February jobs report means for the upcoming Fed meeting

Mar 10, 2017
Mark Garrison and Marketplace staff

The first jobs report fully under the Trump administration is out, and the employment numbers are better than expected, giving the Federal Reserve further motivation to raise rates at its March meeting.  

The U.S. economy added 235,000 jobs in February, with the unemployment rate falling to 4.7 percent.

Blog: The Make Me Smart Book Group

Mar 10, 2017
Jennie Josephson

On a recent Facebook Live video, Molly Wood talked about a book that includes one of her favorite topics: path dependence — the idea that the decisions we make depend a lot on past knowledge and decisions we've made, even if those ideas are no longer relevant. Kai Ryssdal suggested a book club. You responded! So drum roll, please. Welcome to the Make Me Smart book club.

Here are a few of the books we're reading (listeners included): 

03/10/17: The end of sugary soda's reign

Mar 10, 2017

February employment numbers are out, revealing that the U.S. added 235,000 jobs last month. FTN Financial's Chris Low joins us to explain what these numbers say about the economy. Next, we'll explore rise of co-worker spaces designed specifically for women. Plus: news that bottled water has overtaken soda as the no. 1 drink of choice for Americans.

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 235,000 jobs in February and raised pay at a healthy pace, evidence that the economy remains on solid footing nearly eight years after the Great Recession ended.

The unemployment rate dipped to a low 4.7 percent from 4.8 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday. More people began looking for jobs, increasing the proportion of Americans working or looking for work to the highest level in nearly a year.

America wastes an estimated 63 million tons of food each year, while 1 in 6 Americans are without enough affordable, nutritious food. We’re all responsible, whether it’s leftovers at a restaurant or that bruised peach that gets thrown. But one more guilty party? The law. A report out of Harvard Law and the Natural Resources Defense Council says rules around food labeling and even taxes aren’t helping. Truth is, a lot of things aren’t helping.

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The rise of female co-working spaces

Mar 10, 2017
Erika Beras

It's early morning, and Mary Jane McCullough drops her 14-month-old daughter off at day care. Then she walks through a set of doors and heads to her desk, where she starts her day running a language interpretation company. She used to do this at home.

“Trying to work from home with kids is impossible. It's keeping my phone on, taking conference calls in the bathroom, with kids screaming outside,” she said.

Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea's Constitutional Court removed impeached President Park Geun-hye from office in a unanimous ruling Friday over a corruption scandal that has plunged the country into political turmoil and worsened an already-serious national divide.

The decision capped a stunning fall for the country's first female leader, who rode a wave of lingering conservative nostalgia for her late dictator father to victory in 2012, only to see her presidency crumble as millions of furious protesters filled the nation's streets.

03/10/17: How secure are our smartphones?

Mar 10, 2017

Earlier this week, we looked at Wikileaks' decision to release documents about the CIA's alleged hacking practices. As experts still comb through the details, we'll discuss what U.S. consumers should be thinking about their devices right now. Then to cap off today's show, we'll play this week's Silicon Tally with Lemu Coker, a member of the open innovation team at Verizon. 


We'll look at what to expect from this morning's release of one of the most anticipated jobs reports in a long time. Next, we'll discuss the ouster of South Korea's president, and then explore what environmental policy might look like under the Trump administration.

EPA attacks harken back to Reagan era

Mar 10, 2017
Scott Tong

The president is planning to slash the Environmental Protection Agency budget by a quarter, blasting the environmental regulations as a “hardship on American companies.”

The year is 1981.

Historians see many parallels between President Donald Trump and the early years of Ronald Reagan, though the Reagan period ended in EPA scandal.

Upon entering office, President Ronald Reagan asked companies to send him their most-despised regulations. He pledged to ax tens of thousands.

The smuggler

Mar 9, 2017

In 2015, French radio reporter Raphael Krafft was covering the refugee crisis. On the border with Italy, he met desperate families turned away by his country. Then one family asked Krafft for his help crossing the border. As a journalist, he was supposed to be objective, but that was getting harder to do. So he followed his moral compass, which led him on the journey of a lifetime.

Here's exactly who benefits from the GOP's new health care bill

Mar 9, 2017
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House Republicans unveiled their long-awaited plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act this week. Democrats and some moderate Republicans have already said the plan will hurt Americans who rely on insurance plans under the ACA, while ultra-conservative members of Congress are criticizing the plan and calling it "Obamacare Lite."

Every passport tells a story

Mar 9, 2017
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The smudged travel stamps in passports are a record of international border crossings that went smoothly or perhaps not so smoothly. The photos are freeze frames of the travelers who made those journeys. And then there are the cool, invisible security features.

These are just a few of the things that fascinate Tom Topol about passports. He's been collecting passports and investigating their history ever since he stumbled on an interesting one in Kyoto, Japan.

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One more 14-hour-long working day was coming to its end. Yelena Naumova, a 44-year-old taxi driver in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod, was giving a lift to her last passenger.

A young woman in her taxi was complaining about her husband’s habit of drinking and beating her after work. There was nobody in the world she could turn to for help, the passenger confessed to Yelena. Every word in that story made Naumova’s hands on the steering wheel, her entire body, feel long-forgotten pain.

Asma Khader's office in the heart of Amman is big and roomy. Her desk is cluttered with paper, magazines and books. But right at the edge of the desk, in the more organized part, there's a handwritten note carefully preserved in a rectangular frame. It's from her father.

"Christmas is coming and you are stay[ing] alone in Damascus studying law," it starts off. "We miss you. But I always see you as a lawyer."