Every weekday on Marketplace, Kai Ryssdal hosts a lively and unexpected exploration of the day’s business and economic news from Wall Street to your wallet.
So the Fed came in under the wire and finally raised rates by a quarter percent. So what's the big deal? Then: President-elect Donald Trump met with leaders from big tech companies in New York today. Given how little we know about Trump's tech policy, what's the meeting mean? Plus, Homer Simpson's many jobs and why some advertisers are sitting out the Super Bowl.
After stressing last year that hydraulic fracturing had no "widespread, systematic impact" on water, the EPA now is emphasizing that fracking can affect drinking water under some circumstances. More of our investigation with APM Reports on the show today. But first, Trump's conflict of interest tweet raises more questions than it answers — what does "no new deals" mean? Plus, an interview with Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell and holiday shopping at the airport.
We're getting more glimpses as what deal-making could look like under President-elect Donald Trump. First, the One China policy — where the U.S. does not recognize Taiwan as an independent state — has been seen as non-negotiable, but it could be a bargaining chip for Trump. Then, Lockheed Martin shares dropped after Trump criticized its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program on Twitter, but fixing his issues won't be easy. Plus, the war waging at your grocery store and why (one writer says) you should hate "Star Wars."
The economy is continuing to digest President-elect Donald Trump's appointments, and Congress is is trying to figure out what he'll mean for pension funds. We'll look and both issues as we recap the latest in our Weekly Wrap. Plus: how'd velvet become the festive fabric of choice?
Trump says he wants to "prime the pump" and with infrastructure spending, but what happens when you stimulate an economy that's already stimulated? For that matter, how will an attorney general who's spent his career fighting the EPA run it? We look into both questions, plus vaping and the Oscars for money.
A new poll found most Americans give President-elect Donald Trump the benefit of the doubt on potential conflicts of interest. Meanwhile, Trump selected a China ambassador today, and many workers are getting overtime pay even though the White House's new rules are on hold. Plus: Silicon Valley thinks it may have a solution for the job destruction it helped create.