China's central bank surprised investors when it devalued its currency. David Greene talks to David Wessel, director of the Brookings Institution's Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy.
Monsanto, the world's largest producer of seeds, is trying to swallow up a competitor in pesticide production. The move could lead to fewer choices for farmers and further consolidate the industry.
Renee Montagne talks to Wilson Rothman, of The Wall Street Journal, about his reporting on Epson's new printer, which breaks the current "razor blade" business model of overpriced printer cartridges.
The NBA superstar's brand is one of many mired in copyright trouble in China. An unrelated shoe company with an Air Jordan-esque name and logo is making millions — and under Chinese law, it's legal.
The New York Times and ProPublica examined documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. They reveal an extensive relationship between the spy agency and the telecom giant.
Finance ministers for the 19-nation common currency union approved the first tranche of an 86 billion euro package, the third such emergency deal in five years.
Cynthia Hawkins leads a family business that endured the 1965 Watts riots, and the Rodney King riots in 1992. She praises the embattled neighborhood, and says strong community ties brought success.
Gilliant Tett of the Financial Times tells NPR's Scott Simon what China's currency devaluation this past week will mean for the rest of the world.
Gasoline prices in the Midwest are up sharply even as oil prices head down. The problem is unscheduled repairs at a big BP refinery in Indiana.
This week, oil prices plunged, falling below $43 a barrel. A year ago, a barrel of West Texas crude oil was selling for more than twice that. Consumers in most of the country are reaping the benefits. But the downside of low prices means tough times for oil field workers. In a small Texas city, nearly everyone is feeling the pain of low oil prices.
The approval came despite a rebellion within the ranks of the ruling leftist party over harsh austerity measures imposed in exchange for the $93 billion deal.
The group has been guarding miners, who are in a standoff with the owners of the operation. In a win for miners, a U.S. attorney has filed a federal civil suit against the owners of the mine.
China already is an economic force. It's a powerhouse in trade and manufacturing, but it yearns to be more. Its desire to be a major financial player carries some risk for the world's economy.
The not-for-profit company that produces the children's TV show Sesame Street has struck a five-year deal with premium cable channel HBO. Older episodes of the show will still be available on PBS.
The Hawkins family has been feeding Watts since 1939. Cynthia Hawkins is the third generation to continue the tradition, and in an LA neighborhood that is often referred to as a food desert.
Curtis Carroll taught himself to read in prison. He also discovered a passion for finance. Now inmates and guards seek out his advice, and everyone calls him Wall Street.
The USDA is allowing a pork retailer, for the first time, to label products as raised "without the use of ractopamine." It may lead to pressure on farmers to stop using the muscle-promoting drug.
After Hurricane Katrina wiped out the city 10 years ago, locals fought hard to preserve their deep-rooted cuisine. But devastation also brought opportunities for more experimental eateries to move in.
The economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that his grandkids would work just 15 hours a week. He imagined by now, we would basically work Monday and Tuesday, and then have a five-day weekend. His family's grandkids help explain why he was so wrong.
For the next five seasons of Sesame Street, episodes will air first on HBO before they're made available to PBS for free nine months later.