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In Warmer Climate, A Luxury Cruise Sets Sail Through Northwest Passage

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 5:38am

Climate change is opening up the Arctic to luxury cruises, including an Alaska-to-New York voyage. The vacation destination takes advantage of warming oceans but raises safety and ethical concerns.

Episode 721: Unbuilding A City

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 6:05pm

Why is it so hard to knock down 17 vacant houses in a shrinking city?

'Mystery Shoppers' Help U.S. Regulators Fight Racial Discrimination At Banks

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:43pm

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is sending undercover operatives to ferret out racial discrimination. They're called "testers" or "mystery shoppers" and pose as customers applying for loans.

Thrill Ride Accidents Renew Calls For Regulation

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:29pm

A Kansas waterslide recently decapitated a 10-year-old boy, and the tragedy is raising new questions about thrill ride regulation. No federal agency oversees amusement parks or water parks.

Can Slowing Down Help You Be More Creative?

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 7:49am

Despite being a self-described 'pre-crastinator, psychologist Adam Grant says those who slow down — even procrastinate — tend to be more creative, original thinkers.

After Losing Steam In Smartphones, Chinese Firm Turns To Smart Rice Cookers

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:04am

One of China's most valuable tech startups, smartphone maker Xiaomi, is getting into networked appliances, in a bid to innovate its way out of trouble, as its core business falls flat.

Xiaomi Goes From Smartphones To Smart Homes To Pull Itself Out Of Decline

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:04am

One of China's most valuable tech startups, smartphone maker Xiaomi, is getting into networked appliances, in a bid to innovate its way out of trouble, as its core business falls flat.

Despite Low Oil Prices, Shell Moves Forward With Pa. Petrochemical Plant

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:04am

Even in a down time for its oil and gas business, Shell has decided to build a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker — which makes natural gas into plastics and chemicals — in gas-rich Pennsylvania.

Examining The Effectiveness Of The Trade Adjustment Assistance Program

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:04am

There's a part of trade agreements that deals with how to help people in the U.S. who are harmed when jobs move abroad because of trade. It's called Trade Adjustment Assistance. Does it work?

America's Real Mountain Of Cheese Is On Our Plates

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:42am

To help dairy farmers hurt by a glut, the USDA said this week it'll buy $20 million worth of cheese and give it to food banks. But we eat so much of the stuff, that's hardly a drop in the bucket.

Bolivian Miners Reportedly Kidnap, Kill High-Level Official Amid Strike

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 11:49pm

The miners, who want to be able to work with private corporations, have blockaded a highway in the country. Rodolfo Illanes was negotiating with them, but an official says he was beaten to death.

Top Fed Officials Field Questions From Activists Unhappy Over Monetary Policy

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 9:00pm

At a "listening session" at the Fed conference in Jackson Hole, liberal groups warn about the impact on poor and minority communities of raising interest rates too quickly.

Volkswagen Has Tentative Deal To Compensate U.S. Dealers In Emissions Scandal

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 7:31pm

The negotiations follow VW's installation of software in its diesel vehicles that cheated on pollution tests. The dealers' sales plummeted on the news. VW will give them cash payments under the deal.

WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 3:42pm

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

Fish Killing Disease Shuts Down Stretch Of Yellowstone River In Montana

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 3:26pm

Results are in from a preliminary investigation into the fish killing disease that's caused the unprecedented closure of a long stretch of the Yellowstone River in Montana.

Tesla Clears Antitrust Hurdle In $2.6 Billion Deal For SolarCity

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 1:40pm

The Federal Trade Commission signed off on Tesla's plan to buy the solar panel installer. CEO Elon Musk is SolarCity's chairman and its largest shareholder.

The Aztecs Once Revered It. Will You Fall For Amaranth Too?

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 12:18pm

Hardier than corn, this ancient grain has a subtle, nutty flavor and is full of nutrients. But for most Americans, amaranth is still obscure. Researchers in Tennessee hope to change that.

For Some Older Adults In Japan, A Chance To Stay In The Workforce

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 9:13am

As Japan's population shrinks and ages, the government wants older adults to remain employed. The traditional retirement age is 60. But a few companies are welcoming those who want to keep working.

Bonjour, Barbie! An American Icon Packs Her Heels And Heads To France

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 3:51am

Some 700 Barbie dolls are visiting Paris this summer. They span almost six decades of pretty, plastic history, including Malibu Barbie, astronaut Barbie, and, of course, Royal Canadian Mountie Barbie.

Latest Target In The Drug Price Wars? The Ubiquitous EpiPen

Wed, 08/24/2016 - 3:51pm

Lawmakers are demanding answers as to why the price of this aging drug, which stops a life-threatening allergic reaction, keeps going up.




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