Economics & Economy

Tech issues loom large in U.S.-China talks

Jul 19, 2017

The U.S and China began talks in Washington today about trade and other issues. The talks — billed as an "economic dialogue" — have a couple of clouds hanging over them. Like North Korea and steel, which, the U.S. complains, China produces and sells too cheaply. But there are other issues. Chinese companies want access to U.S. markets and vice versa. One big concern of American tech companies: new hoops for firms that want to play on China's digital turf.

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Can the Hollywood baseball movie make a comeback?

Jul 19, 2017
Adrienne Hill and Robert Garrova

So far this summer at the movies we've seen "Wonder Woman," a new "Spider-Man," a shark thriller and a car chase-musical mashup. Many would say, though, that the summer movie list is missing a key item: a classic baseball movie. As the New York Times Magazine puts it, "Where Did the Great Hollywood Baseball Movie Go?" Jay Caspian Kang, author of the article, explores this question with host Adriene Hill.

Can a better-designed bike helmet make people safer on the road?

Jul 19, 2017
Adrienne Hill and Robert Garrova

In the middle of downtown Los Angeles' bustling Arts District, you’ll find the headquarters of Thousand occupying one of the few work/live lofts left in the area.

It's a company that makes bicycle helmets, but think less duck-billed head gear and more Steve McQueen in the 1960s.

Sabri Ben-Achour

It's vacation season, and for some, that means setting off to a new state or country.

But we here at Marketplace know the value of a dollar, so when it comes to travel, we try to find ways you can spend your money strategically and not get ripped off.

We turned to Mark Orlowski, who does a lot of travel as the founder of the Sustainable Endowments Institute, to find out when to use your points and how airlines are starting to devalue their miles. Below is an edited transcript.

Trump's desire for private infrastructure money will narrow his choices to mostly urban projects

Jul 19, 2017
Tom Scheck, APM Reports, Curtis Gilbert, APM Reports and Will Craft, APM Reports

Officials in states, cities and counties are increasingly looking to use private money for public infrastructure projects like roads and bridges, a result of tight budgets, eager financial investors and a president who believes that business — not government — can deliver better services to Americans.