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Marketplace with host Kai Ryssdal produced and distributed by American Public Media focuses on the latest business news both nationally and internationally, the global economy, and wider events linked to the financial markets.

The only national daily business news program originating from the West Coast, Marketplace is noted for its timely, relevant and accessible coverage of business, economics and personal finance. 

03/30/17: Teaching older generations about tech

16 hours ago

Samsung has released its latest flagship devices, the Samsung S8 and S8 Plus, and unveiled its artificial intelligence assistant Bixby. Following Samsung's series of scandals in the past year, we'll look at what shape the company's in. Afterwards, we'll explore the AARP's use of seminars to educate older generations on how to use smartphones.

We’re still sifting through the fallout of Republicans’ failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act last week. One consequence: It’s reignited the debate in some states about whether to expand Medicaid. First out of the gate, the Kansas Legislature. Yesterday, state lawmakers sent the governor a bill to do just that. Nineteen states yet to expand may also begin to re-evaluate their options.

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Now that Congress has voted to repeal rules that protected what little privacy we had when using the internet, there’s a service that wants to give it back, for a fee, of course. When searching the internet, let’s face it, we’re pretty much naked when it comes to what information our service providers can glean from our activity. Virtual private networks, or VPNs shroud a customer’s personal information, sort of like a curtain, by making a secure encrypted connection to the server on the user's behalf.

Westinghouse is one of the biggest names in nuclear energy around the world, and has been working on four new U.S. nuclear plants for years. Those South Carolina and Georgia-based projects have already run some $8 billion over budget. Now, Westinghouse has declared bankruptcy. This raises big questions about whether there’s a place for more nuclear power in the U.S. energy market.

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Will tax reform upend market for low-income housing?

Mar 29, 2017
Adam Allington

The election of President Trump has added uncertainty to the already speculative market that is low-income housing development.

Over the past 30 years, the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program has created millions of units of affordable housing across the country, though still not enough to meet demand.

Trump has yet to make good on his campaign pledge to cut corporate tax rates, but even the prospect of corporate tax cuts is affecting the market for low-income credits.