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Saudi Arabian Businesses Struggle With Rule To Replace Foreign Workers With Locals

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 4:00am

The Saudi kingdom says it is trying to wean the economy off an oil and foreign worker dependency. Employers say it has not been easy.

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Kilauea Volcano Disrupts Big Island's Tourist-Dependent Economy

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 4:18pm

The spectacular lava fountains and fissures on Hawaii's Big Island are scaring the tourists away. That's a big problem for an island whose economy is heavily dependent on visitor dollars.

On 'White Fear Being Weaponized' And How To Respond

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 7:03am

White people have called the police on black people in multiple incidents recently, despite no crimes being committed. Professor Khalil Muhammad thinks it's a problem with a complex history.

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Barbershop: NFL's New National Anthem Policy

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 4:12pm

In the Barbershop, NPR's Michel Martin talks sports and politics with ESPN commentator Kevin Blackistone, the Seattle Times' Matt Calkins, and former Vikings player Chris Kluwe.

Assessing The #MeToo Movement After Weinstein Is Charged

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 7:12am

What does the arrest of Harvey Weinstein mean for the #MeToo movement in Hollywood? NPR's Scott Simon speaks to reporter Kim Masters, whose investigations of harassment had been quashed by publishers.

Starbucks Kicks Decisions Back To Their Store Employees

Sat, 05/26/2018 - 7:12am

After Starbucks announced that everyone is welcome to use their bathrooms, critics said shops would be overrun by the homeless. Who decides who is welcome and who is not goes back to store employees.

Earnings Calls Gone Wild

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 4:34pm

The earnings call is a peculiar Wall Street ritual, one that's almost designed to be boring. So when something interesting does happen it's news. Today, the lessons of those earnings calls gone rogue.

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How The World Trade Organization Resolves Trade Disputes

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 3:23pm

Twenty-three years ago, a lot of countries agreed to follow certain trade rules. If a country broke one of those rules, they agreed the World Trade Organization could make them pay. As the U.S., China and the EU negotiate trade disputes, a look at a past case explains how these issues should get resolved.

Amazon Echo Recorded And Sent Couple's Conversation — All Without Their Knowledge

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 2:16pm

In what it called an "unlikely" string of events, Amazon says Alexa heard background conversation and misconstrued it as very specific directives.

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Digital Ambulance Chasers? Law Firms Send Ads To Patients' Phones Inside ERs

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 1:38pm

Personal injury law firms are using location-based mobile ads to target people as they enter emergency rooms. The trend is raising concerns among patients and health privacy experts.

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Tristan Harris: What Is The Cost Of Infinite Distractions?

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 9:28am

Designer Tristan Harris says attention is at the core of human experience. He argues that our addiction to technology has the power to threaten our very capacity to think, reason and problem solve.

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Zeynep Tufekci: How Is Our Attention Packaged And Sold As A Commodity?

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 9:28am

Why is it so easy to burn through an hour on YouTube or Facebook? Sociologist Zeynep Tufekci explains how advertisting algorithms have turned our attention into a valuable commodity.

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Harvey Weinstein Charged With Rape After Surrendering To N.Y. Police

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 6:32am

The disgraced Hollywood megaproducer turned himself in to authorities Friday morning in New York City, where he was charged with rape and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two women.

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Ex-Movie Mogul Weinstein To Be Charged With Rape, 'New York Times' Says

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 4:02am

Harvey Weinstein is set to surrender to police Friday in New York City. Rachel Martin talks to Jodi Kantor of The New York Times, who won a Pulitzer Prize for co-reporting the paper's original story.

Traveling For The Memorial Day Holiday? You're Not Alone

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 4:02am

Millions of Americans are hitting the road, rails or jetting off for the weekend. Gas prices are about 60 cents a gallon higher than this time last year. Roads and planes are expected to be packed.

Why A Europe-Wide Data Protection Law Matters To Others

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 4:02am

David Greene talks to Helen Dixon, Ireland's Data Protection commissioner, about a Europe-wide law that takes effect Friday, which also affects Internet users in the U.S. and globally.

Why Your Health Insurer Doesn't Care About Your Big Bills

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 4:00am

Patients may think their insurers are fighting on their behalf for the best prices. But saving patients money is often not their top priority. Just ask Michael Frank about his hip surgery.

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NTSB: Uber Self-Driving Car Had Disabled Emergency Brake System Before Fatal Crash

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 7:48pm

The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report said that sensors saw the victim. But Uber says it's the driver, not its system, that was supposed to intervene to avoid the collision.

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Facebook Project Wants You To 'Buy Nothing' And Ask For What You Need

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 3:35pm

The Buy Nothing Project encourages people to share without money changing hands. In five years it has spread around the world on Facebook with the help of more than 3,000 volunteers.

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Trump Administration Considers Steep Tariffs Against Foreign Automakers

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 3:35pm

The president has suggested this will be good for U.S. autoworkers, but economists and industry executives warn the move could spark a destructive trade war that would hurt all countries involved.

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