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Installing solar panels on your home could become more expensive, depending on how President Trump responds to a decision Friday by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

The ITC found that low-cost, imported solar panels from China and other countries have hurt two domestic manufacturers. They are Georgia-based Suniva and Oregon-based SolarWorld.

It's no secret that getting hired for a new job is hard. Sometimes you might be overqualified. Sometimes you might have just the right qualifications and then your potential employer will ask for your credit report, and you know it won't be the best news. 

Every month, Alison Green from Ask a Manager helps us make sense of the ups and downs of work life. 

Meet Gucci Mane, hustling since he was 9 years old

Sep 22, 2017

Gucci Mane has been hustling for a long time. The rapper started his career in Atlanta, where he spent most of his childhood. In the 12 years since he released his first album, "Trap House," he's brought himself and trap music into the mainstream, collaborating with countless artists. Now, he's the author of a new book, "The Autobiography of Gucci Mane," out this week. He joined Marketplace Weekend to take the Marketplace Quiz.

In Washington, it's another day of drama as Republicans race against the clock to repeal Obamacare. Senator John McCain said today he could not, in good conscience, vote for the latest version of the Obamacare repeal. That means if one more Senate Republican becomes a hard no, the bill is basically dead. In a statement, McCain said might have considered supporting the legislation brought up by his friends in the Senate if the bill had gone through normal Senate procedures.

More bad news for Uber. This time from London.

Sep 22, 2017

Uber has a new fire to put out. The city of London said today that when Uber's license to operate expires at the end of the month, it's bye bye Uber. There won't be a renewal. The company has been trying to recover from a long list of woes, which include — but are not limited to — allegations of sexual harassment, a tech bro culture, inadequate screening of drivers and, recently, that Uber knowingly leased defective cars to drivers in Singapore. The company replaced its CEO last month, but still, the hits keep coming.

Former Sen. Bill Bradley talks tax reform

Sep 22, 2017

In Washington there's an effort underway to pass some kind of tax reform. What that means is still uncertain ... the last time the tax code was overhauled was 1986.

Former Sen. Bill Bradley, a Democrat from New Jersey, was one of the main authors of the 1986 bill. He joined Marketplace Weekend to talk about tax reform in '86 and what it might look like today. 

Lizzie O'Leary: Can you think of principles that would be popular across Capitol Hill right now? 

The cost of making honey

Sep 22, 2017

It’s a sweltering day near Missoula, Montana and commercial beekeeper Bert Wüstner is pulling honeycombs out of a beehive. His daughter is pumping smoke into the hive to keep the bees calm, but they’re swarming around my microphone, my bare legs, and I’m really hoping I don’t get stung. “You’re not nervous are you?” Wüstner said.  He shakes one of the combs and droplets of nectar fall out. “It shakes out just like rain,” he said. “That’s brand new honey.”

Nela Richardson of Redfin and Cardiff Garcia of FT Alphaville join us to discuss this week’s business and economic news. Senator John McCain announced Friday he’s a no-vote for the Graham-Cassidy health care bill. It seems to be the GOP’s last viable attempt at repealing the Affordable Care Act for now, so we discuss if it’s better for the economy that the health care debate is put on hold. Plus, we revisit the conversation around the tax reform package. 

(Legally) Selling Weed While Black

Sep 22, 2017

Amber Senter, Andrea Unsworth, Nina Parks and Tsion "Sunshine" Lencho are women of color who work in the legal cannabis industry in Oakland, Calif. Even in 2017, that's unusual.

As the city's weed industry grows, the players who are most likely to jump in on the "green rush" have two things in common: They are overwhelmingly white, and have access to lots of money.

So together, Senter, Unsworth, Parks and Lencho decided to change that.

Germans have traditionally been famously relaxed about the global dominance of the English language – unlike, say, the French.

But mass immigration to Germany and increasing globalization may be starting to change attitudes. Some Germans complain their language and culture are losing ground — even within Germany itself. And several politicians are now calling for a crackdown on the increasing use of English in German daily life. One said: “It drives me up the wall the way waiters speak only English in Berlin restaurants. ”

Brain injury revelations are nothing new for the NFL

Sep 22, 2017

Long-held concerns about football and concussions are back in the spotlight, after autopsy results for former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez show that the 27-year-old had significant brain damage when he committed suicide in prison, while serving a sentence for homicide. His family has announced plans to sue the NFL.

09/22/2017: Taxes, makeup, Gucci Mane

Sep 22, 2017

This week, we're talking tax reform with former Sen. Bill Brady, we'll answer your job-related questions with Ask A Manager’s Alison Green and head out with a makeup artist to check out Rihanna’s new Fenty Beauty product line. Plus, rapper Gucci Mane takes the Marketplace Quiz.

As always, we want to hear your stories and opinions. We’re at weekend@marketplace.org, hit us up on Facebook or tweet at us, @MarketplaceWKND.  

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