Feb 23, 2017

02/23/17: A state of crisis

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Members of Trump's cabinet are in Mexico for talks, but can they smooth over a tense relationship between the country and the U.S.? We'll look at what's at stake during the visit. Afterwards, we'll dive into how Brexit will affect banking and then explore the job losses that southern Illinois coal towns are experiencing.

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Coal country mourns job losses, town heroes

Feb 23, 2017
In southern Illinois coal towns, reality overshadows hope for coal deregulation.
Mining taking place in Southern Illinois.
Scott Clark/Illinois

Can the U.S.-Mexico relationship be saved?

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Feb 23, 2017
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly are in Mexico for talks. They will be covering a variety of topics from security to trade, but most of all, they’ll be trying to smooth over what are now very fraught relations between the two countries. There’s a whole lot at stake.  Click the […]

Can Netflix hook viewers on reality TV?

Feb 23, 2017
Netflix will launch its first reality show on Feb. 24. The physical competition show, “Ultimate Beastmaster,” is kind of like a global version of “American Ninja Warrior.” Netflix is making six localized versions of the show: six different languages, six different sets of hosts and the same set of competitors. It’s part of the streaming service’s […]

Here’s why vocational training is in high demand

Feb 23, 2017
With technical skills in demand, vocational programs try to shake old stereotype.
Tim DeAcosta, 17, studies precision machining at Berks Career and Technology Center near Reading, Pa.
Amy Scott/Marketplace

02/23/17: The possibility of a century-long bond

Feb 23, 2017
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin may be taking on an unusual business plan: ultra-long bonds. Diane Swonk from DS Economics explains the rationale behind the proposal. Afterwards, we'll look at how educators are trying to fight against the stigma of vocational training and find a new generation of skilled workers.

Trump administration hopes to pass tax reform by August

Feb 23, 2017
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the administration is hoping to pass major tax reform legislation before Congress leaves for its August recess. President Donald Trump has set ambitious goals of economic growth of 3 percent or higher, rates not seen in over a decade. Mnuchin said the administration will achieve this through a combination […]

Members of Trump’s cabinet are in Mexico for talks, but can they smooth over a tense relationship between the country and the U.S.? We’ll look at what’s at stake during the visit. Afterwards, we’ll dive into how Brexit will affect banking and then explore the job losses that southern Illinois coal towns are experiencing.

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC