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Episode 798: Bad Credit Bureau

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 7:06pm

For most of our lives, Equifax has been slurping up our financial data. Now the company's been hacked and our data is loose. Today, we trace this mess back to two brothers and one fateful decision.

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Researcher Says Rate Employment Doesn't Accurately Represent Black America

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 3:58pm

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Andre Perry of the Brookings Institution about the jobs report from September and how full employment has not reached black America.

6 Lessons About Trump From Season 1 Of 'The Apprentice'

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 1:15pm

The show's 2004 debut season played a crucial role in shaping President Trump's image as a savvy businessman. But behind the scenes, one former producer says, Trump also used some "despicable words."

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Consumer Watchdog Proposes New Rules On Payday Lenders

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 12:10pm

Regulations proposed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau would require lenders to determine whether customers can repay within 30 days before issuing a loan.

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How Monopoly Man Won The Internet

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 11:07am

Donning a mustache, top hat and giant bag full of money, a consumer rights activists became a social media sensation for protesting an Equifax hearing on Capitol Hill. Here's how it happened.

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Trump Guts Requirement That Employer Health Plans Pay For Birth Control

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 10:15am

With a new regulation, the administration will allow any company or nonprofit group to refuse to cover contraception by claiming a religious or moral exemption to the federal health law.

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U.S. Jobs Dropped By 33,000 In September, Likely Due To Storms

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 8:06am

The decline in employment, the first in years, comes after 83 months of job growth. The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that the data probably show the short-term effect of recent hurricanes.

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The Economics Of A Monthly Movie Pass

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 4:00am

We investigate the economic mystery of how a movie pass for $10 a month can offer daily movies at just about any theater.

No Class Action: Supreme Court Weighs Whether Workers Must Face Arbitrations Alone

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 3:22am

Increasingly, employers require employees to resolve disputes about anything from harassment to discrimination through individual arbitration. That means they can't join class-action suits.

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Amid Harassment Reports, Harvey Weinstein Takes Leave Of Absence

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 5:54pm

Weinstein, one of the most powerful men in Hollywood, made the announcement following a New York Times story that he sexually harassed employees and actresses for decades.

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Details Emerge Of Las Vegas Shooter's Real Estate Gambles

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 5:02pm

Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock was involved in nearly a dozen deals over the past three decades, starting small with apartments, then working up to multi-million dollar properties.

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IRS Audit Counters Claims Of 'Witch Hunt' Targeting Conservatives

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 3:59pm

An inspector general for the IRS has found the agency went after many progressive as well as conservative groups in 2013, casting a shadow on GOP efforts to punish the agency for a "witch hunt."

Lawmakers: Don't Gauge Artificial Intelligence By What You See In The Movies

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 1:16pm

Elon Musk and others have warned that AI poses a risk to civilization. Two House members say they have doubts about those warnings, but they say it's time for the government to pay more attention.

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Trump's Puerto Rico Golf Venture: Not Such A Great Deal

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 4:01am

President Trump seems pessimistic about Puerto Rico's ability to pay its debts. That view may, in part, reflect his own financial experience there, where he once got stung by a golf course bankruptcy.

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California Bill Would Compel Drugmakers To Justify Price Hikes

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 5:33pm

A bill passed by the California Legislature requires drugmakers to give 60 days' notice before raising a drug's price by 16 percent or more over two years, and to justify the price increase.

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Trump's Remarks About Erasing Puerto Rico's Debt Jolt The Markets

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 4:36pm

The president told Fox News "you can say goodbye" to Puerto Rico's $73 billion in debt. But the White House quickly walked back the remarks.

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Senator To Ex-CEO: Equifax Can't Be Trusted With Americans' Personal Data

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 4:02pm

Republicans and Democrats alike are upset about the massive hack of Social Security numbers and other sensitive information at the consumer credit reporting company.

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At A Time We All Need Comfort, Pie Bars Serve It By The Slice

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 1:55pm

In the past year, sales of pie — and the opening of pie bars — has taken off. One possible reason? Pie brings people together, bakers say, especially in times of tragedy and political discord.

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Ben & Jerry's Signs Deal To Improve Migrant Dairy Workers' Conditions

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:15pm

Farm worker advocacy group Migrant Justice and the behemoth ice cream company have been negotiating for two years to agree on a worker-led initiative that ensures "just and dignified" practices.

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Who Will Benefit Most From GOP Tax Plan? Early Report Suggests The Wealthy

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 4:00am

Republicans in the White House and Congress have billed their tax proposal as a boost for the middle class. But a nonpartisan analysis finds the richest Americans would see the most immediate gains.

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