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'Don't Think A Robot Could Do This': Warehouse Workers Aren't Worried For Their Jobs

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 4:02am

A new NPR/Marist poll found that 94 percent of American workers think it's unlikely they would lose jobs to automation. At a New Jersey warehouse, many workers say they're confident in their future.

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Spotify's Unusual IPO Model Will Test The Company's Strength

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 4:01am

Spotify's IPO, slated for this spring, gives investment banks a smaller role in the company's trading. It's been seen as a sign of Spotify's strength, but there are many unanswered questions.

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Bank Of America Ends Free Checking Option, A Bastion For Low-Income Customers

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 6:07pm

The bank is finishing a yearslong phaseout of eBanking, its last option for avoiding fees without keeping a monthly minimum. The move has drawn concerns it will hit low-income customers the hardest.

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Episode 819: Tax Me If You Can

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 6:03pm

Douglas Bruce had a bold vision for Colorado.

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Official Who Allowed Tree Cutting By Redskins Owner Named National Parks Director

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 4:25pm

Interior Department Sec. Ryan Zinke announced the promotion of Paul Daniel Smith, who was reprimanded in 2006 for inappropriately using his position on behalf of Dan Snyder, who wanted a better view.

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Takata Expands Largest Automotive Recall In U.S. History With Additional 3.3 Million Airbags

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 3:18pm

Takata recalled an additional 3.3 million airbags this month, expanding what is already the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says additional airbags are scheduled to be recalled through 2020. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with David Friedman of Consumers Union about why this recall is taking so long.

A Long-Term Bet Gone Bust

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 3:00pm

Long-term-care insurance seemed like the next big thing. Then insurance companies started losing billions of dollars. What went wrong?

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In Davos, Merkel Warns Against 'Poison' Of Right-Wing Populism

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 2:56pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's speech at the World Economic Forum warned against isolationism and nationalism. She never mentioned President Trump by name but the speech was seen as a swipe at him.

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For One Family, Contract Work Means 'Feast Or Famine' As Income Varies

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 1:52pm

An NPR/Marist survey found that 1 in 5 workers is a contractor, not a steady payroll employee. For about half of these workers, income can vary greatly from month to month, making budgeting difficult.

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50 Cent: 'I Forgot' Taking 700 Bitcoins For 2014 Album; Stake Is Now Worth Millions

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 11:04am

50 Cent agreed to accept bitcoin from people buying his Animal Ambition album. The value of those sales has now skyrocketed: The rapper's holding is worth more than $7.5 million.

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Under Trump Appointee, Consumer Protection Agency Seen Helping Payday Lenders

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 9:12am

Former Rep. Mick Mulvaney accepted campaign money from payday lenders. Now he's in control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the agency has delayed implementing payday lending rules.

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Google's Space Race To The Moon Ends, And Nobody Wins Lunar X Prize

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 7:53am

When it was announced in 2007, the prize's organizers said they expected it to be claimed before the original deadline of Dec. 31, 2014. One team raised more than $90 million.

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Remains Of 5 Gas Rig Workers Recovered After Explosion In Oklahoma

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 12:59am

The workers had been missing since Monday's fiery blast. Sixteen other workers escaped. Investigators are working to determine how the explosion occurred.

Senate Confirms Jerome Powell As New Federal Reserve Chair

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 8:36pm

Powell, an uncontroversial pick of President Trump, is widely expected to follow the gradual interest rate increase policy of outgoing chief Janet Yellen.

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Motel 6 Sued For Identifying Latino Guests For Immigration Agents

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 7:19pm

The hotel chain already has been sued by the state of Washington for giving guests' personal information to ICE agents without a warrant.

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The Mystery Of Contract Work: Why So Many Guys?

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 4:19pm

An NPR/Marist poll shows 65 percent of contract workers are men and 62 percent are under 45. Contract workers gain flexibility, but when business goes down, they're often the first to be fired.

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Do You Work A Side Gig On Top Of Your Full-Time Job?

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 3:53pm

NPR is interested in hearing from people who work side jobs on top of their full-time positions.

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British Regulators Reject Murdoch's Bid For Sky

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 3:18pm

In a setback for Rupert Murdoch family, British regulators said the planned $15 billion takeover of Sky was not in the public interest and would be blocked unless there is a way to prevent the tycoon from influencing the network's news output.

Google Selfies

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 3:00pm

Today's Indicator: Your face. It's worth money. It's the next big thing. And, if you're like most of us, you're giving it away.

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Facing Slumping Sales, Coke Hopes To Catch A Wave Of Fans With New Flavors

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 1:56pm

The beverage company hopes to entice young people and former soda drinkers with four new fruity versions of Diet Coke. The decline in sales reflects a shift toward bottled water and flavored seltzer.

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