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Words You'll Hear: Dodd-Frank

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 4:45pm

This week NPR's Lakshmi Singh speaks with Raj Date, former Deputy Director of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau about the House bill to scale back Dodd-Frank financial regulations.

Activists On The Left Seek To Harness Spending As Part Of Their Anti-Trump Resistance

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 6:00am

Boycotts are a powerful and familiar form of protest and now it seems "procotts" — when shoppers seek out products that help support their political beliefs — among anti-Trumpers are on the rise.

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Why We Should Say Someone Is A 'Person With An Addiction,' Not An Addict

Sun, 06/11/2017 - 4:00am

Journalists should quit calling a person who uses drugs an "addict," according to The Associated Press Stylebook. This follows a trend toward "person first" descriptions of people with diseases.

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Town That Helped Power Northwest Feels Left Behind In Shift Away From Coal

Sat, 06/10/2017 - 7:01am

Colstrip, Mont., is home to the second-largest coal power plant in the West. The plant's customers in other states are turning away from coal, so locals are looking for support in making a transition.

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Uber Drivers Confront Challenges Working For A 'Faceless Boss'

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 3:38pm

While Uber says you can "be your own boss" — that's their viral tagline — hundreds of drivers tell NPR it's not true. They say Uber feels more like a faceless boss — setting strict rules and punishments, but eerily hard to reach, even in emergencies.

FDA Asks Drug Maker To Pull Opioid Opana ER Off The Market

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 3:38pm

The Food and Drug Administration requested drug maker Endo Pharmaceuticals stop selling Opana ER, which is an opioid. NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Dr. Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, about the decision.

It's Checkmatey For Pirate Joe's: Canadian Grocery Reseller Lowers Its Sails

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 3:35pm

Break out the pirate pun of your choice, for an era has come to a close: After five years buying Trader Joe's products in the U.S. and reselling them in Vancouver, Pirate Joe's is shuttering the shop.

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Taylor Swift Returns To Spotify, Amends Her Relationship To Streaming

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 11:17am

The pop superstar announced her 'return' to streaming, but it's more complicated than that.

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Canada's Tech Firms Capitalize On Immigration Anxiety In The Age Of Trump

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:46am

"We feel that Canada has a window of opportunity here to be able to attract the best and the brightest," says one Canadian tech leader.

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Want More Traditional Chinese Fare? Panda Express Says: Give Us A Try

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:33am

The fast-food chain is often knocked for its Americanized spin on Chinese food. But as American palates expand, it wants to keep up by offering more traditional Chinese recipes ... to an extent.

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A Little-Known Climate Fund Is Suddenly In The Spotlight

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 8:10am

It's the Green Climate Fund. It was called out by President Trump last week, who said he'd cut off U.S. "billions." What does it do, exactly, and what will be the impact of the cutback?

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The Faceless Boss: A Look Into The Uber Driver Workplace

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 6:10am

To recruit drivers, company leaders are fond of saying that at Uber, you can "Be Your Own Boss." But NPR found that many Uber drivers feel controlled by a boss that is both always there, yet faceless.

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Changing Pay Rates Keep Uber Drivers On The Road Longer

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 4:03am

Because of supply and demand, pay rates for Uber drivers shift. They never know how much they're going to make. To reach a goal, some drivers stay on the job at least 14 hours — sometimes longer.

Economic Opportunities Are Bleak For Russian Single-Industry Town

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 4:03am

Many Russian towns have had a hard time transitioning from communism to capitalism. In a single-industry town 200 miles north of Moscow, the population and job opportunities are dwindling.

Trump's Infrastructure Plan Still Could Use More Planning

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 4:00am

The president's infrastructure proposal still has a few holes to fill in, and it also may not be the job engine he thinks it will be. Here are four questions he may want to think about.

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House Passes Bill Aimed At Reversing Dodd-Frank Financial Regulations

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:54pm

The GOP-led House approved legislation that scales back the massive set of Wall Street regulations created after the 2008 financial crisis. The Financial CHOICE Act faces dim prospects in the Senate.

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Uber Drivers Criticize Company For Shady Firing Practices

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:31pm

Two words you probably never want to hear: you're fired. Now imagine that instead of your boss telling you — eye-to-eye — you instead get the news as a pop-up alert on your smartphone. That's how it works at Uber, and it turns out, the Uber app's move to fire is sometimes made in error.

Spies In The Field: As Farming Goes High-Tech, Espionage Threat Grows

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 7:00am

Recent cases involving Chinese nationals conspiring to steal trade secrets — from gene-spliced rice to corn seed — have highlighted the risk of intellectual property theft from U.S. companies.

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Uber Drivers Don't Feel Like Their Own Bosses

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 4:09am

Uber says drivers can each be their "own boss." But in an NPR survey, hundreds of drivers said they don't feel that way. They feel controlled by a boss that is both always there, and yet faceless.

Eager To Burst His Own Bubble, A Techie Made Apps To Randomize His Life

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 3:00am

Suddenly aware of repetitive feedback loops in his life, Max Hawkins created apps that decided where he should go, what strangers' parties he should attend, even how he should spend Christmas.

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