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The end of recycling as we know it

The end of recycling as we know it

Mar 19, 2019
For years, China used U.S. recyclables in its factories, but the country stopped buying foreign trash last year. Plus: Will Instagram's in-app purchases threaten Amazon?
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My Economy

My Economy: The personal cost of a year of tariffs

by Marketplace Staff Mar 19, 2019
For Sam Desai, vice president at RM Metals, a year of tariffs on his balance sheet changed his work habits.
Tom Mihalek/Getty Images

Is this the end of recycling?

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Mar 19, 2019
The Chinese economy could be killing recycling in the U.S.
An employee walks people through the recycling process at a closed loop plant in London, United Kingdom in 2010.
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Instagram launches in-app shopping tool with 20 retailers

by Jack Stewart Mar 19, 2019
The online marketplace just got a little more interesting. Instagram launched in-app purchase and payment services for 20 major brands, including Nike, Burberry and Uniqlo. Shoppers will now be able to click on Instagram posts featuring items they want and…
This photo illustration taken on March 22, 2018 shows apps for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social networks on a smartphone.
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As crab season approaches, Maryland processing plants seek guest worker reform

by Andy Uhler Mar 19, 2019
The multimillion-dollar industry relies heavily on H-2B visa workers from Mexico and Central America.
A woman picks crabs at the W.T. Ruark Seafood Co., on May 17, 2018 in Hoopers Island, Maryland.
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How to value a life, statistically speaking

by , and Mar 20, 2019
The VSL lets you compare the cost of a regulation to the benefit in probable lives saved.
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Izzo / In The End JAY Z, Linkin Park
Superposition Young the Giant
Kong Bonobo

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Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Assistant Producer
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