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Donna Tam

A statue of Donald Trump, titled "The Emperor Has No Balls,” could be worth thousands of dollars more than an image of Hillary Clinton titled, "Hillary Clinton Cojones.”

Cuba warms up to commercial flights from the US

10 hours ago

On today's show, we'll talk about the first U.S. commercial flight to Cuba in over 50 years; a drop in the discovery of new oil reserves; and what the future of public restrooms should look like.

Oil prices are down, and so is exploring for oil

14 hours ago
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Scott Tong

Global oil discoveries in 2015 cratered to a 70-year low. Drillers found 2.7 billion barrels of crude, the lowest amount since 1947, according energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie. 

Low oil prices mean companies can only afford to drill half the exploratory wells they normally do.

"The dip we're seeing in exploration activity, the dip that we're seeing in discovered volumes, that will come home to roost in a decade," said Julie Wilson, director of global exploration research at Wood Mackenzie.

What should the bathroom of the future look like?

15 hours ago
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Marketplace staff

For our Secretary of the Future series, we asked a bunch of experts what the public restrooms of the future might look like.

It's a potentially awkward topic, but as we've seen this year, the humble bathroom is the source of much debate and our experts found a lot of room for improvement.

The bathroom of the future will be smarter

15 hours ago
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Lane Wallace

This election year, Marketplace is casting its eyes toward the future, asking how the country can address long-term opportunities and threats — the ones that don’t fit into a single federal budget or election cycle. We'll imagine and ask you, if the next president were to appoint a Cabinet member to worry about future generations, what would be job one? Got an idea? Tell us here

EU responds to criticisms over Apple tax ruling

15 hours ago
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David Brancaccio

Right now she may not have many fans in parts of Cupertino, California or Dublin, Ireland,  but the European Union's competition commissioner, Margarethe Vestayer,  is explaining why she thinks Apple should pay Ireland $14.5 billion in back taxes.

Vestayer is a Danish politician who has also turned up the heat on other powerful companies, from Russia's Gazprom to Starbucks. She joined us from Brussels to talk about the decision and what comes next. 

On whether the EU is targeting US companies:

Homeland Security rethinking private detention centers

15 hours ago
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Adam Allington

Donald Trump plans to give a major speech in Arizona on Wednesday on the subject of immigration reform.

As the debate over immigration continues in the campaign trail, the government is taking a new look at how it runs immigration detention centers. The Department of Homeland Security is re-evaluating its use of contractors to oversee these facilities.

The news comes on the heels of a similar move from the Department of Justice last week.

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Marketplace

On today's show, we'll interview the European Union's competition commissioner, Margarethe Vestayer, about why she thinks Apple should pay Ireland about $14.5 billion in back taxes; talk about the Homeland Security's re-evaluation of how it runs its immigration detention centers; and a post-recession milestone for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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Marketplace

On today's show, we'll talk about the tough run for cloud services provider Box since it went public last year; interview the CEO of Coursera, a tech company that offers massive open online courses, about its new business subscription model; and hear from European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager about Apple's $14.5 billion tax bill. 

JetBlue makes historic flight to Cuba

20 hours ago
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Reema Khrais

On Wednesday morning, a JetBlue airplane lifted off from Fort Lauderdale bound to Santa Clara, Cuba. It was the first U.S. commercial flight to the island in nearly half a century, marking a crucial step in normalizing relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

Five other airlines have gotten the green light for commercial flights to nine Cuban cities. Trips to Havana are expected to come later.

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