Economics & Economy

Donna Tam

President Barack Obama lifted the Cold War arms embargo against Vietnam on Monday, while also announcing a $16 billion deal for commercial aircrafts between Boeing, a top American weapons manufacturers, and low-cost Vietnamese airline VietJet.

What's up with no commercials when you stream?

May 23, 2016
Andy Uhler

If you’ve ever watched a live sporting event online, you might notice something different about the commercial breaks. That is, sometimes there just aren’t any commercials. Just music, like you're on hold.

ESPN, Turner Broadcasting and some online-only media people said there's a lot going on here. Craig McAnsh, chief marketing officer at Infrared Experience Marketing, said things are changing fast, but marketing hasn't caught up.

Kai Ryssdal

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the world. Launched in 2000, the organization aim to enhance healthcare and extreme poverty, as well as expand educational opportunities.

Home sales may be turning around

May 23, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about increased cooperation between the U.S. and Vietnam; home sale predictions; and the struggles for parents during summer break. 

For working parents, summer break is no vacation

May 23, 2016
Rowan Moore Gerety

Over spring break, Wanda Gomez said her sons knew exactly where they wanted to spend the afternoon. “They said, today’s a pool day, but like, we cannot go to pool, because I have to work,” she said.

That’s how it goes all summer long. For many parents, public school offers an important benefit beyond education: free child care. Gomez has a 5 year old and a 14 year old, and she often brings them along to her job, registering new voters outside a local grocery store. “It’s more difficult when they start, ‘Mommy, I’m hungry; Mommy, I’m tired; Mommy, I’m thirsty,’" Gomez said.