Jun 15, 2017

06/15/2017: Rethinking remedial education

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A trade war might be brewing. There's currently an investigation at the Department of Commerce to determine whether cheap steal imports are a threat to national security. On today's show, we'll take a look at how other countries might retaliate if that happens. Afterwards, we'll talk about Delta Airlines' decision to test new technology that would record facial images of travelers leaving the U.S. Then, we'll discuss how community colleges are starting to change up their remedial courses, which cost money but often don't count for college credit. 

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Community college tries fixing roadblocks to completion

Jun 15, 2017
California school makes its remedial classes shorter and more relevant.
Janelle Yanez, 27, is in an accelerated composition class at Mt. San Antonio College.
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Will new technology improve your airport experience?

Jun 15, 2017
Delta Airlines is testing new biometrics technology that would allow U.S. Customs and Border Protection to record facial images of travelers leaving the United States. The measure is being touted as a way to boost security and make life easier for travelers. Experts say the goal is to move the technology on to all airlines and […]

Can lawmakers pay for security with campaign funds?

Jun 15, 2017
In the immediate aftermath of the shooting attack in Alexandria, Virginia, which left Rep. Steve Scalise in critical condition, congressional lawmakers have inquired about the possibility of using campaign funds to pay for heightened personal security. We’ll report on the ethics, as well as the pros and cons of taking such a step. Click the […]

China's playing a big role in the slowing of global energy use

Jun 15, 2017
It reflects 'improving efficiency,' BP economist says.
Smoke billows from smokestacks and a coal fired generator at a steel factory in the industrial province of Hebei, China.
Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

06/15/2017: Say farewell to EU roaming charges

Jun 15, 2017
We did our best to make sure you weren't surprised by the news: Janet Yellen and co. decided to raise interest rates. Analyst Diane Swonk from DS Economics joined us to give insight on why the Federal Reserve made the decision that it did. Afterwards, we'll look at the European Union's move to abolish telephone, text and data roaming charges, and then discuss some of the reasons for why the growth rate of global energy demand is slowing down.

A trade war might be brewing. There’s currently an investigation at the Department of Commerce to determine whether cheap steal imports are a threat to national security. On today’s show, we’ll take a look at how other countries might retaliate if that happens. Afterwards, we’ll talk about Delta Airlines’ decision to test new technology that would record facial images of travelers leaving the U.S. Then, we’ll discuss how community colleges are starting to change up their remedial courses, which cost money but often don’t count for college credit. 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC