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First, it was the iron. Then, it was the thimble. Now, Monopoly has kicked two more longtime tokens out of the game.

Step away, boot. Roll yourself away, wheelbarrow.

The U.S. spends a lot less on foreign aid than you think

Mar 17, 2017
Sabri Ben-Achour

The idea that the United States spends too much on the rest of the world is a consistent theme from President Donald Trump.

Right there in the introduction to his budget proposal, he writes, "It is time to prioritize the security and well-being of Americans, and to ask the rest of the world to step up and pay its fair share."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is in Washington, D.C., for the first meeting with President Donald Trump. The relationship between Trump and Merkel thus far has been somewhat frosty, in no small part because of Trump’s continued tough talk about Germany’s balance of trade status with the U.S.

Kai Ryssdal

Nela Richardson of Redfin and Cardiff Garcia of FT Alphaville join us for the Weekly Wrap to discuss the week's business and economic news. This week is all about Janet Yellen and Donald Trump. While Yellen's Federal Reserve increased interest rates, Trump released his budget proposal aimed at cutting funds for government agencies and increasing defense spending.  

03/17/2017: Stick it to the man

Mar 17, 2017

This week, indie music star Conor Oberst takes the Marketplace Quiz and explains how the music industry mimics the economy. Plus, The New York Times' Neil Irwin and Axios' Ina Fried go long and short on this week's news, we get an update on health care and we take a look at President Donald Trump's proposed budget.

Indie musician Conor Oberst takes the Marketplace Quiz

Mar 17, 2017

No matter who you are, you've probably had a rough day at the office that changed your perspective, or maybe you made an impulse purchase you really, really wish you could take back. This week, indie star Conor Oberst took our money-inspired personality questionnaire. Below is an edited transcript of our conversation.

Oberst's new album "Salutations" is out now.

What is something you bought that you now completely regret buying?


German Chancellor Angela Merkel spent a few hours at the White House today for her first face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump. Things were a little frosty, and Trump made his thoughts on the trading relationship between the U.S. and Germany clear. Merkel surely knew this was coming, as she arrived in Washington with several execs, including the CEO of BMW. We'll look at the negotiation ahead. Then: How much of the U.S. budget is tied up in foreign aid, do you reckon? Most folks' guesses are way, way higher than the reality.

Trump's new budget blueprint for the upcoming year includes a $9 billion reduction in the federal education budget. We'll look at how the cuts will affect after-school programming and teacher training. Afterwards, we'll discuss what's on the agenda at this week's meeting between the world's finance leaders, and then explore the difficulties happening for rural hospitals across the country.

Kim Adams

A new report out from the International Energy Agency says global CO2 emissions remained flat for the third year in a row.

This plateau in emissions comes during a period of global economic growth. According to the agency:

We hear a lot about U.S. companies laying off workers and shipping jobs overseas.

So, amid the global pressures to downsize, how do you hang onto your workforce?

We went looking for answers in Chelsea, Mich., home to a family owned manufacturer that's managed to thrive over four generations, since the company's founding in 1907.

The Chelsea Milling Co. is better known as the manufacturer of Jiffy baking mixes. You know the ones. They come in those signature little blue and white boxes: mixes for muffins, cakes, pie crusts, biscuits, brownies and more.

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Will ‘Beauty’ be a blockbuster?

Mar 17, 2017

Disney’s new, live-action movie, “Beauty and the Beast,” opens this weekend. The movie has set a record for advanced ticket sales for a family film. And it could be one of the top March openings ever. 

Click the audio player above to hear the full story.

Elly Yu

At the emergency room in Irwin County Hospital in Ocilla, Georgia, nurses treat a man for a possible stroke. The man is propped on a bed and hooked up to a machine that monitors his heart rate. He’s the only patient in the emergency room.

“Our ER is not very large. It’s only four exam rooms, a cardiac room and trauma room,” said Jason Baxley, a nurse at the hospital.

While it isn’t very large, Baxley said the ER stays busy treating patients from the community.

How will Merkel approach her meeting with Trump?

Mar 17, 2017
Mark Garrison

President Donald Trump will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel today at the White House, and while Trump has accused Germany of being a currency manipulator, Merkel will try to convince the president on the need for strong relations between the two countries. That’s what Ulf Roeller, the Washington, D.C. correspondent for ZDF sees happening.

Roeller joined host Mark Garrison to discuss how Merkel could approach today’s meeting with Trump. Below is an edited transcript.