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Middle-Class Americans Face Biggest Strain Under Rising Obamacare Costs

Sun, 11/06/2016 - 7:09am

Last month, officials announced health care costs under the Affordable Care Act are expected to rise 22 percent. Rachel Martin speaks with Lindsay Travnicek, an Arizona woman who may forgo coverage.

Firearms Industry Soars Amid Election-Year Angst, Shattering Records

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 4:45pm

Political rhetoric and the specter of increased regulation have firearm enthusiasts "panicked," one gun shop owner says. And that worry has translated to one thing nationwide: skyrocketing gun sales.

Decline In U.S. Manufacturing Hits African-Americans Hardest

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 4:11pm

Scott Paul and Gerald Taylor of the Alliance for American Manufacturing discuss a report on how manufacturing decline in the U.S. has left many African-American communities spiraling toward poverty.

Analysts Blame Declining Financial Markets On Political News

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 4:11pm

This year's unconventional presidential race has some stock analysts worried about unpredictable markets. NPR's Marilyn Geewax talks about why and how politics are roiling the financial markets.

The Trend Toward Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 1:02pm

The House Minority Leader's stance on legal pot marks a larger trend across the country toward greater acceptance of the drug. Five states are voting on Tuesday to legalize its recreational use.

Opposing Voices From North Dakota Pipeline Meet To Curb Clashes

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 7:27am

In North Dakota the Army Corps of Engineers met with Native American leader hoping to avoid more confrontations between police and Dakota Access Pipeline protesters.

Google 'Fiber' Rollback Halts Expansion Plans For High-Speed Internet In 8 Cities

Sat, 11/05/2016 - 7:27am

For five years, Google and its parent company Alphabet have been spending heavily on an ambitious project to extend lightning-fast internet across the country. That project is ending in 8 metro areas.

Episode 733: A Trunk Full of Truffles

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 9:44pm

Truffles are a lumpy, smelly fungus. They're also one of the most coveted foods in the world. Why are they so expensive? And why are people willing to pay so much for them?

Manure Happens, Especially When Hog Farms Flood

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 3:56pm

When Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina last month, it flooded dozens of manure lagoons at hog farms. Environmentalists say it shows that these farms are too risky for the state.

October Jobs Report Shows Significant Growth In Wages

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 3:31pm

The jobs report released Friday morning came in a little weaker than expected, but there was one very big positive. Wages are growing at a respectable clip again, and that's the first time that's happened on an annual basis since the recession.

Senators Investigate Reports Wells Fargo Punished Fired Workers

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 3:31pm

The fallout for Wells Fargo continues. Elizabeth Warren and two other U.S. senators are asking about reports of retribution by bank managers against would-be whistleblowers. In a letter to the bank's new CEO, the senators cite reporting by NPR about former Wells Fargo employees who were fired or pushed to resign after they called the bank's ethics line.

The Business Ballot Battle Creating A Wedge Among Detroit Voters

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 3:31pm

Tired and unhappy with the city's actions, a group of Detroit activists put a measure on the ballot that would require large project developers to negotiate a binding agreement with the community.

Senators Investigate Reports Wells Fargo Punished Workers

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 3:31pm

Elizabeth Warren and two other senators are asking the bank about reports of retribution against would-be whistleblowers. The senators cite NPR reports about workers who were fired or pushed to quit.

Generic Drugmakers Facing Antitrust Inquiry Over Rising Prices

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 1:52pm

The Justice Department is investigating whether several companies colluded to raise prices of generic drugs. A report suggests a lawsuit could be filed this year.

Samsung Recalls 2.8 Million Top-Load Washing Machines

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 1:49pm

Samsung has received more than 700 reports of washing machines that vibrated abnormally. In some cases, the lids of the machines blew off. Front-load washers are not affected by the recall.

Jury Finds 'Rolling Stone,' Reporter Liable For Damages Over Rape Allegation Story

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 1:19pm

A former associate dean at the University of Virginia sued over her portrayal in a 2014 Rolling Stone article about an alleged gang rape at a fraternity party. The article was retracted.

Ride-Sharing Apps: New Economy, Same Invisible Discrimination

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 11:31am

A study shows how discrimination in housing and transportation has replicated itself in the new "sharing economy" apps like Uber. And as with the old economy, bias is sometimes hard to see up close.

U.S. Wages Rising At The Fastest Pace In Years Amid Solid Hiring

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 11:07am

The Labor Department's latest jobs report shows that average hourly earnings have risen by 2.8 percent since last year, outpacing inflation. Economists say that will boost consumer spending.

Chinese Mogul Buys Dick Clark Productions, His Latest U.S. Purchase

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 8:46am

Wang Jianlin, one of China's richest men, has been pursuing U.S. entertainment properties in recent years. Will he succeed where other foreign investors have struggled in the past.

U.S. Added 161,000 New Jobs In October; Wages Rise By 10 Cents

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 7:39am

The unemployment rate was little changed, ticking back down to 4.9 percent. Hourly earnings rose 10 cents over last month — in total, wages are up 2.8 percent year over year.

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