Mar 8, 2018

03/08/2018: Suppose they gave a trade war and nobody came?

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... At least not Canada, Mexico or China. The first two countries were exempted from the steel and aluminum tariffs President Donald Trump signed today. Meanwhile, for all Trump's talk about China's unfair practices and a "good" trade war, reaction…

Segments From this episode

What makes gig economy workers anxious?

Mar 8, 2018
New data from the Marketplace-Edison Research Poll suggest nontraditional employees have a lot of financial worries.
A Lyft driver navigates to her passenger in San Francisco. A quarter of American workers now participate in the gig economy, the latest Marketplace-Edison Research Poll finds.
Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Lyft

Trump grants tariff exemptions for Mexico and Canada

Mar 8, 2018
Imports from all other countries will face a 25 percent tariff for steel and 10 percent for aluminum.
President Donald Trump turns to outgoing National Economic Council Chairman Gary Cohn, center, during a Cabinet meeting at the White House today in Washington, D.C.
MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

U.S.-China trade war? Not many people in China think it's likely

Mar 8, 2018
While news of steel and aluminium tariffs have dominated the news in the U.S., in China the reaction has been subdued.
Chinese police officers watch a cargo ship at a port in Qingdao in China's eastern Shandong province on March 8, 2018.
AFP/Getty Images

Cigna’s purchase of Express Scripts: Drug price relief ahead?

Mar 8, 2018
Health insurance giant Cigna announced its intent Thursday to buy Express Scripts, a company that negotiates prescription drug deals on behalf of insurers and large employers. This merger comes on the heels of the CVS-Aetna deal late last year, which…

For China, intellectual property is a bigger deal than tariffs

Mar 8, 2018
China has warned against the proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum, but in fact, they’d barely put a dent in its economy. The country exports just 1 percent of its steel to the United States. Really, economists argue, the bigger…

… At least not Canada, Mexico or China. The first two countries were exempted from the steel and aluminum tariffs President Donald Trump signed today. Meanwhile, for all Trump’s talk about China’s unfair practices and a “good” trade war, reaction from the world’s second-largest economy has been subdued. That’s where we’re starting today’s show, with updates from our trade reporter and China corespondent. Then, we’ll look ahead to the bigger trade fight brewing: intellectual property theft. Plus, we’ll look at how members of the gig economy responded to our economic anxiety poll and bring you one last story from our documentary podcast “The Uncertain Hour.”

Music from the episode

Petals Bibio
Chamakay Blood Orange
Mermaid In Heaven The Neptunes
Un Universo Para Los Dos Oktoberklubben
Brukstep (Atjazz Astro Remix) Mark de Clive-Lowe