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Jun 6, 2017

06/06/2017: A showdown at General Motors

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General Motors' annual shareholder meeting today might get a little heated. One activist investor is unhappy GM's share price is almost exactly the same as it was when the company came out of bankruptcy. So he's proposing some financial re-engineering of the company's stock. On today's show, we'll explain how stock splitting works. Afterwards, we'll chat with the editor in chief of The Economist, Zanny Minton Beddoes, about who  the publication is endorsing in the upcoming U.K. election. Plus: A look at Puerto Rico's education crisis.

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Puerto Rico’s debt crisis hits the territory’s schools

Jun 6, 2017
Schools around the country are beginning to close down for the summer. But in Puerto Rico, many schools, almost 180 of them, will not reopen in the fall. The mass closure comes as the commonwealth faces an ongoing economic crisis and tens of billions of dollars in debt.   Click the audio player above to […]

The party that could drive a 'radical centrist movement' in Britain

Jun 6, 2017
The Liberal Democrats are going nowhere in the upcoming U.K. election. Here is why The Economist is endorsing them.
An European Union flag and a British flag fly in front of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

Using the lessons of hip-hop to start a business

Jun 6, 2017
A program in Philadelphia is teaching entrepreneurship through the successes and failures of the music business.
Students at the Institute of Hip Hop Entrepreneurship are learning how to start a business.
Photo courtesy of the IHHE

06/06/2017: An education crisis in Puerto Rico

Jun 6, 2017
This morning's market recap: Stocks have opened lower, while benchmark bonds have gone up. Julia Coronado from Macropolicy Perspectives explains some key events coming up that could affect the market even further, including James Comey's testimony and the British elections. Afterwards, we'll examine the struggles that Puerto Rico's public school system is facing, and then look at one Philadelphia program that's using hip-hop to teach students how to start a business.

General Motors’ annual shareholder meeting today might get a little heated. One activist investor is unhappy GM’s share price is almost exactly the same as it was when the company came out of bankruptcy. So he’s proposing some financial re-engineering of the company’s stock. On today’s show, we’ll explain how stock splitting works. Afterwards, we’ll chat with the editor in chief of The Economist, Zanny Minton Beddoes, about who  the publication is endorsing in the upcoming U.K. election. Plus: A look at Puerto Rico’s education crisis.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC