What if we just … closed the border?
Apr 2, 2019

What if we just … closed the border?

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We look at the economic consequences, starting with putting the brakes on the auto industry. Plus, the fight against robocalls and why that tote bag might not be as environmentally friendly as you think.

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Late potato planting could affect french fry supply

Apr 2, 2019
Availability of french fries depends on the weather in Washington, Oregon and Idaho this spring.
Potatoes scoot by on belts at Balcom and Moe, Inc. in Pasco. The potatoes are rinsed, sized and put in bags destined for America’s supermarkets. The potato farmer and packer-shipper has been in business since the 1920s.
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Walgreens has a tough quarter

Apr 2, 2019
Pharmacy chain Walgreens reported a 3.8 percent drop in sales for the quarter. The company cited a weak cough, cold and flu season — and declining profits from generic and branded prescription drugs. Click the audio player above to hear the full story. Stories You Might Like Refocusing climate change as a human problem 02/19/18: […]
People walk by a Walgreens store in San Francisco.
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Employees hand out free reusable grocery bags at a Whole Foods Market in 2008 in Pasadena, California.
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Tracking the “King of Robocalls”

Apr 2, 2019
A Wired reporter tells about the man responsible for nearly 100 million automated calls.
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Closing Mexico border could bring U.S. auto production to a halt

Apr 2, 2019
The White House is backtracking slightly on President Trump’s recent threats to close the U.S.-Mexico border on security concerns. Today, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said there’s no specific timeline and that it’s “not our first choice,” but she also said it may be the best decision. However, the economic consequences of closing the southern border […]
A Mexican girl walks near by the metal fence between Ciudad Juarez, Cihuahua state, Mexico and Sunland Park, New Mexico, U.S., on May 3, 2018.
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MBAs can boost pay. But they can't eliminate the pay gap, a study found.

Apr 2, 2019
Women and people of color still earn less than white men, even with the degree.
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Music from the episode

The Game Gabriel Garzón-Montano
Nada Mellah
Komorebi Craft Spells
Goodness Emancipator
Reptilia The Strokes

The team

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