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How Running ExxonMobil Did (And Didn't) Prepare Rex Tillerson For Secretary Of State

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 12:44pm

New Yorker writer Steve Coll says that though Tillerson has conducted billion-dollar international deals as an oil executive, he has no government experience.

This Doll May Be Recording What Children Say, Privacy Groups Charge

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 9:30am

Privacy advocates have filed a complaint with U.S. regulators about the Internet-connected doll called My Friend Cayla. They say the toy can record and transmit everything children say to it.

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For Cash-Strapped Monks, Selling Fruitcakes Is A Saving Grace

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 6:00am

While monks aren't trying to dominate the fruitcake market, they have made enough money to help support their solitary way of life. And there might be a little competition between monasteries.

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Trump's Doral Golf Course Highlights His Conflicts Of Interest

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:06am

Donald Trump owns many golf courses, which provide his family with lots of revenue. And as president, he'll be able to steer labor and environmental policies that could boost his own profits.

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Laser Lights: Modern Convenience Clashes With Holiday Tradition

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:06am

Drive down any suburban neighborhood and you'll see them. Homeowners are ditching strings of lights. Instead, projectors send hundreds of red and green lasers dancing across the outside of homes.

Trump's Immigration Plan Could Undermine Promise To Boost Economy

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:06am

Donald Trump says he will double the U.S. growth rate; that requires getting more people into the workforce. The president-elect also plans to limit immigration, the biggest source of new workers.

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The Richest Administration In History Just Got Richer

Tue, 12/20/2016 - 4:00am

President-elect Trump has selected billionaire businessman Vincent Viola to be Army secretary. Like other wealthy nominees, Viola could qualify for a tax break if he is forced to sell investments.

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Board Decides To Keep Lagarde As IMF Chief After Conviction

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 8:06pm

The IMF's board expressed "full confidence" in Managing Director Christine Lagarde after she was convicted of negligence for improperly overseeing a 2008 case when she was France's finance minister.

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IMF's Christine Lagarde Found Guilty Of Negligence Over 2008 Dispute

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 9:12am

A French court ruled that the current head of the International Monetary Fund improperly oversaw a case when she was France's finance minister. She was not sentenced to any prison time.

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Former Ambassador Locke On The Future Of U.S.-China Relations

Mon, 12/19/2016 - 4:12am

As Donald Trump's administration is about to take over from the Obama White House, David Greene talks to former Ambassador to China Gary Locke about U.S.- Chinese relations.

How One Couple Fought For The Legal Right To Leave A Bad Yelp Review

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 5:13pm

The lawsuit was one of the cases that inspired the new law — the Consumer Review Fairness Act — that aims to curb one avenue businesses have used to sue customers for posting negative online reviews.

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Female CEOs Describe Tough Road To The Top In 'Earning It'

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 3:59pm

Veteran journalist Joann Lublin discusses her book, Earning It: Hard-Won Lessons from Trailblazing Women at the Top of the Business World. Lublin interviewed 52 female corporate leaders.

U.S. Kids Now Less Likely To Earn More Than Their Parents

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 3:59pm

Stanford University professor of economics Raj Chetty discusses the idea of American upward mobility and why kids are increasingly less likely to earn more money than their parents.

After Outbreak Of Looting, Venezuela Delays Phase-Out Of Large Currency

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 11:10am

In a short TV appearance Saturday night, Maduro told his nation that 500-bolivar notes that are meant to replace the 100-bolivar currency are delayed.

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Employing Third Party Fact-Checking, Facebook Unveils New Plan To Curb Fake News Stories

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 7:21am

Facebook says it will work with third party fact checkers to weed out fake news on its site. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Alexios Mantzarlis of the Poynter Institute, a partner in this effort.

Please, Baby, Please: Some Couples Turn To Crowdfunding For IVF

Sun, 12/18/2016 - 5:51am

Infertility is often a private struggle. But some couples are going public — via crowdfunding sites — to help subsidize in vitro fertilization treatments that can cost as much as $20,000 each time.

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Donald Trump Ordered For Deposition In D.C. Hotel Restaurant Case

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 9:07am

President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to testify under oath in January at Trump Tower — just weeks before he raises his hand to swear in at his inauguration.

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Trump Announces Nomination Of S.C.'s Mulvaney To Head Budget Office

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 8:23am

Rep. Mick Mulvaney is a prominent member of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of around 40 conservatives that grew out of the Tea Party movement.

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The Final Days Of Hawaiian Sugar

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 8:00am

The sugar industry in Hawaii dominated the state's economy for over a century. But it has shrunk in recent years. Now, the last of the state's sugar mills has wrapped up its final harvest.

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Episode 742: Making Bank

Fri, 12/16/2016 - 6:10pm

On today's show, how a band of medieval warrior monks sworn to poverty got into the banking business and changed the way we think about money forever.

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