Jul 17, 2017

07/17/2017: Is it back-to-school season already?

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The White House's "Made In America Week" started with a lot of trade news. Trade reps from China and the U.S. will meet Wednesday, and this afternoon we got the administration's objectives for renegotiating NAFTA. We'll talk about both. Then: Back-to-school shopping used to be like Christmas for some retailers, but now it happens all year round. Plus, because it's still summer after all, we have an interview with the inventor of the self-sealing water balloon. Finally, as part of our ongoing series "Way of Life," we'll look at the tough-to replace food jobs that have left Chicago. 

Segments From this episode

Chicago's skyline looking north is visible from a window of the Sears Skydeck. 
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It's back-to-school season all year

Jul 17, 2017
The shopping ritual, like Christmas in summer for retailers of the past, is now an ongoing affair.
Alex Wong/Getty Images

Rooftop solar has a good decade but a bad year

Jul 17, 2017
Solar energy has grown prodigiously over the last eight years. But 2017 has been tough, especially for rooftop solar companies.
Developers of the Table Rock Ridge subdivision outside Golden, Colorado, require all homes be sold with rooftop solar panels already installed.
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The agriculture industry urges caution on the NAFTA renegotiation

Jul 17, 2017
The Trump Administration released its objectives for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, our trade deal with Mexico and Canada. President Trump has called NAFTA the worst trade deal ever, citing factory jobs that moved to Mexico. The Trump Administration wants to “maintain existing reciprocal duty-free market access for agricultural goods” and […]

The worrisome news in China’s economic scorecard

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Jul 17, 2017
Despite all the president’s complaints on the campaign trail about China and the unbalanced trading relationship the U.S. has with them, the Trump administration and China are scheduled to announce the details on bilateral trade talks this week.  The Chinese economy continues to grow; it’s up a fresh 6.9 percent during the second quarter. But […]

Reinventing a summer classic, water balloons

Jul 17, 2017
Josh Malone, inventor of the "Bunch-o-Balloons" water balloon toy, talks about how the idea came to be.
Kim Hansen/Wikimedia Commons

The White House’s “Made In America Week” started with a lot of trade news. Trade reps from China and the U.S. will meet Wednesday, and this afternoon we got the administration’s objectives for renegotiating NAFTA. We’ll talk about both. Then: Back-to-school shopping used to be like Christmas for some retailers, but now it happens all year round. Plus, because it’s still summer after all, we have an interview with the inventor of the self-sealing water balloon. Finally, as part of our ongoing series “Way of Life,” we’ll look at the tough-to replace food jobs that have left Chicago. 

Music from the episode

Walking On A Dream Empire of the Sun
Trapped Onra
Sound Is Vibration Atmosphere
The World Is Watching Two Door Cinema Club, Valentina Pappalardo
Let Me Blow Ya Mind Eve, Gwen Stefani

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