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There's a whole lot of love for Howlin' Ray's Nashville-style hot chicken in LA

Jul 18, 2017
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Adrienne Hill and Daisy Palacios

Howlin' Ray's in Los Angeles has brought Nashville-style hot chicken to the West Coast, and it's a pretty big deal here. Marketplace host Adriene Hill visited chef and owner Johnny Zone at the bustling spot, where the kitchen staff prepares hundreds of hot chicken plates and "sandos," or sandwiches, an hour before opening time. Meanwhile, a line of people wraps around the building, waiting for the doors to open. When they do, the wait can last more than two hours. It's enough to bring tears to your eyes, or is that the cayenne pepper? An edited transcript of the conversation follows. 

07/18/2017: No repeal, no replacement

Jul 18, 2017
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Marketplace

After years of trying, the Republican-controlled Congress won't be replacing Obamacare or even repealing it with a replacement TBD. President Trump's new plan, he said today, is "just let Obamacare fail." Leaving aside that's quite a thing to say about a sixth of the economy, you might wonder how insurers are taking the news. Turns out, most of them don't make much money in the individual market anyway. We'll look at UnitedHealth, which is mostly out of the exchanges, but posted huge second-quarter earnings today.

The Trump administration may want to keep NAFTA after all

Jul 18, 2017
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Ryan Kailath and Janet Nguyen

The North American Free Trade Agreement was one of President Trump’s favorite punching bags on the campaign trail. He called it “one of the worst deals ever,” blamed it for destroying American jobs, and vowed to get rid of it.

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07/18/2017: Obamacare lives another day

Jul 18, 2017

Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has scrapped plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act after two more senators said they couldn't support the measure. But McConnell says he's already got another plan in place, which would involve a straight up repeal of Obamacare. On today's show, we'll look at how feasible this plan actually is.

Here is where the U.S. Congress buys its health insurance

Jul 18, 2017
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Marketplace

This is just one of the stories from our "I've Always Wondered" series, where we tackle all of your questions about the world of business, no matter how big or small. Ever wondered if recycling is worth it? Or how store brands stack up against name brands? What do you wonder?

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24: Always tie your shoes

Jul 18, 2017
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Molly Wood and Kai Ryssdal

The Columbia River Bar is one of the most dangerous places in the world for ships of all sizes. That's where the Columbia River Bar Pilots come in. These specially trained experts pilot cargo and passenger ships of all sizes across the bar into the river that separates Oregon from Washington. Captain Deborah Dempsey was the first woman to become a pilot with the organization and she tells us why tying your shoes can keep you from falling "in the drink"— and what happened the one time she didn't.

Sports teams try to accommodate special needs fans

Jul 18, 2017
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Laura Ziegler

Many people on the autism spectrum have a hard time in loud, chaotic places like sports stadiums. But a number of professional sports teams are trying to make it easier and more fun to attend games for those with autism and other special needs. Among them are the Kansas City Royals, who have put some accommodations, such as quiet zones, in place at Kauffman Stadium.

It's time again for one of Washington's favorite manufactured crises.

Nine months after being fired as the longtime voice of Kermit the Frog, Steve Whitmire is speaking out. He was let go in October by Disney for what was described as "unacceptable business conduct."

Whitmire says Disney's dismissal was "a betrayal" after a 27-year career devoted to carrying on the legacy of Jim Henson, the founder of the Muppets. Henson was the original voice of Kermit.

We're in the middle of another theme week at the White House. This time it's "Made in America Week." President Trump is expected to issue a declaration tomorrow highlighting the importance of American manufacturing. He’s promised to help U.S. companies by lowering corporate taxes from their current 35 percent to 15 percent. But will reduced rates lead to more “American made?” 

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Remember MOOCs, the massive open online courses that promised to transform college as we know it? That hasn’t happened, exactly. But MOOCs are alive and growing. And today, one big provider, Coursera, has announced a new partnership with the insurance company AXA to offer free courses to their nearly 150 thousand employees around the world. 

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Climate alliance states have significant leverage

Jul 18, 2017
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Adam Allington

Last week Colorado officially joined the U.S. Climate Alliance — a group of more than a dozen states set on upholding the Paris climate accord goals, despite President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the agreement in early June.

Even with the United States officially out of the Paris accord, some are optimistic that the U.S. can still meet the Paris targets, even without the support of Washington.

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Marketplace

What is Watson? As IBM prepares to announce earnings this afternoon, investors are claiming that the artificial intelligence — which has made appearances on Jeopardy and even has its own cookbook — isn't raking in as much as it should be. Jefferies analyst James Kisner joined us to talk about why IBM invested in Watson and why he thinks it isn't working out for the company right now. Afterwards, we'll chat with entrepreneur Cindy Whitehead about her tech incubator Pinkubator, which aims to help female entrepreneurs with access to capital and mentorship.

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