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Today the president is in Phoenix, holding a political rally and visiting a town on the border with Mexico. While this administration has pledged to hire 5,000 more border patrol agents, so far that has not improved longstanding recruitment and retention challenges for the agency.

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The Trump administration has halted a $1 million federal study of the health hazards associated with living near mountaintop coal mines.

People generally like to measure a business's worthiness based on its bottom line — not its values.

But over the past couple of decades, socially responsible investing (SRI) has grown into an industry worth trillions. Cliff Feigenbaum, who founded GreenMoney Journal 25 years ago, joined us to talk about the increase in people who are matching their values with their portfolios, and what happens when a company has the right track record on certain issues, but not others. 

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Samsung is scheduled to announce a new phone this week, which is expected to have wireless charging. The process known as inductive charging isn't new though — it's been around for years. So, um, why isn't everywhere? Rahul Mangharam, an associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania, explains why smartphone charging is in its awkward teen phase, and why we can expect a break out soon. Afterwards, on the heels of Mario Kart's 25th anniversary, we'll chat with the voice of Mario: Charles Martinet.

The Trump administration has halted a $1 million federal study of health hazards for people who live near mountain-top coal mines. On today's show, we'll look at what this means for people who live near these mining sites and why the administration decided to put a stop to it. Afterwards, we'll talk about McDonald's decision to shut down a third of its restaurants in India, and then discuss the success of the socially responsible investing (SRI) industry. 

Bannon and his backers eye cable TV for Breitbart

Aug 21, 2017

Steve Bannon, President Trump's now former chief strategist, is back at Breitbart as the conservative news site's executive chairman. "I'm leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents," Bannon told Bloomberg News last week. Bannon played a key role in Trump's election victory, and now that he's back at Breitbart, the site is planning a global expansion. No word yet on the specifics, but TV may be in the works.

Afghanistan: What’s the plan for the economy?

Aug 21, 2017

President Trump will outline his plans for Afghanistan in a national address tonight. The U.S. has poured billions into Afghanistan since 2001. So why is the country’s economy in such bad shape?

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Keeping jobs in the U.S. just doesn't make sense for Carrier's bottom line

Aug 21, 2017

Six months after President Trump's inauguration, the Carrier furnace and air-conditioner factory in Indianapolis began the first of 632 planned layoffs this year. This is the same Carrier factory that Trump worked with to keep its plant and manufacturing jobs in America. James Briggs, who writes for the Indianapolis Star, covered the Carrier layoffs for the paper last month.

A new form of ID theft: account takeover

Aug 21, 2017

When Tiffany Bennett got an email from her phone company saying the password on the account she shares with her husband Kevin had been changed, she didn’t think anything of it.

“He and I share an account and we do that sometimes. I meant to check with Kevin to see if he had done it and it slipped my mind,” she remembered.

After all, this was her cell phone, not a credit card or something.

“When I really knew something was wrong and put everything together was a couple hours later when all of a sudden my texting wouldn’t work,” she said.

President Trump declined to fully dissociate himself from his businesses when he took office. Although he gave operational control of the Trump Organization to his sons, the president said he wasn't going to sell his interest, or put his assets into a blind trust. Federal conflict-of-interest laws exempt the chief executive. However, market forces have other ideas.

At Bartels' Harley-Davidson in the Southern California beach town of Marina Del Rey, customers stroll around looking at cruisers — those motorcycles you ride with your feet out in front and hands up high. There are plenty of tattoos and leather jackets on this middle-aged set. But there aren't many young people around.

General manager Ron Bartels said selling Harleys was a lot easier 10 years ago. After the financial crisis, discretionary income became less abundant, so sales dipped.

08/21/2017: Two very different kinds of war

Aug 21, 2017

You can look at the costs of increasing the number of American troops in Afghanistan in a couple of ways, right? There are lives, of course, the most basic measure. The easiest way is probably in dollars and cents, billions of them. Trump makes his first prime-time address as president tonight, talking about how America will move forward in a war that's been going on since 2001. There's a stability question here, too: Despite, or maybe because of, 16 years of American and allied involvement, the Afghan economy is still in trouble.

The U.S., Mexico and Canada are done with their first round of NAFTA talks. One thing the U.S. wants NAFTA to implement: a rule requiring a set percentage of cars' components to come exclusively from the U.S. Canada and Mexico aren't on board with this, and neither are many U.S. automakers. We'll discuss why. Afterwards, we'll talk about the United States' plans to meet with South Korea over a five-year-old free trade agreement, and then look at why the town of Skagway, Alaska may lose its modern-day gold rush: cruise ship tourism. 

The use of prison labor, and its meager compensation, has long been a contentious issue. But while it is private prisons that get a lot of media attention for their for-profit business model, wages for the incarcerated in public and federal prisons, which hold the vast majority of inmates, have declined over the past two decades.

How Atlanta attorneys are helping kids stay in school

Aug 21, 2017

Kids in low-income neighborhoods tend to change schools more often than their peers. And studies show that can have a detrimental effect on their education. So this past year, one public school in Atlanta tried to break the trend — by providing families with lawyers.

At Thomasville Heights Elementary School, in southeast Atlanta, Christal Reynolds and Ayanna Jones-Lightsy have just started their day.

Reynolds, a community advocate, is already on the phone. She’s talking to a parent who needs her apartment windows replaced.