Apr 4, 2017

04/04/2017: The Rust Belt is rewriting its narrative

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The conventional wisdom about a lot of Rust Belt cities in this country is, well, look at the name. Their economies are shot, thanks to the steady loss of manufacturing jobs, and voters there are counting on President Trump to bring them back. It's the premise of our series "The Big Promise." But in Erie, Pennsylvania, there's something else going on. Plus, we'll look at the growing list of advertisers pulling away from "The O'Reilly Factor" and Jenna Lyons' departure from J.Crew. 

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DOJ will review consent decrees at police departments across the nation

Apr 4, 2017
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has ordered the Department of Justice to take a close look at consent decrees in place at police departments across the country. They’re agreements a local police department signs on to after the department’s civil rights division investigates its policing practices, often in the wake of a high-profile shooting or […]

How Erie is rewriting the Rust Belt narrative

Apr 4, 2017
Entrepreneurs are building a startup culture in the Pennsylvania city and bringing new energy to its economy.
Sean Fedorko heads up Radius CoWork, Erie’s first coworking space.
Caitlin Esch/Marketplace

Coal's decline is hitting education budgets, too

Apr 4, 2017
The dramatic downturn in coal and oil prices a couple of years ago may have been good for consumers, but it was very bad news for the economies of many energy-producing states. The consequences are now being particularly felt in Oklahoma, Alaska, North Dakota and Wyoming. In recent months, these states have begun cutting funding […]

Boeing starts a deal in Iran, a nation hungry for new planes

Apr 4, 2017
Boeing will sell 30 new jets to Iran Aseman Airlines, its second recent deal in that nation. It’s also got plans to sell 80 planes to Iran Air. The Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran removed some U.S. economic sanctions in exchange for Iran agreeing to curb its development of nuclear technology. New planes were […]

Here’s the message brands are sending Fox and customers

Apr 4, 2017
Consumers want their brands to take an authentic stand and do right by society.
Advertisers have started pulling their ads from Fox's "The O'Reilly Factor," hosted by Bill O'Reilly.
Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images

Low-lying Netherlands is exporting its water-management expertise

Apr 4, 2017
Coastal cities around the world are hiring the Dutch to combat rising sea levels.
Bart Roeffen with his floating pavilion in Rotterdam harbor.
Stephen Beard/Marketplace

Jenna Lyons leaving isn’t J. Crew’s only problem

Apr 4, 2017
Fashion journalist Elizabeth Holmes says the retailer is confusing its most loyal customers.
Tim Boyle/Getty Images

The conventional wisdom about a lot of Rust Belt cities in this country is, well, look at the name. Their economies are shot, thanks to the steady loss of manufacturing jobs, and voters there are counting on President Trump to bring them back. It’s the premise of our series “The Big Promise.” But in Erie, Pennsylvania, there’s something else going on. Plus, we’ll look at the growing list of advertisers pulling away from “The O’Reilly Factor” and Jenna Lyons’ departure from J.Crew. 

Music from the episode

Girlfriend Phoenix
Drop It Like It's Hot Snoop Dogg, Pharrell Williams
Mass Appeal Gang Starr
Young, Wild & Free (feat. Bruno Mars) Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Bruno Mars
Antenna Bonobo
Hypnotize The Notorious B.I.G.