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Wayfair CEO: It's Annoying That Investors Short Our Stock

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:03am

The online furniture company is currently one of the most shorted stocks. Our Planet Money team talks to the CEO about what it's like to be running a company when people are betting against you.

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Calif. Farmers Face Harsh Realities In Drought-Stricken Central Valley

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:03am

Renee Montagne talks to Samuel Sandoval, an assistant professor of water resource management at UC-Davis about the dwindling water table that's used to grow crops in California's Central valley.

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Rail Operators Aim To Do More Short-Distance Hauling

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 4:03am

The trucking industry has to deal with an aging workforce, driver shortages and burdensome regulations. Railroads have already taken a good portion of the long-haul business away from semi-trucks

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Obama To Address Caribbean's 'Economic Achilles Heel' — Energy

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 3:03am

The president meets with Caribbean leaders in Jamaica Thursday — and a looming energy crunch in the region is high on the list.

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If Haitians Want Ice Cream, They're Going To Have To Pay For It

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:27am

Haiti can't survive on handouts alone. So instead of giving people electricity, one entrepreneur is selling it to them for a profit. For one village, that means finally having cold treats.

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These Vintner Monks Turn Wilderness Into The Divine Gift Of Wine

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 2:26am

In a part of Northern California better known for cattle ranches than grapes, the monks of New Clairvaux abbey are cultivating the art of winemaking. The hard work feeds the spirit and the coffers.

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Icy Traffic Jam On Lake Superior Has 18 Ships Stuck

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 5:14pm

Pickup truck-size ice chunks have left the freight ships stuck in Lake Superior. The U.S. and Canadian coast guards have sent in icebreakers to help the ships get through.

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The Latest Item On McDonald's Shifting Menu: A $5 Burger

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:49pm

McDonald's is trying to hold down menu prices and keep options simple to speed up service while at the same time create pricier premium burgers and more sophisticated dining options.

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Sidewalk Touts Trade Tips On Shanghai's Booming Bull Market

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:07pm

The Shanghai exchange is on a tear, but there could be trouble ahead for ill-informed investors. Analysts say the current upswing is driven by perceptions rather than fundamentals.

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Shell's Big Deal Could Shift Global Landscape Of Gas Business

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:04pm

Royal Dutch Shell plans to spend nearly $70 billion to acquire natural gas giant BG Group. The deal, if approved, would create the world's largest independent producer of liquefied natural gas.

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The 'Netflix Of Books' Hopes To Open Up The E-Book Market

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 11:48am

Oyster, the subscription e-book service, says it is opening up a retail component and has the Big Five publishers on board. The move sets up Oyster to challenge Amazon.

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Royal Dutch Shell's $70 Billion Deal For BG Would Create Gas Giant

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:57am

The deal would put Shell on track to become put Shell on track to surpass ExxonMobil as the world's largest publicly traded oil and gas company. It comes as global oil prices have dropped sharply.

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Spam: In Korea, It's Not Junk Meat — It's A Treat

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:56am

It's a gelatinous slab of pork, salt and starch – and in fancy packaging, it's a popular holiday-time gift. So how did South Korea become the world's No. 2 Spam consumer? Blame it on the war.

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John Hancock Hopes You'll Trade Activity Data For Insurance Discounts

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:33am

Life insurance customers will receive discounts each year based on their activity levels. The practice is used in Australia, Europe, Singapore and South Africa. But privacy experts are concerned.

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Aspiring Craft Brewers Hit The Books To Get Science Chops

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:35am

As the craft beer industry grows, so are options for learning to brew. More colleges are now introducing degree programs to teach the art and science of beer-making.

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States Review Laws Revoking Licenses For Student Loan Defaults

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:48am

Montana could soon dial back laws that allowed defaulters to have their professional and driver's licenses revoked after failing to pay back debt.

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For The Modern Man, The Sweatpant Moves Out Of The Gym

Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:46am

High-end sweatpants are becoming a staple in an increasing number of men's wardrobes. It's part of a global fashion trend called "athleisure," where gym clothes find their way out of the workout room.

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Tea Tuesdays: How Tea + Sugar Reshaped The British Empire

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 5:45pm

When tea met sugar, they formed a power couple that altered the course of history. It was a marriage shaped by fashion, health fads and global economics. And it doomed millions of Africans to slavery.

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The Risky Boom In Carefree Social Payment Apps

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 4:21pm

Lots of young adults are using apps like Venmo to settle all kinds of debts. As the apps get more popular, they've become targets for scammers and hackers. But that hasn't seemed to scare away users.

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Many Obamacare Policyholders Face Tax Surprises This Year

Tue, 04/07/2015 - 3:52pm

Depending on the amount of subsidies taken, some will get a bigger refund than expected and others will owe taxes. Making earlier adjustments based on income or other changes could ease the guesswork.

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