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Two German grocery giants are casting a big shadow in the U.S. Aldi, which has operated here since the late 1970s, says it wants to add about 800 stores to the 1,700 it operates today. Meanwhile, Lidl, another German chain, will open the first of its planned U.S. stores later this week on the East Coast. The hallmark of both chains is a limited selection of items, offered via store brands at steep discounts — a big growth area in groceries right now. 

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General Electric will have to shed more than CEO to boost profits

Jun 12, 2017

General Electric announced today that its CEO, Jeff Immelt, is stepping down. He’ll be replaced by John Flannery, who had been in charge of GE’s health care division. Shareholders have not been happy with the company’s stock performance under Immelt’s leadership. GE will have to let go of some segments dragging it down.

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Kai Ryssdal

Though it was largely lost in the political chaos, the White House had wanted last week branded as “Infrastructure Week” to drum up support for the president's promised trillion-dollar infrastructure plan. The plan hinges on the government spending $200 billion as a way to generate $800 billion more in private spending on infrastructure projects. Austin Golding is president of his family’s barge line business down in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

Why Uber may not be ready to part with Travis Kalanick

Jun 12, 2017
Kai Ryssdal and Molly Wood

On Sunday, the Uber board of directors received a report by former Attorney General Eric Holder on Uber's company culture under founder and CEO Travis Kalanick — and its dysfunctions. While they accepted Holder's report without question, it left the rest of the business world wondering what's next for Uber and for Kalanick. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal got senior tech correspondent Molly Wood on the line to talk about what's in store for Kalanick. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation. 

Want a 212 area code? It's gonna cost you.

Jun 12, 2017
Marielle Segarra

Sherri Littlefield wants a phone number with the 212 area code.

“I think if people saw that, they would just immediately know, ‘Oh, she lives in New York City,’” Littlefield said.

Littlefield is sitting on a brown leather couch at Foley Gallery, a contemporary art space on Manhattan’s Lower East Side where she’s associate director. Behind her is a photo of a pink rose, frozen in liquid nitrogen and shattered.

Erika Beras

Grapes are big business in Erie — mostly concord grapes. And they're especially important to the economy of northeast Erie, aka Welch's country. Mario Mazza’s family has run a winery here since the '70s. Back then it was pretty lonely for vintners. But things have changed. In the past decade or so, Mazza said not only has his production gone up, visitation to the taprooms has also climbed.

The second season of Netflix’s comedy “Master of None” debuted some weeks ago to admiring reviews — not unlike the first season, which won an Emmy for its writing.


The day before its opening night, Shakespeare in the Park had two corporate sponsors pull support over the modern staging of the classical play “Julius Caesar." Delta Airlines and Bank of America took issue with this year’s version, specifically the fact that the Julius Caesar character, who — spoiler alert! — is assassinated, resembles the current president of the United States.

06/12/2017: Et tu, Delta?

Jun 12, 2017

In this summer's Shakespeare in the Park, the titular character in "Julius Caesar" is distinctly Trumpy. Of course — 400-year-old spoiler alert! — he's assassinated, and outcry from the right caused Delta and Bank of America pull their support. The theater is the latest in a growing series of political minefields for brand-sensitive companies. We'll look at how companies are trying to find their way and what it means for entertainment.

The cost of summer child care

Jun 12, 2017
Marketplace Weekend Staff

All across the country, schools are getting out for the summer. For kids, it means weeks without hitting the books. But for parents, the months of June, July and August can be a challenging balancing act of work and childcare — which comes at a cost.  

If there isn't an adult available at home to watch the kids, parents must turn to potentially pricey camps, day care programs and lessons. 

The CEO of General Electric, Jeffrey Immelt, is stepping down after 16 years. On today's show, we'll give a brief recap of the big changes he made at GE during his tenure. Next, we'll talk about the Fed's plans for interest rate hikes for the rest of the year. Then, we'll examine pushback against proposed housing for the homeless in some Los Angeles County neighborhoods. 

Credit card companies are easing lending standards

Jun 12, 2017

Credit card defaults are rising as lending standards have started to fall from the early post-recession days — that’s according to a new report by the credit rating agency Moody's. The report shows even with unemployment at low levels, those charge-offs have increased significantly for some U.S. lenders, exceeding expectations of a modest rise.  

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Saudi allies ramp up sanctions on Qatar

Jun 12, 2017

Qatar is promising not to surrender in the face of sanctions imposed on it last week. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain halted land, air and sea traffic to Qatar and blacklisted several Qatari-linked organizations and individuals. They accuse the small oil-rich nation of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and other groups they consider terrorist. Qatar, which denies supporting terrorism, is already feeling the pain. 

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Los Angeles grapples with rising homeless population

Jun 12, 2017
Libby Denkmann

Va Lecia Adams Kellum points out nearly empty baskets of fruits and vegetables as she walks through the pantry at St. Joseph Center in Los Angeles.

Adams Kellum, the nonprofit’s president, said the stock of produce, eggs and canned goods for low-income and homeless Angelenos looks thin after a busy day of service.

“If we needed to open like this tomorrow, we wouldn’t have enough to serve the people who need help,” Adams Kellum said.

The demand for a safety net like this is growing across Los Angeles.

What's growing in the Silicon Desert

Jun 12, 2017
Bruce Johnson and Clare Toeniskoetter

As part of our series looking at aspiring and emerging tech hubs, we visited Phoenix, the "Silicon Desert." It's home to a growing startup scene, testing sites for self-driving cars and many young entrepreneurs pitching themselves as the next big thing. The city has a lot of potential, but how does it compare to Boston, New York — or even San Francisco?

Matt Petrillo

In Orlando, Florida, many people will think of June 12th as the one year anniversary of a gunman walking into a gay nightclub and opening fire, killing 49 people and injuring 53 others.

After the attack, nearby businesses shut their doors for more than a week while police processed the scene.

Now, some businesses are still struggling to bounce back while others are adjusting to the "new normal" in a neighborhood forever altered by the attack.

06/12/2017: Seattle's powerful tech scene

Jun 12, 2017

Myomo, a medical robotics company, is going public on the New York Stock Exchange. That's not exactly unusual, but it's the first company to do so on a national securities exchange using a provision that'll let companies advertise the stock directly to investors. Mark Elenowitz, head of TriPoint Global Equities, stopped by to explain why this is significant and why other companies haven't done this before. Afterwards, we'll take a look at Seattle's growing tech scene, including its funding environment and what makes it different from Silicon Valley.


The Trump administration could rein in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a watchdog agency that critics say has too much power. We'll talk about the exact restrictions the White House might place on the bureau, and why the president's team takes issue with it. Afterwards, we'll look at how sanctions imposed on Qatar by five Middle Eastern countries has been affecting it economically. Plus: On the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, we'll discuss how businesses in the area have been faring. 

What happens when mom and dad face deportation

Jun 11, 2017
Deepa Ferndandes

As 19-year-old Francisco Duarte watched his parents handcuffed and driven away by immigration officials in late May outside their San Diego home, all he could do was console his hysterical 12-year-old twin sisters.

Then he took off to find help for his parents. They would need an immigration attorney, and Francisco would need to gather their paperwork.

His younger brother Luis, 17, stepped up to look after the younger sisters — he cooked them eggs and ham when they came home from school that day.

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As the planet warms, many tree species in the eastern US are migrating.

Pines and spruce are heading north, while oaks and maples are heading west of their historical ranges, according to a recent study. In all, the newly published research confirms, 86 tree species in the eastern US are moving into new areas.

Trees don't just pick up and move, of course. Their seeds tend to spread in one direction or another, depending on local conditions, and saplings will have more success in places best suited to their natural traits.

KU Leuven News

A team of Belgian researchers has developed a device that will remove pollutants from the air and convert them into simple hydrogen — using sunlight, nanoparticles and a photoelectric chemical membrane.

Bob Riha, Jr/Reuters

With all the attention paid to the testimony of former FBI director James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee this week, you may have missed the story the Trump administration really wanted to highlight: Infrastructure.

As part of what the White House called “Infrastructure Week,” President Donald Trump made a series of announcements on infastructure, including on a plan aimed at improving air travel.

The Road To CRISPR

Jun 10, 2017

Can You Hold An Algorithm Accountable?

Jun 10, 2017

A Home For The Thirty Meter Telescope

Jun 10, 2017

The Sunscreen Of The Future

Jun 10, 2017