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In conjunction with Marketplace Morning Report and Marketplace Money, this trio of financial programming covers listeners from wallet to Wall Street.

Scott Cohn

The crisis in Flint, Michigan, drew national attention to the issue of safe drinking water. The Trump administration has offered few specifics on what it plans to do about it. But Flint is just one example. Other communities are tackling water problems too, like Kettleman City, California, which has been dealing with unsafe drinking water for years.

A new 3-D pen lets kids create their own toys

9 hours ago
Bruce Johnson and Danielle Stephens

When you think of the term "3-D," you may think of glasses. Maxwell Bogue thinks of a pen. 

Bogue is the CEO and co-founder of WobbleWorks Inc., a company that created the 3Doodler Start Pen, which allows children to draw pictures that turn into 3-D sculptures when they're finished. The pen uses specially developed bio-plastic material at a much lower temperature than 3-D pens for adults, making it safer for children to use.

Nation’s mayors hold 'day of action' on ACA

9 hours ago
Amy Scott

Mayors around the country are holding what they’re calling a “day of action” Wednesday to warn of the risks to their cities if Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act without an effective replacement. More than 50 mayors are hosting town halls and other events pressing lawmakers to preserve key parts of the law, which has helped reduce the country’s uninsured rate to a record low.

Kim Adams

New guidance memos out from the Department of Homeland Security call for more agents, more detention capacity and more deportations as part of President Donald Trump's plans to crack down on illegal immigration.

Uber has a PR crisis on its hands, and this one has nothing to do with the CEO advising President Donald Trump or alleged strike-breaking in New York. This scandal is related to a former Uber employee's allegations of sexual harassment at the company and of an inadequate response. Uber has promised an urgent investigation and is hiring former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to lead it. For a firm that can be boycotted by just deleting a phone app, reputation is key. 

Elly Yu

Scott Malone unlocks a gate at the front of a dirt path in LaGrange, Georgia, about an hour southwest of Atlanta. Malone is the president of the Development Authority of LaGrange, and standing at the top of a hill on a site where the land has been cleared, he looks out at what will become a factory for Chinese tire company Sentury Tire.

“Everything you see out there will be plant,” Malone said. “So it’s a huge, huge site, no question.”

What challenges does McMaster face as Trump’s national security adviser?

Feb 21, 2017
Kai Ryssdal and Robert Garrova

President Donald Trump has named Lt. Gen. Herbert Raymond McMaster as his national security adviser. What challenges does McMaster face and how prepared is he to manage them? Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal talked with Erin Simpson, national security consultant and co-host of the "Bombshell" podcast. Below is an edited transcript of their conversation.

Economists outraged by Trump plan to 'cook the books'

Feb 21, 2017
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

The Trump administration is causing an uproar among economists because the White House is said to be considering changes to the way the trade deficit and economic growth are calculated. Economists generally aren’t a very excitable bunch, but mess with numbers and they get upset.

"It is cooking the books," said Don Boudreaux, who teaches economics at George Mason University. "It verges on fraud."

Coal miners from two generations betting on Trump

Feb 21, 2017
Marketplace staff

In the Appalachian region of West Virginia, people are holding on to President Donald Trump’s promise to bring back coal mining jobs. For the last year, our collaborative series with "Frontline" and "PBS NewsHour" called “How the Deck is Stacked” has examined the issues that Americans in different parts of the country find most important to them.