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An uncertain political future for U.S. trade policy

Nov 9, 2016
Mark Garrison

Among many other things, President-elect Donald Trump will now be responsible for America’s global trade policy. How his administration handles it will be very interesting, because he spent a tremendous amount of time on the campaign trail attacking international trade, various trade deals and American companies that manufacture abroad. What happens next is of great interest to American companies, global markets and could be of great consequence for America’s economy and its workers.

Economic data is good. But many aren't feeling it.

Nov 9, 2016
Sabri Ben-Achour

We are in the longest economic recovery in American history. The U.S. has added 15 million jobs since 2010. The unemployment rate is down to 4.9 percent. Median household income rose 5.2 percent in 2015. 

And yet this election was decided in part because Donald Trump was able to tap into a deeply felt sense that things are not going well in this economy of ours.  

A pollster's take on a divided America

Nov 9, 2016
Larry Rosin

Throughout much of the 2016 Presidential campaign, an enormous portion of the coverage centered around the personalities of the two major candidates, their qualifications for the office, and attempts to disqualify their opponents. However, the results of the exit polls show that the one topic that election analysis usually centers upon – the economy – was the kind of driving force that we usually expect it to be.

On today's show, we'll talk about how the markets and corporate America are reacting to Trump's presidential win. Plus, we'll interview Glenn Hubbard, an economist who served as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors under President George W. Bush.

Repealing Obamacare is at the top of Trump's list

Nov 9, 2016
D Gorenstein

Until now, Donald Trump has offered only the briefest of sketches about how he plans to improve health care. His election comes as premiums on the Obamacare exchanges are rising, as well as drug prices and consumer out-of-pocket spending. President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him.

"On Day 1 of the Trump administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare," Trump announced on his website. It’s the first of a seven-point plan that includes selling insurance across state lines and greater price transparency.

A primer on Trump's economic policies

Nov 9, 2016
Marketplace staff

Now that the election is over, we can turn our attention to what President-elect Donald Trump might do when he takes office. We don't have many details of his plans, but we do know he has some broad goals, like repealing the Affordable Care Act. Here's a look a quick look at some of his policies.

Education policy


We'll take a look at how our health care system would look if Trump decides to repeal Obamacare and the president-elect's plan to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure. Plus: We'll interview Austan Goolsbee, economist and former chair of the Council of Economic Advisers under Obama, about political gridlock.

Bruce Johnson

We have a new president, and his name is Donald Trump. His new job has some challenges, many of them tech-related. Over the next four years, many more drones will take flight. Self-driving cars may hit roads in larger numbers. The list goes on. 

One issue Trump will face is where the people who build our tech are based. Trump said on the campaign trail:


We’ll take a look at how businesses feel about the new president, and where Trump might come down on trade and tax reform. Plus, what direction will health care law take under his administration? We’ll be reporting on Trump’s victory and what it means for the economy throughout the morning. Check back here for hourly updates.

All the news that got buried by the election

Nov 8, 2016
Tony Wagner and Rounak Maiti

Stop us if you've heard this one before: elections — particularly this election — have a way of sucking all the air out of the room.

That's particularly true of this historic and unusual election, and particularly particularly true in the final days of a close race. That makes Election Day a great time to drop some news you don't want anyone to see. There's all kinds of important or lighter, anxiety-easing stories that fly by while we're all glued to cable news.

David Weinberg

My first encounter with Mr Fries Man happened on Instagram. Scrolling through my feed one day I came across a photo he had posted of a giant mound of French fries covered in a shrimp and lemon garlic sauce. Intrigued, I called the phone number on the post and placed an order.

Then I got a text instructing me to drive to a parking lot in Gardena, a city that borders Los Angeles to the south. "Park near the wall," the text said "and look for a gray Pontiac Grand Prix."

Kai Ryssdal

While most people were out voting (there's still time in most states!) lawyers for Donald Trump were in court in Nevada this afternoon.

They'd filed a complaint saying early voting polling stations stayed open two hours longer than they were supposed to past Friday night. Clark County witnessed early voter turnout in record numbers, allowing Democrats a significant lead in today's polling.

Sam Beard

Some British citizens who voted in last summer’s referendum for the UK to remain in the European Union are exploiting a curious way of beating Brexit and keeping their European citizenship. These are descendants of the tens of thousands of German-Jewish refugees who fled the Nazis and settled in Britain in the 1930’s. Under Article 116 of Germany’s Basic Law, they  have the right to re-acquire the German citizenship stripped from their forbears. Hundreds are doing so in order to keep a toe hold in the EU.   

We're resurfacing Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal's 2014 interview with Martha Stewart, a conversation that's just as relevant as ever. The two talk about Martha Stewart's "American Made" program, how she came to be the god-mother of lifestyle culture, and when she realized she was building a billion-dollar business.

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What Brexit has to do with chocolate

Nov 8, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about the potential effects of tonight's presidential announcement on the markets; Brexit's influence on the size of Toblerone chocolate; why your holidays may be cheaper this year; and a nonprofit that's using music to help patients with dementia. 

Traveling for the holidays? Buy your tickets now!

Nov 8, 2016
Marielle Segarra

It might be cheaper to get home for Thanksgiving and Christmas this year than last year. Airline tickets for the week of Thanksgiving are about 2.5 percent cheaper on average than they were a year ago. And for Christmas, prices have fallen a little more 3 percent. Here’s why.

Click the above audio player to hear the full story. 

Lucia Benavides

Marilyn Mecke is a  72-year-old post-stroke patient with dementia at the Oak Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in San Antonio, Texas. She has her iPod and a playlist that includes Elvis, Patsy Cline and the Beatles. Today she’s listening to Julio Iglesias.

“That’s her favorite,” said Christy Duarte, marketing director at Oak Park. “She kind of grew up in the Valley and her sister said she really loved listening to him.”

JaeRan Kim

In just a matter of hours, the ordeal of the 2016 election will be over. If you can’t wait that long, you could always ignore the returns tonight and turn to sports. Thanks to the election, tonight may be a golden chance to catch your favorites.

Click the above audio player to hear the full story. 

JaeRan Kim

Climate change has largely been ignored in conversations surrounding the presidential election. Local elections have been another matter, however, with many cities and states talking about how to deal with it.

Last June, San Francisco area voters took a major step in adapting to sea level rise by approving a Measure AA, a $1-a-month parcel tax that will raise $500 million over 20 years, with the purpose of funding wetlands restoration.

Chart of the Day: Disney is cleaning up with Marvel

Nov 7, 2016

Marvel's latest, "Doctor Strange" cleaned up at the American box office this weekend, adding about $85 million to a more than $325 million worldwide gross. Crucially, the Sorcerer Supreme played by Benedict Cumberbatch is not an A-list comics book character. He's not even second-teir, like Iron Man and Thor were (believe it or not) before they got movies. Doctor Strange is more like Ant-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy, other heroes Disney and Marvel have been able to mine for big box office returns.

Donna Tam

Hostess, maker of the iconic snack cake brand Twinkie, went public today, following a long road of financial strife and transformation, including bankruptcy and a private equity buyout.

The company — in a nod to one of its most famous products, the Twinkie — listed on Nasdaq with the ticker symbol TWNK.

Carrie Jung

If you drive due east out of Phoenix for about 3 hours, you’ll eventually hit Thatcher, Arizona. Many people in this rural town make their living farming or mining. Teachers, however, are hard to find.

“We always need math and science,” said Carol McAtee, the principal at Thatcher High School. “The vocational courses, those are getting harder and harder to fill.”

She said finding and keeping good teachers is a challenge, especially in rural Arizona, for a lot of reasons. But McAtee explained much of it boils down to one, really glaring issue.

China's finance minister steps down

Nov 7, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about how the markets are doing as we near the end of the 2016 election; evaluate Hillary Clinton's potential appointees for Treasury secretary; look at who the Trump campaign is considering for top positions; and check out who will be China's new finance minister. 

What our next administration might look like

Nov 7, 2016
David Brancaccio and Lane Wallace

The next president will have to make more than 4,000 appointments, including cabinet secretaries and ambassadors. 

One of the top financial policy officials — aside from the president — is the U.S. Treasury secretary.  We looked into some potential cabinet appointees for both candidates, and how their selection might guide economic policy going forward. 

A Trump administration

In the hospital? You still may be able to vote

Nov 6, 2016
D Gorenstein

Tomorrow, millions of us are planning to go to churches and schools, and cast our ballots on Election Day.

But what if you get sick and end up in the hospital?

In at least 13 states — including Pennsylvania, Michigan and Texas — patients can access what’s called an emergency absentee ballot, said Debra Cleaver with the nonprofit, nonpartisan


On today's show, we'll talk about Hillary Clinton's relationship with the progressive movement; who Trump would appoint as Treasury Secretary should he become president; and what hospital patients can do to vote. 

Broadway is going dark on election night

Nov 4, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

Broadway is basically giving up in the face of this election.

About half of the historic theater district's venues are going dark Tuesday night in anticipation of poor turnouts, according to the New York Times. Others joining the short hiatus include the Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

Gigi Douban

The Google Chrome security team is getting tough on websites that are not encrypted. Those are the ones without the HTTPS at the beginning of its URL. Anyone looking at what you’re doing online on that site can capture all of your information, including important user names and passwords. Most of the pages desktop users load are encrypted according to Google. But it said the myriad of symbols used by most browsers can be confusing or even misleading about the sites' lack of security.

Marketplace Weekend Staff

It's that time of year again. The holidays are upon us, and with the number of U.S. airline passengers growing at about 5 percent annually, that also means there will be lots of holiday travel.

Do you have any tips or tricks to save money? Or any advice for how to keep your sanity? Let us know!

'Moonlight': The anti-blockbuster shaking up Hollywood

Nov 4, 2016
Kai Ryssdal and Tommy Andres

“Oscar buzz” is a phrase you hear a lot this time of year. As the holidays approach, studios carefully send the films they believe can snatch up an Academy Award or two down the pipe. And this year, on the tail of two straight years of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, the conversation about diversity in Hollywood will no doubt be louder than ever.