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Planet Money Goes To Space

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 2:55pm

No really, we are going into low Earth orbit.

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Tax Bill Would Give Small Brewers A Big Break

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 2:25pm

A cut in the Senate's version of the tax bill would save alcohol producers $4.2 billion. But it probably won't lower the cost of beer, says one brewer who wants to use the money to expand.

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Ray Dalio: What Would Happen If You Were 100% Honest With Your Colleagues?

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 8:30am

Entrepreneur Ray Dalio would want somebody to tell him if he's about to make a mistake. So in his company, even the most junior employees are expected to give him--the boss--critical, honest feedback.

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David Burkus: Would Work Improve If You Knew What Your Colleagues Get Paid?

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 8:30am

How much money you make is a taboo subject. But business writer David Burkus says you should know how much your coworkers are paid. It can improve your job satisfaction--even reduce pay inequality.

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World's Largest Battery Is Turned On In Australia As Tesla Ties Into Power Grid

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 7:24am

"This is history in the making," South Australia Premier Jay Weatherill said of the battery, which sits next to a wind farm. It was tapped early to support the power grid during a heat wave.

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A Promise Of $1,200 Not Enough To Buy Wide Support For Republican Tax Plan

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 8:56pm

Republican lawmakers say their plans will save the typical middle class family between $1,200 and $1,400. But polls show only 25 percent to 33 percent of Americans approve of the proposals.

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Tesla Going At 'Warp Speed,' But Lags In Race To Produce Mass Market Electric Cars

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 5:44pm

The Model 3 is supposed to take Tesla mainstream and bring it to profitability. But CEO Elon Musk's company has missed production goals, and analysts wonder whether he's spreading himself too thin.

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GOP Leaders Maneuver To Pass Tax Bill Over Deficit Objections

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 5:38pm

Two key GOP holdouts came on board after getting concessions they say will help small businesses. That creates a path to pass the bill over concerns that it could add over $1 trillion to the deficit.

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Republican Sen. Charles Grassley On Why He Supports The Senate Tax Bill

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 3:35pm

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa,. about the proposed Republican tax plans. Grassley is a member of the Senate Finance Committee and supports the Senate tax bill.

A Look At What's Happening With The Senate Republicans' Tax Bill

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 3:35pm

The Senate has begun debate on a GOP plan to overhaul the nation's tax code, with major economic and political consequences in the balance.

What The Republican Tax Bill Could Mean For Lower And Middle Income Families

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 3:35pm

One of the sticking points among Republicans debating their tax bill is whether to make an expanded child tax credit refundable. The decision could greatly impact whether the change helps lower and middle income families.

Trump's Claim That GOP Tax Bill Would Hurt The Wealthy Continues To Be Challenged

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 3:35pm

The tax changes proposed by Republican lawmakers would impact President Trump's personal finances. This week, he said: "This is going to cost me a fortune," but experts say that's far from the case.

Walmart Pulls T-Shirts That Hint At Lynching Journalists

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 1:40pm

The T-shirt's message said, "Rope. Tree. Journalist." The third-party seller who was offering it through Walmart had promised that it would arrive by Christmas Eve.

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Report: 27 Things The Feds Could Do To Cut Drug Prices

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 1:18pm

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine get very specific in their recommendations of actions they think the federal government should take to lower prescription drug costs.

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Automation Could Displace 800 Million Workers Worldwide By 2030, Study Says

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 12:46pm

But in the long term, new technology could create more jobs than it eliminates, a new report says. It says governments and businesses have to prioritize retraining workers for the new economy.

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'The Hardest Bakery Possible': Reinventing The Meaning Of 'Whole Grain'

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 12:19pm

A handful of bakeries are pushing the envelope of what's possible — and palatable — by leaving the bran and germ in freshly milled grains from local farmers, who also help drive the menu.

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Russell Simmons Steps Down From Businesses Amid Sexual Attack Allegations

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:53am

Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam records, steps aside from leadership positions in his companies because of allegations of a sexual attack. Host David Greene speaks with NPR's Elizabeth Blair.

Def Jam's Russell Simmons Steps Down Amid Sexual Attack Allegations

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:53am

Russell Simmons, the founder of Def Jam records, steps aside from leadership positions in his companies because of allegations of a sexual attack. Host David Greene speaks with NPR's Elizabeth Blair.

Russell Simmons 'Removing' Himself After Second Allegation Of Sexual Assault

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 11:09am

The hip-hop mogul announced he would step down from leadership roles at his companies after an allegation of sexual assault was directed at him by the writer Jenny Lumet.

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College And Bust: Why So Many Students Don't Stay The Course

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 10:06am

College completion rates vary widely in America. But millions drop out & the costs are staggering. How do we help more students stay the course?

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