Jan 9, 2017

01/09/2017: A busy week in DC

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It's a big week in politics. President Barack Obama will deliver his farewell address in Chicago tomorrow as confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's cabinet start in D.C. We'll look at the vetting process Trump's picks have (or haven't) gone through, and how this confirmation compares to past administrations. Plus, Twitter is Trump's favorite way to get the message out — why can't the company find a way to make money off that? Then, how athlesiure killed the mall and a startup that's trying to fight the opiod epidemic.

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Opioid epidemic inspires startup to help mothers with drug addiction

Jan 9, 2017
Babies born addicted to opioids require expensive hospital stays. One Tennessee company is trying to cut those costs.
The "recovery services" sign at an addiction center in East Tennessee. 
Blake Farmer

UK farms replace EU migrants with machines

Jan 9, 2017
With fewer EU migrants to take low-paid farm jobs, UK farmers look to automation.
Philip Garford stands next to the "Robo Crop" automatic weeding machine.
Stephen Beard/Marketplace

Inside the vetting process for Trump's nominees

Jan 9, 2017
Ethics officials are concerned at the pace of confirmation hearings.
Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus hugs President-elect Donald Trump during election night at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York on November 9, 2016. 

 
JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

Twitter is struggling to turn relevance into revenue

Jan 9, 2017
Despite it being the President-elect's main form of communication
A selection of recent Trump tweets. 
Twitter

The Limited offers another sign that some retail stores are out of fashion

Jan 9, 2017
The Limited has reached the end of the  brick and mortar road. The once popular women’s clothing chain and familiar mall tenant is on its way out. While it will be maintaining its online presence, for now, the company confirmed that it’s closing all of its stores across the country. And other big retailers, Aeropostale, Macys […]

More car makers announce billions of dollars in US investment: is this the Trump effect?

Jan 9, 2017
Fiat Chrysler has announced it’ll invest about $1 billion to improve two of its plants in the U.S. It’ll bring 2,000 jobs as well. This comes after news of other automakers changing their operating plans , like Ford canceling a factory in Mexico and investing in a Michigan plant. Of course, hanging over all of […]

My Economy: What it’s like to be the parent of a disabled child

Jan 9, 2017
Margaret Enos of Pennsylvania says it’s a full-time job.
Margaret Enos (L) and family.
Courtesy Margaret Enos

It’s a big week in politics. President Barack Obama will deliver his farewell address in Chicago tomorrow as confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet start in D.C. We’ll look at the vetting process Trump’s picks have (or haven’t) gone through, and how this confirmation compares to past administrations. Plus, Twitter is Trump’s favorite way to get the message out — why can’t the company find a way to make money off that? Then, how athlesiure killed the mall and a startup that’s trying to fight the opiod epidemic.

Music from the episode

Ark Steve Gunn
Ark Steve Gunn
Sunday - Instrumental 9th Wonder, Keisha Shontelle, Chaundon
Dans Le Noir Dark Rooms
From Now On Vetiver
Cover Your Tracks Young Galaxy