Apr 10, 2017

04/10/2017: We won’t make a "fly the friendly skies" joke

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... But we are going to talk about the PR nightmare hitting United today, after videos of a passenger being forcibly removed from an overbooked flight went viral, and get to the bottom of why airlines sell too many seats…

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United is in the hot seat after video shows passenger's forcible removal

Apr 10, 2017
The airline is handling a first-class PR problem, but will it change?
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How small businesses are dealing with health care limbo

Apr 10, 2017
Now what? Neither Obamacare advocates or critics like the uncertainty as Washington grapples with the issue.
Dr. Scott Bralow cracks open a crate outside his new primary care office.
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New York to offer free tuition at public colleges

Apr 10, 2017
New York has become the first state to approve a “free college” plan for middle-class families. A $153 billion budget deal reached Sunday night includes a new Excelsior Scholarship. It will cover tuition at the state’s public colleges and universities…

Are foreign automakers feeling pressured by Trump?

Apr 10, 2017
Toyota is investing $1.3 billion to upgrade 30-year-old equipment at its manufacturing plant in Georgetown, Kentucky. The factory is going to start producing a new Camry in June. The automaker says this investment has been in the works for years…

Lull in manufacturing drives merger in trucking

Apr 10, 2017
The latest merger of two corporate giants, worth a combined $5.1 billion, is far from New York City. Instead, it’s the joining of two major trucking companies, Swift and Knight. The new company, Knight-Swift, will be based in Phoenix, where…

My Economy: Using grants to preserve moving image history

Apr 10, 2017
It’s Hannah Palin’s job to keep old films from decaying on the shelf.
"Kirks' Camera," 1976, opening sequence.
University of Washington Digital Collections

The most robot-proof job of them all

Apr 10, 2017
Robotics work is a good bet, if you can get it.
Anca Dragan researches the interaction between humans and robots at UC Berkeley.
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… But we are going to talk about the PR nightmare hitting United today, after videos of a passenger being forcibly removed from an overbooked flight went viral, and get to the bottom of why airlines sell too many seats in the first place. Plus, we’ll look at the slew of foreign carmakers reinvesting in American factories just as Washington contemplates tax reform. Then: Five years ago, our own David Brancaccio drove across the country without talking to a single human being. It was for a series all about how robots are taking jobs. This year, he hit the road again to figure out which jobs are “robot-proof,” and they’re not the ones you think.

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