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After Decades Covering It, Tech Still Amazes Walt Mossberg

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 4:08pm

He began covering personal technology in the 1990s, when he says tech columns were written "by geeks for geeks." As he retires, Mossberg reflects on how tech has evolved, often in unexpected ways.

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Restaurants With Low Yelp Ratings Suffer Under Higher Minimum Wages

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 3:29pm

Minimum wage increases in the San Francisco Bay Area have had an impact on the local restaurant industry, according to a study released by Harvard Business School. Restaurants with low or middling Yelp reviews have become more likely to go out of business. Places with high reviews have been unaffected. The study doesn't attempt to determine whether the wage increases have been good for employees or the local economy overall.

Coach Announces It Is Buying Kate Spade In $2.4 Billion Deal

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 2:43pm

The news confirms months of rumors that the two New York-based brands were in talks to join forces, as Coach tries to attract millennial customers. Both boards unanimously approved the deal.

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Public Restrooms Become Ground Zero In The Opioid Epidemic

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 11:33am

People often turn to public restrooms as a place to get high on opioids. It has led some establishments to close their facilities, while others are training employees to help people who overdose.

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Life Expectancy Can Vary By 20 Years Depending On Where You Live

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:29am

Geographic inequality in lifespan is growing in the United States, with people in some counties living more than 20 years longer than those in others.

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Google Moves In And Wants To Pump 1.5 Million Gallons Of Water Per Day

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 4:00am

The company says it needs that much water to cool its servers at a South Carolina data center. Now, community leaders are having to balance economic benefits with environmental impact.

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Have The 'Miserable' Airlines Finally Reached A Tipping Point?

Mon, 05/08/2017 - 4:00am

"We're a bunch of tuna crammed into a can and it's miserable," said one traveler. Now, airlines hope they can get past the perception that they put profit over passenger comfort.

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Kushner's Sister Suggests Family Can Help Chinese Get U.S. Visas In Business Exchange

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 5:31pm

Washington Post's William Wan talks to NPR's Lakshmi Singh about accusations that Nicole Meyer, sister to senior White House adviser Jared Kushner, used her family ties to peddle business in Beijing.

Health Care Services Is A Big Concern For Puerto Ricans In Current Economy

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 5:31pm

NPR's Lakshmi Singh talks to Associated Press reporter Danica Coto about how Puerto Ricans are responding to austerity measures meant to address the island's billion-dollar debt.

Puerto Rico Government Looking At Different Ways To Reduce $120 Billion Debt

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 5:31pm

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló talks about the dire economic situation on the island. Last week it sought a special form of protection from creditors.

Kushner Companies' Pitch To Chinese Investors Raises Conflict Of Interest Questions

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 4:50pm

The sister of President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, highlighted her powerful brother as she sought financing for the family firm's real estate project in New Jersey to Chinese investors.

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The Call-In: Answering Your Air Travel Questions

Sun, 05/07/2017 - 7:16am

This week on The Call-In: airline travel. NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with Wall Street Journal columnist Scott McCartney and former flight attendant Gailen David.

The 'Oracle of Omaha' Condemns Republican Health Care Bill At Berkshire Meeting

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 10:23pm

At what's become an annual tradition that some call a "Capitalist Woodstock," Warren Buffett held forth on a wide range of issues, including Wells Fargo's scandal, tax cuts and driverless cars.

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The Case Against 'Maximizing Shareholder Value'

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 6:48am

Bloomberg View writer Joe Nocera talks with NPR's Scott Simon about what happened when American Airlines gave its employees a raise — and Wall Street complained.

3 Men, One Skyscraper And A Conflict-Of-Interest Concern In Foreign Policy

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 6:26am

"It all just looks really bad," said anti-corruption expert Stuart Gilman. "It looks like Trump is trying to simply protect his properties."

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Businesses Push Back On Paid-Sick-Leave Laws

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 6:15am

Dozens of states and cities require businesses to offer paid sick leave. But some employers are looking for ways to pre-empt those requirements, including at the federal level.

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As Coal Jobs Decline, Solar Sector Shines

Sat, 05/06/2017 - 5:44am

The loss of jobs has stung as the coal industry has declined. Renewable power — especially solar — is now where the jobs are. Solar jobs outnumber those in coal, but coal jobs pay more.

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Episode 769: Speed Dating For Economists

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 6:17pm

We visit a job market created by economists, for economists. It's a hyper-efficient, optimized system, tested by game theorists, tweaked by a Nobel Prize winner, but it requires comfortable shoes.

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Glassdoor Economist Describes U.S. Economy As 'A Red Hot Labor Market'

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Andrew Chamberlain, chief economist for Glassdoor, about the new jobs report from the Labor Department.

Canada Recalls Bottles Of Bombay Sapphire Gin For Having Too Much Alcohol

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 3:31pm

In Canada, a batch of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin is being recalled because it accidentally is 77 percent alcohol — double what it's supposed to be.

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