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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.

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