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