We have the story of an American trying to manage China. Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, took a vital role at the start of the administration. China's ambassador seized on that connection meeting Kushner again and again. Evan Osnos reported on the meetings for The New Yorker and finds the Kushner meetings to be a symptom of a larger issue. China, he says, came in with clear goals while Kushner did not.
Congress is facing a deadline to pass a budget plan. And if they don't meet it, the government could shut down. If that sounds familiar, it's because, just weeks ago, lawmakers were in this exact same spot. And the dynamics that led to that impasse haven't changed a whole lot.
All right, there is a lot that goes into filming a movie or TV show in the streets of New York City. We just took you right there, didn't we? I mean, you need lights. You need cameras. You also need parking. NPR's Hansi Lo Wang shadowed some of the little-known workers who helped bring entertainment to our screens. They are called parking production assistants.
In Venezuela, there has been a severe economic crisis. Hyperinflation has been a big part of the problem there. Prices skyrocket, and then people can't afford food or medicine. President Nicolas Maduro has proposed a solution here. It is a state-sponsored cryptocurrency – right? – like bitcoin, but this currency is called the petro.