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Big Hospital Network Cracks Down On The Right To Sue

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 4:00am

Some networks of hospitals, doctors and medical services are now so dominant in their region that they can hike their prices and force patients to waive the right to sue when things go wrong.

Last Pre-Election Jobs Report Due Out Friday

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 3:46am

Economists expect the report to show about 175,000 new jobs created last month.

Administration Gives Electric Car Charging Grid A Boost

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 10:34pm

The White House announced it is establishing 48 corridors on America's highways for charging electric vehicles.

Major Trump Backer's Positive Comments About Apartheid Stir Anger

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 5:09pm

Silicon Valley billionaire investor Peter Thiel told two of his classmates at Stanford that he thought South Africa's former apartheid system of government was "a sound economic system."

Financial Markets Get The Jitters Ahead Of Election Day

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 3:22pm

With less than a week to go to voting day for the presidential election, and the race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton tightening, financial markets are starting to get the jitters. With the election almost upon us, the stock market is paying close attention — and that's unusual. Markets don't usually move too much based on who wins the presidency. But this time around it's a different story, and as Donald Trump's prospects have improved, stocks have been falling.

As Trump's Odds Of Victory Rise, Financial Markets Get Nervous

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 3:13pm

Wall Street doesn't exactly love Hillary Clinton, but it knows what to expect from her. That's not true of Trump. This election will be "a very big deal economically," Dartmouth's Eric Zitzewitz says.

Egypt Floats Its Currency, Paving Way For An International Bailout

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 2:08pm

The country's central bank decided to lift controls and let the pound float freely. The move is designed to take aim at the black market and is likely to cause prices to jump.

Deforestation Opponents Enlist Powerful Ally: Big Food. But There's A Catch

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 12:34pm

Hundreds of food companies have promised to keep their suppliers from cutting down forests. A global coalition of environmental groups is watching to see if the companies are keeping their promises.

Hunting For A Health Plan? Bronze May Be Your Best Value

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 8:22am

The lower premiums that come with bronze plans, plus Obamacare's caps on out-of-pocket spending, can make these plans the best deal for people who have very few medical expenses — or very many.

'Refugee Coffee' Serves Up Gourmet Drinks — And Community

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 6:00am

Half of the 13,000 residents of Clarkston, Ga., are foreign born – many of them resettled refugees. A nonprofit food truck helps them get job training, work experience and network with neighbors.

British Court Rules That Parliament Must Approve Brexit Plans

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 5:39am

Earlier this year, the U.K. voted to leave the European Union. Now the country's prime minister is working to make that happen — but a court says she can't do it unilaterally.

Protesters And Law Enforcement Continue To Clash Over Pipeline

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 4:05am

At the Dakota Access Pipeline site, officers used pepper spray against demonstrators on government land. The protesters say the pipeline would violate sacred Indian lands and could cause pollution.

Episode 413: Our Fake Candidate Meets The People

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 5:26pm

On today's show, Planet Money's economist-approved fake candidate makes his first ads. Then we nervously watch to see what a focus group thinks of them.

Neiman Marcus Is Selling Frozen Collard Greens For $66 Plus Shipping

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 4:34pm

The luxury department store is well known for its opulent offerings, but the vegetable dish is drawing scorn and ridicule for its price and has inspired the hashtag #GentrifiedGreens.

Hulk Hogan Reaches Settlement With Gawker Worth Over $31 Million

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 4:23pm

This comes after years of litigation in the invasion of privacy lawsuit involving Gawker's publication of a sex tape featuring Bollea and a former friend's wife. The case drove Gawker to bankruptcy.

How Venezuela's Economy Collapsed And Led To Political Unrest

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 3:31pm

Venezuela has one of the worst economies in the world with food shortages and massive inflation. NPR's Planet Money team explains how it got so bad.

Obama: Army Corps Examining Possible Rerouting Of Dakota Access Pipeline

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 2:37pm

"There's an obligation for authorities to show restraint," in their handling of people protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline, President Obama said in an interview with the news organization Now This.

Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged, But Signals Increase May Be Coming

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 2:31pm

Federal Reserve policymakers finished meeting Wednesday, less than a week before Election Day. They left interest rates unchanged but said the case for more expensive loans is strengthening.

Platform Check: Trump And Clinton On Health Care

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 1:20pm

The candidates diverge sharply on Obamacare but both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump see opportunities to improve health care through the tax code.

Wave Of Mergers Washing Over The Economy: Sinking Or Buoying Consumers?

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 12:35pm

In recent weeks, U.S. corporations have announced multi-billion-dollar deals in a huge wave of mergers. Economists say that can hurt consumers, workers and savers, but also can strengthen the economy.

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