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May 2, 2019

American businesses expanding to China battle "trademark pirates"

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We take to the high seas to explore "trademark squatting" of American businesses in China. Plus: Why stock buybacks are surging and why Hollywood isn't making as many rom-coms. 

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Despite more women being hired to boardrooms, gender diversity is still low

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The issue of gender diversity in the workplace is just not limited to the CEO’s office or to upper management. Boardrooms are experiencing the same problem. Despite attempts to increase the number of women board directors in recent years, the…
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What happened to the rom-com?

by Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry May 2, 2019
Wesley Morris, writer and New York Times critic, reflects on its seeming demise.
 
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Why Tesla's raising a new round of cash

by Justin Ho May 2, 2019
The fundraising comes at a pivotal time for the company.
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Why stock buybacks soared at the end of 2018

by Marielle Segarra May 2, 2019
There are several reasons for the frenzy.
The New York Stock Exchange is pictured on January 03, 2019.
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Worker productivity is booming. Why is inflation so tame?

by Tracey Samuelson May 2, 2019
Additional production isn't translating to additional income.
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Some companies find their brand names already claimed in China

by Jennifer Pak May 2, 2019
The practice of third parties snapping up brand names concerns foreign firms.
China’s supreme court may have ruled that basketball star Michael Jordan had a right to his Chinese name, “Qiaodan,” but it does not seem to have changed the operations for the multi-million-dollar Qiaodan Sports company. One of its shops in Shanghai continues to bear the Chinese name for Jordan.
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Music from the episode

I'm Every Woman Chaka Khan
Murder to the Mind Tash Sultana
I Say a Little Prayer Aretha Franklin
Feel Good Maribou State, Khruangbin

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