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Artist Sets Futuristic Dinner Party In World Reshaped By Rising Seas

Sun, 04/16/2017 - 6:00am

How will our diets shift as climate change causes sea-level rise and coastal flooding? Photographer Allie Wist attempts to answer that with pictures of an imagined "post-sea-level-rise dinner party."

(Image credit: Courtesy of Allie Wist)

Tax Day And Health Insurance Under Trump

Sat, 04/15/2017 - 7:04am

To avoid penalties, people who didn't have health insurance in 2016 or who got federal assistance to pay the premiums need to take a little extra care when completing their tax forms this year.

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United Airlines Changes Its Policy On Displacing Customers

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 7:44pm

United says the decision must be made before customers board the plane. Battered by a viral video nightmare, the airline says this is an initial step toward delivering "the best customer experience."

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Politics Of Respectability And A Dragged Passenger

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 5:12pm

The politics of respectability were complicated this week when a 69 year-old Asian-American doctor was forcibly dragged off a United Airlines flight.

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On A Hot Day, Indians Love To Sip A Spicy Soda That's A Bit Funky, Too

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:32am

Masala soda comes in many flavors. It's usually sold by street vendors and small shop owners. Indians love this drink so much, that big soda companies are now selling it, too.

(Image credit: Leena Trivedi-Grenier for NPR)

Maps Show A Dramatic Rise In Health Insurance Coverage Under ACA

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 8:37am

The overall increase in the number of Americans with health insurance draws attention to counties where the uninsured rate is still high, many of them in states that chose not to expand Medicaid.

(Image credit: Credit: NPR Source: NPR analysis of Census Bureau data)

Online Video Producers Caught In Struggle Between Advertisers And YouTube

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 4:31am

YouTube has tweaked algorithms to prevent ads from appearing next to objectionable and extremist videos. But the moves have left YouTube content creators earning less money.

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Online Video Producers Caught In Struggle Between Advertisers And YouTube

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 4:31am

YouTube has tweaked algorithms to prevent ads from appearing next to objectionable and extremist content on YouTube. But the moves have left YouTube content creators earning less money.

840 Horsepower And Revving To Go: A 'Last Gasp' For Supercars?

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 4:06am

With autonomous cars looming, the New York auto show may be one of the last chances for automakers to show off some cars with muscle. One model sports 840 horsepower. Who needs that much?

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New York Auto Show Focuses On The Need For Speed

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 4:06am

The typical car has about 140 horsepower which is more than enough to navigate the nation's roads. But as consumers turn away from sedans and toward SUVs, companies are amping up the horsepower.

Trading Bot BOTUS Will Buy And Sell Stock Based On Trump's Tweets

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 4:06am

Planet Money built a stock trading Twitter bot. The big puzzle is figuring out which company to buy or sell, and how to get a computer to tell the difference between Apple the company and the fruit.

Trump's Flip-Flops On Economics Move Policies Toward The Status Quo

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 3:42am

President Trump is beating a path back toward the center on economic policy. Some economists think it may be due to influence from Trump advisers like Gary Cohn and Jared Kushner.

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Trump's Latest String Of Flip-Flops Won't Hurt Him (At Least For Now)

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 3:42pm

President Trump is already well-known for not sticking to his guns. But his appeal has been more visceral than policy-based anyway, as one political science professor explains.

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U.S. Courts Divided Over Anti-Discrimination Protections For LGBT Workers

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 3:33pm

Recently, a federal appeals court in Chicago ruled that existing civil rights law bars discrimination based on sexual orientation. But other appeals courts have ruled that existing federal law does not extend to sexual orientation. LGBT activists cheered the most recent decision, but it will likely wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Rival Airlines Pounce On United's Bad Press

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 2:01pm

United Airlines has a PR disaster on its hands after a passenger was violently removed from a flight to make room for crew. For other airlines, it's a PR opportunity.

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In Coal Country, Environmental Regulations Are Creating Jobs

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:10pm

Though President Trump speaks about how environmental regulations kill jobs, in some areas, the regulations help create them. In coal country, restoring streams is steady work.

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United Passenger Suffered Concussion, Broken Nose, Lost Teeth, Lawyer Says

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 12:07pm

David Dao, the 69-year-old doctor dragged off a United Express flight on Sunday night, is still recovering from his injuries, according to his attorney, who said there will "probably" be a lawsuit.

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OK Google, Burger King Hijacked Your Speakers ... And Failed Pretty Quickly

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 11:43am

The fast-food chain launched an ad Wednesday meant to wake viewers' Google Home speakers and use them for a makeshift promo. Sadly for Burger King, it wasn't long before the ploy hit some speed bumps.

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How Game Theory Relates To Airline Booking

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 6:22am

The fiasco with United dragging a passenger off its plane illustrates the problem of enticing people to voluntarily give up their seats. We talk to game theorists about some options.

Using 'Sentiment Analysis' To Understand Trump's Tweets

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 4:02am

Planet Money tries to make a program that reads Donald Trump's tweets and then trades stocks. The first step is training the program to interpret the tweets using something called sentiment analysis.

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