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What's New At The Detroit Auto Show

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 4:00am

New cars on display at the Detroit auto show are full of fancy new technology. But it doesn't have anything to do with automation or self-driving.

Supplies Of Valuable Ginseng Root Dwindling

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 3:21pm

Ginseng is a prized root in demand for it's wide use in traditional Chinese medicine. Some of the most valuable ginseng grows wild in Appalachia, but supplies are dwindling.

Trump Meets With British And Israeli Prime Ministers At World Economic Forum

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 3:21pm

President Trump is attending the annual gathering of global business elite in Davos, Switzerland. He met with the British and Israeli prime ministers on Thursday ahead of a major speech on Friday.

A Mafia Story With a Twist

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 2:57pm

Today on the show: citrus, globalization, and the birth of the mafia.

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Amid Bitcoin Frenzy, SEC Warns Against Risky Cryptocurrency Products

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 1:35pm

The Securities and Exchange Commission is worried about the rise of new ways to invest in digital currencies like bitcoin. Regulators warn of potential "fraud and manipulation" in proposed funds.

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FDA Panel Gives Qualified Support To Claims For 'Safer' Smoking Device

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 1:12pm

An advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration recommends the agency accept Philip Morris' claims that its iQOS device, a cigarette alternative, reduces exposure to harmful chemicals.

(Image credit: Philip Morris via AP)

Arriving In Davos, Trump Meeting With World Leaders

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 8:57am

The president offered words of support to British Prime Minister Theresa May. On Friday, he's scheduled to speak to the World Economic Forum, the annual gathering of global business leaders.

Grumpy Cat Awarded $710,000 In Copyright Infringement Suit

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 7:45am

A jury said that Grenade Beverages illegally used the social media star's likeness on a line of coffee grounds and T-shirts promoting its "Grumppuccino" brand iced coffee.

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'Don't Think A Robot Could Do This': Warehouse Workers Aren't Worried For Their Jobs

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 4:02am

A new NPR/Marist poll found that 94 percent of American workers think it's unlikely they would lose jobs to automation. At a New Jersey warehouse, many workers say they're confident in their future.

(Image credit: Claire Harbage/NPR)

Spotify's Unusual IPO Model Will Test The Company's Strength

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 4:01am

Spotify's IPO, slated for this spring, gives investment banks a smaller role in the company's trading. It's been seen as a sign of Spotify's strength, but there are many unanswered questions.

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Bank Of America Ends Free Checking Option, A Bastion For Low-Income Customers

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 6:07pm

The bank is finishing a yearslong phaseout of eBanking, its last option for avoiding fees without keeping a monthly minimum. The move has drawn concerns it will hit low-income customers the hardest.

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Episode 819: Tax Me If You Can

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 6:03pm

Douglas Bruce had a bold vision for Colorado.

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Official Who Allowed Tree Cutting By Redskins Owner Named National Parks Director

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 4:25pm

Interior Department Sec. Ryan Zinke announced the promotion of Paul Daniel Smith, who was reprimanded in 2006 for inappropriately using his position on behalf of Dan Snyder, who wanted a better view.

(Image credit: National Park Service)

Takata Expands Largest Automotive Recall In U.S. History With Additional 3.3 Million Airbags

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 3:18pm

Takata recalled an additional 3.3 million airbags this month, expanding what is already the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says additional airbags are scheduled to be recalled through 2020. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with David Friedman of Consumers Union about why this recall is taking so long.

A Long-Term Bet Gone Bust

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 3:00pm

Long-term-care insurance seemed like the next big thing. Then insurance companies started losing billions of dollars. What went wrong?

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In Davos, Merkel Warns Against 'Poison' Of Right-Wing Populism

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 2:56pm

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's speech at the World Economic Forum warned against isolationism and nationalism. She never mentioned President Trump by name but the speech was seen as a swipe at him.

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For One Family, Contract Work Means 'Feast Or Famine' As Income Varies

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 1:52pm

An NPR/Marist survey found that 1 in 5 workers is a contractor, not a steady payroll employee. For about half of these workers, income can vary greatly from month to month, making budgeting difficult.

(Image credit: Jim Zarroli/NPR)

50 Cent: 'I Forgot' Taking 700 Bitcoins For 2014 Album; Stake Is Now Worth Millions

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 11:04am

50 Cent agreed to accept bitcoin from people buying his Animal Ambition album. The value of those sales has now skyrocketed: The rapper's holding is worth more than $7.5 million.

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Under Trump Appointee, Consumer Protection Agency Seen Helping Payday Lenders

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 9:12am

Former Rep. Mick Mulvaney accepted campaign money from payday lenders. Now he's in control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the agency has delayed implementing payday lending rules.

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Google's Space Race To The Moon Ends, And Nobody Wins Lunar X Prize

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 7:53am

When it was announced in 2007, the prize's organizers said they expected it to be claimed before the original deadline of Dec. 31, 2014. One team raised more than $90 million.

(Image credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University)

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