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What will Trump’s border wall look like?

Mar 20, 2017
Marielle Segarra and Marketplace staff

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is now accepting proposals from contractors who want to help the federal government build a wall along the border with Mexico. It’s the first step in a process that would fulfill a promise President Donald Trump made while he was campaigning for the presidency.



“I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will have Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words,” he said at one point on the trail.



The president of Uber is quitting after just six months on the job. In a statement, former Target executive Jeff Jones said his approach to leadership was “inconsistent” with what he experienced at Uber. The news is just the latest in a seemingly unending stream of bad publicity for the company. After a viral video showed CEO Travis Kalanick berating an Uber driver, Kalanick acknowledged needing some leadership “help.” Uber is facing a challenge not unlike many successful startups: growing up. 

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The spring home-buying season could use more homes

Mar 20, 2017

The spring home-buying season is officially upon us, and it has the makings of a good one. Housing starts were way up in February, and consumers and homebuilders are feeling more confident about the economy than they have in years. People are in buying mood. There's just one thing missing — homes for sale. 

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03/20/2017: NAFTA, explained

Mar 20, 2017
Kai Ryssdal, Daisy Palacios and Bridget Bodnar

We're kicking off a new series today, explaining the North American Free Trade Agreement and what could happen if President Donald Trump renegotiates it. To start off, we have to talk about your pants. Where they were made and what you paid for them are essential to understanding how NAFTA works. Then, we'll talk with Jaime Serra, one of the agreement's architects in Mexico. Plus, the latest on Brexit negotiations and Uber's scandal-filled year. 

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03/20/17: Nevada's focus on solar

Mar 20, 2017

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is now accepting proposals from contractors who want to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. We'll take a look at the criteria the federal government are asking for. Next, we'll talk about Nevada's push for solar energy over coal and fossil fuel, and then look at one grassroots group's efforts to help provide homeless women with feminine hygiene products. 

Mexico's NAFTA economist on why he doesn't take Trump's critiques personally

Mar 20, 2017
Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar

This story is the first in a series that explores NAFTA’s role in our economy from the perspective of workers, business owners and trade negotiators. What exactly is NAFTA? And what happens if it changes?  Join us to discuss how one of the most hotly contested issues in our society shapes the way we live.

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For years, Republicans in Congress have promised to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, claiming that its requirement for nearly everyone to buy insurance or pay a fine is burdensome and costly, and it doesn't give people enough flexibility to get the coverage they need.

The big three U.S. airlines — American, Delta and United — are all taking on the discount carriers by offering no-frills, discounted fares, called "basic economy." Some critics call it "misery class" because you'll board last, sit in a middle seat near the back of the plane, and on United and American, you can't bring a carry-on bag.

Now there is evidence that this lower class of fare is not any lower priced, but instead is a way to raise standard economy fares.

Despite the Trump administration’s push for coal and other fossil energy, Nevada just went dramatically in the other way. On the day after it pulled the plug on a coal-fired power plant, it cut the ribbon on a new solar energy farm.

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Chuck Collins

While people regularly give old clothes and outgrown shoes to those in need, homeless shelters and the women who live there often need essentials like bras and feminine hygiene products.

One grassroots group is trying to change that.

Forget coat drives — the Center of Hope shelter in Dallas is getting a pickup truck full of tampons, sanitary napkins and bras.

It was 30 years ago this week that the Food and Drug Administration approved the first  treatment for HIV/AIDS, the drug AZT. At a time when the number of AIDS-related deaths was skyrocketing, AZT was rushed into the approval process. But some of the early advocates of the drug's fast-tracking ended up lamenting that process.

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Goldman Sachs offers new online lending platform

Mar 20, 2017
Mark Garrison

As one of the world’s most elite banks, Goldman Sachs is known for serving billionaire clients, giant companies hungry for deals and hot startups eager to go public. It is not the type of place folks think of when they need a little money to spruce up their kitchen or take care of unexpected medical bills. Yet that is exactly what the bank is doing with its new offering called Marcus, an online platform that makes small loans.

What it means to be a diplomat in a digital age

Mar 20, 2017
Stephanie Hughes and Bruce Johnson

When we think of diplomacy, we may think of talking — people in a room, face to face.

But that world of diplomacy is changing and the connected world is playing a much greater role, according to Anne-Marie Slaughter, who worked for the State Department during the Obama administration.