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The news that sexual harassment allegations have cost Roger Ailes his job threatens to obscure Ailes' singular career and his almost unrivaled influence in the public sphere.

But no contemporary figure has done more to shape the intersection of American media and politics than Ailes, who, until Thursday, had been the Fox News chief since its very first day on the air in 1996.

In his long career, Ailes advised a succession of Republican presidents on how to gain power and maintain it — both on their payrolls and off the books.

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Lane Wallace

The Orlando Pulse massacre in June shocked the country, and it quickly became clear that the shooting had taken place in a gay nightclub. But it was also Latin night at Pulse, and the shooting took place on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day festival. The 49 victims were largely Latino and gay, many of them Puerto Rican.

Latino and Latina LGBTQ people and their families already face challenges others may not, from language barriers to fear of deportation. That divide became more apparent in the effort to get support to victims and their families.

Marketplace Tech for Friday, July 22, 2016

Jul 22, 2016
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Marketplace

On today's show, we'll talk about the murder of Pakistani social media star Qandeel Baloch by her brother, along with similar cases happening in the country. Plus, we'll play this week's Silicon Tally with Erika Bergman, the co-founder of Global Engineering and Exploration Counselors. 

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On today's show, we'll talk about the economic themes of Donald Trump's keynote at the RNC on Thursday night; Roger Ailes' exit from Fox; and the film industry's new, subtle anti-piracy strategy.

In an apparent first, a Republican convention speaker on Thursday took the stage during the final, most high-profile night, just minutes before the nominee himself, and uttered these words: "I am proud to be gay."

Roger Ailes, the CEO and chairman of Fox News, is stepping down from his role. Rupert Murdoch will be taking over as chairman and acting CEO.

Ailes "has resigned from his role effective immediately," according to a statement from parent company 21st Century Fox.

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Since calorie labeling on most alcoholic beverages is voluntary, it's often hard to know how many calories are in your favorite brew.

And — perhaps — ignorance is bliss. But ignoring those liquid calories is about to get a lot tougher. Soon, calorie counts may be staring you in the face.

Rupert Murdoch will step in as Fox News CEO

Jul 21, 2016
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Kai Ryssdal

Quick and to the point, 'cause there's not much else to say.

After a week of speculation and in the wake of a sexual harassment lawsuit and investigation, Roger Ailes is out as the CEO of Fox News.

Rupert Murdoch, the guy who owns the place anyway, is gonna take over.

No public mention of a much discussed multi-million dollar payment to go quietly.

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Sam Beard

A year ago, 39-year-old Effie Panoutsakapoulou was stressed out at the bank where she works in Athens. The government had slapped on capital controls and hysterical customers clamored every day to get their money out of their accounts.

This summer, with the third bailout under way, the air of crisis has abated but – for Effie – an undercurrent of anxiety remains. 

“We don’t have a lot of work at the bank. We’re not working,” she said. 

So Long, VCR. We Hardly Knew You (Were Still Around)

Jul 21, 2016

The VCR is officially going the way of the Betamax and LaserDisc: into the technology graveyard.

The Justice Department is suing to block two proposed mergers between major health insurance companies, saying the deals violate antitrust laws and would lead to higher health care costs for Americans.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch explained the decision at a press conference:

Marketplace for Thursday, July 21, 2016

Jul 21, 2016
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Kai talks to New York Time's Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger about his latest interview with Donald Trump; former civil rights activists Peter and Marian Edelman talk about their time with Robert Kennedy during his poverty tour of Mississippi in 1967 and how they've seen issues of race and poverty change in the U.S. since then; and how Amazon is teaming up with Wells Fargo to lend student loans. 

The Edelmans: 50 years of fighting for equality

Jul 21, 2016
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Kai Ryssdal and Tommy Andres

In 1967, Senator Robert Kennedy took a tour of the Mississippi Delta to assess how President Lyndon Johnson's then-three-year-old War on Poverty was working.

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