Economics & Economy

Why Ramadan is a big deal for Arab TV networks

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Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst

This Saturday marks the beginning of Ramadan. Muslims worldwide will spend the next 30 days fasting from dawn until dusk. But when families gather to break the fast after the sun goes down, many observe another Ramadan tradition — binge-watching television. Arab TV networks craft content with widespread appeal in the Islamic community for this time of year, but it's also a way to shape public opinion. Marwan Kraidy is a professor of communications at the University of Pennsylvania and an expert on Arab media.

Kai Ryssdal

Jared Kushner is the son-in-law of the president of the United States, a senior official in the Trump White House and, according to some reports, a person of interest in the FBI's investigation of the Trump campaign and Russian interference. He's also a big name in commercial real estate. Although he's stepped away from a formal role managing his family's real estate businesses, he's still a beneficiary of the company and its investments.

The Department of Education isn't your typical go-to for high drama in Washington, D.C. But this week hasn't been typical. First, President Trump's budget proposal called for drastic cuts to the department's budget. Then, James Runcie, who oversaw the office that manages the federal government's $1.3 trillion student loan portfolio, walked.

Trump sounds off about Germany's trade surplus, again

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President Trump sounded off in a meeting with G-7 officials yesterday, allegedly saying that Germany is “bad, very bad” for running up a trade surplus with the U.S., selling millions of cars on American shores. This is not the first time the president has called out Germany on trade, and it’s safe to say that the U.S. relationship with one of its closest allies has chilled considerably since January. But, politics aside, the manufacturing relationship between Germany and the U.S. is gigantic.

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Kai Ryssdal

Ana Swanson of The Washington Post and Nela Richardson of Redfin join us to discuss the week's business and economic news. This week, they talk about Donald Trump's plan on achieving 3 percent economic growth and if the math adds up. How does Paul Ryan plan on dealing with the administration's budget? Plus, we revisit the latest Congressional Budget Office score on the GOP health care plan.   

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