(Global edition) From the BBC World Service … The boss of WPP, the world’s biggest advertising firm, quit Saturday amid allegations of personal misconduct. What does his departure signal for the future of the ad business, and is there a chance he could return to the industry? Then, the U.S. is weighing a third round of sanctions against Russia today, targeting companies with links to chemical weapons use in Syria. But is Russia ready to flex its own retaliation muscles – and who will it hurt more? Plus, China’s microblogging site, Weibo, reversed a decision to remove all gay content after a backlash from users.
(Markets Edition) Every five years or so, the Farm Bill — which sets the country's food and agriculture policy — goes up for renewal. Much of its funding is related to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, also known as food stamps. House Republicans want to add work requirements for SNAP recipients, which would include working or enrolling in job training at least 20 hours a week. We'll talk to the vice chairman of the House Agriculture Committee — Glenn Thompson (R-PA) — about why they're pushing for these requirements. Afterwards, we'll chat with Chris Low — chief economist at FTN Financial — about the disconnect between consumer confidence and consumer spending. While confidence is at record highs, spending not so much...
(U.S. Edition) One of President Trump's first acts in office was pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Now he may just re-enter the deal. While talks are still in their early stages, we'll discuss who the potential winners and losers would be if the U.S. were to rejoin the agreement. Afterwards, we'll look at another major free trade announcement: 44 African countries have signed up for the African Continental Free Area, which would create one of the largest free-trade zones in the world. Plus: We talk about the huge reorganization plans happening at VW. The company has named a new CEO — Herbert Diess — to succeed Matthias Müller.
(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service … A C-suite shakeup overnight at VW: Who’s in, who’s out, and what’s next for the automaker as it turns another page on its 2015 diesel-emissions scandal. Then, what will President Trump’s absence from the Summit for the Americas in Peru mean for the U.S. relationship with Latin American leaders? Afterward, if your Friday-night plans involve a stop off at the local bar, you might be surprised to find more and more patrons sipping on non-alcoholic beer and cocktail lookalikes. One of our reporters explores the growing trend of the non-boozy buzz.
(Markets Edition) While President Trump tweeted yesterday that missiles "will be coming" to Syria, he's now saying an attack could happen "very soon or not so soon at all!" That had investors breathing a small sigh of relief. We'll talk to Susan Schmidt, senior vice president at Westwood Holdings Group, about why she thinks the markets are facing a "confused moment." Afterwards, we'll look at how Delta's business is doing ahead of the release of its first-quarter earnings report. Then to cap off today's show, we'll discuss the controversy surrounding the U.K.'s new passport colors. It's moving away from the burgundy-colored European Union passport, and reverting to traditional blue and gold. But the contract to produce the new passport might be taken away from a British company and given to a firm in continental Europe.
(U.S. Edition) The World Trade Organization is out with new data showing global commerce is off to a strong start. But there's a stark warning that governments should refrain from a retaliatory trade measure. Who could they possibly be talking about? Afterwards, we'll chat with Margrethe Vestager, Europe's top antitrust official who's gone after the world's biggest tech companies. Following Mark Zuckerberg's testimony on Capitol Hill, she joined us to talk about why privacy is such an important issue to her and why she thinks regulation isn't a disadvantage for smaller companies. Plus: Why 2018 is shaping up to be a good year for the big banks.