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with Kai Ryssdal

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

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.

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