May 8, 2017

05/08/2017: Now that the French election is over, it’s time to focus on Mexico

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Emmanuel Macron easily won France's presidential election over the weekend, but he has a rough road ahead. Parliamentary elections are next month, and the rest of Europe will be watching. We'll look at what comes next, then turn to Mexico, where U.S. President Trump's plans for a border wall and continued uncertainty over NAFTA have triggered a national conversation there about the American border and economic freedom not seen in years. Plus: a whopping fourth of Starbucks' sales come through its mobile app, but that app could be vulnerable to fraud. 

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Publisher Cassava Republic is changing the way we read about Nigeria

May 8, 2017
Co-founder Bibi Bakare-Yusuf wants you to see 'the complex, gorgeous realities of the continent' in African books.
“I wanted a brand that was very confident, that still incorporate the colors of Africa on one level, but also branding that suggests a certain cosmopolitanism,” said Bibi Bakare-Yusuf, co-founder of Cassava Republic.
Yves Salmon/Flickr

Mexico's 2018 election is shaping up as a vote for economic freedom from the U.S

May 8, 2017
Trump's election triggered a rise in nationalism. A populist leftist candidate is channeling that feeling.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has low approval ratings. Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the leading presidential candidate in Mexico's 2018 election, is critical of both Peña Nieto and U.S. President Trump.
Lorne Matalon

High-end bag maker Coach splurges and buys rival Kate Spade

May 8, 2017
Luxury goods maker Coach announced today it’s splurging. It has agreed to buy rival company Kate Spade for $2.4 billion. Coach has already acquired high-end shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, and with the Kate Spade purchase, it seems it’s on a mission to create a stable of luxury brands. Click the audio player above to hear […]

Wind energy brings Comanche County, Texas, a bit of hope

May 8, 2017
West Texas has always been a vast, desolate, windy place. Now the skies are filling up with turbines.
Pattern Energy said its wind farm, like the one above, will bring Comanche County $80 million over the next 25 years.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

France’s president-elect faces tough challenges

May 8, 2017
Emmanuel Macron won handily in France’s presidential election at the weekend, securing two-thirds of the vote. Next month, he faces an even more daunting election challenge — winning a majority in the parliamentary elections. Without control of Parliament, he will struggle to deliver the wide-ranging economic reforms he’s promised. It won’t just be the French […]

What are EB-5 visas, and why were they used by Kushner’s family to court Chinese investors?

May 8, 2017
The family of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner was in the news over the weekend. The reports said Kushner’s sister was in China drumming up investment for a Kushner family project in New Jersey. Chinese investors were apparently told they could get a U.S. visa if they ponied up $500,000. The EB-5 visa is meant for […]

Emmanuel Macron easily won France’s presidential election over the weekend, but he has a rough road ahead. Parliamentary elections are next month, and the rest of Europe will be watching. We’ll look at what comes next, then turn to Mexico, where U.S. President Trump’s plans for a border wall and continued uncertainty over NAFTA have triggered a national conversation there about the American border and economic freedom not seen in years. Plus: a whopping fourth of Starbucks’ sales come through its mobile app, but that app could be vulnerable to fraud. 

Music from the episode

It Gets Funkier IV Vulfpeck, Louis Cole
Te Vi Julieta Venegas
Girls On T.V. Tashaki Miyaki
Chasing Rainbows Ulrich Schnauss, Jonas Munk, Ulrich Schnauss, Jonas Munk