Dec 11, 2017

12/11/2017: Educational opportunities in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria

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(U.S. Edition) The first-ever Bitcoin futures began trading last night, which saw big price swings within minutes. On today's show, discuss what futures trading means for the cryptocurrency and investors. Afterwards, we'll examine why the Fed is looking at an…

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A rural Alaskan village established a reindeer herd to improve diet and boost economy

Dec 11, 2017
The isolated village of Port Heiden hopes reindeer, and a few other farm animals, may be the answer to expensive imported fresh food.
When Meshik Farm reindeer are not grazing on the tundra, they live in a pen the size of football field. 
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After Maria, a young Puerto Rican forges a new path in Florida

Dec 11, 2017
More than 190,000 people have left the island for Florida since the hurricane, including 20-somethings looking for better opportunities.
Nicole Morales and her father, Gary, get to spend more time with each other now that they're both on the mainland.
Renata Sago/Marketplace

What the Fed may be weighing this week as it eyes short-term interest rates

Dec 11, 2017
A big date on the economic calendar this week: the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee meeting Dec. 12 and 13. We’ll find out Wednesday whether it’s raising short-term interest rates again. An important piece of the economic puzzle landed on…

Despite high interest rates, people still sign up for department credit cards

Dec 11, 2017
Department store credit cards, which tend to have high interest rates, have fallen out of fashion. But for some with bad credit, they are the only option.
Credit cards are pictured, on February 5, 2013 in Rennes, western France.
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(U.S. Edition) The first-ever Bitcoin futures began trading last night, which saw big price swings within minutes. On today’s show, discuss what futures trading means for the cryptocurrency and investors. Afterwards, we’ll examine why the Fed is looking at an interest rate hike this week, and the potential pitfalls of that decision. Plus: We look at how one 21-year-old student from Puerto Rico is handling her move to Florida after Hurricane Maria. 

 

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC