When office politics meet national politics

It’s felt harder than ever to avoid political conversations since the 2016 election, even (maybe especially) in the workplace. We’ll look at how employers are handling tough conversations. But first, an unintended consequence of Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox: It has to give up 22 regional sports networks, which could be a business opportunity for team owners and new tech players. Plus, HBO has a new job on its sets: intimacy coordinator. 

When the family business is the Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers are more than just a basketball team. They are also a company worth $3.3 billion, one of the most successful franchises in the NBA. Fundamentally, the Lakers are an entertainment company with outsized influence. Today we’ll talk with Jeanie Buss, CEO and co-owner of the team, who took over for her father in 2013. But first: consumer spending is up for the seventh straight month, but income doesn’t seem to be keeping up. What does that say about the economy? Plus, gaming out a global economy without German Chancellor Angela Merkel. 

The internet is backed up on tape

Economic growth was strong last quarter, but trade tensions did not go unnoticed. We’ll take apart the gross domestic product and see what it can tell us about the economy’s push and pull. Then, a look at tech news both big — falling user numbers that threaten Snapchat and Twitter — and small: Why do movies on your Netflix account look different from your friend’s? Plus, the old school tech and legal drama behind cloud storage and the magnetic tape that powers it.

It’s time for some game theory

No, really. We’re looking at where the trade war might be going, with seemingly no product off-limits, even water. How’s it all end? We’ll game it out. Then: New York State is suing ExxonMobil for misleading the public on the risks associated with climate change regulations. As the world gets hotter, will more governments and companies sue over liability? Plus,  a conversation with Audrey Gelman, who runs of the women’s co-working space The Wing.

Fancy coffee arms race

Dropping the “Donuts” from its name could be pretty expensive for Dunkin’. The chain is revamping its menu and adding fancy drinks to compete with Starbucks, and that means outfitting stores and retraining thousands of employees. Then: Eighty percent of voters think that it should be illegal to deny coverage for pre-existing conditions. Candidates on both sides of the aisle have taken note, and we’ll look at how that’s reshaping midterms. Plus, we’ll do the numbers on a rough day for Wall Street.

RuPaul: the man, the queen, the legend

Yeah, we’re going to talk about the trade war and corporate earnings today. We’ll do the numbers, too. But let’s be honest: The main event is Kai Ryssdal’s conversation with RuPaul. They got coffee in West Hollywood last week to talk about the business Ru has built on drag and how he became the “Queen of Queens.” Plus, what the holiday season will look like without Toys R Us.

Tech is already disrupting legal pot

Midterm elections are just a couple weeks away, and record donations are flowing to congressional candidates. All told, we’re looking at $5 billion this year, up from 2016’s congressional races and President Barack Obama’s first midterms in 2010. One reason? Billionaires are lavishing more of their cash on politicians. Then, FICO scores are getting a makeover, and that could mean a boost for your credit. Plus, recreational marijuana has been legal in California for less than a year, and the industry’s already seeing a tech disruption. We’ll take you inside the emerging pot-on-demand business.

Bad data killed the video star

China’s economic growth hit a 10-year low in the third quarter, the lowest since the financial crisis. Consumers are showing signs of consuming less. We’ll look at what that means for the economy at large. Plus, we hear from an Irish farmer at the Northern Ireland border about how Brexit affects him. Then we’ll tell you everything you need to know about Facebook’s scandal involving a pivot to video. But first, we’ll recap the rest of the week’s business and economic news.