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With in-depth focus on the latest business news both nationally and internationally, the global economy, and wider events linked to the financial markets, Marketplace is timely, relevant and accessible coverage of business, economics and personal finance.

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We're almost at 100 days. What is Trump's approval rating?

23 hours ago
Marketplace

The countdown is almost over. Come Saturday, President Trump will have been in office for 100 days.

The 45th president arrived at the White House with quite a to-do list. Among the things he hoped to accomplish during the first 100 days in office were: tax reform, repealing and replacing Obamacare, investing in infrastructure and ending illegal immigration. None of these have been checked off yet.

The Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross met with the European Union's trade negotiator in Washington today. Although it's been buried by immigration and foreign policy in the first three months of President Trump's administration, fixing trade was a key promise Trump made on the campaign trail — which is why Ross is looking for a win.

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Sherry Lansing on the next 'chapter' of her career

23 hours ago
Kai Ryssdal

Negotiations between the Writers Guild of America and television and movie production companies are in recess today as the union counts membership votes on whether to authorize a strike. Watching with not-quite-detached interest is Sherry Lansing, the former CEO of Paramount Pictures.

Kai Ryssdal

For this week at least, shove the GOP health care plan to the back of your mind. Come Friday night, the government is facing a shutdown should it fail to pass a bill to fund itself. And on Wednesday, the president is scheduled to announce his plan for tax reform. Rep. Kevin Brady, a Republican from Texas, is the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal spoke with Brady about the coming week. The following is an edited transcript of their interview.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is known for taking big risks. It’s a reputation that helped him raise billions of dollars for his various companies over the years. Musk’s latest gamble is a decision to fast-track the assembly-line strategy for the new Tesla Model 3 electric car. Typically, carmakers do a prototype buildout before going to full-scale production. But there are some big reason’s Tesla can’t afford to wait.

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Economic anxiety has eased in the U.S., unless you're a millennial

Apr 24, 2017
Kai Ryssdal and Marketplace staff

Back in October, 2015, Marketplace partnered with Edison Research to start asking Americans about their feelings on the day's big economics issues. Our reporting just wasn't matching up with the headline gains in the economy. So, we asked you how stressed you felt about the economy on a scale of zero to 100.

Marketplace

It's a big week for the American economy. Forget that much-rumored but unlikely vote on the GOP health care plan for a minute. Let's talk about something that's at least somewhat in the White House's control, kind of: Is the government going to shut down Friday night? What's going on with tax reform? We talked with Kevin Brady, Republican congressman from Texas and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Plus, what's ahead for net neutrality under this administration. Then: We have the latest numbers back from our Economic Anxiety survey.

04/24/17: AAA wants in on the ride-sharing game

Apr 24, 2017

Stock prices are surging in Europe following the first round of election results in France. We'll take a look at why exactly investors are excited about the possible winner. Afterwards, we'll chat with Larry Rosin, the president of Edison Research, about the latest results from our Marketplace-Edison Research Poll. One major source of anxiety for Americans? Having proper health care coverage. And finally, we'll talk about AAA's attempt to lure younger members by wheeling out a new ride-sharing company called "Gig."

Staid AAA hopes to get a lift from car-sharing

Apr 24, 2017

You know AAA as the big truck that comes to help when your car breaks down on the highway. But the auto club was an original mobility disrupter, one of the first car-service companies back when people were trading in their horses for a Model T. Now it’s the latest entrant to the car-sharing market. AAA’s “Gig” is rolling out in San Francisco as a bid to lure younger members.

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For some time we’ve heard that American manufacturing is in long-term decline — and that’s true, at least in terms of how many people it employs and how much of what we consume is made here. But manufacturing has rebounded since the recession, and there are lots of lean, mean, technology-driven manufacturers thriving all over country. Yet employers increasingly complain they can’t find enough skilled workers to meet current demand and grow. A new report says the industry could help itself a huge amount by doing one thing: hiring more women.

The word 'Trump' may be shifting our ideological attitudes

Apr 24, 2017
David Brancaccio

Since late 2015, we’ve been tracking Americans' economic anxiety levels through the Marketplace-Edison Research Poll.

Just before Election Day last fall, our poll showed that we were experiencing increased levels of economic anxiety. But how is the country feeling now? Larry Rosin, president of Edison Research, joined us to talk about which results were surprising, how people perceive President Trump's tweets, and what Americans value most in a job. Below is an edited transcript.

Kai Ryssdal

He likes to say he inherited a mess, but, economically at least, President Trump was dealt a pretty good hand when he was inaugurated. 

The American economy’s been adding jobs for the past 78 months — six and a half years — as just one big indicator. And while the overall macro-economic numbers aren’t going gangbusters, they’re generally solid and consumer confidence is strong.

But.

There’s a disconnect.

04/24/2017: How is America's economic anxiety?

Apr 24, 2017
Marketplace

There's been a big shake-up in Europe. Two outsiders have taken the lead in France's presidential election: Centrist Emmanuel Macron and the far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen. We'll look at how the news has affected global markets, and what France's election could mean for them in the coming weeks. And in news across the pond, we'll examine the latest results from our Marketplace-Edison Research Poll, which finds that nearly three-quarters of Americans — regardless of party — feel the government in Washington has forgotten them.

04/24/2017: Our fascination with dystopian futures

Apr 24, 2017
Marketplace

Science fiction novels are getting the Hollywood treatment. Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" is coming to Netflix, while Dave Eggers' "The Circle" will hit the big screen later this week. Amy Webb, futurist and head of the Future Today Institute, explains why we seem to be so into dystopian fiction right now. Afterwards, we'll look at the meaning behind the word "hacktivism," and get a brief history of the term from Chester Wisniewski, a cybersecurity researcher for Sophos. 

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