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No NAFTA Deal Will Be Reached In 2017, Castaneda Speculates

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 6:39am

Rachel Martin talks to former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has become a major irritant in U.S.-Mexico relations.

Air Pollution From Industry Plagues Houston In Harvey's Wake

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 4:00am

Flooding in Houston and utility outages led to belches of fumes from refineries and other industrial sites. Residents of a region already struggling with air pollution wonder: Is it safe to breathe?

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Episode 647: Hard Work Is Irrelevant

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 6:19pm

Patty McCord helped create a workplace at Netflix that runs more like a professional sports team than a family. If you're not up to scratch, you're off the team. Is this the future of work?

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YouTube Inadvertently Erases Syrian War Videos In Purge Of Extremist Propaganda

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Sarah El Deeb of the Associated Press about YouTube's effort to get rid of extremist propaganda videos from its website. The effort has inadvertently erased thousands of videos that document the Syrian war. Human rights advocates say such documentation could have been used as evidence in future war crime trials.

British Government Puts $15 Billion Fox-Sky Takeover On Hold

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 3:31pm

A British minister is putting up a big obstacle to a $15 billion deal involving the Murdochs, questioning their leadership and commitment to fairness in the wake of scandals at Fox News and other parts of their media empire.

Tesla Upgrades Batteries On Some Cars To Help Irma Evacuees

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 3:31pm

To help evacuees from Hurricane Irma drive a little further, Telsa sent an upgrade to some of it's cars that made the battery last longer. This raises the question: if they could do it with software remotely, why didn't they do it before? Many companies try to differentiate between identical or nearly identical products to sell them to some people for more and others for less. That's not necessarily a bad thing.

Pacific Northwest Winemakers Worry Wildfire Smoke Could Ruin Harvest

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:26pm

The smoke and ash hanging in the air from the still-burning Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge could easily transfer to the grapes, potentially changing the quality of the wine.

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FDA Moves To Rein In Drugmakers' Abuse Of Orphan Drug Law

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:20pm

Following an investigation by Kaiser Health News and NPR, the Food and Drug Administration has moved to close a loophole that let drugmakers skip pediatric testing of drugs to treat rare diseases.

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White House Takes An Aggressive Approach On Tax Overhaul

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 6:40am

President Trump is working on plan that could win bipartisan support. He'll meet with lawmakers on the topic Wednesday, and Tuesday night he hosted a bipartisan group of senators for dinner.

Organic Industry Sues USDA To Push For Animal Welfare Rules

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 4:02am

New rules — such as giving chickens more space to roam — were approved by the Obama administration, but put on hold under Trump. Now the organic industry is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Why The Government Sells Flood Insurance Despite Losing Money

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 4:02am

The National Flood Insurance Program was operates like an insurance company in many ways except one: it just about always loses money. This piece originally aired on Morning Edition in January 2013.

Organic Industry Sues To Push Animal Welfare Rules

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 4:02am

The organic industry is suing the government, demanding that it implement tougher animal welfare regulations. It could force the largest organic farmers out of the organic industry.

How The Minimum Wage Affects Restaurant Hygiene

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 4:02am

An analysis of Seattle restaurants shows that as the city dramatically raised the minimum wage for restaurant employees and other workers, restaurants responded by lowering hygiene standards.

Department Of Transportation Rolls Out New Guidelines For Self-Driving Cars

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 8:19pm

Tuesday's report, the first such recommendations for manufacturers released under the Trump administration, trims some of the guidelines set out under Obama. Still, they remain voluntary.

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Florida Businesses Struggle To Reopen Without Power After Irma

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 4:02pm

Many are without power or phone service. Their ability to reopen depends on the restoration of electricity, but also on whether employees can get to work through blocked roads and downed power lines.

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Florida's Farmers Look At Irma's Damage: 'Probably The Worst We've Seen'

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 4:01pm

Hurricane Irma smashed through one of the country's top areas of fruit and vegetable production. The storm destroyed half of the citrus crop in some areas, as well as housing for seasonal workers.

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Apple Unveils Three New iPhones, But The Watch Sends Shares Up

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 3:59pm

Apple is freeing the Watch from the iPhone, giving it a direct cellphone connection. The special-release iPhone X ditches the home button, gets facial recognition and wireless charging.

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With Power Out, Many Florida Gas Stations Remain Closed

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 3:56pm

A lot of people evacuated Florida in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. Now they desperately want to come home, but the lack of fuel is making that tough.

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Apple Unveils Highly Anticipated iPhone 10 To Mark Device's Anniversary

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 3:31pm

Apple staged a big event Tuesday to unveil new products. The iPhone 10 debuts on the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and costs $1,000.

U.S. Census Bureau Records Improvements In Income, Poverty And Health Coverage

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 3:31pm

The U.S. Census Bureau released a trio of reports Tuesday on income, poverty and health insurance coverage. All three measures showed improvement. Real median household income increased by 3.2 percent in 2016 over the previous year, and now stands at just over $59,000. The official poverty rate fell for the second year in a row to 12.7 percent.




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