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Invisibilia Season 2: Changing Social Norms Could Save Your Life

Fri, 06/17/2016 - 3:38am

When McDonald's came to the Soviet Union in 1990, it insisted that workers smile. That didn't come easy. But customers grew to like it — and workers did, too. What happens when you change a norm?

'Shakespearean Drama' At Viacom As 5 Board Members Are Ousted

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 6:58pm

Media mogul Sumner Redstone, 93, has moved to replace five board members of Viacom Inc., including the chairman and CEO whom he has considered a surrogate son.

In Viacom Shakeup, Sumner Redstone Replaces 5 Board Members

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 3:33pm

On Thursday, Sumner Redstone's National Amusements Inc., moved to seize control of Viacom from its chairman and CEO Philippe Dauman. Dauman and four other directors were removed from Viacom's board and replaced with prominent corporate figures.

When Dirty Money Becomes Luxury Real Estate

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 3:33pm

NPR follows the trail of a big bribe on the other side of the world until it reaches an unassuming apartment in Manhattan. This offers a glimpse into how money laundering works and why it is especially hard to unravel when dirty money becomes luxury real estate.

How Canada Became A Greenhouse Superpower

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 3:33pm

Canada, despite its cold weather, ships more fresh tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers to the U.S. than we send the other way. How? With the continent's largest cluster of greenhouses.

'Locally Laid': A Humorous Memoir To Cure You Of Farming Fantasies

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 10:00am

When Jason Amundsen told his wife he was quitting his job to raise pasture-raised eggs, she was less than amused. Readers, however, will chuckle at the story of their tragicomic path to success.

What A 'Goodnight Moon' Spinoff Tells Us About Copyright Law

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:07am

Our reporter wanted to write a prequel to Goodnight Moon. He ended up on the phone with lawyers.

Private Equity Firm Buys 'Ebony' And 'Jet' Magazines

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:07am

Ebony and Jet were once recognized worldwide as chroniclers of the black American experience — especially black achievement. Johnson Publishing is selling the magazines to black venture capitalists.

Trump Favors Returning To The Gold Standard, Few Economists Agree

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:07am

Returning to the gold standard is an idea that's popular with a small segment of voters — many of them Republicans. Donald Trump thinks gold may be the answer to what ails the U.S. economy.

Chicago Archdiocese To Offer Paid Family Leave

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:07am

Chicago's Catholic Archdiocese next month begins offering 12 weeks of paid parental leave to its employees. Officials say the directive ensures personnel policies are in line with church teachings.

For Many Art Dealers, 'Selling' Is A Dirty Word (But Not For Young Collectors)

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 4:00am

Older collectors often want to keep their art forever, which is good for an artist's long-term career. But younger collectors are more commercially driven, and that can have ripple effects.

With Payday Loans Burying Borrowers, Community Tries Alternatives

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 3:59am

Some experts say there are better, cheaper alternatives for getting small dollar loans than payday loans, which are often cash sources of the last resort.

Orlando's Tourism Industry Hopes To Overcome A Nightmarish Week

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 5:52pm

Orlando is one of the most popular U.S. destinations, with more than 66 million visitors last year. Tourism officials hope the shooting attack won't deter people from coming to its theme parks.

Assault Rifle Bans Find Life On State Level

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 5:33pm

Semiautomatic rifles like the AR-15 and SIG Sauer MCX, which was used in the Orlando shooting, are no longer banned nationally. States, though, are finding success in passing laws restricting them.

Go Ahead, Shop For That Car; The Fed Is Leaving Interest Rates Very Low

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 1:15pm

The Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged at very low levels. Fed policymakers expressed worries about job growth, so they did not want higher rates to further cool hiring.

Professionalism 101: A Class On How To Get The Job

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 6:00am

Here's how college professors are teaching about things like etiquette, dressing properly and phone skills.

Economic Asteroids! No Interest Rate Hike Expected From Fed Yet

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 3:36am

As Fed Chair Janet Yellen tries to chart a course forward for the economy, there are some warning lights blinking on her radar. Wages are rising but there are worries that job growth may have stalled.

Can the Soda Industry's $4 Million Ad Blitz Fend Off A Sugary Drink Tax?

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 3:35am

Philadelphia's City Council on Thursday will vote on a 1.5 cents-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages, as well as on diet sodas. Big Soda is spending big bucks on ads to sway public opinion against it.

Despite Overdose Epidemic, Georgia Caps The Number Of Opioid Treatment Clinics

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 3:34am

Georgia has stopped licensing new clinics that provide medication-assisted treatment for opioid addiction. Some call the state's move irresponsible. Others say the clinics aren't regulated enough.

Bonds Pay Less Than Zero As Investors Flee To Safety

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 5:13pm

Germany became the latest country where investors are paying the government for the privilege of owning bonds. It's usually the other way around. Global economic fears are driving this unusual trend.

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