Aug 23, 2017

08/23/2017: The economics of Trump’s rally rant

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President Trump has given three speeches in as many days this week: About Afghanistan on Monday, to the American Legion today, with a Phoenix campaign rally in between. That one was the most free-form, the most off-script and the most economic, so we'll start the show there today, with some of what the president said and the level of economic sense it makes (or didn't make). Then: College students are headed back to school or arriving on campus for the first time in the coming weeks. More of them than ever are likely going to need some kind of mental health service. We'll check in on how colleges are beefing up their counseling services in response to increasing demand. Plus: Google and Walmart ink a deal in the fight against Amazon.

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Colleges see growing need for mental health services

Aug 23, 2017
With anxiety and depression on the rise, counseling centers respond.
A student walks near Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA  in Los Angeles, California.
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Walmart partners with Google to enable voice-activated shopping at home.

Aug 23, 2017
Walmart has been playing catch up online. Last year it bought the e-commerce site Jet.com. Today the company announced it was partnering with Google to add Walmart items to Google Express and allow voice-ordered purchasing of those items using Google’s virtual assistant. Is this another way to challenge Amazon’s dominance of the online market? Click […]

Ten years after the financial crisis, the feds say some banks need a break

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Aug 23, 2017
The Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Comptroller of the Currency all announced yesterday that they would hold off on implementing a set of regulations on small to medium size banks, sometimes called community banks. The idea is to give these banks some breathing room while regulators come up with new, simpler […]

New York drivers could face a whole new set of roadblocks

Aug 23, 2017
They’re calling it the Summer of Hell for transportation in New York City. There have been repairs to Penn Station, causing rerouting of New Jersey Transit and Amtrak trains and meltdowns in the aging subway infrastructure. To raise funds for improvements, New York is considering imposing additional tolls or fees on drivers who want to […]

Minecraft has real-world life lessons to teach us

Aug 23, 2017
Max Brooks talks about his new book "Minecraft: The Island" and what he learned from playing the online game.
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President Trump has given three speeches in as many days this week: About Afghanistan on Monday, to the American Legion today, with a Phoenix campaign rally in between. That one was the most free-form, the most off-script and the most economic, so we’ll start the show there today, with some of what the president said and the level of economic sense it makes (or didn’t make). Then: College students are headed back to school or arriving on campus for the first time in the coming weeks. More of them than ever are likely going to need some kind of mental health service. We’ll check in on how colleges are beefing up their counseling services in response to increasing demand. Plus: Google and Walmart ink a deal in the fight against Amazon.

Music from the episode

Girlfriend Phoenix
Propagation Com Truise
The World Ender Lord Huron
The Worse It Gets Penguin Prison
Leaving Los Feliz Mark Ronson, Kevin Parker