Business News

Subscribe to Business News feed Business News
Find the latest business news with reports on Wall Street, interest rates, banking, companies, and U.S. and world financial markets. Subscribe to the Business Story of the Day podcast.
Updated: 28 min 19 sec ago

Birth Control Apps Find A Big Market In 'Contraception Deserts'

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 4:00am

For some U.S. women who buy hormonal contraception via an app, it's all about convenience — birth control pills in the mail, without an office visit. But in Texas there's much more to it.

(Image credit: Paige Vickers for NPR)

A NASA Astronaut Stays In Orbit With SpaceX And Boeing

Sun, 03/25/2018 - 9:00pm

Sunita Williams was the second female commander of the International Space Station. Now, she says her new job working with private companies to develop space technologies feels like a new frontier.

(Image credit: NASA Photo)

Words You'll Hear: Dow Jones Industrial Average

Sun, 03/25/2018 - 4:10pm

Stocks plunged last week after President Trump imposed tariffs on Chinese imports. NPR's Sarah McCammon asks David Wessel of the Brookings Institution what that means for the U.S. economy.

More States Move To End 'Tampon Tax' That's Seen As Discriminating Against Women

Sun, 03/25/2018 - 7:01am

In many states, menstrual products are subject to a sales tax whereas items like ChapStick are not. It's just one example of women paying a premium, known as the "pink tax," for various products.

(Image credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

How Does Cambridge Analytica Flap Compare With Obama's Campaign Tactics?

Sun, 03/25/2018 - 6:15am

NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Betsy Hoover, the online organizing director for Barack Obama's 2012 presidential campaign. Conservatives have drawn parallels between the work of Cambridge Analytica to the data operation of the Obama campaign.

Questions Of Race, Fairness Complicate Student-Athlete Pay Debate

Sun, 03/25/2018 - 6:15am

With March Madness in full swing, NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro and Gene Demby talk about whether student athletes should be paid, and the role of race in big-time college sports.

In Some Places, Deleting Facebook Would Mean Erasing Opportunity

Sun, 03/25/2018 - 6:15am

Facebook is heavily used in Pakistan among the middle class. WhatsApp and Twitter are popular too. But Facebook has played a key role in Pakistan in gathering people for political and cultural movements of all stripes.

Fired Via Tweet, Text And Voicemail: Loss Of Job, And Respect

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 5:29pm

President Trump's firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson over Twitter is not common practice, but some workers say dismissal sometimes comes with a healthy dose of unnecessary disrespect.

(Image credit: Chandis Vaughn/Courtesy of Autumn Weese)

Trump's Tariffs Lead To Layoffs At Steel Beer Keg Company

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 5:09pm

President Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs are aimed at fulfilling a campaign promise to bring back jobs, but they've led to layoffs at a Pennsylvania keg company that uses domestic steel.

'Cow Clicker' Developer: Facebook's Response To Complaints Is Too Late

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 7:23am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Ian Bogost about data collected from Facebook-connected apps. In 2010, Bogost launched Cow Clicker, a parody game that inadvertently collected a lot of user information.

As U.K. Clamps Down On Cambridge Analytica, Privacy Concerns Span Atlantic

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 6:27am

As the EU and U.K. prepare to adopt stricter digital privacy rules, officials there are warning the U.S. to beef up its own Internet security regulations.

Will Back And Forth Over Tariffs Turn Into A U.S.-China Trade War?

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 6:27am

President Trump ordered tariffs on China to address complaints that the country forces U.S. businesses to give up industry secrets. Scott Simon talks with Washington Post correspondent David J. Lynch.

Is It Even Possible To Protect Your Privacy On Facebook?

Sat, 03/24/2018 - 6:27am

You might be asking this question after revelations that personal data were used by a firm tied to the Trump campaign. A privacy advocate says "you'd be spending your day full time" dealing with it.

(Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Episode 671: An Insider Trader Tells All

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 3:24pm

A man who got caught insider trading explains everything — what he did, how he did it, and why.

(Image credit: United States Attorney's Of)

What Stake China Has In American Intellectual Property

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 3:21pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Scott Kennedy, a specialist on China's economy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies about China's stake in American intellectual property.

Trade War Could Damage U.S. Consumers More Than China

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 3:21pm

Historically, both sides usually lose in trade wars. But, one side often loses more than the other. While China could be hurt by the Trump administration tariffs, U.S. consumers, companies and our allies could end up being damaged more.

Spending Bill Protects Tipped Workers From Sharing With The Boss

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 3:14pm

The president signed a spending bill Friday that, among other things, safeguards workers' tips. It blocks an earlier Trump administration move that may have allowed restaurant owners to pocket them.

(Image credit: Peter Muller/Getty Images )

The Oil Rig Count

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 3:04pm

One of the best gauges of the state of the oil business is a pretty simple one: just count the drilling rigs.

(Image credit: NPR)

Craigslist Shuts Down Personals Section After Congress Passes Bill On Trafficking

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 2:52pm

Craigslist says it made the change because of the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, which is meant to crack down on sex trafficking of children. Free speech advocates are critical of FOSTA.

(Image credit: AP)

Friday News Roundup - International

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:06am

The U.S. and the U.K. have differing messages for Vladimir Putin.

(Image credit: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

Pages

©2018 WLRH PUBLIC RADIO

Address

WLRH Public Radio
UAH Campus
John Wright Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899

Get Directions

Phone

LOCAL:
(256) 895-9574

TOLL-FREE:
(800) 239-9574