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04/23/2018: The history of the song "Louie Louie"

Apr 23, 2018

(U.S. Edition) In the coming days, the Supreme Court will feature arguments in some interesting cases. Today, we'll look at Lucia vs. the Securities and Exchange Commission, which focuses on whether judges within the SEC should be political appointees. Afterwards, we'll discuss what net neutrality advocates are still doing to challenge the Federal Communication Commission's repeal of the law. Plus: A conversation with reporter David Weinberg about the backstory of the famous song "Louie Louie."

Since long before anyone can remember, the big, fertile slopes of the Alazani Valley in eastern Georgia have been planted with grapevines. It's the heartland of winemaking in the country that invented it 8,000 years ago. But in recent months, the valley has been going through a new kind of ferment, because of bitcoin.

04/23/2018: Where national divides run deepest

Apr 23, 2018

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service ... Politics, income differences and immigration are some of the biggest factors dividing societies around the world, according to a new study commissioned by the BBC.  We’ll explain where the tension is strongest, and why people think their countries are more divided now than 10 years ago. Then, Fashion Revolution Week is raising awareness about transparency in the fashion supply chain as it marks five years since a factory collapse in Bangladesh killed more than 1,000 people.

If a wave of automation is coming, which countries are best prepared?

Apr 23, 2018

Robots are coming for all our jobs, right? It can be hard not to feel that way given the pace of automation. But if it really is inevitable, are we doing anything to prepare for it? Enter the Automation Readiness Index; a research project put together by The Economist and funded by Swiss robotics giant ABB.

Robots are coming for all our jobs, right? It can be hard not to feel that way given the pace of automation. But if it really is inevitable, are we doing anything to prepare for it? Enter the Automation Readiness Index, a research project put together by The Economist and funded by Swiss robotics giant ABB. It’s a global list ranking the nations most prepared to smoothly integrate “intelligent automation into their economies.” Marketplace Tech Host Molly Wood spoke with Guido Jouret, ABB’s chief digital officer, about which countries came out on top and how the United States is faring. 

"I thought this just happened to me."

That's the refrain from dozens of teachers who reached out to NPR — via email and social media — in response to our investigative story about serious problems with a federal grant program that, they say, have left them unfairly saddled with thousands of dollars of debts they shouldn't have to pay.

Amazon has been one of President Trump's favorite targets on Twitter.

He has accused the company of not collecting taxes (which it does), charged it with putting retailers out of business — and focused his attacks on the tech company's relationship with the Postal Service.

So the president might be surprised to learn that one of Amazon's biggest customers is, in fact, the federal government. Amazon's relationship with the government goes well beyond delivering packages — to playing a vital role in protecting America's national security secrets.

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Billboards are having a moment.

Traditional advertising has been falling for years. Companies just aren't spending as much on newspaper, radio and television ads. And last year was not much better, according to an industry report.

But there is one traditional advertising form that is showing signs of life: billboards and other parts of the segment known as out-of-home advertising.

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A fundamentally different American economy?

Apr 20, 2018

Has the current administration “fundamentally changed the structure” of the American economy, as Mick Mulvaney, acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,  said? We break it down with David Gura from MSNBC and Ana Swanson from The New York Times. We also discuss International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde’s comments on the United States regarding the tax plan and what it means for American economic growth. Later, we talk about the push to reach a NAFTA deal before May and bilateral versus multilateral trade.

Global economic recovery eats through oil glut

Apr 20, 2018

This morning President Donald Trump turned his ire on OPEC: “OPEC is at it again,” he tweeted. “Oil prices are artificially Very High!” Sure, it’s convenient to blame someone for high gas prices. But the broader story — beyond the 280 characters that Twitter allows — is that something bigger is happening in the world oil market.

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