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Is your phone listening to you?

May 17, 2019

It's a spooky feeling: You're discussing a TV show or a pair of shoes or whatever with a friend, then you open Instagram and see an ad for the exact thing you were just talking about. But it's not like your phone is listening ... right? Plus: How delivery apps are changing the restaurant business and the legacy of Grumpy Cat.

Donald Trump says auto imports from Japan and the E.U. threaten the U.S.'s national security. SAT participants will now get an "adversity score," but they won't know what it is. Plus, we travel to Denmark, where top chefs are developing the foods of the future. Rollie pollies, anyone?

Today's show is sponsored by Indeed and Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage.

The age of fraud

May 17, 2019

Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio kicks off the special series "Brains and Losses," which looks at the financial vulnerability of an aging population. Then, more than 40 states are now suing Oxycontin maker Purdue.

Today's show is sponsored by Indeed and Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage.

Spoilers are good for you

May 17, 2019

From the BBC World Service... Facebook has banned an Israeli company it believes was behind hundreds of fake accounts, mostly targeting elections in six African countries. Then, we explain why climate change is a major issue in Australia's upcoming elections. Plus, do story spoilers necessarily spoil stories?

Today's show is sponsored by Indeed and Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage.

It's the final installment in our kickoff week of "How We Survive," an ongoing series about how technology can help us adapt to climate change. It's controversial to talk about using more money and technology to adapt versus efforts to mitigate, or slow down, global warming. Marketplace's Scott Tong tells us how he's seen the adaptation versus mitigation debate evolve in his years of reporting on climate change.

Today's show is sponsored by Clickshare and Indeed.

When we last talked with Ed Bastian in 2016, he had only just been appointed CEO of Delta Air Lines. This time we caught up with him at Los Angeles International Airport as he stepped off a flight from Atlanta.

Just 10 days ago, it looked like the trade war with China was all but wrapped up. No more. The Trump administration has effectively blacklisted Chinese tech giant Huawei, which has potential to drastically disrupt the global tech supply chain and shoot the U.S. in the foot. Plus: What American businesses get out of tariffs, and what you need to know about the SAT's new "adversity index."

Mexico’s government ordered schools in and around Mexico City to be closed on Thursday in an extraordinary step taken due to elevated levels of pollution in the smog-wreathed capital.

Smoke from nearby wildfires has pushed pollution to levels deemed potentially harmful to human health.

The city’s authorities declared an environmental emergency on Tuesday. They have come under pressure to act due to reduced visibility caused by smoke and ash in the air during an extended dry spell.

Lighting a fire under the FDA over e-cigarettes

May 16, 2019

With more tariff threats and a new tech ban, how could increased tensions between the U.S. and China affect investors long-term? A federal judge lights a fire under the FDA to speed up e-cigarette regulation. Plus, could there be another trade beef brewing in the E.U. and Japan over American auto tariffs?

Today's show is sponsored by BitSight Technologies, Capital One and Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage.

How Donald Trump might've just slowed down your 5G

May 16, 2019

The Trump administration's crackdown on Huawei continues. Walmart navigates the U.S.-China tariff troubles. Plus, can the tech industry or its innovative spirit save us from climate change?

Today's show is sponsored by BitSight Technologies, Capital One and Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage.

Lego addicts help fight fakes

May 16, 2019

From the BBC World Service... The Chinese telecoms giant Huawei has warned that President Trump's order to ban cooperation with some foreign communication networks will leave the U.S. lagging behind in 5G technology. How will turmoil in the Middle East affect insurance premiums for tankers moving through the region? Plus, police in China smashed a $30-million fake Lego ring last month. Lego’s vice president in the country explains the unique role of its fans in finding those fakes.

In a changing climate, we need tech to adapt

May 16, 2019

We continue our series on how tech can help us adapt to climate change, called "How We Survive." Tech solutions can involve a lot of things: transferring existing technologies to more vulnerable parts of the world, updating infrastructure, applying artificial intelligence, even (eventually) space colonies. Today a look at a few areas (on Earth) where innovation is already occurring around risk assessment, agriculture and water.

Today's show is sponsored by AVAST and Logi Analytics.

Potholes can tell you a lot about inequality

May 15, 2019

In most American cities, road repairs can tell you a lot about the communities that are prioritized and the communities that get left out. Oakland, California, is trying to change its approach, but not without controversy. Plus: What consumer confidence can (and can't) tell us about actual consumption and the legacy of Alice Rivlin, the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office.

The economic anxieties of the 2020 Democrats

May 15, 2019

Retail sales in China and the U.S. show signs of slowing, and the trade war's not helping. President Trump could ban U.S. companies from doing business with certain Chinese tech firms. Plus, in a still-growing field of 22 Democratic candidates with varying economic policies, most of them agree on one thing: ending the Trump tax cuts. 

Today's show is sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corp., GAIN Capital Group and Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage.

The scale(s) of the black market pangolin trade

May 15, 2019

A federal labor agency rules workers in the gig economy can't unionize. There's a good reason the NBA Draft is left up to chance. Plus, we look at why the pangolin has become the world's most trafficked mammal, and it's about a lot more than their cuteness.

Today's show is sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corp., GAIN Capital Group and Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage.

What bosses can learn from actors

May 15, 2019

From the BBC World Service... Facebook says it will introduce new restrictions on users who post live content that violates its policies on hate speech. But can you police those dark corners of the internet? Then, China's president Xi Jinping has urged countries not to "close their doors and hide behind them" in his first major speech since President Trump raised tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods. Plus, is there anything the world of business can learn from actors?

Who pays for the tech to survive climate change?

May 15, 2019

Surviving climate change is not going to be cheap: The United Nations puts the total cost to society at $54 trillion (at least) by the end of the century. It's going to take private money and entrepreneurship to push forward the kinds of adaptation technology we're talking about in our series "How We Survive," and today we're talking with one of the few investors already in the game.

Today's show is sponsored by Clickshare and Ultimate Software.

113: How to survive climate change

May 14, 2019

It's time to shift our approach to climate change. The truth is, it may very well be too late to avoid the worst consequences of our warming planet — lost ecosystems, millions of plants and animals going extinct, scarce water and more extreme weather. It may be time to focus more on technology that will help us adapt.

LEGO is an icon. Nearly every kid around the world has played with this childhood staple said to promote science and technology thinking, creativity and invention. However, depending how old and what gender you are, you may have been sold a different LEGO experience than, say, your child or grandparent.

When the hospital shuts down

May 14, 2019

Losing a hospital can jeopardize the health of rural community and its economy. About 100 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and today, we look at how one Georgia community dealt with it. Plus: An investment in China that feels too good to be true, and the "internet of things" comes to ... diapers.

The big TV networks are doing just fine

May 14, 2019

Markets rebound after Monday's trade talk sell-off. A new study finds preschool goes a long way later in life. Plus, despite falling viewership on traditional TV, the big networks are still doing big business.

Today's show is sponsored by Bitsight Technologies, the United States Postal Service and Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage.

Why millennials are fond of the state right now

May 14, 2019

China's retaliatory tariffs mean U.S. liquefied natural gas exports could take a hit. What does SCOTUS's Monday decision against the Apple Store's "monopoly" means for the greater tech industry? Plus, millennials' economic outlook is generally rosy, but they're still a bit skeptical, according to a new survey.

Today's show is sponsored by Bitsight Technologies, the United States Postal Service and Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage.

Why angry shareholders are targeting Germany

May 14, 2019

From the BBC World Service... Cybersecurity experts have warned WhatsApp users to update the messaging app as soon as possible following the discovery of a flaw. We examine why shareholders are demanding change in corporate Germany. Plus, we look at how Pakistan’s booming beauty industry is getting more women into work.

Today's show is sponsored by Bitsight Technologies, the United States Postal Service and Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage.

To adapt to a changing climate, we have to understand the scope of the problem in order to better predict what might happen, and when. Collecting climate data on the scale of the entire globe is a job for NASA. And in this installment of “How We Survive,” our series on tech to adapt to climate change, we hear more about NASA’s $1.9 billion earth science missions, including the Orbiting Carbon Observatory 3, tasked with “watching the Earth breathe from space.”

Is the trade war the new normal?

May 13, 2019

The latest escalation in the trade war between the U.S. and China has some wondering if tensions will ever end. As we do the numbers for today (and you know we will), we look at how long the trade war will last. Then: Amazon's delivery ambitions and the potential antitrust case against Apple. Plus, we look at a West Texas community that produces fracking sand, as the market's been drying up.

As President Trump and his main economic adviser try get on the same page regarding tariffs, investors seem a bit nervous about trade. India looks to create 1 million jobs a month ahead of elections. Plus, delayed storm relief in Georgia is making it difficult for farmers and businesses catering to them.

Today's show is sponsored by BitSight Technologies, the United States Postal Service and Kronos.

Free Wi-Fi coming to some Delta flights

May 13, 2019

From today, the Atlanta-based carrier is offering free Wi-Fi on 55 domestic flights; it’s a trial to see how passengers use it and whether Delta’s service can support the demand.

"Individuals, when they’re flying, want to do the same sort of thing that they’re doing when they’re at Starbucks," said Robert Cole, analyst with travel research company, Phocuswright.

He thinks this is something that will differentiate Delta among other carriers. Right now, only Jet Blue offers free Wi-Fi on its flights.

The street justice of "pothole vigilantes"

May 13, 2019

Forty-four states are suing drug companies, accusing them of colluding to hike up prices on generic prescriptions. Delta floats free wifi in the air. Plus, we take a look at how "pothole vigilantes" are taking the fight against crumbling infrastructure to the streets, sometimes with some NSFW tactics.

Today's show is sponsored by BitSight Technologies, the United States Postal Service and Kronos.

Solving India's jobs crisis

May 13, 2019

From the BBC World Service... India is the world’s fastest growing major economy. But unemployment is at its highest in more than four decades. So why isn’t India creating enough jobs for its massive workforce? Anu Anand reports from New Delhi.

Today's show is sponsored by BitSight Technologies, the United States Postal Service and Kronos.

In addition to sharing our coverage of climate change adaptation on "Marketplace Tech," we also want to highlight great writing, important documents and interesting facets of the bigger conversations in play. Here you’ll find work we’ve mentioned in our podcast or come across in our reporting for “How We Survive.”

MIT Technology Review dedicates its latest issue entirely to climate change mitigation and adaptation, with insights on cooling the ocean, fighting wildfires in Australia and more.

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