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China Hits Back On Trade Dispute, Slapping Tariffs On 128 U.S. Products

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:40am

Agricultural products such as wine, nuts and frozen pork are on the list for tariffs up to 25 percent. China's move follows a similar one imposed by the U.S. last month on steel and aluminum.

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The Scarcity Trap: Why We Keep Digging When We're Stuck In A Hole

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 8:01pm

Have you ever noticed that when something important is missing in your life, your brain can only seem to focus on that missing thing?Two researchers have dubbed this phenomenon scarcity.

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An Afghan Military Interpreter Finds Footing In The U.S. Gig Economy

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 3:58pm

Ajmal Faqiri came to the U.S. on a Special Immigrant Visa after working as a interpreter and translator for the U.S. military in his home country of Afghanistan. Now, he works the gig economy.

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Examining Amazon's Business Model

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 7:16am

Amazon's stock value dropped after President Trump tweeted criticism of it. Antitrust expert Lina Khan of the Open Markets Institute tells NPR's Korva Coleman how Amazon might face regulation.

Advertisers Pull Support From Laura Ingraham's Show After Tweet Mocking Parkland Teen

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 3:26pm

At least seven companies have pulled their ads from Laura Ingraham's show on Fox News after Ingraham said David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland, Fla., shooting, was whining about college application rejections. Ingraham has apologized for her remarks, but Hogg isn't relenting.

Seth Rich's Brother Files Lawsuit Alleging Baseless Claims On DNC Hack

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 12:19pm

Dallas investor Ed Butowsky is sued a third time over conspiracy theories linking a DNC staffer's death to the leak of party emails. The suit also names an online activist and The Washington Times.

Should Facebook Users Trust CEO Mark Zuckerberg's Apologetic Tone?

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 6:17am

David Greene talks to Chris Hughes, who helped found Facebook, about how data mining is used in the worlds of politics and technology. Zuckerberg has apologized for not doing more to shield user data.

Advertisers Ditch Laura Ingraham After She Mocks Parkland Activist

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 5:05am

Ingraham tweeted that Parkland shooting survivor and gun-control activist David Hogg whined about being rejected from four colleges. She later apologized after Hogg called for a boycott of her show.

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Methodist Resort In Michigan Says Only Christians Can Buy Property There

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 4:02am

There's a housing association on Lake Michigan where only practicing Christians can own property. They say they are a religious organization and are exempt from anti-discrimination laws.

The Mining Act Of 1872 Digs Up A Lot Of Issues

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 4:02am

President Trump has opened land to mining in California and Utah. But what does that mean? Planet Money explores the rules for mining on public land, which have been around since the 1870s.

Tech Stocks Have Lost Some Of Their Luster, Dragging The Stock Market Lower

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 4:49pm

Technology stocks ranging from Amazon to Facebook to Apple have been hammered in recent days, driving broader declines in the market. There are growing calls to regulate big tech companies.

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U.S. Utilities Look To Electric Cars As Their Savior Amid Decline In Demand

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:14pm

After years of rising demand, utility companies are staring down a projected decline in the demand for electricity. They say the budding electric car industry could save them.

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Why The Number Of Independent Bookstores Increased During The 'Retail Apocalypse'

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:09pm

Between 2009 and 2015, the number of independent bookstores grew by 35 percent. This happened during the so-called "retail apocalypse," which has pitted Amazon against every retail outlet in America.

Disability In Decline

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 3:02pm

A long-term trend of Americans withdrawing from the workforce due to disability has gone into reverse.

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Why 300,000 Volkswagens Are Being Stored In These Massive Auto Boneyards

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 1:43pm

Dramatic photos show thousands of the cars awaiting their fate. Volkswagen says it has paid more than $7.4 billion to buy back diesel cars in the U.S.

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When A Brand Does Well Even When It's Called 'Racist'

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 10:09am

Chance The Rapper took on Heineken for what he saw as a racist ad. Heineken took it down but didn't suffer any consequences. In fact, its stock is up.

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We Need To Talk About YouTube

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 10:06am

Conspiracy theories, racist pranks and disturbing videos abound. Can the network stop them?

Is It Time To Tap The Brakes On Self-Driving Cars?

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 9:20am

A fatal accident involving an autonomous vehicle has raised new concerns about their safety and could put a stop to a rapidly developing field of the tech industry.

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Report: Michigan State Spent $500,000 To Keep Tabs On Nassar Victims, Journalists

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 8:31am

The Lansing State Journal reports that emails show public relations firm Weber Shandwick charged more than $500,000 for monitoring the social media activity of Larry Nassar's victims and journalists.

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Saucony Designs 'America Runs On Dunkin' Shoes

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 5:09am

Just in time for the Boston Marathon, the running shoe company has teamed with Dunkin' Donuts to create a shoe that honors the "symbiotic relationship" among running, coffee and donuts.

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