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The first time Zain Alam’s music video was screened in public, at a symposium hosted by the South Asian American Digital Archive (SAADA) in Philadelphia in April, an elderly Sikh woman approached him in tears.

Alam was nervous. He had created the music video as part of the "Where We Belong: Artists in the Archive” project, an initiative to encourage artists to use SAADA’s collection — photographs, videos, letters and publications that date all the way back to the late 1800s — to create works that bring to life histories often overlooked by cultural heritage institutions.

If you love football, what could be better than catching a game just a short walk from where you live? If you're a Green Bay Packers fan, this could become a reality. As reported in Bloomberg, the NFL side plans to build more than 200 homes a block from their Lambeau Field site. This is part of a growing trend among sports franchises; developing the real estate around a stadium. But who’s up for living there? 

Starting next month, Amazon will pay its more than 350,000 U.S. workers $15 an hour. The company is now worth more than a trillion dollars. So what obligations do corporations have when they get this big? 

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Sen. Warren goes after housing affordability

Oct 3, 2018

We keep hearing about an affordability crisis in housing. Home prices and rents are going up, while wages aren't keeping pace. Add to that the shortage of homes for sale because builders aren’t building enough and current homeowners aren’t putting their homes on the market. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) recently introduced legislation to address the dearth of affordable housing. Warren’s bill would pump $50 billion a year into affordable home and apartment construction through local housing agencies and nonprofit developers.

Back in 1988, I was a graduate student in creative writing at San Francisco State University. I took a class called “The Art of the Memoir” — or something along those lines — and for it I had to write three pages to explain why I wanted to become a writer.

(Markets Edition) Private employers in the U.S. made 230,000 hires, well above projections, according to Wednesday morning’s ADP survey. Meanwhile, we now know why one of China’s highest-paid actresses was missing for months: She’s been in custody, suspected of tax evasion and facing $129 million worth of fines.

The last CEO standing from the financial crisis

Oct 3, 2018

Cybersecurity. It’s what keeps Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, up at night.

“We are not prepared for cyber, and it's already a cyberwar,” he told Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal. “Companies like JPMorgan and hundreds of thousands of others are attacked every day by state actors, criminals, and we don't have the authority in place to have the proper response and protection. The government knows this, by the way, but we still haven't fixed it.”

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, nearly half of all workers will at some point in their career become “displaced" — that is, they will lose a job through no fault of their own. When that happens, getting back to the level of income earned before the displacement often takes years, if not decades.

(U.S. Edition) It appears the newly negotiated USMCA trade agreement among the U.S., Canada and Mexico has a provision in it that targets China. Also, we look again at how Amazon has agreed to pay 350,000 of its workers at least $15 an hour. The trillion-dollar company might have found that balance between giving back and investing in itself.

Aston Martin debut: lackluster for long?

Oct 3, 2018

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service ... Luxury carmaker Aston Martin has been listed on the stock exchange, but will it live up to the long-term success of Ferrari shares after slow initial trading?  There's been a muted response to Melania Trump's visit to Africa, as her diplomatic and deal-making acumen is questioned; we get the view from the business community in Ghana and Kenya.

84: Potcast

Oct 2, 2018

Quick programming note right up top: Kai is out sick this week, so we've had to delay our biannual Explainathon until next week. But! Instead we're gonna talk about ... weed. Pot. CBD. THC. Marijuana. It's a big business that's poised to become much bigger: By 2022, legal revenue is expected to hit $23.4 billion in the United States, even as the drug remains illegal on the federal level. We'll talk with The Motley Fool contributor Keith Speights about the challenges facing pot companies and investors trying to get in on the ground floor.

The housing crisis hits America’s heartland

Oct 2, 2018

When you think of high rents and overcrowding, you probably don’t think of farmland. However, according to a new report by the Urban Institute, rural communities are facing a lack of affordable housing, just like more densely populated urban areas. One hundred fifty-two rural counties throughout California, Texas and several southeastern states, among others, were classified as “most severe” — that’s approximately 8 million people in need of more affordable rentals.

Exemptions for steel tariffs are still in limbo

Oct 2, 2018

Remember those steel and aluminum tariffs that set off this whole trade war? The Department of Commerce is still sifting through companies' applications for exclusions from them. As of Oct. 1, 35,872 steel and 4,711 aluminum exclusion requests have been filed. Overall, 9,057 steel exclusion decisions have been posted (5,954 were approved), while 508 aluminum decisions have been posted (385 approved). The odds aren't great for an exclusion application to be processed, let alone accepted.

Amazon announced today that it's raising the minimum wage it pays U.S. employees to $15 an hour. The company said more than 250,000 Amazon employees and 100,000 seasonal employees will benefit from the wage hike. Amazon’s new, higher pay will take effect on Nov. 1. We called Abigail Wozniak, a professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame who works primarily in the field of labor economics, to talk us through the news.

The newly inked trade agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico resolves issues regarding pharmaceuticals and dairy — but that still the leaves the separate, unresolved feuds around steel and aluminum tariffs. How will the three countries use the NAFTA negotiations to influence how they figure out a metal tariff deal?

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The new NAFTA — or as it's officially known, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement — is already raising some complaints from north of the border. Canadians are worried their drug prices will go up.

That's because one piece of the deal gives years of extended patent protection to high-end, expensive drugs known as biologics. That means the trade deal could delay the time it takes for cheaper generics to get to market.

Biologic drugs are complex medicines made in living cells. Examples of biologics include AbbVie's Humira and Johnson & Johnson's Remicade.

How do you explain immigration law to a fifth-grader?

Oct 2, 2018

The challenge: Bring immigration law to life for a room of fidgety fifth-graders.

Specifically, I need to bring it to life for fifth-graders who have already heard from a dozen other parents on Career Day in May — including an actual rocket scientist. I am an immigration lawyer and professor. The room is warm, and the kids sit at their desks, sets of four scattered around the room. The looks on their faces are tired and skeptical. My daughter at her desk is alternately hopeful and nervous that I will embarrass her.

My plan? Talk about Pokémon.

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At 9 years old, my grandfather Lew Din Wing was separated from his family and placed in immigration detention.

In 2002, I went to visit YeYe in his San Francisco apartment and I brought a tape recorder with me. He told me about his experience in detention in the last conversation we had before he died. Now, 16 years later, I can still listen to his voice, his labored breathing, and his life story. Or at least I can listen to the story he wanted to live on.

By 2020, every high school student in California’s public and charter schools will be able to take at least one ethnic studies class.

It’s thanks to a bill that California state Rep. Luis Alejo and the California Latino Legislative Caucus. In doing so, they joined the ranks of educators, students, activists and elected officials who have pushed for courses that better reflect America’s changing demographics.

It’s the final countdown until the Republican Party chooses its candidate for President of the United States and, even with a running mate named, it feels like a lot is still up in the air.

After the death of Alton Sterling — and Philando Castile, Jamar Clark, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin and all the other people of color recently killed by police — many questions will likely go unanswered.

Monopsony: When there's only one employer in town

Oct 2, 2018

Amazon is raising the minimum wage for all its U.S. workers to $15 per hour, a decision that follows backlash from labor rights groups over the company’s pay and working conditions.

Muslims have been coming to the US for centuries, but you wouldn’t know it by the intense debates that continue to surround the movement of Muslims across international borders.

Kentucky's current political office holders are not necessarily kind to the nation's newcomers. Before Matt Bevin entered the governor's mansion, he joined the chorus of Republican governors who claimed they'd refuse the resettlement of Syrian refugees after last November's terrorist attacks in Paris.

Tsuya Hohri Yee’s family was once imprisoned by the US government. They were deemed a national security threat because of their ancestry. That’s why President Donald Trump’s executive order that targets refugees and certain immigrants hit hard.

“The news landed like a ton of bricks and my heart sunk realizing that other communities were to face what we faced 75 years ago,” Yee says in an email.

During WWII, European refugees fled to Syria. Here's what the camps were like.

Oct 2, 2018

Since civil war erupted in Syria five years ago, millions of refugees have sought safe harbor in Europe by land and by sea, through Turkey and across the Mediterranean.

Refugees crossed these same passageways 70 years ago. But they were not Syrians and they traveled in the opposite direction. At the height of World War II, the Middle East Relief and Refugee Administration (MERRA) operated camps in Syria, Egypt and Palestine where tens of thousands of people from across Europe sought refuge.

Nearly a decade ago, I began a search for a family story that is most often relegated to history books — the journey of a World War II refugee. I was captivated by my maternal grandmother’s search for home and felt certain that her unique narrative was far more relevant than had been recognized throughout my childhood.

It took a long time for Andrea Valobra to realize something basic about her culture. She grew up knowing that women were expected to do certain duties that men didn’t have to do, like cleaning and cooking. But she didn’t understand the full extent of the machismo culture until she was in her teens.

Her first boyfriend raped her. Another hit and choked her.

She says her family explained it away.

"'He likes you, so he will rape you,'" she says. "'He loves you too much and that is why he has to control your phone.'"

As more communities across the country face flooding, wildfires and other natural disasters, some are starting to ask questions about new development. In Bastrop, Texas, a small city outside of Austin that has seen rapid growth, officials have paused new construction. The city wants to use this time to update its regulations to try to prevent damage from flooding.

(Markets Edition) Affordable housing isn’t just an issue in packed, urban areas. A new study has found that half of rural counties are also in dire need of it. Then, we look at the markets in light of the new NAFTA agreement as well as a monthly index of the manufacturing sector.

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