Mar 17, 2017

03/17/2017: Trump and Merkel’s awkward diplomatic dance

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel spent a few hours at the White House today for her first face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump. Things were a little frosty, and Trump made his thoughts on the trading relationship between the U.S. and Germany clear. Merkel surely knew this was coming, as she arrived in Washington with several execs, including the CEO of BMW. We'll look at the negotiation ahead. Then: How much of the U.S. budget is tied up in foreign aid, do you reckon? Most folks' guesses are way, way higher than the reality. Plus, as always, we'll wrap up a busy week in economic news. 

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Electric cars have arrived. But what about electric motorcycles?

Mar 17, 2017
They're fast enough to keep up with gas-powered bikes. But can the charging infrastructure meet demand?
Kai Ryssdal, right, talks with Harlan Flagg, left, of Hollywood Electrics. Flagg says the store is No. 1 dealer of electric motorcycles.
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Weekly Wrap: Janet Yellen and Donald Trump's economic plans

Mar 17, 2017
Nela Richardson of Redfin and Cardiff Garcia of FT Alphaville join us for the Weekly Wrap to discuss the week’s business and economic news. This week is all about Janet Yellen and Donald Trump. While Yellen’s Federal Reserve increased interest rates, Trump released his budget proposal aimed at cutting funds for government agencies and increasing […]
Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen announced this week the Federal Reserve will increase interest rates.
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Merkel brings along BMW’s chief, others for first meeting with Trump

Mar 17, 2017
The South is a good reminder of how important German automakers are to the U.S.

The U.S. spends a lot less on foreign aid than you think

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Mar 17, 2017
Besides goodwill, there are other advantages to giving.
A general view shows a Sudanes worker sitting on the USA flagged bulk carrier.
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New York's taxi economy implodes

Apr 3, 2017
With rivals like Uber on scene, yellow cab medallion prices have fallen hard.
New York City taxis wait for passengers.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel spent a few hours at the White House today for her first face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump. Things were a little frosty, and Trump made his thoughts on the trading relationship between the U.S. and Germany clear. Merkel surely knew this was coming, as she arrived in Washington with several execs, including the CEO of BMW. We’ll look at the negotiation ahead. Then: How much of the U.S. budget is tied up in foreign aid, do you reckon? Most folks’ guesses are way, way higher than the reality. Plus, as always, we’ll wrap up a busy week in economic news. 

Music from the episode

The Best Day Atmosphere
California Love - Original Version 2Pac, Roger, Dr. Dre
Da Rockwilder Method Man, Redman
Young Folks Peter Bjorn and John
Perth Bon Iver