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The International Energy Agency’s annual report is out with an aggressive plan for countries to move toward more renewable energy. Plus, optimism among small businesses is up, sharply, but not for all. And, even during pandemic, Halloween haunted houses survive — with modifications.
From the BBC World Service: Professor Robert Wilson says auction theory affects our everyday lives, from house prices to phone networks. Australia investigates if China has stopped importing its coal. Who benefits from Prime Day?
LinkedIn has a reputation for being all business, but that has been changing recently, especially in the last four months. Workers who are at home and trying to navigate racial upheaval in America are turning to LinkedIn to talk about race and activism, especially as it relates to work. Black workers say it’s great that these conversations are happening on the Microsoft-owned platform because so many executives and company decision-makers are on LinkedIn. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood speaks with Ashanti Martin who wrote about this for The New York Times.
It’s not a great time to be in the movie business. It’s an even worse time to be in the theme park business. So it makes sense that Disney just announced a big restructuring of Disney+ and the rest of its streaming media business. Is this the canary in the coal mine for the other big studios? We’ll talk about it, and get Kai Ryssdal’s capsule review of “Mulan.” Plus, Facebook’s new content policies, the economics Nobel and a real-life lightsaber. As always, find a list of everything we talked about today on our episode page at makemesmart.org!
Each year, it feels like Black Friday sales come earlier and earlier. And this year is no different — except it’s supply chain issues driving retailers to start their holiday sales before Halloween. We’ll talk about it. Plus: airline cash burn rates, pay adjustments for our new work-from-anywhere normal and one community battling a 30% unemployment rate.
First-time jobless claims were lower than expected, but the economy only added 167,000 jobs to private payrolls in July, per ADP. What’s it all mean? Plus, tomorrow is the self-imposed deadline for the Democrats in Congress and the White House to reach a deal on more pandemic relief. Also, how altered college sports schedules will affect small-town economies. And, the cost of supply chains suffering from trade disputes, COVID-19, natural disasters and more.
The Trump administration is taking more steps to try to build a technology wall against Chinese companies. Uber reports earnings on Thursday — what changes has it had to make during the pandemic? And, California considers new legislation on single-use plastic packaging and recycling.
From the BBC World Service: Lebanon’s economy minister, Raoul Nehme, said the country would have to rely at least partly on foreign aid to rebuild. And, one year since Kashmir lost its so-called special economic status, has the Indian government kept its promises about boosting business opportunity in the region?
In July, federal Judge Esther Salas was deliberately targeted in her home in New Jersey. A gunman shot and killed her son and gravely wounded her husband. This week, Salas released a statement, speaking about how personal information, like her home address, was available online, making it easy for her attacker to find her. The judge called for better laws to protect the personal information of federal judges and their families, but the internet can make it relatively easy for anyone to track down the address, phone number and other personal details of people online, which can translate into real-life risk. So, what is the law surrounding our personal information online? Kimberly Adams speaks with Carrie Goldberg, a lawyer who leads a victims’ rights firm in New York.
Microsoft is in talks to acquire TikTok — owned by Beijing-based ByteDance — amid much handwringing over the data the app collects. And while TikTok’s fate may ultimately be decided by the obscure Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, it seemed worth asking: Why is it so important to keep data collection domestic? There are certainly plenty of American apps collecting information on their users, too. We’ll talk about that and more on this week’s Whadda Ya Wanna Know Wednesday. Plus: contact tracing, supply shockwaves and alpacas.
We’ve talked a lot on this program about structural economic racism, but what if the word “racism” isn’t even enough to describe the inequities in this country? Today we’re talking with author and journalist Isabel Wilkerson, whose new book argues just that. But first: What’s CFIUS and what does it have to do with TikTok? Plus the market for caregivers who have survived COVID-19, the ongoing legal battle over gig worker classification and how “creative accounting” works.
Beirut’s governor said the explosion, which has killed at least 100 people and wounded 4,000, caused between $3 billion and $5 billion worth of damage. In the U.S., private payrolls added far fewer jobs than expected in July. And, the U.S. and China are reportedly planning to check in on their trade deal soon.
Congress has not come to an agreement on coronavirus relief aid. But they might also want to attend to another issue: the national budget for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. Plus, President Trump signs the Great American Outdoors Act, putting billions of dollars toward improving the nation’s park system. And, the role of the pharmacy store is changing during the pandemic.
From the BBC World Service: There are fears now for food security in Lebanon with the main port destroyed by a devastating explosion, in a country where almost 80% of consumer goods are imported. Also, did Sweden’s unique approach to COVID-19 help protect its economy better than the rest of Europe?
With popular attention focused, at least for now, on racial justice, a new initiative wants to put more people of color in newsroom leadership by helping them start their own media companies. Kimberly Adams speaks with Erika Alexander, co-founder and chief creative officer of Color Farm Media. Many will know her as the character Maxine Shaw from the ’90s sitcom “Living Single.” Color Farm Media is partnering with Google to run a boot camp for entrepreneurs who want to launch digital news startups.