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What The Tit-For-Tat Tariffs Could Mean For The 2 Largest Economies

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 4:53pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks with David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about tariffs and their impact.

Tariffs And The Soybean Business

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 7:07am

John Heisdorffer, president of the American Soybean Association, tells NPR's Linda Wertheimer he and his fellow farmers are concerned about the tariff war.

Judge Orders Chinese Wind Turbine Maker To Pay $59 Million For Stealing Trade Secrets

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 4:33pm

Chinese wind turbine maker Sinovel Wind Group Co. has been ordered to pay $59 million for stealing trade secrets from wind technology firm, American Superconductor Corp by a federal judge.

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China, U.S. Plunge Into Trade War

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 3:11pm

The U.S. has entered into a trade war with China. The U.S. has imposed 25 percent tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods, including electronics, robotics and engine parts, but not popular consumer goods such as mobile phones. China retaliated with tariffs of equal amount on U.S. agricultural products, such as soybeans, wheat and beef.

Jobs: 10 Questions in 10 Minutes

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 3:06pm

It's jobs Friday! For a comprehensive mid-year update on the labor market, we ask labor economist Betsey Stevenson ten questions in ten minutes.

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American Companies In China Are Concerned About Tariffs, Zarit Says

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 7:12am

On Friday, the U.S. imposed tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese imports. Steve Inskeep talks to William Zarit, chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in China, about the impact of tariffs.

Czech Company Designs A Nonalcoholic Beer To Taste Good To Cancer Patients

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 7:02am

A nonalcoholic brew joins the growing market to help chemo patients overcome the changes in their palates that make food unappealing. And it just might help them feel better, too.

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China Says U.S. Has Begun 'Largest Trade War' In History, Retaliates With Tariffs

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 6:55am

At midnight, U.S. tariffs took effect on $34 billion worth of imported Chinese goods — and Beijing responded quickly. The tit-for-tat marks a significant escalation in the countries' trade dispute.

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A Trade War Between The U.S. And China Has Begun

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 6:24am

At 12:01 ET Friday, the U.S. fired the first shots in the trade war by imposing tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese goods. China has hit American goods with equivalent tariffs.

The Economy Keeps Adding Jobs, But Filling Them Gets Harder

Fri, 07/06/2018 - 4:01am

Economists say the government's June jobs report is likely to show a continued tightening of the labor market. They estimate 195,000 jobs were added last month and unemployment held at 3.8 percent.

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Trump Aims Tariffs At Chinese Companies, But Other Firms Will Also Feel The Pain

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 3:56pm

A new round of tariffs is set to begin Friday. The cost of the levies is likely to ripple through the complex global supply chains that make up much of the trade between the U.S. and China.

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The Celebrity Perfume Is Back

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 3:48pm

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Jenna Rosenstein <>, senior beauty editor for Harper's-Bazaar.com, about celebrity perfumes and their peculiar history and place in popular culture.

Philadelphia Ends Gender Segregation In Public Pools

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 3:48pm

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation has formally ended a longstanding policy of segregating male and female swimmers by day. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Billy Penn reporter Michaela Winberg.

For Young Workers In Central Appalachia Job Options Are Slim

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 3:48pm

Despite a recent upturn in the coal industry, it's still difficult for young people to secure jobs working in coal. Embedded's Kelly McEvers and Chris Benderev report on on man from Central Appalachia who's made the decision NOT to work in coal, and the challenges he faces in a region where good paying jobs seem few and far between.

The Long French Goodbye

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 2:49pm

A quirk in French labor law makes it especially difficult for a company to lay off its employees. It's a system designed to protect workers, but it also has consequences for the rest of the economy.

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Seeking Pay Equity, Female Flutist Sues Boston Symphony Orchestra

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 1:18pm

The orchestra's top flutist, Elizabeth Rowe, says that she is paid substantially less than her closest counterpart — a man. Her suit may be the first filed under a new Massachusetts pay equity law.

(Image credit: Winslow Townson/Courtesy of the Boston Symphony Orchestra)

FAA To Passengers: Not Our Job To Regulate Seat Size, Legroom On Planes

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 1:00pm

In a letter responding to a lawsuit brought by the group Flyers Rights, the Federal Aviation Administration said that current seat size is not a safety issue.

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What Happens When Bureaucracy Accidentally Kills You?

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 4:11am

There is a list of names of just about everyone with a social security number who has died. It is meant to prevent identity theft. But sometimes a name of a living person gets added by accident.

U.S. And Iran Trade Threats Over Oil Exports, Persian Gulf Shipping Lane

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 4:11am

After Iran's president suggested Mideast oil exports could be disrupted if Iran's oil exports are cut off, Washington said it would do what's necessary to keep the Strait of Hormuz open for tankers.

Northwest Ranchers Have Beef With Trump's Trade Wars, But Still Support Him

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 4:03am

Tariffs are hitting U.S. beef exports this week. Ranchers across the West are bracing to lose money — but many still proudly back the president.

(Image credit: Anna King/Northwest News Network)

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