Jun 20, 2017

06/20/2017: A very important 17 percent of the economy

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We know about as much about Senate Republicans' plan to repeal and replace Obamacare as we did yesterday — pretty much nothing, except that we might be able to see the secret bill Thursday. That's a lot of uncertainty around a plan to rework 17 percent of the economy. So in the meantime let's talk about that number. Where'd it come from? Then, as we continue on series "The Big Promise," we'll look at one problem facing rural Pennsylvanians President Trump hasn't talked much about: the digital divide. The lack of high-speed internet means video rental stores still clean up and some business owners have to rely on expensive data plans to get connected. Plus, it's a perennial question that pops up this time of year: Why aren't Americans taking vacations?

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Why you should listen to Leonard Cohen music when you eat toffee

Jun 20, 2017
Restaurants and food companies can change the way you think their food tastes, and it has nothing to do with the recipe.
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How do you do business without high-speed internet?

Jun 20, 2017
In rural Erie County, 38 percent of people don’t have access to high-speed internet.
Taxidermist Paul Czarnecki and his wife, real estate agent Christie Mahany. 
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Why America spends more on health care than any other developed country

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Jun 20, 2017
We often hear that health care accounts for a staggering one-sixth of the U.S. economy. According to the most recent data from the Center for Medicaid & Medicare services, we spend $3.2 trillion a year on health care. That is, indeed, about a sixth of our GDP. Here’s what we spend it on, and why […]

Why do big companies support a carbon tax?

Jun 20, 2017
A group called the Climate Leadership Council put out a plan for a carbon tax earlier this year, and it’s made up not just of environmentalist types, though there are some of those, but also conservative Republicans and business leaders. Its founding members include multinational corporations, including fossil fuel and auto companies like Exxon Mobil, […]

Why Americans should be taking more vacations

Jun 20, 2017
'There's a lot of work to be done' in office culture to make it OK to take time off, the Travel and Leisure editor tells us.
“The No. 1 reason actually why people don't take vacation days is that they're worried about the mountain of work that they're going to come back to,” says Nathan Lump, Travel and Leisure's editor-in-chief.
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When it's literally too hot to fly

Jun 21, 2017
Searing temperatures can melt productivity and profits for airlines.
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We know about as much about Senate Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare as we did yesterday — pretty much nothing, except that we might be able to see the secret bill Thursday. That’s a lot of uncertainty around a plan to rework 17 percent of the economy. So in the meantime let’s talk about that number. Where’d it come from? Then, as we continue on series “The Big Promise,” we’ll look at one problem facing rural Pennsylvanians President Trump hasn’t talked much about: the digital divide. The lack of high-speed internet means video rental stores still clean up and some business owners have to rely on expensive data plans to get connected. Plus, it’s a perennial question that pops up this time of year: Why aren’t Americans taking vacations?

Music from the episode

Tidal Waves The Shacks
Airfield Javelin
Just a Cloud Lusine, Vilja Larjosto
J-Boy Phoenix