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United Automobile Workers Confront Renewed Resistance In The South

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 3:27pm

It's been nearly 30 years since the United Automobile Workers started trying to organize at foreign-owned plants in the southern U.S. After a third drubbing at a Nissan plant, the UAW faces as much resistance in the South as it did in the late 1980s.

Blackstone-Starwood Merger Creates Largest Rental Home Company In U.S.

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 3:27pm

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Ryan Dezember, reporter for The Wall Street Journal, about the merger between rental-home businesses Blackstone and Starwood, which makes the company America's biggest home landlord.

Russian Cyberattack Targeted Elections Vendor Tied To Voting Day Disruptions

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 2:47pm

Weird things started to happen as people showed up to vote in parts of North Carolina on Nov. 8. Why didn't state workers know that their elections contractor had been hit by a cyberattack?

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Facebook Watch Is Company's New Plan For Online Video

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:48pm

With nearly 2 billion users, Facebook could further disrupt an online video space — and compete with YouTube and other networks for ad revenue.

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Environmental Penalties Down Under President Trump

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 12:00pm

A new report shows the EPA has collected 60 percent less in civil penalties from polluters compared with recent administrations.

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Does The U.S. Have A Strategic Plan Against North Korea's Threats?

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 6:45am

Ailsa Chang talks to Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin, of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, about how the U.S. might respond to the threats posed by North Korea's nuclear weapon capabilities.

Beach Town Tries To Reverse Runaway Growth Of 'Sober Homes'

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 6:25am

Some local and state officials in South Florida are calling for more regulation of addiction recovery residences to help combat insurance scams.

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How The Standard & Poor's 500 Index Took The Side Of Shareholders

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 4:00am

The S&P 500, an exclusive index of the world's largest companies, has moved to make entry even more strict. The S&P was responding to a trend in which large companies seek to limit shareholder rights.

Despite Proven Technology, Attempts To Make Table Saws Safer Drag On

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 4:00am

It's unclear if the Consumer Product Safety Commission will finally pass a rule requiring all new saws to have an active injury prevention monitoring system built into them.

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Airbnb Cancels Bookings By Users Connected To White Nationalist Rally

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Deborah Hellman, a professor at the University of Virginia, about Airbnb's cancellation of bookings by attendees to a Charlottesville, Va., white nationalist event.

Disney Plans To End Netflix Contracts And Launch Its Own Streaming Services

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 3:31pm

Disney says that when current contracts expire it will no longer offer new movies and TV shows to Netflix. It's also launching two new streaming services — one for movies and TV and the other an ESPN sports stream. Content creators such as Disney are increasingly questioning their relationships with streaming services like Netflix, as cord cutters erode profits for cable channels.

Is The Memo Controversy A Pivot Point On Diversity For Google?

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 1:13pm

Once Google is done putting out fires in the wake of a male employee's incendiary memo about gender, the company will have to think about how to tackle its longstanding diversity problem.

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When Oceans Give You Jellyfish Blooms, Turn Them Into Tasty Chips

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 10:35am

Scientists think human pressures on oceans could cause more jellyfish blooms. What to do? Eat them, says a Danish gastrophysicist who's cracked the science of making them palatable.

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What You Say Will Be Held Against You

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 10:06am

A Google engineer's controversial memo got him fired. When does open expression at work cross a line?

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A "Working Vacation" — For Americans, Is There Any Other Kind?

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 9:06am

Why don't Americans take time off?

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Now That He's President, Trump Is Sounding More Positive About The Economy

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 8:58am

As a candidate, Donald Trump described the economy as something of an unmitigated disaster. Now, he says, "prosperity is coming back to our shores." Is that really true?

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Airbnb Unites With NAACP To Expand Room At The Inn

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 5:50am

The partnership seeks to strengthen Airbnb's anti-discrimination efforts and encourage more people in communities of color to consider becoming hosts.

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Disney Will End Netflix Deal And Offer Its Own Streaming Services

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 5:32am

There will be one streaming service for sports and another for films and television shows, the company announced on Tuesday. But new Disney movies will still be available on Netflix until 2019.

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The Financial Crisis, 10 Years On

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 4:02am

On Aug. 9, 2007, we witnessed the first tremor of a financial earthquake. Ailsa Chang talks with David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about the economy, 10 years later.

'Financial Times' Issues 103-Year-Old Correction

Tue, 08/08/2017 - 6:40pm

In 1914, the newspaper reported that applications were "pouring in" for WWI war bonds. Researchers at the Bank of England, analyzing old records, have discovered that wasn't remotely true.

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