Jul 25, 2017

07/25/2017: Why so many Americans aren’t getting ahead

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The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on a bill to impose stricter sanctions on North Korea, Iran and Russia. On today's show, we'll talk about how these sanctions impact U.S. businesses. Afterwards, we'll discuss Michael Kors' decision to buy Jimmy Choo in a $1.2 billion deal: Plus: A look at why the American dream is still out of reach for so many. The nonprofit Prosperity Now finds that more than a third of American households don't have enough on hand to cover basic needs for about three months.

 

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Drug prices: how generics changed the game

Jul 25, 2017
Generics used to be sold out of car trunks. Then Congress got involved.
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AT&T reports second quarter earnings as it eyes a big deal to stay competitive

Jul 25, 2017
Telecom giant AT&T will report its second quarter earnings after the market closes today. The company’s shares are down 15 percent this year amid increased competition among wireless providers and more cord cutting in the cable space. Now AT&T is going for a big deal to help it stay ahead of the curve. Click the […]

Almost half of American households are unable to save for emergencies

Jul 25, 2017
And many don't have enough to cover basic needs for three months.
A mother and her child at the West Side Campaign Against Hunger food bank in New York City. 
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07/25/2017: A new New Deal

Jul 25, 2017
Some prominent Democrats in the House and Senate have banded together to launch a sort of mini-New Deal — or "A Better Deal," as they're calling it — to improve the lives of workers. On today's show, we'll chat with the Roosevelt Institute's president and CEO, Felicia Wong, about the plan. Afterwards, we'll look at the history of generic drugs, which weren't always so accessible for Americans.

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on a bill to impose stricter sanctions on North Korea, Iran and Russia. On today’s show, we’ll talk about how these sanctions impact U.S. businesses. Afterwards, we’ll discuss Michael Kors’ decision to buy Jimmy Choo in a $1.2 billion deal: Plus: A look at why the American dream is still out of reach for so many. The nonprofit Prosperity Now finds that more than a third of American households don’t have enough on hand to cover basic needs for about three months.

 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC