Jul 4, 2017

07/04/2017: What’s the Fourth of July without fireworks?

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Though it's not quite the no. 1 player in wind energy, the U.S. has invested pretty heavily in this sector. On today's show, we'll discuss how the U.S. is faring in this business on a global scale. Afterwards, we'll talk about how methane leaks could undermine the cleanliness of natural gas, and then look at how tight budgets across the U.S. are affecting fireworks shows. 

Segments From this episode

What’s the Fourth of July without fireworks? Some towns are about to find out

Jul 4, 2017
Not every town can afford a fireworks extravaganza.

Real estate investors cash in on self-storage market

Jul 4, 2017
Occupancy rates in self-storage warehouses are approaching capacity in many cities across the nation.

Meet methane: The potent greenhouse gas hangs in some regulatory limbo

Jul 4, 2017
Natural gas is billed as a cleaner-burning energy than coal, but leaks during production erode that advantage.
Natural gas is flared off at a plant outside of the town of Cuero, Texas.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Will Georgia’s music industry thrive if school music programs don’t?

Jul 4, 2017
The state has a new law to boost the music business, but it might have trouble finding artists.
Students like these still take music classes at public schools in Georgia, but many schools in the state have had to reduce funding for such courses.
Courtesy of Georgia Department of Education

07/04/2017: World leaders get ready to talk trade

Jul 4, 2017
President Donald Trump will go on a multi-country trip this week to Europe, where he'll discuss the global economy and trade with the world's leading 20 economies. But with the U.S. and countries like Germany seemingly at odds when it comes to protectionism, we'll discuss just how contentious these meetings might be. Next, we'll talk about the growing market for physical storage spaces, and then look at whether Georgia's music industry can succeed as the state's public schools reduce its music classes.

Though it’s not quite the no. 1 player in wind energy, the U.S. has invested pretty heavily in this sector. On today’s show, we’ll discuss how the U.S. is faring in this business on a global scale. Afterwards, we’ll talk about how methane leaks could undermine the cleanliness of natural gas, and then look at how tight budgets across the U.S. are affecting fireworks shows. 

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC

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