The redesign of the Ford F-150 resets the dial for the truck and car world. In a bid to gain more fuel economy, it's expected to lose a half-a-ton of weight. Technological advances in materials have made it possible to build cars and trucks out of aluminum. Though aluminum is a third the strength and three times the cost.
Morning Edition co-host David Greene talks to Jacob Kirkegaard of the Peterson Institute for International Economics about whether Boeing's restructuring of employee benefits was inevitable given global competition. Kirkegaard co-authored a book called U.S. Pension Reform: Lessons From Other Countries.
Millions of American customers of both Target and high-end retailer Neiman Marcus had their credit card information stolen over the 2013 holiday season. Melissa Block speaks with Mark Rasch, former Department of Justice prosecutor for cyber crimes, about how hackers may have acquired so much sensitive information — and what might be done with it.
NSA officials say their relations with tech companies have been strained by the news of the agency's surveillance. Tech fortunes rest on the ability to keep their users' data secure, but the NSA wants access to that data. The proposed NSA overhaul due to be announced this week by President Obama will need to address conflicting NSA-tech interests.
Fans of the band Insane Clown Posse, known as Juggalos, were classified as a gang by the FBI in 2011. Now the band and four fans have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice and the FBI. NPR's Rachel Martin talks about the suit with journalist Patrick Flanary, who covered the suit for Rolling Stone magazine.
Upscale department store Neiman Marcus is the latest retailer to disclose data security breaches. The disclosure comes just a day after Target issued another apology for a data breach that occurred during the holiday season. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Brian Krebs, who broke both stories on his blog krebsonsecurity.com