Aug 7, 2017

08/07/2017: When a food goes mainstream, does that hurt or help its appeal?

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After reports that North Korea successfully tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles, the U.N. has agreed to sanction the country in a move backed by China. On today's show, we'll take a brief look at the history of the North Korea-China relationship. Afterwards, we'll discuss the purpose of "catastrophe bonds," and then — amid the rising popularity of Nashville hot chicken — examine how food trends spread. 

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Hot chicken gets a little hotter with its London debut

Aug 7, 2017
This Nashville food specialty went from hot trend to KFC. How does that happen?
Nashville hot chicken sandwiches.
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World Bank offers lifeline to developing countries hit by catastrophes

Aug 7, 2017
The World Bank has just issued $360 million in so-called “catastrophe bonds” in collaboration with Mexico. Global investors snapped up the bonds — the first issued directly by the World Bank — which will help Mexico cover emergency relief costs in the event of a major hurricane or earthquake, should one hit.  Stories You Might […]

Don’t expect Tesla to knock on your door to sell its solar roofs

Aug 7, 2017
Tesla has installed its first solar roofs on the homes of some of its company executives. Instead of large panels, these roofs use tiles that look virtually indistinguishable from regular roofs. Solar power that looks nice and protects your home? Sounds like an idea that could sell itself. At least, that’s what Tesla’s counting on.  […]

Mexico is writing rules for medical marijuana

Aug 7, 2017
Regulators have until the end of the year figure out a definition of medical marijuana, who can produce it and who can buy it.
Marijuana extract
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At the 200-day mark, Trump is still behind on nominations

Aug 7, 2017
President Trump has been in office for 200 days, and is far behind on nominees, including key positions that would give businesses clarity on patient policies.
President Donald Trump walks off the stage after his campaign rally at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena on August 3 in Huntington, West Virginia. 
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08/07/2017: The dismal state of retail

Aug 7, 2017
As retail chains prepare to report results, we'll chat with Julia Coronado from Macropolicy Perspectives about the state of the industry. Job prospects in this sector are looking dim as Amazon rises in power. Afterwards, we'll look at how Trump is doing with filling government positions, and then talk about Mexico's push to legalize marijuana.

How countries have tried to retaliate against North Korea

Aug 7, 2017
Over the weekend, the U.N. decided to sanction North Korea in a move backed by China.
U.N. Security Council members vote on a U.S.-drafted resolution toughening sanctions on North Korea. 
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After reports that North Korea successfully tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles, the U.N. has agreed to sanction the country in a move backed by China. On today’s show, we’ll take a brief look at the history of the North Korea-China relationship. Afterwards, we’ll discuss the purpose of “catastrophe bonds,” and then — amid the rising popularity of Nashville hot chicken — examine how food trends spread. 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC