Bangladesh is the cheapest place in the world to make a T-shirt. But this week, the minimum wage there was raised from $39 a month to $68 a month. That's got some factory owners nervous about whether Western retailers there will pull out. Our Planet Money team examines the future of the garment industry in Bangladesh.
A federal judge has ruled Detroit qualifies for bankruptcy. But the cash-strapped city, laden with roughly $18 billion in long-term debt, faces a long road to regain financial solvency. Unions whose members face pension payment cuts are appealing the ruling, and the ultimate decision about paying the pensions may be made by the U.S. Supreme Court.
BuzzFeed's digital traffic is stratospheric, driven largely by animated GIFs and lists like the 10 most life-affirming dog rescue stories. But the social media outfit is in the process of building up a team of journalists to offer original news reporting, raising questions of just what it intends to be.
The deadline to apply to legally grow and sell pot is coming up in Washington State, but growers are finding there are pros and cons to going legit. Applicants must invest big money to qualify for a license, and it's unclear what the new system will mean for existing medical growers.
Renee Montagne talks to Michelle Singletary, financial columnist for The Washington Post, about what consumers need to understand about putting income aside for retirement. Investment company Charles Schwab recently did a survey that showed most people feel like they don't know what they are doing with their retirement funds.
Traffic on the government's health insurance website this week will test whether technical repairs have succeeded in boosting the website's capacity. Technical teams have been working to patch bugs and expand the website's capacity. But there were times on Monday when some users still had to be pushed into an online waiting room.