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What A Phillipines Realignment With China Could Mean For U.S. Relations In Asia

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 7:10am

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte announced his "separation" from the U.S. this week. Cornell University Professor Thomas Pepinsky talks to NPR's Scott Simon about the implications.

MetLife Splits With Snoopy And The Peanuts Gang To Adapt To Current Insurance Market

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 7:10am

Metlife is firing Snoopy. The insurance company is saying goodbye to Snoopy and the Peanuts characters as its mascots, ending a three decade relationship.

Episode 731: How Venezuela Imploded

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 5:52pm

Venezuela has just about every economic advantage a country could ask for: fertile land, good climate, educated population, and oil, lots and lots of oil. So how did it go so wrong?

What's Up With The Internet Today? Websites Lag, Don't Load For Many In U.S.

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 2:20pm

A hacking attack against a major Internet infrastructure company, Dyn, has prompted intermittent disruptions across numerous sites, including Twitter and Spotify.

In Jerusalem And West Bank, Nutella Cafes Offer A Sweet Refuge

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 6:00am

Palestinians are flocking to a string of Nutella cafés that have popped up in the region. The cafes offer a welcome refuge from the realities of living in a conflict zone.

Cyber Aggression Takes A Back Seat To Other Presidential Campaign Issues

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 4:09am

The White House says it plans to retaliate against Russia for cyberattacks. Cybersecurity has been a constant issue on the campaign trail. No candidate professes to have expertise in this policy area.

Former Wells Fargo Employees Join Class Action Lawsuit

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 4:09am

In the ongoing scandal engulfing Wells Fargo, the bank says it fired wrongdoers. But some workers say they were trying to blow the whistle and that Wells Fargo fired them. Some ex-employees are joining a class action lawsuit against the bank.

Lawmakers Question Price Hikes For Leukemia Drug

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 7:35pm

The pharmaceutical company Ariad raised the price of a leukemia drug multiple times during a four-year period even as reports of serious cardiovascular side effects mounted.

Tesla Has Begun Making All Its New Cars Self-Driving

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 6:58pm

Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, says once the technology is fully enabled, the cars will be able to drive with no human input. Musk says previously built Teslas can't be retrofitted with the latest features.

Self-Checkout Could Soon Be Checking Out

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 3:19pm

Those self-checkout machines in the supermarkets and other stores have remained pretty much unchanged since the 1990s. They still don't work very well. Why can't they get better? We take a shopping trip with the inventor who describes the issue as a cognitive problem and a shoplifting problem.

Will Selling Its First Ever Bonds On The International Market Help Saudi Arabia?

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 3:19pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Gulf Peninsula expert Gregory Gause about Saudi Arabia selling bonds to raise money and what this means for the country in the long run.

Trick Or Treat? Critics Blast Big Soda's Efforts To Fend Off Taxes

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 2:23pm

Several U.S. cities have sugary drink taxes on the ballot. As efforts to reduce soda consumption gain traction around the world, critics say the industry is using the tobacco playbook to fight back.

Did Trump TV Launch Last Night?

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 10:37am

Donald Trump's campaign ran its own broadcast of the presidential debate Wednesday night. Many saw it as the first incarnation of a rumored Trump cable news channel.

Journalists' Campaign Donations Create Conflict, Ex-Newspaper Man Says

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 4:03am

A report shows some journalists and ex-journalists contributed to presidential campaigns. Steve Inskeep talks to Len Downie, former executive editor of The Washington Post and professor of journalism.

Episode 730: Self Checkout

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 8:54pm

A doctor treating psychiatric patients in an emergency room created the first self-checkout machine in his spare time. Now he can't stand self checkout. So we take him shopping.

California Is Investigating Whether Wells Fargo Committed Criminal Identity Theft

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 6:39pm

The bank has come under fire since acknowledging that employees, trying to meet sales targets, opened millions of accounts without customer authorization.

Soda Industry Tries To Woo Public Health Groups With Sponsorship Deals

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 3:27pm

As the soda industry gears up to spend $9.5 million to oppose the soda tax proposals in San Francisco, Oakland, Calif, and Albany, Calif., critics point out the industry has also been wooing public health groups with sponsorship deals.

Small Savings For Drugs Made To Mimic Biotech Blockbusters

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 2:48pm

Pfizer is poised to start selling Inflectra, its version of the blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug Remicade. But the price of Inflectra is only 15 percent less.

With Oil Prices Down, Saudi Arabia Turns To The Bond Market For The First Time

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 11:11am

Long synonymous with wealth and luxury, the desert kingdom is looking for ways to plug a growing budget deficit.

New Rules Would Require Airlines To Refund Baggage Fees For Delayed Luggage

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 4:14am

The White House is announcing proposed rules intended to address common passenger complaints about airline customer service.

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