Some workers haven’t recovered from the government shutdown
The federal government shutdown ended a year ago, but it’s still hurting temporary workers, like security guards, who will never get that month of wages back. The Trump administration is using a lot more contractors than previous White Houses, and today we talk with some people still paying off credit cards and other debt they took on. Plus: The head of the New York subway system steps down, the “American Dirt” controversy and how China is responding to the coronavirus.
A “good” economy does not equality make
The IMF warns inequality and lower trade pose risks to the global economy, which it says is doing OK. European markets are on the upswing. Plus, a Danish study finds that offering parental leave is actually good for business.
The one U.K. industry not afraid of Brexit
The spread of coronavirus puts a damper on travel plans for Lunar New Year in China. The Trump Administration goes after birth tourism. Plus, a week away from the official out date, the U.K.’s tech startup industry seems immune to Brexit anxiety.
As coronavirus spreads, how will Asia markets react after a week off?
From the BBC World Service… Vaccine makers rush to find a treatment for coronavirus. As the illness spreads, Asia markets shut down for a week for Lunar New Year. Plus, shop owners in Davos turned down cash to hand over their shops for the World Economic Forum.
The next wave of driverless cars won’t have pedals or steering wheels. Is that allowed?
This week, Cruise, the self-driving car subsidiary of GM, introduced Origin, a fully autonomous vehicle that has no driving controls whatsoever. It’s meant to be a rolling pod that carries passengers on demand, almost like a small bus or train car. But are companies allowed to operate cars without steering wheels on public roads? Both Cruise and Waymo have pushed the federal government to lift requirements on equipment like pedals, steering wheels and mirrors, and they are allowed in certain conditions. States have their own rules. Although carmakers and safety advocates have been hoping for some clear guidance on what will and won’t be allowed nationwide, Jack Stewart, who covers transportation for Marketplace, says that’s not coming anytime soon.