Mar 27, 2017

03/27/2017: Iran’s reciprocal sanctions target companies with ties to Israel

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Iran responds to U.S. sanctions with their own, aimed at U.S. companies that do business with Israel. Marketplace's Marielle Segarra discusses which companies are involved and what it means for them. Then we turn to Nigeria, where pollution from an oil spill is still astonishingly high almost a decade after two Shell pipelines burst. Plus, how mobile solar-powered vehicle chargers are changing the landscape of the electric car industry.

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Details on ‘astonishingly high’ pollution in Nigeria emerge nine years after spill

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A geologist says mangroves remain soaked in oil from a 2008 pipeline spill.
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Credit card companies will negotiate with consumers, survey suggests

Mar 27, 2017
All credit card owners need to do is ask banks to negotiate rates.
"We've seen debit card volume increase much more than credit card volume," says Visa CEO Al Kelly.
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Portable solar units fill the electric charging void

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It could take years to build up electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Meanwhile, options exist.
The EV Arc is a solar array that charges electric vehicles, providing as much as 220 miles' worth of electricity each day.
Jed Kim/Marketplace

Farmers hack their equipment to evade tractor company policies

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Mar 27, 2017
Exploring the online black market of hacking solutions for John Deere tractors.
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03/27/17: "When America sneezes, the rest of [the world] catches a cold"

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Mar 27, 2017
Why markets worldwide are down following Congress's failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. Then, a new survey reveals that credit card holders are generally successful when they ask to negotiate rates and waive fees. And Sabri Ben-Achour interviews journalist Jason Koebler about why farmers are fighting John Deere policies by hacking their tractors.

Iran responds to U.S. sanctions with their own, aimed at U.S. companies that do business with Israel. Marketplace’s Marielle Segarra discusses which companies are involved and what it means for them. Then we turn to Nigeria, where pollution from an oil spill is still astonishingly high almost a decade after two Shell pipelines burst. Plus, how mobile solar-powered vehicle chargers are changing the landscape of the electric car industry.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC