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For Some Older Adults In Japan, A Chance To Stay In The Workforce

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 9:13am

As Japan's population shrinks and ages, the government wants older adults to remain employed. The traditional retirement age is 60. But a few companies are welcoming those who want to keep working.

Bonjour, Barbie! An American Icon Packs Her Heels And Heads To France

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 3:51am

Some 700 Barbie dolls are visiting Paris this summer. They span almost six decades of pretty, plastic history, including Malibu Barbie, astronaut Barbie, and, of course, Royal Canadian Mountie Barbie.

Latest Target In The Drug Price Wars? The Ubiquitous EpiPen

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 3:51pm

Lawmakers are demanding answers as to why the price of this aging drug, which stops a life-threatening allergic reaction, keeps going up.

Oil #5: Imagine A World Without Oil

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 3:49pm

Last of five episodes. We follow the Planet Money oil to a gas station. And we ask: What would our world look like if there were no fossil fuels?

Wal-Mart's Crime Problem Overwhelms Police Across U.S.

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews reporter Shannon Pettypiece about her article regarding crime at Wal-Mart in Bloomberg Businessweek. She says there's a violent crime every day at a Wal-Mart somewhere in the country, and local police are overwhelmed.

In Maine, Land From Burt's Bees Co-Founder Is Declared A National Monument

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 12:09pm

Roxanne Quimby donated nearly 88,000 acres of land — once used to harvest timber for paper mills — to the federal government. Now it's the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

Nate Parker's Past, His Present, And The Future of 'Birth Of A Nation': Episode 14

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 9:52am

News of a 1999 rape case against Nate Parker raises some age-old questions about culture. Can art be separated from its creator? What moral obligations, if any, do the consumers of culture bear?

Corporate Ethics In The Era Of Millennials

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 8:33am

Although each generation bemoans the faults of those following, it may be time to give millennials credit where credit is due: They are forcing business to do good, says guest blogger Paul A. Argenti.

Voice Recognition Software Finally Beats Humans At Typing, Study Finds

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 7:00am

In a face-off between voice entry and typing on a mobile device, voice recognition software performed significantly better. The results held true in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

U.S. Panel Clears Chinese Company's Takeover Of Syngenta

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 4:02am

A U.S. security regulator has approved state-owned China National Chemical Corp's planned $43 billion takeover of Swiss company Syngenta. The deal was held up while the U.S. reviewed its impact.

Berkeley's Soda Tax Appears To Cut Consumption Of Sugary Drinks

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 6:49pm

According to a new study, the nation's first soda tax succeeded in cutting consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages. But there's uncertainty about whether the effect will be permanent.

NLRB Rules Student Assistants At Private Universities Are Employees

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 3:42pm

The National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday ruled in favor of students at private universities who argue their work as researchers and teaching assistants makes them employees in the eyes of the law. For decades, the board has flip-flopped on this issue.

NLRB Rules Graduate Students Are Employees With The Right To Unionize

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 3:37pm

The 3-1 decision by the National Labor Relations Board reverses a 2004 ruling and opens the door to union drives at private universities across the country.

Yes, America Has A Working Tea Plantation. We Visited It

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 10:38am

The only commercial tea plantation in the U.S. is located on Wadmalaw Island, S.C. It makes tea from bushes descended from plants first brought here in the 1700s. We chat with its tea taster.

Tighter Patent Rules Could Help Lower Drug Prices, Study Shows

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 10:14am

Repeated extensions of drug patents help fend off competitors, researchers say, keeping prices high. And the fact that Medicare and Medicaid can't negotiate for discounts doesn't help, either.

Doctors Get Disciplined For Misconduct; Drug Firms Keep Paying Them

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 7:00am

Hundreds of pharmaceutical and medical device firms have paid doctors for their services even after the doctors were disciplined for serious misconduct by state medical boards, an analysis finds.

NBC Declares Rio A 'Media' Success, Though TV Ratings Were Down

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:06am

NBC broadcast more than 6,000 hours from the Summer Olympics on various platforms and hailed it as a big triumph, even though TV ratings dropped off substantially from London in 2012.

Need A Fill Of Drugstore History? Try Tucson's Pharmacy Museum

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 4:06am

The centerpiece of the History of Pharmacy Museum is a penny candy jar filled with old wads of gum allegedly chewed by the infamous gangster John Dillinger and stuck under a pharmacy counter.

Social Network Nextdoor Moves To Block Racial Profiling Online

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 3:38am

Social networks let users share without being impeded. But Nextdoor, a platform for neighborhoods, is moving to block posts for the first time when they appear to be racial profiling.

Beyond Slurpees: Many Japanese Mini-Marts Now Cater To Elders

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 3:32am

Convenience is in the eye of the generation. Increasingly, corner markets in Japan target the 27 percent of residents over 65 — offering nursing care advice and home delivery of meals and groceries.

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