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Since 2012, The Economy Has Changed — And So Has The Conversation

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 8:00am

Since the last presidential election, a growing economy has sent the unemployment rate plunging. That improvement has changed the political conversation, but it hasn't stopped worries about wages.

Hanging On: The Economic Woes Of Being A Grad Student

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 7:57am

For our series Hanging On, Linda Wertheimer speaks with Paul Katz. He's one of the organizers of the graduate student union just approved by the National Labor Relations board.

You Think You Know Me, Facebook, But You Don't Know Anything

Sun, 08/28/2016 - 6:41am

A new feature on Facebook shows what interests the website thinks users have and the types of advertisements it would generate to target them. But people quickly found that not every pick is a gem.

Mother Calls EpiPen Price Hike 'A Matter Of Life And Death'

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 4:07pm

Lawmakers are demanding answers after the maker of an allergy treatment raised the price from about $100 per pack to about $600 per pack in seven years. Parents say they can't afford it.

Fear Not, White Sox Fans: You'll Get Used To 'Guaranteed' Field

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 7:39am

The Chicago White Sox announced this week that their 25-year-old ballpark, U.S. Cellular Field, would be renamed Guaranteed Rate Field. Scott Simon ponders where such a name might lead.

Now Hiring: UK's First 'Night Czar' To Boost London Nightlife

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 7:39am

London is hiring a "Night Czar" to bring back its nightlife after a string of music venues closed in the last few years.

In Warmer Climate, A Luxury Cruise Sets Sail Through Northwest Passage

Sat, 08/27/2016 - 5:38am

Climate change is opening up the Arctic to luxury cruises, including an Alaska-to-New York voyage. The vacation destination takes advantage of warming oceans but raises safety and ethical concerns.

Episode 721: Unbuilding A City

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 6:05pm

Why is it so hard to knock down 17 vacant houses in a shrinking city?

'Mystery Shoppers' Help U.S. Regulators Fight Racial Discrimination At Banks

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:43pm

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is sending undercover operatives to ferret out racial discrimination. They're called "testers" or "mystery shoppers" and pose as customers applying for loans.

Thrill Ride Accidents Renew Calls For Regulation

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:29pm

A Kansas waterslide recently decapitated a 10-year-old boy, and the tragedy is raising new questions about thrill ride regulation. No federal agency oversees amusement parks or water parks.

Can Slowing Down Help You Be More Creative?

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 7:49am

Despite being a self-described 'pre-crastinator, psychologist Adam Grant says those who slow down — even procrastinate — tend to be more creative, original thinkers.

After Losing Steam In Smartphones, Chinese Firm Turns To Smart Rice Cookers

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:04am

One of China's most valuable tech startups, smartphone maker Xiaomi, is getting into networked appliances, in a bid to innovate its way out of trouble, as its core business falls flat.

Xiaomi Goes From Smartphones To Smart Homes To Pull Itself Out Of Decline

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:04am

One of China's most valuable tech startups, smartphone maker Xiaomi, is getting into networked appliances, in a bid to innovate its way out of trouble, as its core business falls flat.

Despite Low Oil Prices, Shell Moves Forward With Pa. Petrochemical Plant

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:04am

Even in a down time for its oil and gas business, Shell has decided to build a multi-billion dollar ethane cracker — which makes natural gas into plastics and chemicals — in gas-rich Pennsylvania.

Examining The Effectiveness Of The Trade Adjustment Assistance Program

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 4:04am

There's a part of trade agreements that deals with how to help people in the U.S. who are harmed when jobs move abroad because of trade. It's called Trade Adjustment Assistance. Does it work?

America's Real Mountain Of Cheese Is On Our Plates

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 3:42am

To help dairy farmers hurt by a glut, the USDA said this week it'll buy $20 million worth of cheese and give it to food banks. But we eat so much of the stuff, that's hardly a drop in the bucket.

Bolivian Miners Reportedly Kidnap, Kill High-Level Official Amid Strike

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 11:49pm

The miners, who want to be able to work with private corporations, have blockaded a highway in the country. Rodolfo Illanes was negotiating with them, but an official says he was beaten to death.

Top Fed Officials Field Questions From Activists Unhappy Over Monetary Policy

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 9:00pm

At a "listening session" at the Fed conference in Jackson Hole, liberal groups warn about the impact on poor and minority communities of raising interest rates too quickly.

Volkswagen Has Tentative Deal To Compensate U.S. Dealers In Emissions Scandal

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 7:31pm

The negotiations follow VW's installation of software in its diesel vehicles that cheated on pollution tests. The dealers' sales plummeted on the news. VW will give them cash payments under the deal.

WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

Thu, 08/25/2016 - 3:42pm

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.




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