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Episode 759: What's It Worth To You?

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 4:26pm

Three short stories about putting a price on something hard to value precisely. We go from $4.66 under a pillow all the way up to $1 trillion across every inch of highway in America

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Norwegian Pension Fund Divests From Companies Behind DAPL

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:18pm

KLP is pulling millions of dollars it has invested in companies building and owning the Dakota Access Pipeline. The decision was reportedly driven by pressure from Norway's indigenous Sami peoples.

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Should The U.S. Government Buy A Drug Company To Save Money?

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 2:49pm

Most of the millions in the U.S. who are infected with hepatitis C can't afford the cure. Some say the U.S. could save money and cure more people if it bought the drugmaker Gilead Sciences Inc.

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Trump Stands By Unproven Wiretap Claim At Joint News Conference With Merkel

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 9:21am

In an awkward moment, Trump referred to 2013 revelations the NSA spied on the German chancellor: "We have something in common." The leaders, meeting for the first time, also spoke of trade and NATO.

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WATCH LIVE: After First Face-To-Face Meeting, Trump And Merkel Address Media

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 9:21am

Ruffled by President Trump's past comments, U.S.-German relations haven't been warm lately. Hopes remain that Trump's meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel might help reset the relationship.

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In First Face-To-Face, Trump And Merkel Expected To Tackle Trade And NATO

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 9:21am

Ruffled by some of President Trump's past comments, U.S.-German relations haven't exactly been warm lately. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's visit to the White House on Friday may change matters.

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Never Mind The Emojis: 'Monopoly' Welcomes The T-Rex, Duck And Penguin

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 8:58am

Somehow, we got all wrapped up in the evolution of Monopoly pieces, so we're here to close the circle by letting you know what's staying and what's going in the new editions of the game.

How To Make Boring Sell: In A Jiffy

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 5:07am

The Chelsea Milling Co. is known as the manufacturer of Jiffy baking mixes: for muffins, cakes, biscuits and more. Here's how the family-owned manufacturer has managed to thrive for generations.

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Kushner Family Could Get Millions From Chinese Company In Real Estate Deal

Fri, 03/17/2017 - 3:49am

The family of President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and a Chinese company appear to be close to a deal on a real estate property in New York City.

How To Make Farmers Love Cover Crops? Pay Them

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:55pm

New satellite images reveal that few Midwestern farmers are planting pollution-preventing "cover crops." In Maryland, though, farmers are doing it, thanks to hefty subsidies.

Former Trump National Security Adviser Was Paid To Advise Russian Firms

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:54pm

Michael Flynn collected more than $50,000 by companies, including a Kremlin-backed television network, to talk about U.S. intelligence, according to documents released in a congressional inquiry.

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What Do Rising Interest Rates Mean For Average Americans?

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:28pm

The Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates affects every day Americans. Their payments on home equity lines of credit will be going up, and mortgage rates will be rising.

Trump's Budget Plan Cuts Funding For Arts, Humanities And Public Media

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 2:02pm

The proposed spending cuts released on Thursday would affect local arts groups as well as public radio and TV stations nationwide.

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One Way To Force Down Drug Prices: Have The U.S. Exercise Its Patent Rights

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 1:45pm

Some members of Congress say the U.S. government should use the patent rights it owns for any drugs that were developed with federal grants to drive down the prices of those drugs.

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The Oxford Comma: Great For Listing, Pontificating, And Winning Court Cases

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 12:24pm

An appeals court dispute between a Maine dairy company and its delivery drivers came down to a single punctuation mark — or rather, the lack of it. Count it a win for the controversial comma.

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McDonald's Tweet Blasts President Trump, And Is Quickly Deleted

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 9:08am

McDonald's says its account was "compromised." The tweet drew a wide range of responses — from pledges to eat a Big Mac today to calls for a boycott.

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How To Spend A Trillion Dollars

Thu, 03/16/2017 - 3:49am

President Trump says he wants to spend a trillion dollars on infrastructure. It's such a big number that it's hard to wrap your head around it. We try to figure out what that actually buys.

Trump To Unveil 'Hard Power' Budget That Boosts Military Spending

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 11:02pm

President Trump's budget blueprint calls for a 10 percent increase in military spending, along with deep cuts in foreign aid and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Episode 522: The Invention Of 'The Economy'

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 5:47pm

A hundred years ago, nobody talked about "the economy." That's because easy ways to measure and talk about it hadn't been invented. On today's show: how we started boiling nations down to a number.

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U.S. Women's Hockey Team Boycotting World Championships To Protest Low Pay

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 5:13pm

The reigning world champions say they won't defend their title. Along with higher pay, they want more marketing and training support from USA Hockey. USA Hockey said it was "disappointed" by the move.

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