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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.

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