Apr 7, 2017

04/07/2017: The cost of Russia’s support for Syria

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The full global political reaction to last night's U.S. airstrikes on a Syrian air base remains to be seen, but the impact on Russia’s economic ties to Syria will only heighten tense relations. Russia, as President Bashar Assad’s staunchest ally, has boosted the Syrian government’s military might in its civil war and in turn profited from billions of dollars in arms and equipment sales. Let's face it, there's no easy transition to our next story, where we meet Mark Wagner, the New York-based collage artist who deconstructs dollar bills to make portraits of presidents and re-create famous paintings. And, as always, we'll wrap up the week in business and economic news.

Segments From this episode

Nashville's neighborhood churches weigh whether to sell or stay

Apr 7, 2017
“I told the realtor: ‘I don’t even want to know what you’re willing to offer,'" one pastor said.
Family Affair Ministries in South Inglewood is selling its property for $3.5 million, seven times more than its 2001 purchase price.
Meribah Knight

The price of Russia’s support of Syria is steep

Apr 7, 2017
Weapons, oil and other investments keep money flowing between the two countries.

True: Google is now fact-checking your search results

Apr 7, 2017
The internet, as we learned all too well during the election, makes the public more susceptible to fake news. Facebook announced fake news-spotting tips for its users this week. Now Google has expanded a tool to help users decide how true a given search result might be by telling users if it’s been fact-checked. Its […]

This artist cuts up cash and uses it for collage

Apr 7, 2017
Artist Mark Wagner uses U.S. currency to make his intricate collages.
Contemporary artist Mark Wagner creates portraits of U.S. presidents from dollar bills.
Photo courtesy of Mark Wagner

Rural Georgia residents are hit hard by local hospital closure

Apr 7, 2017
'Without health care, people don’t want to stay here. I don't blame them,' a former nurse says.
When Stewart-Webster Hospital closed in 2013, residents say they lost a sense of security along with a health care provider.
Elly Yu

Weekly Wrap: What the numbers are really telling us

Apr 7, 2017
Sudeep Reddy of Politico and Linette Lopez of Business Insider join us to discuss the week’s business and economic news. This week, they talk about what numbers we should really be focusing on to judge the economy, and the latest happenings at the Federal Reserve. Stories You Might Like Is the "nation of shopkeepers" going to war […]
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The full global political reaction to last night’s U.S. airstrikes on a Syrian air base remains to be seen, but the impact on Russia’s economic ties to Syria will only heighten tense relations. Russia, as President Bashar Assad’s staunchest ally, has boosted the Syrian government’s military might in its civil war and in turn profited from billions of dollars in arms and equipment sales. Let’s face it, there’s no easy transition to our next story, where we meet Mark Wagner, the New York-based collage artist who deconstructs dollar bills to make portraits of presidents and re-create famous paintings. And, as always, we’ll wrap up the week in business and economic news.

Music from the episode

Frontin' (feat. Jay-Z) - Club Mix Pharrell Williams, JAY Z
N 2 Gether Now Limp Bizkit, Method Man
Heavenly Divine (Instr.) Jedi Mind Tricks
Young Folks Peter Bjorn and John
Stolen Dance Milky Chance