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If There's A Surplus Of Cheap Crude, Why Do Oil Wells Keep Pumping?

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 4:02am

Months of low prices have failed to stop oil producers from slowing their pumps. New drilling has slowed but producers need to keep the oil flowing through existing wells, or risk running out of cash.

In 2 Indiana Cities, All That Trump And Obama Touched Isn't Political Gold

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 4:00am

Gary has seen economic investment from Donald Trump, and Kokomo benefited from President Obama's auto bailout. But those connections haven't necessarily led to political goodwill.

Politics In Real Life: Paid Family Leave A Big Concern, Not A Top Campaign Issue

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 4:00am

After Nancy Glynn got pregnant, she learned her employer didn't offer paid family leave. Then, like many Americans, she discovered it was hard to get by without it.

Middle-Class Immigrant Family Says Greed Is Eclipsing The American Dream

Sun, 05/01/2016 - 6:55am

In this week's "Hanging On" series about the American middle class, NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with business owners Manolo Betancur and Zhenia Martinez. They own Las Delicias Bakery in Charlotte, N.C.

Puerto Rico Headed For Default As Congress Tackles Relief Plan

Sat, 04/30/2016 - 6:50am

The U.S. territory is expected to default May 1 on a debt payment of nearly half a billion dollars. Scott Simon examines the impact of a default with Wall Street Journal correspondent Nick Timiraos.

Apple's Lousy Week Could Signal Times Of Trouble For Tech Giant

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 3:24pm

Apple got hit with a lot of bad news this week. First, the company posted its first quarterly revenue drop since 2003. And then billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn revealed that he has dumped all of his shares in Apple. NPR explores whether the company is really in trouble or if is this all just a bump in the road.

Cracker Jack's Prize In The Box Will Now Be Digitized

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 1:43pm

Frito-Lay is upending its tradition of including a physical prize with the peanut-and-popcorn treat. Now you'll get a QR code to scan for "mobile digital experiences." Cracker Jack fans aren't amused.

K-Tel Founder And Infomercial Icon Philip Kives Dies At 87

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 11:17am

He started the company in the 1960s and struck gold pitching gadgets such as the Veg-O-Matic food slicer.

Join Us At 12pm EST Today For An #AirbnbWhileBlack Twitter Chat

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 11:10am

Today, Code Switch's Gene Demby and Hidden Brain's Shankar Vedantam will be leading a Twitter chat to discuss what it's like to be a person of color participating in the sharing economy.

With New Deals, Apple And SoundCloud Remix The Dance Music Marketplace

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 9:28am

Apple's agreement with Dubset could ease legal posting of DJ sets that contain copyrighted material. SoundCloud is unveiling a paid service. It's hard to say for sure who is going to benefit.

U.S. Steel Says China Is Using Cyber Stealth To Steal Its Secrets

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 9:11am

The steelmaker is asking a U.S. agency to investigate its claims that the Chinese government not only dumps steel at unfair prices, but also uses computer hackers to steal intellectual property.

Germany's Beer Purity Law Is 500 Years Old. Is It Past Its Sell-By Date?

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 6:00am

For centuries, German law has stipulated that beer can only be made from four ingredients. But as Germany embraces craft beer, some believe the law impedes good brewing.

Les Waas, Creator Of Iconic Mister Softee Jingle, Dies At 94

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 5:06am

Les Waas, a beloved prankster, wrote the memorable song that drew children to the Mister Softee ice cream truck, among other well-known tunes. He passed away earlier this month, at 94 years old.

When A Resume Of Failures Becomes A Recipe For Success

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 4:30am

When a friend suffered what he called "a professional setback," Johannes Haushofer put together his "CV of failures." Haushofer says failure is an essential part of what is means to be a scientist.

Comcast Buys DreamWorks Animation In Race Against Disney

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 4:30am

Cable industry analyst Craig Moffett says this move puts Comcast in closer competition with Disney — not necessarily on the big screen, but on television and among other franchises.

To Lure Patients, Pennsylvania Hospital Refunds Unhappy Customers

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 4:30am

As patients increasingly have more choice in hospitals, hospitals look to stand out. Geisinger Health is taking cue from retail and refunding unsatisfied customers. Experts say that's smart business.

Economists Say Trade Is Good, As Long Resources Are Refocused On Workers

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 4:30am

As opposed to renegotiating trade deals, some economists argue a better approach would be to support those who've lost jobs. The U.S. has underfunded employment programs, compared to other economies.

Why Chobani Gave Employees A Financial Stake In Company's Future

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 4:12pm

Workers at the yogurt maker got a potential windfall when the company said it would give them shares that could be worth up to 10 percent of the firm. It reflects a rising trend in employee ownership.

In The Rural Northwest, A Growing Market For Survivalist Homes

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 3:29pm

A Montana couple is looking to meet a growing demand in the real estate business, at least in the rural Northwest: off-grid properties that include bunkers and secret rooms.

Not A Drone After All? Unclear What Hit That British Airways Plane

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 1:37pm

The incident prompted calls for more drone regulation, but a U.K. lawmaker now says it probably was not a drone that struck the plane. And an investigation has ended because of a lack of evidence.

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