Economics & Economy

04/24/2017: Our fascination with dystopian futures

Apr 24, 2017
Marketplace

Science fiction novels are getting the Hollywood treatment. Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" is coming to Netflix, while Dave Eggers' "The Circle" will hit the big screen later this week. Amy Webb, futurist and head of the Future Today Institute, explains why we seem to be so into dystopian fiction right now. Afterwards, we'll look at the meaning behind the word "hacktivism," and get a brief history of the term from Chester Wisniewski, a cybersecurity researcher for Sophos. 

Kai Ryssdal

Rachel Abrams of the New York Times and David Gura of Bloomberg join us to discuss the week's business and economic news. This week, they talk about whether the Trump administration can meet any of its major pledges before its first 100 days. Also, Trump has signed a lot of executive orders, but are they doing anything?

Dairy woes rattle U.S.-Canada relationship

Apr 21, 2017

President Trump is criticizing Canada over its recent pricing changes for dairy products that make some U.S. imports less competitive. The Trump administration said that's hurting dairy farmers in states like Wisconsin and New York. 

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Steve Ballmer says numbers and facts still matter

Apr 21, 2017
Kai Ryssdal

President Trump said today his tax reform plan will be ready on Wednesday. While we're waiting, how about getting an idea of where exactly all those trillions of tax dollars are going? 

Trump's first 100 days: 3 mayors weigh in

Apr 21, 2017
Lizzie O'Leary and Eliza Mills

April 29 marks President Trump's first 100 days in office. His tenure so far has been marked by executive orders on immigration, efforts to repeal Obamacare and a pledge to "hire American," among many other things. So, how's Trump doing? 

During election season, we spoke to three mayors from very different cities across the country, and after Trump took office, we visited each of them: Dennis Mock in Dalton, Georgia; Louise Carter-King in Gillette, Wyoming; and Biff Traber in Corvallis, Oregon. 

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