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How To Make Boring Sell: In A Jiffy

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 5:07am

The Chelsea Milling Co. is known as the manufacturer of Jiffy baking mixes: for muffins, cakes, biscuits and more. Here's how the family-owned manufacturer has managed to thrive for generations.

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Kushner Family Could Get Millions From Chinese Company In Real Estate Deal

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

The family of President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and a Chinese company appear to be close to a deal on a real estate property in New York City.

How To Make Farmers Love Cover Crops? Pay Them

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:55pm

New satellite images reveal that few Midwestern farmers are planting pollution-preventing "cover crops." In Maryland, though, farmers are doing it, thanks to hefty subsidies.

Former Trump National Security Adviser Was Paid To Advise Russian Firms

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:54pm

Michael Flynn collected more than $50,000 by companies, including a Kremlin-backed television network, to talk about U.S. intelligence, according to documents released in a congressional inquiry.

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What Do Rising Interest Rates Mean For Average Americans?

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:28pm

The Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates affects every day Americans. Their payments on home equity lines of credit will be going up, and mortgage rates will be rising.

Trump's Budget Plan Cuts Funding For Arts, Humanities And Public Media

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 2:02pm

The proposed spending cuts released on Thursday would affect local arts groups as well as public radio and TV stations nationwide.

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One Way To Force Down Drug Prices: Have The U.S. Exercise Its Patent Rights

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 1:45pm

Some members of Congress say the U.S. government should use the patent rights it owns for any drugs that were developed with federal grants to drive down the prices of those drugs.

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The Oxford Comma: Great For Listing, Pontificating, And Winning Court Cases

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 12:24pm

An appeals court dispute between a Maine dairy company and its delivery drivers came down to a single punctuation mark — or rather, the lack of it. Count it a win for the controversial comma.

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McDonald's Tweet Blasts President Trump, And Is Quickly Deleted

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 9:08am

McDonald's says its account was "compromised." The tweet drew a wide range of responses — from pledges to eat a Big Mac today to calls for a boycott.

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How To Spend A Trillion Dollars

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:49am

President Trump says he wants to spend a trillion dollars on infrastructure. It's such a big number that it's hard to wrap your head around it. We try to figure out what that actually buys.

Trump To Unveil 'Hard Power' Budget That Boosts Military Spending

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:02pm

President Trump's budget blueprint calls for a 10 percent increase in military spending, along with deep cuts in foreign aid and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Episode 522: The Invention Of 'The Economy'

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 5:47pm

A hundred years ago, nobody talked about "the economy." That's because easy ways to measure and talk about it hadn't been invented. On today's show: how we started boiling nations down to a number.

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U.S. Women's Hockey Team Boycotting World Championships To Protest Low Pay

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 5:13pm

The reigning world champions say they won't defend their title. Along with higher pay, they want more marketing and training support from USA Hockey. USA Hockey said it was "disappointed" by the move.

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Federal Reserve Raises Interest Rates By 0.25 Percent

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 3:38pm

The Federal Reserve announced it has raised interest rates by 0.25 percent, and bank policymakers project at least two more rate increases this year. Chair Janet Yellen spoke with journalists about the Fed's reasoning.

Federal Reserve Raises Key Interest Rate, Signals 2 More Increases This Year

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 3:01pm

The Fed also said it is looking to increase rates three times in 2018, as inflation approaches the central bank's target annual rate of 2 percent and the unemployment rate appears stable.

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Emails Reveal Monsanto's Tactics To Defend Glyphosate Against Cancer Fears

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 2:20pm

Internal emails show Monsanto executives scrambling to counter a U.N. agency's finding that glyphosate, the chemical in Roundup, can cause cancer. One email proposed "ghost-writing" scientific papers.

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In 2005, Trump Was Hit With A Tax That He Now Wants To Abolish

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 2:15pm

The Alternative Minimum Tax was passed to target the ultra-wealthy, but today it's more likely to affect the upper-middle class.

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Applying For College Aid Just Got Harder

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 1:59pm

The IRS Data Retrieval Tool has been temporarily disabled for security concerns. Without it, many at-risk students will have a harder time finishing their paperwork.

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Amid Economic Crisis, Anxiety Grows In Struggling Southern Brazilian State

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 1:47pm

Porto Alegre, the capital of Rio Grande do Sul, is seeing strikes and protests amid rising crime and Brazil's worst recession. "We're asking God Almighty that this comes to an end," says a resident.

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Paul McCartney, Denied Control Over Beatles Hits For Decades, Is Told To Wait

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 1:17pm

McCartney has long sought control of The Beatles hits he co-authored and has filed a court case against the company that controls them.

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