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Weighty Issue: Cow Guessing Game Helps To Explain The Stock Market

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 4:13am

Planet Money put a picture of a cow on the Internet and asked how much it weighed. The idea was to understand the phenomenon that drives everything from the stock market to orange juice prices.

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A Lot Of Heat Is Wasted, So Why Not Convert It Into Power?

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 4:00am

What if there were a way to take the waste heat that spews from car tailpipes or power plant chimneys and turn it into electricity? An entrepreneur says something called thermoelectrics is the key.

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Online Stars Feel Cheated As YouTube, Facebook Battle Over Videos

Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:47am

Many popular videos on Facebook originated on YouTube, and YouTube stars say it means they're losing money. Facebook says it takes intellectual property rights seriously and is working on a solution.

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So Long, Big Mac: Cleveland Clinic Ousts McDonald's From Cafeteria

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 4:45pm

To encourage healthy eating, Cleveland Clinic will no longer tempt employees, patients and visitors to its cafeteria with McDonald's burgers and fries. The fast-food chain's lease isn't being renewed.

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Thai Business Owners Worry Bombing Could Drive Away Tourists

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:49pm

The Thai economy has been struggling since the military seized power 15 months ago. The bombing in Bangkok Monday has raised fears that tourism — a driver of the economy — may now struggle too with many foreigners among the dead.

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'Rosenwald' Celebrates 'The Greatest Philanthropist You've Never Heard Of'

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:49pm

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Aviva Kempner about her latest documentary on Julius Rosenwald, the successful businessman who helped advance the cause of educating African-Americans in the South.

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Price Rises For Ticket To A Quicker Drug Review By FDA

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 2:20pm

A voucher that can get a drug through the Food and Drug Administration faster was created to reward companies that develop medicines for neglected diseases. The market for vouchers is heating up.

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2016 Campaigns Will Spend $4.4 Billion On TV Ads, But Why?

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 8:57am

TV ads drive name recognition, but it's uncertain exactly how much more they do than that. Yet spending on them will hit record levels in the 2016 cycle.

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Television 2015: Netflix Is A Video Store That Saved A Western

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 7:57am

People in television talk a lot about brands, but sometimes the way a content provider brands itself can actually affect what shows it can save.

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Hackers Appear To Post Customer Data Of Affair-Enabling Website

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 6:50am

Security analysts say the huge data dump may include the account details of more than 30 million users of and its companion site

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Family Farms Turn To Pizza For Fast Cash And Customers

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 5:07am

Small farmers have been struggling for years with low commodity prices and rising production costs. But throughout the Midwest, a new farm-to-table strategy is giving a boost to some farmers.

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Double Disasters Leave An Alabama Fishing Village Struggling

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 4:23am

Ten years ago Hurricane Katrina devastated Bayou la Batre on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Five years later came the BP oil spill. The hard-scrabble fishing hamlet has never recovered.

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EPA Rules Aspire To Slash Oil Industry Methane Emissions

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 4:13am

The Obama administration proposes to cut methane emissions from oil and gas production by nearly half over the next decades. The rules won't be finalized until shortly before Obama leaves office.

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Disney To Build 'Star Wars' Theme Lands At Parks In Florida And California

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 4:13am

Coming to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., and Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.: an immersive Star Wars land that will be one of Disney's biggest and most expensive theme-park projects.

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Bizarre Workplace Policies? Our Listeners Experienced Them

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 4:13am

A New York Times article characterized Amazon as a harsh and punishing place to work. That got Morning Edition wondering about the most unusual workplace policies its listeners have experienced.

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China's Government Tries To Stabilize Its Financial Markets

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 4:13am

David Greene talks to Simon Rabinovitch, the Asia economics editor, for The Economist about China's slowing economy, the global impact and what the government is trying to do.

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FDA Approves First Drug To Improve Libido For Women

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 4:13am

For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has signed off on a prescription drug intended to increase sexual desire in women. The nickname for the daily pill is "pink Viagra."

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GMOs Are Becoming A Proxy For Bigger Concerns About The Food System

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 3:46am

Social scientists and consumer researchers say the battle over GMOs isn't really about GMOs. They say GMOs have become a stand-in for what consumers really want: less processed, natural food.

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Germany's Big Port Eager For U.S.-EU Trade Deal, But Some Are Skeptical

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 4:33pm

In Hamburg, home to one of Europe's busiest ports, support for trade is fervent. But many Germans have their doubts about a proposed trans-Atlantic agreement that is expected next year.

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Food Tours Help Keep Barcelona's Mom-And-Pop Tapas Bars Alive

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 3:29pm

Spain's neighborhood tapas bars are facing competition from big chains. Fortunately, foreign tourists are now discovering them. This story originally aired on June 20, 2015 on Weekend Edition.

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