Outsiders hope for jobs in Trump administration

11 hours ago
Nancy Marshall-Genzer

David Vincent Gagne is a chief technology officer for a web development company. He's from Ormond Beach, Florida. Sergio Loya is a management consultant in Ashburn, Virginia. Gagne voted for Hillary Clinton. Loya voted for Donald Trump. But they describe themselves as political outsiders.

They both applied for jobs in the new administration. I first talked to them the week after the election.

“I think with Trump there’s a much greater chance for people that have not been in the political 'industry' to make a change in the world,” said Gagne then.

With a few banks reporting earnings Friday  — JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America — we'll take a look at banking’s prospects. The new Trump administration and a GOP-controlled Congress have said they plan to dial back Dodd-Frank and other financial regulations. For the most part, bank stocks – and the market overall — have done well in the months since the election. Rising interest rates are a help to banks, of course. But in the long run, how will things play out if the new administration removes banking and finance regulations?   


The Justice Department announced that it would phase out the use of private prisons. But the Georgia town of McRae-Helena has staked its future on these facilities. We've visited the region to see how residents feel about their presence. And in Trump-related news, we'll look at some of the cabinet picks who have yet to be scheduled for confirmation hearings, and discuss what the future might look like for big banks during his tenure. 

01/13/17: Using Fitbit to detect health issues

12 hours ago

With the expectation of big domestic growth, Amazon plans to create 100,000 full-time positions in the U.S. over the next year and a half. We'll look at where the retailer expects to see growth and where its thousands of new employees are likely to be working. Next, we'll talk about a new study that says fitness trackers can be used for the early detection of health problems, and then cap off the show with our weekly numbers game, "Silicon Tally." This week's opponent: Alex Davies, the transportation editor at 

As we all know, the maker of EpiPen, Mylan, has engaged in price gouging. But this week, the larger health care industry sent a strong message that they are not going to stand for it. On Wednesday, Cigna announced it would only cover the generic version of EpiPen. On Thursday, CVS announced a deal with an EpiPen competitor that could hurt Mylan’s generic sales. It’s a strange and unusual kind of pushback. The kind we rarely see in the health care industry.

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A small Georgia town where prisons play a big role

12 hours ago
Lane Wallace

McRae-Helena, Georgia, with a population of about 8700, is what you could call a prison town, times two. There’s a state prison at one end, and McRae Correctional — a private federal prison — at the other. Together, the two facilities house some 3,000 people. 

Lon Hamilton owns the Southern Star Grill, a family-style restaurant not far from the federal prison. 

Kai Ryssdal

If you were watching the web feed of C-SPAN today, you might've noticed something odd.

Just as California Congresswoman Maxine Waters was making a speech about SEC regulations, the feed abruptly switched over to Russia Today, the television network funded by the Kremlin. There was a flurry of cheerful pop music, followed by a slideshow of promotional tweets encouraging tourism in a fictional country called San Escobar.

What the heck is reconciliation?

Jan 12, 2017

GOP lawmakers are using “the R word” again: reconciliation. In the last couple of years, it’s become Congressional leaders’ favorite tool to ratchet down federal spending. Now Republicans plan to use the budget maneuver to start their repeal of parts of Obamacare. But what is reconciliation anyway? And is it a good idea for Congress to use it this way?

The civil rights divide over charter schools

Jan 12, 2017
Amy Scott

Inside a small brick row house in northwest Baltimore, Md., Tiela Smith pulls on a parka, pink hat and gloves and a huge backpack. Then she heads out the door to walk one block to Langston Hughes elementary school.

But instead of going inside, she walks around the side of the building to a parking lot, where a yellow school bus is waiting. Langston Hughes closed last year, so Tiela, 8, now rides the bus a mile away to Arlington elementary. 

Tiela doesn’t mind, she said, because “when you don’t walk your legs don’t feel tired.”

A look at intelligence units, made just for airports

Jan 12, 2017
Kai Ryssdal and Crystal Castle

Intelligence operations have been in the news of late. But there are all kinds of analysis and information gathering going on at airports and other areas of this country's infrastructure.