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Nov 21, 2019

How Chinese censorship changed “Top Gun” (and the rest of Hollywood)

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Today, we trace entertainment changed to please Beijing and talk about why it matters. Plus: A bunch of mergers and acquisitions news.

Stories From this episode

Hollywood, U.S. Navy accused of caving to Chinese censorship standards

by Scott Tong Nov 21, 2019
The movie industry needs to sell tickets in China, so it often accepts Beijing's demands.
Moviegoers make their way to a multiplex cinema in Beijing in 2009.
Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

Cities are piloting e-bike programs in a bid to reduce delivery truck traffic

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Nov 21, 2019
Montreal and Oslo are aiming to alleviate truck traffic and pollution.
A driver cycles on a tricycle delivery vehicle to deliver packages for UPS in the rain in 2018 in Berlin, Germany.
Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Schools spend billions on security measures. But which ones are effective?

by Stephanie Hughes Nov 21, 2019
They're paying for high-tech software and bulletproof whiteboards. But there's no evidence what prevents shootings.
Athena software looks for images of weapons at a mall. Next to the computer, a fake gun used by the startup in a film shoot.
Stephanie Huges/Marketplace

First, brokerages cut commissions. Now they may be bulking up.

by Justin Ho Nov 21, 2019
Charles Schwab is reportedly in talks to buy rival TD Ameritrade. Merging could help make up for cutting trading fees to zero.
Charles Schwab is reportedly considering merging with TD Ameritrade.
Joe Raedle/Newsmakers
Paypal

PayPal makes huge bet on deal-hungry shoppers

by Kimberly Adams Nov 21, 2019
The purchase of Honey Science Corp. for about $4 billion will provide customer behavior insights earlier in the shopping process.
The PayPal headquarters in San Jose, California, in 2018.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Music from the episode

Benzoin Gum MF DOOM
Black Sands Bonobo
Time Is Certainly Passing Ensemble Entendu
All The Stars (with SZA) Kendrick Lamar, SZA
Wind Travel Richard Houghten
Super Bass Nicki Minaj

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Assistant Producer

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