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A Look At Uber's Ambitions For A Driverless Future

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 4:12pm

The ride-hailing firm Uber began testing driverless cars in Pittsburgh this week. Professor and author Timothy Carone discusses the technology and risks of driverless Uber vehicles.

A Talk With Trump's Feng Shui Expert

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 7:45am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Donald Trump's former feng shui master Pun-Yin who worked with him on one of his New York hotels.

The Food Industry's Influence In Nutrition Research

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 7:45am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Dr. Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest about the state of industry-sponsored research and how it might influence medical and policy advice.

Episode 573: Why Textbook Prices Keep Climbing

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 4:00pm

Prices of new textbooks have been going up like crazy — faster than food, cars, even healthcare. On today's show: Why textbooks have gotten so expensive.

Federal Investigator Outlines Probe Into Wells Fargo

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 3:31pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Jeff Ehrlich, deputy enforcement director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, about the investigation into Wells Fargo. Last week, federal regulators fined the bank more than $185 million dollars for opening accounts to meet intense sales goals.

U.S. Regulators Recall 1 Million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 3:31pm

U.S. government safety regulators are formally recalling 1 million of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones over dozens of cases of exploding batteries. The move comes two weeks after Samsung issued its own voluntary recall of 2.5 million devices in 10 countries. Samsung was initially praised for moving quickly, but conflicting information, delays in providing replacement phones, and lack of coordination with safety officials turned the voluntary recall into a stumble that drove down Samsung's stock price.

Wells Fargo Scrutinized For Executive's Retirement Package

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 4:01am

The executive oversaw the employees who opened as many as 2 million fake accounts to boost sales figures. David Greene talks to Alan Sklover, an attorney who brokers retirement deals for executives.

Why Middlemen Are Taking Over The Global Economy

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 4:01am

Sellers on Amazon find their products being resold on eBay without permission for a markup, with middlemen capitalizing on the efficiency of online shopping to make an extra buck.

A Piece Of The Past, A Price In The Present: Paying For The Erie Canal

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 3:39am

The Erie Canal was once one of the country's most important trade routes. Some are questioning whether this historical relic is still worth the tens of millions of dollars needed to maintain it.

A Lightbulb Moment: All Her Practice Added Up To Triumph

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 3:37am

Eileen Kushner strove — and strove, and strove — to overcome a learning disability diagnosed later in her life. But Kushner, who was inspired by Edison, found a crucible in her job at McDonald's.

LeBron James Helps Young Entrepreneurs In 'Cleveland Hustles'

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 3:30pm

Small business entrepreneurs typically get money from family or friends. But an approach taken from the pages of Silicon Valley is being used in Cleveland. A new reality television show called Cleveland Hustles is the idea of basketball superstar LeBron James. The show documents this process as four companies try to create jobs and a business model that can be replicated across the country.

Some Employees Sue For Better Deals On 401(k) Options

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 3:30pm

Some employees are suing their employers to get better deals on their 401(k) options. It seems like a wonky version of ambulance chasing. But when employees at an investment firm that creates funds got on the trend, it became a chance to understand what makes a raw deal on a 401(k) fee.

Consumer Product Safety Commission Recalls 1 Million Galaxy Note 7 Phones

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 3:25pm

Chairman Elliot Kaye said consumers should "take advantage of this recall right away" because the phone represents such a "serious fire hazard."

Jack Daniel's Heralds A Slave's Role In Its Origin Story

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 2:33pm

Jack Daniel learned how to make whiskey from a preacher. That's how the story goes. But a new figure is gaining prominence in the brand's corporate history.

Trump Confident He Can Speed Economic Growth To Rate Not Seen In Years

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 1:39pm

The candidate also predicted that his economic plan will deliver up to 25 million new jobs over the next decade, describing it as pro-growth, pro-jobs and pro-family.

Obama To Designate First Marine National Monument In The Atlantic Ocean

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 4:22am

The announcement is expected to delight conservationists and anger others. The unilateral move allows the president to protect the marine environment without waiting for Congressional approval.

Does Good Economic News Undermine Political Messages By Trump, Clinton?

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 4:11am

Steve Inskeep talks to economist and syndicated columnist Peter Morici and Jared Bernstein of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities about record middle-class incomes.

NEW NPR Podcast 'How I Built This' Begins With Spanx

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 4:11am

David Greene talks to Guy Raz, host of the new NPR podcast "How I Built This," about the shapewear that made Sara Blakely a billionaire. She invented Spanx.

The 'Livelihood Loophole' And Other Weaknesses Of N. Korea Sanctions

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 3:58am

North Korea may face tougher sanctions in response to its most recent nuclear test, the most powerful blast yet. But North Koreans keep finding workarounds to the punitive measures.

Tim Gunn: The Fashion Industry Is Not Making It Work For Plus-Size Women

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 5:43pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Tim Gunn, a fixture in the fashion world, about his article in The Washington Post in which he blasted the industry for ignoring plus-size women.




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