Aug 21, 2017

08/21/2017: Two very different kinds of war

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You can look at the costs of increasing the number of American troops in Afghanistan in a couple of ways, right? There are lives, of course, the most basic measure. The easiest way is probably in dollars and cents, billions of them. Trump makes his first prime-time address as president tonight, talking about how America will move forward in a war that's been going on since 2001. There's a stability question here, too: Despite, or maybe because of, 16 years of American and allied involvement, the Afghan economy is still in trouble. Then: The president is settling back into the White House and Congress is getting back to work, but over the recess, the media balance has shifted. Steve Bannon walked out of the White House and back into his website Breitbart. We'll talk about what that means amid a busy fall at the capital. Plus, just as the U.S. started to catch up on credit card security, scammers have moved on to a new target: your phone.

Segments From this episode

What's the trick to getting young people to ride motorcycles?

Aug 21, 2017
Getting "more butts on seats,” is the goal, but student debt and stagnant wages are a big roadblock.
Motorcycle enthusiasts find a space for their prized possessions outside a cafe in 1960.
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Charities are canceling their big events at Trump's Mar-a-Lago club

Aug 21, 2017
What does this means for Trump's businesses?
President Donald Trump walks down the stairs after arriving on Air Force One at the Palm Beach International Airport to spend part of the weekend at Mar-a-Lago resort on February 17, 2017 in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

A new form of ID theft: account takeover

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Aug 21, 2017
Thieves are now hijacking phones, bank accounts, even 401(k)s.
Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

Keeping jobs in the U.S. just doesn't make sense for Carrier's bottom line

James Briggs from the Indianapolis Star gives an update on the layoffs at the furnace and air conditioner factory.

Afghanistan: What’s the plan for the economy?

Aug 21, 2017
President Trump will outline his plans for Afghanistan in a national address tonight. The U.S. has poured billions into Afghanistan since 2001. So why is the country’s economy in such bad shape? Click the audio player above to hear the full story. Stories You Might Like This election will set the course for tech policy […]

Bannon and his backers eye cable TV for Breitbart

Aug 21, 2017
Steve Bannon, President Trump’s now former chief strategist, is back at Breitbart as the conservative news site’s executive chairman. “I’m leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents,” Bannon told Bloomberg News last week. Bannon played a key role in Trump’s election victory, and now that he’s back at Breitbart, […]

You can look at the costs of increasing the number of American troops in Afghanistan in a couple of ways, right? There are lives, of course, the most basic measure. The easiest way is probably in dollars and cents, billions of them. Trump makes his first prime-time address as president tonight, talking about how America will move forward in a war that’s been going on since 2001. There’s a stability question here, too: Despite, or maybe because of, 16 years of American and allied involvement, the Afghan economy is still in trouble. Then: The president is settling back into the White House and Congress is getting back to work, but over the recess, the media balance has shifted. Steve Bannon walked out of the White House and back into his website Breitbart. We’ll talk about what that means amid a busy fall at the capital. Plus, just as the U.S. started to catch up on credit card security, scammers have moved on to a new target: your phone.

Music from the episode

Money The Drums
Harvest Moon Pepper Rabbit
Cover Your Tracks Young Galaxy
Sunshine Atmosphere