Apr 12, 2018

04/12/2018: TPP? TBD

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Much like health care, it seems global trade is a harder nut to crack than the White House thought it might be. In a meeting today, Presdient Donald Trump said he's told his top economic and trade advisers to look…

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Can science fiction predict our economic future?

Apr 12, 2018
Companies take a deep dive into the stacks of a sci-fi library to find out how we might react to new tech.
Fantastic Library founder Thomas Le Blanc has built a sci-fi and fantasy collection of more than 280,000 titles over the past three decades.
Andreas Reeg for Marketplace

Much like health care, it seems global trade is a harder nut to crack than the White House thought it might be. In a meeting today, Presdient Donald Trump said he’s told his top economic and trade advisers to look at getting the United States back into the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It’s not really a surprise. The president hinted at it in Davos, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin flat out said it in an interview on this program. That’s where we’re starting today, plus the latest on bank earnings and Disney’s move to streaming. Also: A lot of science fiction tech has become reality. Now some companies are settling into stacks of sci-fi to find the Next Big Thing.

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Anthem (Nym Remix) Emancipator
Better Days Cody Ash
Dear To Me Electric Guest
After the Moment Craft Spells
Saint Ivy Beach Fossils