State and National News

How to support yourself after the robot revolution

Dec 7, 2016
Steve Gardner

Here’s a startling prediction: if current labor trends continue, one out of three American men, ages 25-54, will be out of work by mid-century.

That’s what former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers expects. “Job destruction caused by technology is not a futuristic concern,” Summers wrote this fall. “It is something we have been living with for two generations.”

JaeRan Kim

There are five Saturdays in December this year. Why is that significant? You get an extra day for last-minute shopping. But if the holiday sales season feels extra-long this year, it’s not just because of the calendar. Stores are offering deals earlier. But is that sustainable?

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In central Damascus, it's perfectly clear that President Bashar Assad is firmly in control. In the souks of the Old City, his face looks out of almost every shop window, pinned up next to gold jewelry or intricate rugs. No one has a bad word to say about him, at least not to a Western journalist.

In rebel enclaves nearby, forces loyal to Assad are creeping back into control. After years of siege tactics, opposition forces in the suburbs of Damascus are increasingly making deals that see their fighters heading into rebel-held areas.

Senate panel hearing weighs AT&T-Time Warner merger proposal

Dec 7, 2016
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on Wednesday on the proposed merger of AT&T and Time Warner. The deal is worth about $85 billion. President-elect Donald Trump attacked it on the campaign trail. Now his administration will likely decide its fate. 

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Michael Solomon

The bus tour leaves in the early hours of the morning, and by 6:30 a.m., this group of Japanese visitors are on their way to the most popular tourist attraction in the state: Pearl Harbor.

“Of course Pearl Harbor is important for history for both countries," said Kozo Fukuyama, a Japanese tour guide. "That’s why they come.”

Steve Gardner

There’s a lot of talk in Silicon Valley about “basic income,” giving everyone a fixed amount of money to meet basic needs. In a world of precarious work – gig work, part-time and on-demand employment – the idea of a guaranteed minimum income is attracting attention.


On today's show, we'll talk about the Supreme Court's recent insider trading ruling; the European Commission's decision to fine three banks that participated in price collusion; and a tech group that's testing the idea for a universal basic income in Oakland, California. 

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Dec 6, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about Samsung's victory in a Supreme Court battle against Apple over patents, and what that means for the future of design. We'll also chat with Hadi Partovi, CEO and founder of the nonprofit, about why he thinks it's important for kids to get the opportunity to learn code. 

S02-4: Watching

Dec 6, 2016
Bruce Johnson

A small city known for its Amish population and surveillance cameras, an old lady in Northern Ireland who watches video feeds in Brazil and getting footage from the fin of a shark. Listen, decode, and decide: Can watching save us?

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Alex Jones has a following. His radio show is carried on more than 160 stations, and he has more than 1.8 million subscribers on YouTube.

And he claims to have the ear of the next president of the United States.

Jones is also one of the nation's leading promoters of conspiracy theories — some of which take on lives of their own. He has been a chief propagator of untrue and wild claims about a satanic sex trafficking ring run by one of Hillary Clinton's top advisers out of a pizzeria in Washington, D.C.