Dec 11, 2017

12/11/17: Such a bubblicious economy

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We’ve all heard bitcoin is volatile, risky, quite possibly a bubble. So why then the demand for bitcoin futures? We take a look at what happened during yesterday’s bitcoin futures trading launch. And in Saudi Arabia, a ban on…

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China eases limits on foreign interests in financial firms

Dec 11, 2017
China announced new measures that will give foreign banks and investors more ownership control over their operations in the country.
U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping meet business leaders at the Great Hall of the People on November 9, 2017 in Beijing, China.
Thomas Peter-Pool/Getty Images

The number of electrical car charging stations is rising, but does that mean wider adoption of electrical cars will follow?

Dec 11, 2017
Charging electric vehicles in 2017 can still be a hassle, and it leads some to rethink their purchase. Here’s how the industry, and even some government entities, are trying to address that.
A new electric vehicle charging station is seen near San Francisco city hall. Will the proliferation of charging stations lead to more electric cars in the West?
Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

What would our health care system look like if doctors spoke the same language as engineers?

Dec 11, 2017
Texas A&M University will start training doctors and nurses to also be engineers.
Physician-engineer Roderic Pettigrew will be the first CEO of Texas A&M's new Engineering Health initiative.
Sam Craft, courtesy of Texas A&M Health Science Center

The Trump administration is killing zombie regulations

Dec 11, 2017
And counting them as a victory, Alan Levin of Bloomberg says.
President Trump signed an executive order in January that he said he will 'dramatically' reduce small business regulations overall with this executive action.  
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Saudi Arabia lifts ban on movie theaters

Dec 11, 2017
The announcement, made today, ends a ban that dates back to the 1980s. Saudis will be able to go out to the movies as soon as next year. It’s all part of a push by the Saudi royal family to…

The EPA adds sites to its Superfund list, but no budget increase for oversight

Dec 11, 2017
The Environmental Protection Agency has announced 21 new places to be deemed Superfund sites, areas with toxic pollution around the country. Being added to the Superfund list means federal officials oversee the cleanup. Yet the White House budget proposal includes…

We’ve all heard bitcoin is volatile, risky, quite possibly a bubble. So why then the demand for bitcoin futures? We take a look at what happened during yesterday’s bitcoin futures trading launch. And in Saudi Arabia, a ban on movie theaters has been lifted, ushering in what is predicted to be a $24 billion cinema industry to offset the economy’s dependence on oil. Plus, the Environmental Protection Agency adds 21 new Superfund sites, public and private entities alike are scrambling to add more electric charging stations, especially in the American West, and the Trump administration is trying to take credit for killing regulations that are already dead.

Music from the episode

Baghdad Sun Apollo Brown
Preservation Aesop Rock, Del The Funky Homosapien, Wu-Tang Clan
Slide (feat. Frank Ocean & Migos) Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean, Migos
CurtchopTruth!!! 9th Wonder