Feb 9, 2017

02/09/17: How to build a new blockbuster franchise

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Ahead of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit tomorrow, let's look at our trade relationship with Japan. Then, we check in with Remitly, an app that helps immigrants send money back, to see how business is going since President Donald Trump took office.…

Segments From this episode

Oculus pop-up closings signal trouble in virtual reality market

Feb 9, 2017
Facebook will close hundreds of its virtual reality demo stations in Best Buy stores.
A woman wears Oculus goggles at a press event in San Francisco.
GABRIELLE LURIE/AFP/Getty Images

What happens now that the Anthem-Cigna merger is blocked?

Feb 9, 2017
The health insurers consider what to do with the billions left over from the deal.

Italian prosecutors seek criminal case in oil giants' deal in Nigeria

Feb 9, 2017
The case looks at an alleged bribery in a $1.3 billion oil deal.
A Shell employee at the Afam VI power plant takes a picture at the plant in Port Harcourt on September 29, 2015. 
FLORIAN PLAUCHEUR/AFP/Getty Images

'Lego Batman' producer wants to make everything awesome (again)

Feb 9, 2017
Dan Lin says this time, there's more pressure to build a successful franchise.
Dan Lin, producer of "The Lego Batman Movie,"
Courtesy of Warner Bros.

IMF issues warning over Greek debt

Feb 9, 2017
Greece is about to default on its bonds — again.

Ahead of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit tomorrow, let’s look at our trade relationship with Japan. Then, we check in with Remitly, an app that helps immigrants send money back, to see how business is going since President Donald Trump took office. Plus, we learn how “The Lego Movie” and “The Lego Batman Movie” built the new franchise, and talk about the pressure of making everything awesome again.

Music from the episode

Baghdad Sun Apollo Brown
Money Pink Floyd
Hella Good No Doubt
Big Ego's Dr. Dre, Hittman
1977 Ana Tijoux