Aug 1, 2017

08/01/2017: The evolution of denim

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The rate at which the U.S. approves H-1B visas for skilled foreign talent has dropped by almost 30 percent since last year. But as America gets stricter with its visa program, Canada isn't. On today's show, we'll talk about the efforts Canada is making to capitalize on its neighbor's stricter stance on immigration. Afterwards, we'll discuss the ongoing investigation of British American Tobacco for allegedly bribing regulators, and then look at how denim makers are opting to make their jeans stretchier.

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Eggs cheap as overseas demand for U.S. produce falls

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An oversupply of eggs is driving down prices to record low levels. But what cheers shoppers isn’t always good for farmers. Many producers are just recovering from a devastating bird flu outbreak that struck two years ago. And this is one more hassle to deal with. Click the audio player above to hear the full […]

O Canada! You're making it easier for tech workers to immigrate

Aug 1, 2017
In Canada, the tech scene is strong and growing, especially in Ontario. Competition for talent is tough with Silicon Valley in the picture, but with the U.S.’s stricter stance on immigration, Canada has been trying to capitalize on the uncertainty. It’s making it easier for tech workers around the world to move there.  Click the […]

Denim makers are making jeans stretchier to get in on the athleisure market

Aug 1, 2017
Jean sales dropped 4.5 percent in 2014 and 3.4 percent in 2015 but are on the upswing this year, thanks, in part, to stretchier fabrics.
“Comfort is a key attribute that consumers are looking for in their denim jeans," said Kara Nicholas, vice president of product design and marketing at Cone Denim.
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Walmart aims high on lowering carbon footprint

Aug 1, 2017
Walmart among the businesses stepping up as government retreats on climate change.
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08/01/2017: The politics of health insurance

Aug 1, 2017
The big push to repeal Obamacare fell apart last week, but the White House isn't backing down. As soon as today, President Donald Trump may make a decision that could lead to a major hike in monthly health insurance premiums. We'll look at by how much and just how many Americans could be affected. Afterwards, we'll discuss Walmart's ambitious plan to cut greenhouse gases, and then talk about a decline in the price of eggs — which is good news for you, but bad news for U.S. poultry farmers.

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The rate at which the U.S. approves H-1B visas for skilled foreign talent has dropped by almost 30 percent since last year. But as America gets stricter with its visa program, Canada isn’t. On today’s show, we’ll talk about the efforts Canada is making to capitalize on its neighbor’s stricter stance on immigration. Afterwards, we’ll discuss the ongoing investigation of British American Tobacco for allegedly bribing regulators, and then look at how denim makers are opting to make their jeans stretchier.

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC