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Can Venezuela's Maduro survive the latest riots?

Apr 13, 2017
Kai Ryssdal

In the past couple of weeks, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government, and, by extension, the dismal state of the economy. Daniel Gallas, the BBC's South America business correspondent, talked with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal about the cause of the riots in Venezuela. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation. 

If you are one of the 42 million people out there with federal student loans, you have surely come into contact with a loan servicer. That is a company or nonprofit paid by the federal government to collect your payments and handle any problems with the loan — the name Navient may ring a bell. One of the last moves of the Obama administration was to sue the company for allegedly cheating borrowers and making it harder for them to repay their loans. This week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos withdrew several Obama-era policies aimed at cleaning up the industry.

What's behind Trump’s shifting economic policies?

Apr 13, 2017

President Trump is reversing his positions on some key economic issues, as a Wall Street Journal interview revealed: China (no longer calling it a currency manipulator); the Export-Import Bank (supports it); Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen (likes her, would like to see interest rates stay low), to name a few. What’s behind all this? Is this a result of growing influence of business leaders, like White House economic adviser Gary Cohn or Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin? via Flickr

American corporations face the highest statutory tax rate in the world. But the US could become one of the most appealing tax havens on Earth if some lawmakers have their way.

Jana Kasperkevic

Every city needs teachers and first responders. Yet these blue-collar jobs no longer guarantee workers an entry into America’s middle class or a home of their own.

Johnny Kauffman

The November election was only five months ago, but already Republicans and Democrats are raising and spending big bucks in special congressional elections, like those in Kansas and Georgia this month.

The outside money is really pouring into Georgia, where a special election is set for Tuesday in the Atlanta suburbs.

Trump plan to privatize the FAA faces familiar foes

Apr 13, 2017
Adam Allington

It’s been a bad week for U.S. airlines. It started first with the mass weather cancellations by Delta followed swiftly by the now infamous video of a United Airlines passenger being physically assaulted and dragged off a flight to Louisville, Kentucky.

All of this turbulence has overshadowed a recent endorsement by the Trump administration of a congressional plan to privatize the nation's air traffic control system.


Noticed something different about President Trump these past couple days? He's reversing his positions on some key economic issues. We'll look at what might be the cause and the implications for the broader economy. Plus, Republicans and Democrats are testing the limits of how far outside money can take them in the race to replace HHS Secretary Tom Price. Cash is pouring into the Atlanta suburbs. Then, we take a break from the news to do a small business story at one of Kai's favorite types of businesses: A craft brewery.

The U.S. markets are reacting to Trump's decision to back away from several economic stances he took on the campaign trail. One reversal? A (positive) change of heart when it comes to Fed Chair Janet Yellen. Diane Swonk, CEO of DS Economics, joins us to discuss possible reasons for the shift. Next, we'll look at David Brancaccio's journey to find his own C-3PO as part of our "Robot-Proof Jobs" series. The digital sidekick he's auditioning this time: Benjamin, software that creates original stories of its own.

Andy Uhler

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, President Trump said he was thinking about overhauling the Affordable Care Act by withholding subsidy payments to insurers to entice Democrats to negotiate.

Where do the U.S. and China go from here?

Apr 13, 2017
Kim Adams and Marketplace staff

First, Donald Trump claimed China was holding its currency down.

Then he lauded his "outstanding" relationship with the country after a meeting last week with its president, Xi Jinping.

04/13/2017: The Uber exodus continues

Apr 13, 2017

Samsung's newest phone, the Galaxy S8, will arrive in U.S. stores next week. But something will be missing: its voice-activated personal assistant Bixby. Ambrish Srivastava, an analyst for BMO, joins us to discuss if Samsung has cause to worry. Afterwards, we'll hear from Sarah Kunst, the CEO of the fitness app and sports media site Proday, about the NBA's decision to start tracking players' stats. And finally, we'll look at yet another high-profile departure from Uber: the exit of Rachel Whestone, the company's head of communications.


04/13/2017: Robots can't do everything

Apr 13, 2017

We continue our "Robot-Proof Job" series today with a look at one profession that can't easily be replaced by machines: occupational therapist, a job built on relating to people and solving creative problems. Marketplace's David Brancaccio visits Illinois to chat with an occupational therapist about the skills that her line of work requires. Afterwards, on the heels of JPMorgan Chase's earnings report release, we'll talk about why bank lending growth has stalled.

Toxic burden

Apr 13, 2017

At a time when environmental protections are under more threats than ever, Reveal visits minority communities facing toxic burdens.

David Gray/Reuters 

President Donald Trump is selling his energy policies as an end to job-killing regulations and a boost to the US energy industry.

But around the world, many people from developing countries view the changes to the US climate policy differently. 

“I know that there is this new policy, that it’s this 'America First,'” says Anote Tong, former president of the Pacific island nation of Kiribati.

“But [that] doesn’t mean that you destroy our home by putting America first.”

Immigration officials confirmed Tuesday that they are suspending the publication of a weekly report that lists municipalities which refuse to hold inmates beyond their release dates.

The weekly “Declined Detainer Outcome Report” lists counties and jail facilities that refuse to honor immigration detainers. Those are requests from immigration officials to hold a suspect up to 48 hours beyond their scheduled release so they can be taken into custody for deportation.

Reema Khrais

For a long time, it seemed like Hollywood was becoming more a state of mind than the center of entertainment industry.

Year after year, states offering sweet deals to movie producers lured away hundreds of millions of dollars in business from Los Angeles.

Kai Ryssdal


On a day when President Trump reversed his stance on China's currency, Fed Chair Janet Yellen, NATO, the debt and a federal hiring freeze, we're looking to comments from White House budget director Mick Mulvaney to clear up this White House's economic policy. Then: malls are struggling, but outlet malls are thriving. Why? Plus, with all those vacancies in Trump's executive branch, who's actually running the government?

Why health care is like a Rubik's Cube

Apr 12, 2017
Kai Ryssdal and Robert Garrova

Give Budget Director Mick Mulvaney a beer and he'll tell you a lot

Apr 12, 2017
Nancy Marshall-Genzer, Marielle Segarra and JaeRan Kim

Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney sat down with John Harwood of CNBC and the New York Times the other day, literally over a beer, to talk things over. Mulvaney wanted to clarify a few points about the White House’s plans for the budget.

They talked for a while, but we picked a few major things — the hiring freeze, federal debt and infrastructure — and teased 'em out a bit:

Lifting the federal hiring freeze

Aaron Schrank

The Promenade mall in Woodland Hills in LA’s San Fernando Valley is dead on a recent Saturday afternoon. A movie theater and some restaurants are still open, but almost all the shops are closed. The only people inside are a group of young girls running around and filming each other with iPhones.

 “Because it’s completely abandoned, they’re playing zombie,” Marcella Puettman said, mother to one of the girls.

We asked the CEO of H&R Block who does his taxes

Apr 12, 2017

Bill Cobb has a background in tech and spent years working for eBay. So it might be no surprise that as the CEO of H&R Block, he's partnered with IBM Watson this tax season. He talks about running a seasonal business, the kind of tax reform he'd like to see and who does his taxes. This interview was originally part of Marketplace's Make Me Smart, a new podcast hosted by Kai Ryssdal and senior tech correspondent Molly Wood. 

Trump to call for slashes to the federal workforce

Apr 12, 2017

President Donald Trump is officially ending the freeze on federal hiring — with a caveat.

First-quarter earnings reports are trickling in, with some big names gearing up to share their results. Susan Schmidt from Westwood Holdings Groups joins us to share some of the companies to watch out for. Afterwards, we'll look at President Donald Trump's plan to slash federal jobs following his hiring freeze.  And finally, Marketplace's David Brancaccio will audition another robot sidekick as part of our new "Robot-Proof Jobs" series. Today's contestant: Ellie, an electronic companion for older people. 

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is wrapping up a two-day visit to the U.S. Later today, he’ll hold a joint press conference with President Trump in Washington. The U.S. is the main contributor to the military alliance. Trump, like many presidents before him, has repeatedly called on the other 27 NATO members to spend more on defense. Are his calls being heeded?

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President Obama's FCC had introduced a proposal that would get rid of in-flight cellphone bans. Now the new FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, is striking that plan down, stating that there are Americans who "value a moment of quiet at 30,000 feet." The Washington Post's Brian Fung joins us to talk about the controversy and the niche business of in-flight Wi-Fi service. Afterwards, we'll look at Projekt Red's attempt to trademark the name of its video game Cyberpunk 2077 — a move that has angered gamers who don't like the idea of companies trademarking a subgenre of science fiction.


After visiting Pennsylvania and Ohio, Marketplace's David Brancaccio is now in Michigan as part of our "Robot-Proof Jobs" series. There, he'll explore how vulnerable teaching jobs are to automation. Afterwards, we'll look at President Trump's decision to end the freeze on federal hiring — with a caveat. The Trump administration wants federal agencies to create plans that minimize employment with "surgical" cuts to staff.

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA Today Sports via Reuters

US Soccer Federation chief Sunil Gulati, who announced the bid in New York with his Canadian and Mexican counterparts, insisted they had the full backing of President Donald Trump, despite the US leader's rocky relations with Mexico.

Gulati said 60 of the tournament's matches would be staged in the United States, with Canada and Mexico hosting 10 games each. The United States would host all knockout games from the quarterfinals onwards, he added.

Alexandre Meneghini/Reuters

Seven-year-old Havana resident Jennifer Alvarez loves school. Her favorite subject is math, but “sometimes it’s complicated,” she says. Alvarez is a sweet little girl, being raised by a single mother. It’s not just math that’s complicated, the second-grader says. Life is too.

“Sometimes you want to go somewhere and then you can’t and it’s a bit complicated,” she says. Why? “Because you don’t have money, you can’t afford the bus fare, there’s lots of things you can’t afford.”