Apr 18, 2017

04/18/2017: What would you do if the government gave you free money?

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UnitedContinental posted strong quarterly profits yesterday. Now United CEO Oscar Munoz is set to brief investors this morning, following an incident in which a passenger was forcibly removed from one of the company's flights. We'll look at whether the company can bounce back from the controversy. Afterwards, we'll talk about a new kind of debt collector that might be coming after people who haven't paid their taxes. And finally, we'll discuss a new experiment in Silicon Valley where researchers plan to give people free money (seriously). 

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The IRS brings in private debt collectors

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Writers and Hollywood studios wrangle to avoid a strike

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04/18/2017: The future of the H-1B visa

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The Trump administration might make changes to the H-1B visa program, which could include a shift from more of a lottery-based system to one that's skills based. We'll look at what's in store for the future of the visa. Afterwards, we'll explore why there be another writer's strike brewing in Hollywood, and then discuss the winners and losers of Philadelphia's controversial soda tax.

UnitedContinental posted strong quarterly profits yesterday. Now United CEO Oscar Munoz is set to brief investors this morning, following an incident in which a passenger was forcibly removed from one of the company’s flights. We’ll look at whether the company can bounce back from the controversy. Afterwards, we’ll talk about a new kind of debt collector that might be coming after people who haven’t paid their taxes. And finally, we’ll discuss a new experiment in Silicon Valley where researchers plan to give people free money (seriously). 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC