Feb 16, 2017

02/16/17: Who’ll be our next Labor Secretary?

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Workers in regions like D.C. and New Jersey are protesting as part of "A Day Without Immigrants," an event aimed at highlighting the importance of immigration's role in society. We'll take a look at how the strike will affect businesses. Next, we'll explore the resistance against Trump's pick for Labor Secretary, who's now resigned, and who the president's next choice might be. Finally, we'll hear from Marketplace's Molly Wood about what she learned at the annual RSA digital security conference. 

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What a day without immigrants would look like

Feb 16, 2017
Many immigrant workers are will protest today and businesses may be closed.

Wendy’s to shell out $30 million for smaller, tastier chickens

Feb 16, 2017
As Wendy’s releases its earnings, we take a look at the fast food chain’s hunt for a tastier chicken. The company is prepared to spend $30 million on smaller chickens in hopes they’ll provide more tender, less rubbery meat. Turns out, quality is an important consideration for legacy fast food companies, as they try to […]

Boeing workers defeat union plans in South Carolina

Feb 16, 2017
The state has the lowest unionization rate in the U.S. Why?
A new Boeing 787 Dreamliner being built for Air India is seen on the production line at a Boeing facility in North Charleston, South Carolina.
PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

Trump's China trademark victory raises concern among ethics experts

Feb 16, 2017
President Donald Trump sought rights to the Trump trademark for construction services in China for years. Trademarks in China operate on a first-come, first-served basis, and someone else beat Trump to the punch. But this week, after years of refusal, China’s Trademark Office awarded the rights to Trump. The president’s legal win is raising hackles […]

02/16/17: Janet Yellen's message to Congress

Feb 16, 2017
Janet Yellen took a trip to Capitol Hill this week, with the message that the U.S. economy is entering 2017 better than it did a year ago. What does this mean for the Fed's future plans? Next, we'll discuss why Boeing workers in South Carolina decided to shoot down a plan for unionization, and then look at a new study that says some ER doctors are more likely than others to prescribe opioids.

Workers in regions like D.C. and New Jersey are protesting as part of “A Day Without Immigrants,” an event aimed at highlighting the importance of immigration’s role in society. We’ll take a look at how the strike will affect businesses. Next, we’ll explore the resistance against Trump’s pick for Labor Secretary, who’s now resigned, and who the president’s next choice might be. Finally, we’ll hear from Marketplace’s Molly Wood about what she learned at the annual RSA digital security conference. 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC