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In her new book, "The Secret Lives of Color," Kassia St. Clair chronicles the origin stories of a rainbow of colors, dyes and shades. In this occasional series, we'll highlight some of the hues featured in her book and the unusual stories behind them. Today, she tells the story of mauve and how it began not as the dusky shade of purple we know now but as something much more vivid and bright. 

Trying to follow the competing GOP tax bills? We're confused, too.

Nov 13, 2017

As congressional Republicans keep grinding away on their tax bill, the question is: which tax bill? The full House is planning to vote on its bill this week. The Senate Finance Committee started work on its bill today, and President Donald Trump tweeted several suggestions, including a provision to repeal the Obamacare individual mandate. There's a lot going on, and keeping things straight is no easy task.

So Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal called Richard Rubin, who covers tax policy for the Wall Street Journal, to talk about the many forces tugging at the GOP tax plan.

A trio of proposed tariffs echo America's protectionist past

Nov 13, 2017

“I want tariffs. And I want someone to bring me some tariffs.”

That’s what President Donald Trump reportedly told top aides in a meeting this summer. It just so happens a trio of formal trade complaints by U.S. manufacturers may deliver exactly the sort of tariffs the president has been hankering for.

(Markets Edition) Both the House and Senate have released their proposed bills to overhaul America's tax system, and it turns out the markets are kind of disappointed in these plans. Julia Coronado, the founder of MacroPolicy Perspectives, stopped by to tell us why the response is lukewarm. Afterwards, we'll look at the possibility that the U.S. will impose tariffs on solar panels imported from other countries, and then discuss how France is using drones to catch dangerous drivers.

Businesses founded by women and people of color aren't just likely to have a diverse pool of employees — they might also be able to fill a gap in the market. Take Mayvenn, an e-commerce platform that allows hairstylists to sell hair extensions directly to their clients. Marketplace Tech host Molly Wood talked to its CEO, Diishan Imira, about the very lucrative market for hair products and how exactly his service works.

France is using drones to catch dangerous drivers

Nov 13, 2017

On a quiet road next to the busy Bordeaux beltway, a huddle of policemen watch as a drone climbs into the sky to fix its glass eye on the main road. On the ground, police captain Pascal Gensous scrutinizes the images it sends down to the monitor.

"The drone is very useful because we can see dangerous drivers on the roads without being seen by them," he said.

Police in the Bordeaux area of Southwest France are pioneering the use of drones to catch drivers violating traffic laws. They started in summer and have already issued hundreds of fines thanks to the spy in the sky.

(U.S. Edition) Carbon emissions are up 2 percent this year, heading to a record high, according to a report from the Global Carbon Project. We'll look at some of the reasons for this increase, and where the U.S. stands on climate change. Afterwards, we'll chat with Bill Gates about his efforts to help find a cure for Alzheimer's disease. The Microsoft founder and philanthropist is investing $50 million in the Dementia Discovery Fund.

Through his foundation, Bill Gates has focused on reducing global poverty, finding cures for infectious diseases, and promoting education and sustainable energy. Now Gates is getting into an area that's new for him: Alzheimer's disease. Today, the philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft announced he is investing $50 million in the Dementia Discovery Fund to accelerate research and progress in tackling the disease, which affects more than five million Americans. The investment is a personal one, not part of the foundation's work.

11/13/2017: Uber unlocks a massive investment

Nov 13, 2017

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service ... Uber is one step closer to an investment of as much as $10 billion. Then, new data unveiled today says world carbon emissions haven't peaked as hoped. We get the latest from UN climate talks in Bonn and find out how a U.S. delegation on "clean coal" is causing a stir at the event. Afterwards, we hear the Australian debate around immigration and the economy.

A startup that's capitalizing on the untapped hair extensions market

Nov 13, 2017

It's an obvious solution to tech's diversity problem: invest venture capital into businesses founded by women and people of color. They're not only likely to hire a more diverse pool of employees, but they may also start businesses that have been left out of the market.

Diishan Imira is the co-founder and CEO of Mayvenn, an e-commerce platform that allows hairstylists to sell hair extensions directly to their clients.

11/10/2017: Trade deals, taxes and trafficking

Nov 10, 2017

Tax overhaul took over most of our coverage this week, so we end today with a check-in on the state of tax bills in the Senate and the House. And President Donald Trump's speech in Vietnam today asserted that the U.S. won't enter multilateral trade deals. We take a look at what his administration prefers instead. Plus, a regulation that would make internet platforms liable for what their users do intends to curtail sex trafficking, but could have many "chilling" implications, especially for smaller companies. 

What could the future hold for the GOP tax bill?

Nov 10, 2017

Leigh Gallagher from Fortune and Rachel Abrams from The New York Times join us to discuss this week’s business and economic news. We discuss the future of the GOP tax bill, unveiled last week, along with the potential effects it could have on individuals around the country. We also break down President Donald Trump’s speech in Vietnam at the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference. Plus, we look at China filling the role left open by the U.S. leaving international trade deals. 

How does owing money change the way we act and feel? On this episode we look at the connection between debt and mental health, how sexual harassment claims are changing the way investors choose stocks, and the five things you should ask any financial planner. Plus, we dive into the dos and don'ts of food at work. Food seems like such a small thing, so why does it cause so much workplace drama? Those stories and more on Marketplace Weekend.

There's a bill working its way through Congress that, if passed, would change liability rules for internet platforms. Under SESTA — Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act — social media platforms and search engines could face more federal, state and civil liability.

Currently, companies such as Facebook, Google and even the infamous Backpage are not required to take responsibility for content their users post on their sites. However, under SESTA, these companies would be mandated to take on some of that responsibility.

Trump talks America First at APEC Conference

Nov 10, 2017

President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping both spoke today at an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Vietnam. The Chinese president talked of economic openness and international cooperation … President Trump pledged to put America first and to pursue bilateral trade agreements instead of multilateral ones. In other words, the U.S. should sign trade deals with one other trading partner at a time, rather than joining big multi-nation agreements. How is that an advantage?

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3 ways to stay organized without breaking the bank

Nov 10, 2017

The holidays are almost here, and with them, for many, comes a steady stream of visitors, a lot of cooking and cleaning and gifts that fill (and occasionally clutter) the home.

Organization can make all of that easier. Julie Carlson, the author of "Remodelista: The Organized Home" and one of the co-founders of the Remodelista website, said that organization is the foundation of good design. Her new book contains 100 tips for how to stay organized and maximize what you have to keep things structured at home. 

A job isn’t always just a job – sometimes it is a way of life. This story is part of a series exploring what it means when jobs define several generations and are part of the very fabric of a community.

In a small Arkansas town called Brinkley, Sandra Kemmer is volunteering in a local cafe to promote the area’s economy by giving out rice products on metal trays.

5 things to ask a potential financial planner

Nov 10, 2017

Whether your finances are in order or you need a little help, advice from a professional with financial know-how can be useful. But Marketplace Weekend listener Dan Nimlos asked for a little more help:

Ask a Manager: Is it OK to microwave fish in the break room?

Nov 10, 2017

There's no getting around it. If you spend eight hours — or more — at work every day, at some point, you need to eat. Maybe it's a sandwich or a salad. Some cold leftovers. And there's always someone who microwaves something incredibly fragrant, like fish or broccoli. 

Ask a Manager's Alison Green joined Marketplace Weekend to talk about the best ways to keep everyone happy while dealing with the sensitive topic of food at work. 

We put this out on the internet, and we found that there were tons of complaints about food at the office.

S02-2: The Peanut Butter Wars

Nov 10, 2017

It's 1959 and Ruth Desmond, the gurney-climbing, cook-from-scratch co-founder of the Federation of Homemakers was prowling the halls of the FDA, about to earn her "peanut butter grandma" namesake. She stumbled upon this unassuming, but ultimately history-changing memo. It was four little paragraphs, a proposal to regulate one of the most popular foods in the country.

When the stress of debt strains mental health

Nov 10, 2017

Americans are in a lot of debt. As of June 2017, Americans collectively had $1.021 trillion in credit card debt. Student debt totals around $1.3 trillion. Owing all that money isn't just bad for your financial health, it can take a toll on your mental health as well.

As women speak out on sexual harassment, investors take note

Nov 10, 2017

As more and more sexual harassment claims come to light against powerful men, it's been a wake-up call across our culture. Especially for for corporations and investors, according to a recent article from Barron's magazine:

11/10/2017: A lifetime access to education

Nov 10, 2017

(Markets Edition) Let's dive into taxes again. Because the Senate has a different proposed tax bill than the House's, we'll examine their different takes on local and state deductions. Afterwards, we'll look at a new GI Bill that would allow veterans to access money for college throughout their entire lives. 

The U.S. marks another Veterans Day this weekend, with Americans preparing to honor the more than 20 million veterans who have served to protect their country. Veterans made headlines earlier this month when the Department of Labor announced that the veteran unemployment rate dropped to a record low of 2.7 percent.

However, there is more to veterans’ economic well-being than that figure from the headlines. Let’s take a closer look:

There are more than 21 million former service members in the U.S. and about half of them use the GI Bill to pay for higher education. President Donald Trump updated those benefits in August, signing the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act (what’s now being called the “Forever” GI Bill). Instead of a 15-year time limit, this new bill lets recent veterans access money for college throughout their lives.

Tax cuts = math problem for lawmakers

Nov 10, 2017

Senate Republicans’ tax proposal seeks to preserve medical deductions. That’s one of the proposed provisions revealing that the House and Senate don’t entirely agree on how to pay for promised tax cuts.

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Senate proposal delays corporate tax rate cut

Nov 10, 2017

Republicans in the Senate unveiled their tax bill yesterday. It proposes a delay the corporate tax cut that President Donald Trump says is crucial to spurring economic growth. The House plan would have cut the top corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent beginning next year. The Senate wants to delay that until 2019.

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11/10/2017: A House vs. Senate showdown over taxes

Nov 10, 2017

(U.S. Edition) The Senate has released its version of a tax bill, which clashes with the House's. One of the biggest differences is that the Senate wants to lower the corporate tax rate a year later than expected. We'll look at why they're pushing for a 2019 cut. Afterwards, we'll dive into another major point of contention between both chambers of Congress: whether or not to get rid of medical deductions. Then to cap off today's show, we'll discuss Trump's ability to get the deals he says he wants when it comes to trade.

11/10/2017: Competing visions for global trade

Nov 10, 2017

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service …U.S. President Donald Trump said in a speech to world leaders he won’t tolerate trade abuses anymore. We take you to the Asia Pacific Economic Corporation summit in Vietnam to show you the competing visions for world trade. Afterwards, life in Venezuela already means lining up to buy basic goods thanks to high inflation rates. We take a look at what fresh U.S. sanctions against 10 Venezuelan officials means for the country’s democratic rule.

The role of accelerators in upping diversity in tech

Nov 10, 2017

When Michael Seibel became Y Combinator's first African-American partner in 2014, he had a goal of increasing the number of companies founded by women and people of color

Accelerator programs, generally, provide early stage funding to batches of startups along with mentoring. Seibel is an alum of Y Combinator himself. He went through the program first as co-founder of, which later became Twitch, and then again with the company Socialcam, a mobile video app that was acquired by Autodesk.