Many economists believe December provided another month of solid job growth. Surveys suggest that around 200,000 more jobs were added to payrolls and the unemployment rate held steady at 5 percent.
It's been an unnerving week for China's economy, the world's second largest. Prices fell so sharply on the Shanghai stock exchange that trading had to be halted for the day — twice.
The franchise isn't well known in the world's second-largest movie market. When the first Star Wars film debuted in 1977, Chinese were still wearing Mao suits and were largely cut off from the world.
U.S. stocks are off to one of the worst starts to any year in memory. David Greene talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution.
For a while, the president's plan for increasing vehicles' fuel efficiency worked — he said it would save money and reduce carbon pollution. Then came cheap gas, and the improvements have stalled.
The U.S. had 10 weather events in 2015 that cost $1 billion or more in damage, with December the warmest and wettest month on record. Climate scientists blame a warming climate and strong El Nino.
China's economy and stock market are taking hits. Billionaire George Soros says it's setting the stage for another global meltdown. But others argue China's troubles will not trigger a crisis.
Two years ago, in January 2013, oil was about $100 dollars a barrel. At that time, towns near new oil fields expanded rapidly, filling up with workers and overflowing revenue. But how are those towns doing now that oil is worth about half what it was then? The Planet Money team checks in with oil workers and residents in Williston, N.D.
NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Gina Keating, author of Netflixed, about Netflix's announcement Wednesday that it is expanding into 130 new countries and adding several languages to its site.
The car industry just had it's best year ever. Trucks were clearly the stars, and hybrids took a hit. That's not all bad news for hybrids. Even as the companies are making a boatload on trucks, they're investing tens of billions in new technology. NPR reports on how tomorrow's hybrid is brought to you by today's pick-up truck.
NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Jamie Metzl, senior fellow with the Atlantic Council, about what is going on with China's economy. Chinese and foreign investors feel uncertain about it, so many are trying to get their assets out of the country.
China's attempts to shore up its stock market have failed. And with the markets affecting global stocks, NPR reports on whether, and how much of a factor it might be in affecting markets longer term.
Owner Karl Durkheimer says President Obama's gun policies, including this week's executive orders, motivate many of his customers' purchases.
Thursday was shaping up to be another tumultuous day in the financial markets. Stock prices were falling after a big selloff in Asia and Europe. The trouble seems to have started in China.
Workers are using a crane to rescue the miners, according to local reports from Lansing, north of Ithaca. The first group was reportedly brought up early Thursday.
With U.S. stock prices already seeing their worst three-day opening for a year since 2008, China's trading day lasted less than 30 minutes Thursday.
In theory we do not want to buy products made by child labor or polluting factories. But in practice, we don't want to know about a company's practices.
For a second day this week, stock trading in China was suspended. David Greene talks to Fraser Howie, co-author of Red Capitalism, about the turmoil in the Chinese stock markets.
A former accountant convicted of insider trading tells his story to our "Planet Money" podcast team: what he did, how he did it and why. Though he's still struggling with that last one.
Outside groups were expected to propel candidates this year. But in the 2016 Republican primary, they are having little impact on who's up and who's down.