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Aug 21, 2017

08/21/2017: The millionaire who gave his money to those who asked for it

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Could those symbols of Americana — the Jeep and Ram pickup truck — become Chinese? On today's show, we'll look at news that Great Wall Motor may be interested in buying Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Afterwards, we'll discuss how businesses are benefiting from the exodus from Mar-a-Lago — President Trump's palm beach resort. Then we'll chat with writer Jacqui Shine about her Longreads profile on Percy Ross, a self-made millionaire who gave away his money to those who wrote into this newspaper.

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An Alaska town is at risk of losing its modern-day gold rush — cruise ship tourism

Aug 21, 2017
Skagway, Alaska is dependent on the cruise ship industry for its economy. The town needs to build a new dock to accommodate bigger ships, but a private company which leases the docks, the White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad, won't approve a new dock unless the town extends its lease for another 15 years.
Tourists fill Skagway's Broadway Street on a busy July afternoon. A cruise ship looms in the background.
Emily Files/ for Marketplace

U.S. automakers and the Trump administration disagree on this part of NAFTA

Aug 21, 2017
The U.S. wants a new rule that would require that a set percentage of each car or auto part come exclusively from the U.S.
PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

The self-made millionaire who gave his money to people who just asked for it

Aug 21, 2017
Percy Ross, known as "America's Rich Uncle," had a newspaper column where people could write in with requests.
"America's Rich Uncle" had a newspaper column where people could write in asking for financial help.
NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

08/21/2017: American automakers are siding with Canada and Mexico on this key issue

Aug 21, 2017
The U.S., Mexico and Canada are done with their first round of NAFTA talks. One thing the U.S. wants NAFTA to implement: a rule requiring a set percentage of cars' components to come exclusively from the U.S. Canada and Mexico aren't on board with this, and neither are many U.S. automakers. We'll discuss why. Afterwards, we'll talk about the United States' plans to meet with South Korea over a five-year-old free trade agreement, and then look at why the town of Skagway, Alaska may lose its modern-day gold rush: cruise ship tourism.

Could those symbols of Americana — the Jeep and Ram pickup truck — become Chinese? On today’s show, we’ll look at news that Great Wall Motor may be interested in buying Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Afterwards, we’ll discuss how businesses are benefiting from the exodus from Mar-a-Lago — President Trump’s palm beach resort. Then we’ll chat with writer Jacqui Shine about her Longreads profile on Percy Ross, a self-made millionaire who gave away his money to those who wrote into this newspaper.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC