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.
As we await tonight’s already-a-bombshell conversation with NBC News, there’s another Trump interview we’ve been unpacking today. The president and two of his key economic advisers sat down with The Economist to talk health care, trade and more. We're going to zoom in on one part, where Trump said he'll "prime the pump" of the economy while claiming he invented the term. He didn't, but we'll talk about what it means and why that policy matters. Then: The Senate has confirmed Robert Lighthizer as the U.S. trade representative, and he's going to have his hands very full (see above). Plus, we'll look at a grim but hidden dimension of this country's opioid epidemic: morgues and medical examiners are overwhelmed.
Kellyanne Conway went on CNN this morning to talk about President Trump's bombshell firing of FBI director James Comey and said this: "You want to question the timing of when he hires, when he fires. It’s inappropriate. He’ll do it when he wants to." Um, asking questions is exactly what a free press in a representative democracy is supposed to do, and we still have a lot of them. Questions like: what's gonna happen with health care? Tax reform? Trump's trillion-dollar infrastructure package? And there's a broader question that's unique to this president: Is this how you run a business? Is it how you run the government like a business? We'll talk about it. Plus: the state of schools in Erie County, Pennsylvania and the second part of our interview with Susan Burton.
Presdient Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, the White House said, for the way he handled the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. We'll talk with Politico's Sudeep Reddy about whether that reasoning passes the sniff test and what this news means for Republicans' congressional goals. Then: The Trump Administration has put off a decision about staying in Paris climate agreement as coal production is up. The long-term for coal is trickier though. Plus: "American Idol" is back from the dead.
Emmanuel Macron easily won France's presidential election over the weekend, but he has a rough road ahead. Parliamentary elections are next month, and the rest of Europe will be watching. We'll look at what comes next, then turn to Mexico, where U.S. President Trump's plans for a border wall and continued uncertainty over NAFTA have triggered a national conversation there about the American border and economic freedom not seen in years. Plus: a whopping fourth of Starbucks' sales come through its mobile app, but that app could be vulnerable to fraud.
It's jobs day, and a strong showing for April wrapped up a pretty packed week for business and economic news. We'll talk about health care, the fed and unemployment all on the Weekly Wrap. Then, we'll dig into why wage growth isn't keeping pace with jobs and bring you the latest on the French election. Plus, the view on Trump's first 100 days from a breakfast table in Erie, Pennsylvania, as part of our series The Big Promise
After several false starts and a few amendments, Republicans in the House finally passed their plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. The bill is on its way to the Senate and still without scoring from the Congressional Budget Office. That means we don't really know what the bill could cost or who could lose coverage, and Congress doesn't really know what they voted for. We talked with Doug Elmendorf, who was running the CBO when Obamacare was under debate, and he called the vote "a terrible mistake." Then, we'll talk about the latest from Brexit and Puerto Rico's debt crisis. Plus: President Trump is heading back to New York for the first time since he took office, and his old neighborhood on Fifth Ave. in Manhattan might look pretty different.