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Aug 30, 2017

08/30/2017: The White House doesn’t have a tax plan

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President Trump laid out his tax plan during a speech in Springfield, Missouri, today. Except, well, the White House has more of a sheet of bullet points than a plan. There are no details, although the president laid out four principles of tax reform, which we'll talk through at the top of the show. Then: According to FEMA, 40 percent of businesses that close during a disaster never reopen. And of those that do, nearly a quarter fail within a year. There are any number of reasons for that, but when it comes to floods, there's a certain structural problem that has to do with the National Flood Insurance Program. Plus: Will electric cars put mechanics out of business?

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Why Chronicle Books is watching retail's slide very closely

Aug 30, 2017
Chronicle Books want you to happen upon their titles in stores like Sur La Table and Urban Outfitters. Which makes declining retail sales a tricky proposition for them.
Tyrrell Mahoney, president of Chronicle Books.
Natasha Claro, Chronicle Books

What's a mechanic to do when electric cars bring less work?

Aug 30, 2017
No more changing our oil. Fewer service needs could mean more competition for what's left.
Matthew Moreno works on a vehicle at a Valvoline Instant Oil Change in Los Angeles.
Jed Kim/Marketplace

The robots aren't coming for your job just yet

Aug 30, 2017
James Surowiecki talks about why we don't need to fear the "Robopocalypse."
BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images

Harvey’s honor roll of heroes has lots of ordinary folks

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Aug 30, 2017
Many of the first responders in Houston have been civilians organized into rescue squads. Their work has the support and approval of government agencies, who have realized that local volunteers can move faster than any bureaucracy. It’s an approach to disaster management that has become codified into policy. Click the audio player above to hear […]

The Trump administration puts a stop to data mining the pay gap

Aug 30, 2017
An Obama-era intiative would have required companies to report how much they pay workers of different races and genders. The initiative was an attempt to get a better handle on the pay gap. But the current administration says the data demands would put too much of a burden on employers.  Click the audio player above […]

President Trump laid out his tax plan during a speech in Springfield, Missouri, today. Except, well, the White House has more of a sheet of bullet points than a plan. There are no details, although the president laid out four principles of tax reform, which we’ll talk through at the top of the show. Then: According to FEMA, 40 percent of businesses that close during a disaster never reopen. And of those that do, nearly a quarter fail within a year. There are any number of reasons for that, but when it comes to floods, there’s a certain structural problem that has to do with the National Flood Insurance Program. Plus: Will electric cars put mechanics out of business?

Music from the episode

Stella Here We Go Magic
Fever Dream B Datassette
Days Beach Youth
Am I Wrong Nico & Vinz
Dark Sunrise Rikki Ililonga, Musi-O-Tunya