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Money Transfer Companies Fight Back Against IRS Scammers

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 3:28pm

There's a phone scam going around where an intimidating caller pretends to be from the IRS, demanding money immediately. There is also an anti-scam going on. At check cashing outlets, employees are dealing with terrified victims demanding to send money to fake IRS agents. Intervening requires awareness, compassion, and a script, just like the scammers use.

The 'Added Sugar' Label Is Coming To A Packaged Food Near You

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 12:19pm

The Food and Drug Administration has brushed aside industry objections and will require food labels to disclose how much sugar has been added to packaged food.

Lawmakers Agree On Deal To Expand Regulation Of Toxic Chemicals

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 11:42am

If it passes, the compromise bill would be the first update to the Toxic Substances Control Act in more than four decades. Supporters say it gives the EPA more power to ensure chemical safety.

How Do You "Design" Trust Between Strangers?

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 7:36am

When a stranger shows up at an AirBnB rental, what ensures that all goes well? Careful design of the website that brought them together, says Joe Gebbia, the co-founder of Airbnb.

Russia Hires PR Firm Burson-Marsteller To Help Spin Doping Scandal

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:05am

Russia's track and field program is banned from international competition because of a doping scandal. Mary Louise Kelly talks to Gene Grabowski, a former partner with Burson-Marsteller.

Does Old-School Political Advertising Work Anymore?

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:05am

Donald Trump says he's rewritten the rules of media coverage and political advertising — he points to his primary victories. We examine whether that might be the case in the general election as well.

Ballpark Vendors Need Hustle And A Clear Strategy

Fri, 05/20/2016 - 4:05am

Selling hot dogs at a baseball game isn't just about having legs that can run stairs fast, and a loud yell. There's a lot of strategy involved.

#5DollarChallenge: We Mapped Out The Best Meals You Can Buy For Five Bucks Or Less

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 4:38pm

Check out this map for some of your favorite meals from every region of the U.S. — based on submissions from NPR and Youth Radio readers and listeners.

Why One Startup Is Offering Meals Made By Home Cooks And Middle-Schoolers

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 4:11pm

Young people are looking for new takes on fast food. Enter Josephine, a company that connects home chefs in the San Francisco area with folks in their neighborhood who are hungry for a good meal.

Hollywood Stars Speak Out In Effort To Combat Gender Pay Gap

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 3:26pm

Actress Robin Wright made a splash when she revealed that it was only by threatening to go public that she was able to negotiate her House of Cards salary to be the same as that of her male co-star. Pay equity in Hollywood isn't a new issue, but getting around it by sharing salary information might be a new way to combat it.

Aviation Expert Highlights Security Challenges In Aftermath Of EgyptAir Crash

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 3:26pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Peter Goelz, a former National Transportation Safety Board investigator who worked with the Egyptian government in 1999 after an EgyptAir plane crashed into the Atlantic.

If Monsanto Disappears, Will It Matter?

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 2:58pm

The German-based company Bayer wants to buy Monsanto. It would be the latest in a wave of consolidation among companies that sell seeds and pesticides to farmers.

Golfer Phil Mickelson Is Named In Insider Trading Case

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 12:32pm

U.S. officials say the former chairman of Dean Foods passed inside information to famed gambler Billy Walters, who then tipped off Mickelson. The SEC wants Mickelson to turn over $931,000.

Morley Safer, Longtime '60 Minutes' Correspondent, Dies

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:32am

Safer had just announced his retirement from the newsmagazine last week after a 46-year run in which he covered the world. He was 84.

A Reporter On The Panama Papers: The Basic Idea Is 'To Hide True Ownership'

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 11:18am

Documents leaked from a Panama-based law firm have offered new insight into how easy it is for the rich and corrupt to hide their assets. McClatchy's Kevin Hall has been reporting on the documents.

For Wheelchair Users, A RoboDesk For Electronic Devices

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 6:01am

An Indiana inventor hopes his tray mount will help bridge gaps in education tech and eliminate some of the stigma associated with coming to class in a wheelchair.

Report Says Trade Deal Would Boost U.S. Economy, But Opponents Say No

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 6:00am

If Congress were to approve the TransPacific Partnership, the economy would expand by .15 percent by 2032, according to a report by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

TV Networks Reveal New Shows Hoping To Attract Advertisers

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 4:18am

Television networks showcase their fall schedules to advertisers this week during annual "upfront" presentations in New York. New shows and strategies are revealed.

Budget Shortfalls Affect National Parks' Maintenance, Cleaning

Thu, 05/19/2016 - 4:18am

There are about 250 toilets on the North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a small number of people to clean them. With decreasing budgets, employees are doing more with less.

With New Products, Google Flexes Muscles To Competitors, Regulators

Wed, 05/18/2016 - 4:15pm

Google unveils a litany of products at the developers' conference, including messaging apps, a personal virtual assistant and a voice-controlled speaker that connects you with it.

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