Apr 14, 2017

04/14/2017: Would you take orders from a robot?

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It's the final day of David Brancaccio's road trip across the Midwest in search of robot-proof jobs. One occupation that doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon? CEO. He's talking to experts who say we could see more and more of them with the rise of entrepreneurialism. Afterwards, we'll discuss the struggles that U.K. manufacturing companies face when it comes to recruiting workers, and then look at Wal-Mart's latest discount offering in an attempt to compete with Amazon.

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Robot-Proof Jobs 2: The winners of tomorrow

Apr 14, 2017
The second episode of a special three-part podcast series on automation and the economy.
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Wal-Mart battles Amazon with discounts for online ordering and store pickup

Apr 14, 2017
Mega-retailer Wal-Mart is rolling out discounts for shoppers who order items online and then agree to pick them up at the store. The move is the latest play by Wal-Mart in its battle with Amazon in the e-commerce sector. But is a discount a substitute for the convenience of having stuff delivered right to your […]

What's causing the collapse of black-owned businesses?

Apr 14, 2017
There's been a decline over the past 30 years.
Dr. Martin Luther King addresses civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama. Black-owned businesses helped finance aspects of the civil rights movement, like the Selma to Montgomery march.
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04/14/2017: The billion-dollar auction over airwaves

Apr 14, 2017
The FCC has just wrapped up an auction over airspace, with T-Mobile, Dish Network and Comcast among the winners. Total amount spent for that airspace, or spectrum? Almost $20 billion. We'll take a look at why this airspace was so coveted and what'll happen to the the TV stations that are losing access to it. Afterwards, Marketplace's David Brancaccio wraps up his road trip across the Midwest in search of robot-proof jobs. The latest technology he's exploring on our show today: driverless cars, which may be the catalyst for propelling automation deeper into the American workplace.

It’s the final day of David Brancaccio’s road trip across the Midwest in search of robot-proof jobs. One occupation that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon? CEO. He’s talking to experts who say we could see more and more of them with the rise of entrepreneurialism. Afterwards, we’ll discuss the struggles that U.K. manufacturing companies face when it comes to recruiting workers, and then look at Wal-Mart’s latest discount offering in an attempt to compete with Amazon.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC