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Feds To Set Rules On Self-Driving Vehicles

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 7:29pm

Transportation officials say they will unveil a sweeping plan to make sure the federal government is involved in ensuring the safety of self-driving vehicles.

A Diversified Economy Cushions Columbus, Ohio, From Downturns

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 5:23pm

Being the state capital, home to Ohio State University and attractive to younger workers has made Columbus, a nearly recession-proof economic hub of Ohio. Can its success be replicated elsewhere?

Planet Money Explores The Value Of Crude Oil

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 3:34pm

NPR's Planet Money team embarked on a quest to buy, transport and refine crude oil, and met all the people who make gasoline possible.

What Happened When Planet Money Bought 100 Barrels of Crude Oil

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 12:48pm

It's pretty easy to buy a tank of gasoline. It's not so easy to buy a tanker of crude oil. Here's what happened when a team of radio reporters tried it.

How Luck And Intuition Helped To Build Instagram

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 4:07am

David Greene talks to Guy Raz — host of the new NPR podcast "How I Built This" — about how the founders of the photo-sharing app Instagram got their business off the ground.

'Planet Money' Team Heads To Kansas To Get Into The Oil Business

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 4:07am

NPR's Planet Money team embarks on a quest to buy, transport and refine crude oil. We'll meet all the people who make our gasoline possible.

Springfield, Ohio: A Shrinking City Faces A Tough Economic Future

Mon, 09/19/2016 - 3:59am

As it transitions away from manufacturing, Springfield relies more on lower-paying service jobs. For many, a middle-class life is out of reach. But some see signs of hope for the local economy.

The Night Instagram Launched, It Crashed, But Didn't Burn

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 11:01pm

Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger launched their photo-sharing app with a server that crashed every other hour. Despite a chaotic start, Instagram became one of the most popular apps in the world.

Venus Williams And Sallie Krawcheck Want Women To Invest

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 4:21pm

Tennis star Venus Williams is a backer and Sallie Krawcheck heads a new investment company aimed at women. They talk about why they think a platform like this is needed.

Mae Reeves' Hats Hang At National Museum Of African American History And Culture

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 5:20am

Mae Reeves was one of the first African-American business owners in Philadelphia, where she designed hats for Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne and Marian Anderson.

A Nation Engaged: Is This Still A Land Of Economic Opportunity?

Sun, 09/18/2016 - 5:18am

NPR's series, A Nation Engaged, takes a deeper look at economic opportunity in 21st century America. Is the middle class still shrinking, and what can political leaders do to help?

A Look At Uber's Ambitions For A Driverless Future

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 4:12pm

The ride-hailing firm Uber began testing driverless cars in Pittsburgh this week. Professor and author Timothy Carone discusses the technology and risks of driverless Uber vehicles.

A Talk With Trump's Feng Shui Expert

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 7:45am

NPR's Scott Simon talks with Donald Trump's former feng shui master Pun-Yin who worked with him on one of his New York hotels.

The Food Industry's Influence In Nutrition Research

Sat, 09/17/2016 - 7:45am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Dr. Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest about the state of industry-sponsored research and how it might influence medical and policy advice.

Episode 573: Why Textbook Prices Keep Climbing

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 4:00pm

Prices of new textbooks have been going up like crazy — faster than food, cars, even healthcare. On today's show: Why textbooks have gotten so expensive.

Federal Investigator Outlines Probe Into Wells Fargo

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 3:31pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Jeff Ehrlich, deputy enforcement director for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, about the investigation into Wells Fargo. Last week, federal regulators fined the bank more than $185 million dollars for opening accounts to meet intense sales goals.

U.S. Regulators Recall 1 Million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 3:31pm

U.S. government safety regulators are formally recalling 1 million of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones over dozens of cases of exploding batteries. The move comes two weeks after Samsung issued its own voluntary recall of 2.5 million devices in 10 countries. Samsung was initially praised for moving quickly, but conflicting information, delays in providing replacement phones, and lack of coordination with safety officials turned the voluntary recall into a stumble that drove down Samsung's stock price.

Wells Fargo Scrutinized For Executive's Retirement Package

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 4:01am

The executive oversaw the employees who opened as many as 2 million fake accounts to boost sales figures. David Greene talks to Alan Sklover, an attorney who brokers retirement deals for executives.

Why Middlemen Are Taking Over The Global Economy

Fri, 09/16/2016 - 4:01am

Sellers on Amazon find their products being resold on eBay without permission for a markup, with middlemen capitalizing on the efficiency of online shopping to make an extra buck.

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.




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