Aug 15, 2017

08/15/2017: Why would CEOs stick with Trump?

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An infrastructure announcement turned into an off-the-rails press conference this afternoon as President Trump blasted the four (now five) CEOs who have left his manufacturing council. We'll correct the record on some of his criticisms and then zoom out to…

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Your pumpkin pie is a lie

Aug 15, 2017
In "BraveTart: Iconic American Desserts," Stella Parks tells how corporations popularized many treats (and yes, there are recipes, too).
Butternut Pumpkin Pie.
Penny De Los Santos

The place where globalization kept its promise

Aug 15, 2017
It's clear today that not all boats rose in the tide of globalization...but in some places, it sure does feel like it.
A collection of newspapers from BMW's early days in Spartanburg county.
Bridget Bodnar/Marketplace

How NAFTA negotiations might affect the tequila business

Aug 15, 2017
Javier Martinez, CEO of Martinez Brands, said NAFTA negotiators need to be "firm" in discussions.
Patron Distillery employees put labels and check bottles of tequila during the process of production in Atotonilco, Jalisco State, Mexico.
HECTOR GUERRERO/AFP/Getty Images

Amazon is everywhere. Even in economic data.

Aug 15, 2017
Today the retail industry got a small piece of good news in the form of some data from July that was better than expected. The government announced this morning that retail sales last month were up 0.6 percent during the…

Government science agencies still lack permanent leaders

Aug 15, 2017
Of 577 key federal jobs requiring Senate confirmation, only 106 have had nominees put forward by President Trump. That’s according to the count by the Washington Post and the Partnership for Public Service. Those vacancies include leadership roles at NASA…
President Trump with Merk CEO Kenneth Frazier at the White House in February. Frazier resigned from Trump's American Manufacturing Council on Monday.
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An infrastructure announcement turned into an off-the-rails press conference this afternoon as President Trump blasted the four (now five) CEOs who have left his manufacturing council. We’ll correct the record on some of his criticisms and then zoom out to the bigger question: If you’re a CEO tapped for one of these White House advisory roles, why do you stay? Then: Trump has nominated people to fill just 106 of 577 key Senate-confirmed jobs in his administration. NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are both lacking permanent leadership. We’ll try to figure out what’s at stake for the scientific community without — or with — someone in charge. Plus: Your pumpkin pie is a lie, and we’ll tell you why.

Music from the episode

Slow Boogie Various Artists
Paranoid Times (feat. Tre Hardson) Alex Lilly, Tre Hardson
Been so Long Mike Edge
Pelicans Monster Rally
Morning Matilde Davoli