Economics & Economy

Marketplace Weekend for December 2, 2016

Dec 2, 2016
Marketplace

On this episode of Marketplace Weekend, a look at President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet picks and potential future policy. Plus, a discussion of the Dakota Access Pipeline and a report from Scott Tong on fracking. Later, Wired science contributor Zoë Schlanger talks about office microbiomes and why they could be making you sick. The band Local Natives takes the Marketplace Quiz. 

A look at the conflict at Standing Rock

Dec 2, 2016
Marketplace

For months, protesters have been in a standoff in North Dakota over a nearly $3.8 billion energy project called the Dakota Access Pipeline. Protesters are concerned the pipeline could harm the water supply near the Standing Rock reservation. The Energy Transfer Partners, the company who wants to build the pipeline, has said they will not re-route the project. Dan Gunderson, correspondent for Minnesota Public Radio, has been reporting from the Standing Rock protest camps. He sat down with us to break down the conflict. 

The economy that Trump inherits

Dec 2, 2016
Kai Ryssdal and Andrea Seabrook

New numbers out this week point to a strengthening U.S. economy. The unemployment rate is at its lowest since the Great Recession and economic growth is ticking up. How will Trump's administration build on this? Kai and Andrea take stock of the recovery and Trump's latest Cabinet pick, retired Marine General James Mattis. Got questions about the transition, who's in and who's out? Tweet them to us @Marketplace, @KaiRyssdal and @RadioBabe. 

The band Local Natives takes the Marketplace Quiz

Dec 2, 2016
Hayley Hershman

No matter who you are, you've probably had a rough day at the office that changed your perspective, or maybe you made an impulse purchase you really, really wish you could take back. This week, musicians Taylor Rice and Kelcey Ayer from the band Local Natives take our money and work-inspired personality questionnaire based on those experiences. 

Local Natives' latest album, "Sunlit Youth," is out now.

Marketplace for Friday, December 2, 2016

Dec 2, 2016
Mitchell Hartman

On today's show: We're joined by Catherine Rampell of the Washington Post and Sudeep Reddy of the Wall Street Journal for the Weekly Wrap.  Also, jobs numbers are out for the month of November — they're looking good, but not all jobs were created equal in this market. We look at what the job market looks like for skilled and unskilled workers. Lastly, President-elect Trump has nominated retired Marine General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense. We talk with military expert Dr. Emily Simpson about why she thinks Mattis is not a good fit for this role. 

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