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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.

The Troubled Galaxy Note 7 Leaves Some Samsung Customers Frustrated

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

U.S. users trying to take part in Samsung's unofficial recall find themselves winding through a network of stores and unclear guidelines. The government has yet to announce a formal recall.

Farmers Lament Bayer's Acquisition Of Monsanto For $66 Billion

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 3:28pm

The world's largest seed company, Monsanto, is being bought by Germany-based chemical company, Bayer. Farmers at a farm show in Canada are wondering if this will reduce competition.

Episode 724: Cat Scam

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 3:12pm

The internet was supposed to get rid of middlemen--but instead they are taking over the global economy.

Britain Releases A New Fiver That's A Real Survivor

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 3:10pm

This week, the U.K. introduced a polymer 5-pound note that's designed to be waterproof, tear-resistant and chewable. The Bank of England still doesn't recommend setting it on fire.

Sugar Shocked? The Rest Of Food Industry Pays For Lots Of Research, Too

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 2:51pm

A recent study revealed the sugar industry's efforts 50 years ago to shape medical opinion on how sugar affects health. But today, scores of companies continue to fund food and nutrition studies.

Obama Says U.S. Is Prepared To Lift Sanctions Against Myanmar

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 1:08pm

It's going to happen "soon," President Obama said during remarks at a joint news conference with Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi. He said this comes in light of political reforms.

Employees Are Paying A Bigger Chunk Of Health Insurance Costs

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 10:02am

Bosses are passing more of the cost of health insurance on to workers in an effort to keep spending under control. But that can be unfair to lower-income employees, who pay disproportionately more.

Bayer To Buy Monsanto For $66B, Part Of A Trend Of Consolidation In Big Ag

Wed, 09/14/2016 - 8:38am

Bayer, the maker of Aspirin and other pharmaceuticals and chemicals, is buying Monsanto in a deal valued at $66 billion. If approved, it would make one of the world's biggest agri-chemical companies.




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