“Marketplace Morning Report,” hosted by David Brancaccio, is the business news you need to know to start your day. “Marketplace Morning Report” gets you up to speed on what you missed when you were sleeping, kicking off each weekday with a global business update from the BBC World Service in London.
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GM alleges Fiat Chrysler bribed auto worker union officials. Retailers are ready to unload their inventory during the compressed holiday shopping season. Plus, low unemployment means more taxes, and more taxes means more spending by states.
Warehouse clubs lower prices to stay competitive. The Trump Administration lets some companies sell to blacklisted Chinese tech giant Huawei once more. Google puts the kibosh on fake political ads in the U.K. Plus, police get creative to combat porch pirates.
From the BBC World Service… The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) downgrades its 2020 global growth forecast. The mother of an anti-government student protester in Hong Kong speaks her mind. Plus, a BBC survey shows two in five British adults fake a sick day.
Will Apple’s much-needed tariff exemptions come up during Trump’s visit to its Austin, Texas factory? Home Depot and Kohl’s underperform ahead of the holidays. Plus, Georgia Democrats think they can help in 2020 with the proper resources.
What the World Bank’s post-recession report card tells us about the future of the global economy. Bankruptcy leaves GM is off the hook for deaths and injuries caused by faulty ignitions. Plus, how one toy store with a lot of Chinese products is faring this holiday season.
From the BBC World Service… Airbus overtakes Boeing in sales at the Dubai Air Show. Shinzo Abe becomes Japan’s longest-serving leader. Plus, we hear from a protester in Hong Kong.
Home builders are all about these lower interest rates. The DOJ is trying to roll back antitrust rules prohibiting studios from owning their own theaters. Plus, President Trump makes nice with with Fed Chair Jerome Powell.
The FCC is making way for 5G by auctioning off the radio spectrum. PG&E says it’s not liable for all the fire damages attributed to the embattled west coast utility. Plus, technology is squeezing Wall Street middlemen.
From the BBC World Service… The U.S. and Korea fight over military funding. Why is the humble onion causing so much trouble in South Asia? Plus, we hear from a 19-year-old student protester in Iraq.
Will President Trump go back on his word on vaping restrictions in order to get more votes? High home prices are deterring buyers. Ford’s CEO talks China trade and the new Mustang SUV. Plus, we check back in with a federal government worker as another possible shutdown looms.
Saudi Arabia’s giant oil public offering hits a snag. Google is launching its streaming video game service, but will gamers make do without a console? Plus, millennial women are propping up the motorcycle industry. And Ford’s CEO pushes the new super-sized, electric Mustang.
From the BBC World Service… Protests erupt across Iran over fuel price rises. Saudi Aramco values its share listing. Plus, the popularity of electric cars means miners are looking for new sources to power them on the ocean floor.
We look at the trade deal that never was and underwhelming retail numbers. Colin Kaepernick will try out to return to the NFL after being sidelined for his on-the-field protests against police brutality. Plus, why is this Sprint-T-Mobile taking so long?
Amazon sues the Pentagon over its decision to go with Microsoft for its cloud computing. J.C. Penney reimagines its stores with less stuff… and more “chill.” Plus, looking at the world of private equity through the eyes of an anthropologist.
From the BBC World Service… The world’s longest passenger flight touches down in Sydney and we were on board for the 19-hour ride. Resentment about the rising cost of living is still simmering a year after France’s Yellow Vest protests. Plus, making the big bucks from selfies posted on Instagram is now a full-blown industry, but becoming an influencer is not for everyone.
The Fed’s inflation targets might be leaving lower-income Americans out of the equation. Plus, international students are finding the visa process difficult to navigate, and it may be to the detriment of American colleges.
Escalating violence during protests in Hong Kong have paralyzed the local economy as the region officially enters recession. Despite President Trump’s claims to the contrary, tariffs are hurting business at U.S. ports. Plus, low inflation figures isn’t jibing with all this news of low unemployment.
From the BBC World Service… Germany narrowly avoids recession. China is light years ahead of Google when it comes to online payments. Plus, Sweden sets an example when it comes to closing the gender pay gap.
Inflation ticked up in October, but rest assured. The Fed chair appears before the Senate economic committee to talk about how those interest rate cuts are going. Plus, flygskam, or “flight shaming,” is forcing some Swedes to opt for alternative, more carbon-friendly modes of transportation; enter the night train.
The Supreme Court hears a case on alleged discrimination against minority-produced content by large media companies. Tesla’s first European factory will be in Berlin. The EPA wants scientists to share confidential data related to climate change. Plus, why does the U.S. spend so little on its students’ civics education?
From the BBC World Service… Tesla picks Berlin for its first European factory. The man who coined the “BRICS” term examines whether Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have met their economic potential as their annual summit kicks off. Plus, we take a ride on Africa’s first high-speed rail and find out whether locals can actually afford to use the service a year after it was built.
The Supreme Court takes up the Trump Administration’s plan to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. German investors are optimistic about the global economy. Plus, Apple’s allegedly sexist credit card has a lot in common with discriminatory banking algorithms.
The number of Americans who’ve died because they couldn’t afford their medicine has gone up. Google’s parent company moves into the medical data business, but some industry watchers are concerned about privacy. Plus, U.S. immigration policies hit the Mexico-Guatemala border.
From the BBC World Service… The House of Mouse joins the global streaming wars, but what works in America won’t necessarily translate abroad. Racing giant Formula One pledges to become carbon neutral by 2030. Plus, we travel to Singapore where the city-state is already testing out flying taxis.
Apple’s credit card is accused denying approval to women while giving it to their less credit-worthy male partners. Troubles in Hong Kong are making investors nervous. Plus, the opportunity the fall of the Berlin Wall gave a young girl from East Germany.
Companies will probably avoid hocking their products during the televised impeachment proceedings. Online sales on Singles Day hit $8 billion in the space of one minute. Plus, remembering the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years later.
From the BBC World Service… China’s Alibaba is raking in tens of billions of dollars on the world’s biggest online shopping day. Australia’s worst wildfires in a decade head towards its biggest city of Sydney. Plus, Africa’s genetic diversity is being harnessed by the continent’s first commercial “biobank.”
A possible partial U.S.-China trade deal is driving up interest rates. Spain will hold yet another election as the ruling center-left party fails to form a coalition government. Plus, older people with vast amounts of experience are heading back to top-tier schools. And WeWork employees demand dignity and respect.
Chinese consumers might be shunning American goods on 11/11, Singles Day, as negotiations continue. Electric truck company LMC buys a former GM plant. Plus, how Reno, Nevada became a tech hub after the Great Recession.
From the BBC’s World Service… London’s new Lord Mayor. Huge Brazilian oil fields for sale that almost no one wants to buy. Plus, how demonetization is impacting small business in India.