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Two people are vying to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. One is White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who brought CFPB employees donuts on his first day. The other is Leandra English, whom former director Richard Cordray appointed as he resigned on Friday. We also hear about a SCOTUS case on new protections for whistleblowers.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was created after the 2008 financial crisis as a way to keep lenders, banks, and other businesses in check. Over the past six years, it’s aimed to make sure consumers are treated fairly when it comes to credit cards, student loans, payday loans and mortgages.
An LA Times investigation finds that hastily built communities across Mexico are falling apart. Streets are buckling. Houses are bursting into flames. There’s no clean drinking water. We find out how Wall Street helped create the disaster.
Eroticism has always been a driving force in American popular music. And American popular music has always shaped American ideas -- not just about sex, but also love, race, spirituality, feminism, and freedom. A new book explores the history of how popular music has helped us confront issues like sexuality and race.
Ann Powers is NPR's Music Critic. (Photo by Lucent Vignette Photography)
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