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(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service ... In a move that he says was meant to clamp down on corruption, Saudi Arabia's new crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has jailed over a dozen princes and ministers (though the jail, it should be said, is the Ritz-Carlton) — causing surprise and consternation among the international business community. That's because one of those jailed is Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who has invested heavily in U.S. companies like Twitter, Apple and Citigroup.

The recent allegations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein have sparked a global conversation about the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. We devoted all of Friday's episode of PRI's The World to workplace sexual harassment. Listen to the entire program below or scroll down to hear specific segments. 

Take our survey about sexual harassment in the workplace, below

How The Microbiome Can Affect Cancer Treatments

Nov 4, 2017

Defending Science In A ‘Post-Truth’ Era

Nov 4, 2017

When Science Takes The Freelance Route

Nov 4, 2017

Killer Cone Snails…For Your Health?

Nov 4, 2017

Does Math Have A Place In The Courtroom?

Nov 4, 2017

Kai gets into a weedy economic conversation about the tax bill with Kevin Hassett, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers. There’s still a lot to unpack about the bill, which we also discuss with Sudeep Reddy of Politico and the Los Angeles Times’ Don Lee on the Weekly Wrap, and with advocates for small business owners. And in not-tax-related news, a preview of President Donald Trump’s upcoming travels to Asia as America’s brand ambassador and why an unconventional faction will be leading the U.S. envoy at next week’s United Nations climate talks in Germany.

What will the GOP tax bill do for the economy?

Nov 3, 2017

Sudeep Reddy of Politico and Don Lee of the Los Angeles Times join us to discuss this week’s business and economic news. We breakdown what exactly the 261,000 new jobs, the dropping of the unemployment rate and the new GOP tax plan mean for the economy. We also discuss what changes could happen when Jerome Powell replaces Janet Yellen as Federal Reserve chair. Lastly, we touch on what to expect of President Donald Trump’s Asia trip. 

Small business takes on GOP over tax bill

Nov 3, 2017

Congressional staffers, lobbyists, think tanks, and many others are getting ready for a weekend of digging through the 400-plus page GOP tax bill. They will be sorting out where to pick their fights come Monday, when the bill heads to the House Ways and Means Committee for markup. Already weighing in are small businesses, many of which are none too happy with the current version of the Republican tax plan.

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President Donald Trump leaves today on an 11-day trip to Asia, by way of Hawaii. It will be his longest foreign trip as president and the longest visit to the region by any U.S. president in 25 years. The schedule includes stops in five countries and two international summits. Other Pacific leaders will get a chance to figure out how President Trump's "America First" policies figure into trading relationships with the U.S. And American officials will get a chance to assess how "Brand America" is faring in the region right now.

The new Republican tax plan, unveiled Wednesday, proposes a few key changes for current and future homeowners.

Under the existing tax rules, homeowners can deduct mortgage interest on loans up to $1 million. However, under the new GOP tax plan, homeowners would be limited to a deduction on no more than $500,000 of home loan debt. The new limit would only apply to future mortgages; existing mortgages would be grandfathered in.

The GOP tax bill is under a microscope as tax analysts, lobbyists and accountants try to figure out what the proposed changes will mean. One of the details that may lead to a fight is how the plan treats so-called “pass-through” businesses, privately held companies that make up 95 percent of U.S. businesses, whose profits are taxed at the owner’s income rate. Today, that income tax rate can be almost 40 percent. The GOP plan would lower that rate to 25 percent, but not for everyone. 

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Want a more diverse and younger theater audience? There's an app for that

Nov 3, 2017

On an unusually warm evening this fall, Cierra Gause got dressed up and took her friend, Oje Belo, to a Broadway show. The two tickets to see a revival of “Time and the Conways” cost her only about $40 thanks to a digital lottery held by TodayTix, an app for theater tickets.

This isn’t the first time that Gause has used the app to look for tickets that are affordable. “Especially for students like me,” she added.

11/03/2017: A very divisive tax bill

Nov 3, 2017

(Markets Edition) The October jobs report is officially in, and the numbers reveal that the U.S. added 261,000 jobs last month while the unemployment rate dipped to 4.1 percent — the lowest in 17 years. We'll look briefly at whether this labor market is doing as well as it seems, and then chat with Glenn Hubbard, former chair of George W. Bush's Council of Economic Advisers, about the divisiveness surrounding the House GOP's new tax bill. Will this potential tax overhaul actually promote growth?

The surprising history of the green card lottery

Nov 3, 2017
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Shortly after the vehicle attack in New York on Tuesday that killed eight people and injured about a dozen others, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to react:

Apple released its latest earnings report on Thursday and the numbers were above expectations. Revenue is up 12 percent from the same quarter last year, making the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus the company's best-seller. Those numbers are expected to rise with the release of the iPhone X today. While Apple is a major player in the U.S., it also needs China to continue to grow.

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a robust 261,000 jobs in October in a bounce-back from the hurricanes that slammed the Southeast in September.

The unemployment rate declined to 4.1 percent, the lowest in nearly 17 years, from 4.2 percent in September, the Labor Department said Friday.

(U.S. Edition) The House GOP has finally released its plan for a new tax code, which we'll be trying to decode in the coming days. The first item on our agenda: looking at what Republicans want to do with mortgage interest. The proposed bill would limit the deduction on that to the first $500,000. Afterwards, we'll discuss how Republicans want to treat "pass throughs," where your company's profits are taxed as your income.

(Global Edition) From the BBC World Service…Venezuela’s president announced he’ll try to restructure the country’s debt payments in order to offset the effect of low oil prices from the last three years on his country, which has relied heavily on oil revenue. Then, with data leaks almost commonplace, and government storing more personal information in cyberspace, we explore whether privacy issues are the same for various parts of the world.

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"We've been given a death sentence." 

That's how one Kenyan health clinic views President Donald Trump's ban on US federal funding for international groups that provide, support or discuss abortions. Critics call the policy the "global gag rule."

The US already prohibits the use of funds for foreign family planning centers that provide abortions. But the global gag rule goes one step further in that it restricts doctors or other health providers in these centers from even mentioning the word, "abortion," to their patients.

It’s tax day. Well, not that tax day. But the Republicans’ tax plan is finally here and we’re doing a full analysis. Here are a few highlights: fewer brackets, a new family credit, goodbye to most exemptions, and lower corporate rates. We talked to people across the country about their thoughts on these changes. Taxes were not the only big news today out of Washington. President Donald Trump announced that Jerome Powell will succeed Janet Yellen as Fed chair.

We’ve been talking about capitalism on Make Me Smart. How to make capitalism bearable, how to change capitalism, how to exist within capitalist society with dignity. If we know that capitalism doesn’t care if you live or die, as Kai said, is there a way to live and work and still feel like a human?

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What does it mean to grant citizenship to a robot?

That's the question many have been asking since last week, when a robot was granted Saudi citizenship at an economic and financial summit in Riyadh.

The robot in question is Sophia — the product of a Hong Kong-based company called Hanson Robotics.

According to its makers, Sophia was designed to look like Audrey Hepburn. (Although the author finds it hard to see the resemblance.)

What other countries (and history) can teach Americans about taxation

Nov 2, 2017
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Republicans in Congress unveiled a bill Thursday to rewrite the US tax code. The bill is facing an uphill struggle, as it threatens to eliminate some popular credits and deductions while handing large cuts to corporations.

Republicans say the plan will simplify taxes and strengthen the economy. Democrats argue it will hurt blue states, and favors the wealthy.

But if you really want to understand the tax bill, take a look at other countries — and history.

How other countries do it

What’s better, a deduction or a tax credit?

Nov 2, 2017

The true impact of the Republican tax proposal on the middle class can’t really be measured just yet. We do know it would create a new “family credit” and expand the child tax credit used by working families. On the other hand, the personal exemption taxpayers can now claim for themselves and each of their family members would disappear. And families would no longer be able to deduct what they’ve paid in state and local taxes from their federal taxable income. So when it comes to credits versus deductions, which one matters more for a typical household?

Key question on the GOP tax plan: What’s your ZIP code?

Nov 2, 2017

The GOP tax bill as written gets rid of deductions for state and local income taxes and would cap state and local property tax deductions at $10,000. It would also limit the mortgage interest deduction by capping it at $500,000 for future home purchases. These provisions will have a bigger impact in some parts of the country than others. 

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After months of big promise and bullet-pointed lists, the GOP is out with a tax bill today. It is a long way from final. Democrats, business groups and others are already pushing back hard against elements of the plan. Among the changes the GOP is touting loudest and seems most committed to is a plan to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent. But why is the party so focused on that part of the tax code? Just 9 percent of total federal revenue comes from corporate income taxes.

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