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Episode 803: Nudge, Nudge, Nobel

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 4:24pm

Why do smart people make dumb decisions? Figuring that out won Richard Thaler a Nobel Prize.

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Fed Holds Key Interest Rate Steady, But Increase Expected In December

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 3:29pm

At what could be one of Janet Yellen's last meetings as Federal Reserve chair, policymakers decided to keep short-term rates unchanged. But analysts are looking for a rate increase next month.

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NPR's Head Of News Resigns Following Harassment Allegations

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 11:13am

"This morning I asked Mike Oreskes for his resignation because of inappropriate behavior," NPR CEO Jarl Mohn said in a memo to NPR staff. "I have received his resignation, effective immediately."

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What Manafort's Indictment Reveals About His New York City Real Estate Deals

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 9:13am

In March, WNYC reported on three unusual real estate deals in New York City by Paul Manafort. The indictment addresses two of them.

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How Russian-Backed Agitation Online Spilled Into The Real World In 2016

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 8:38am

Facebook, Twitter and Google face questions from the Senate and House Intelligence Committees on Wednesday, which are revealing more than ever about last year's Russian interference campaign.

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Tech Giants On Capitol Hill For More Russia Interference Questions

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 8:38am

Facebook, Twitter and Google will face questions from the Senate and House Intelligence Committees on Wednesday. It's the second day of testimony for lawyers from the three online platforms.

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Senators Move To Reduce 'Colossal And Completely Preventable Waste' Of Drugs

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 7:03am

Senators cited ProPublica reporting that found drug companies have been making patients pay for oversize eyedrops and more liquid cancer medications than they need.

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Sen. Angus King On Tech Companies And Russia

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 6:32am

Facebook, Twitter and Google are testifying on Capitol Hill about Russian influence. Sen. Angus King, who serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee, talks with Rachel Martin about the latest.

Zuckerberg Mentor Urges More Government Oversight Of Social Media

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 6:30am

As Congress continues to hold hearings on how tech companies can combat "fake news," one mentor of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the U.S. government should more strictly regulate the industry.

Online Advertisers React As Tech Firms Face Congress

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 4:04am

Rachel Martin talks to Randall Rothenberg of the Interactive Advertising Bureau, a trade group that represents Facebook, Twitter, Google and includes NPR, about social media and government oversight.

GOP Delays Unveiling Of Tax Bill

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 4:04am

Wednesday was supposed to be the day House Republicans planned to release their tax legislation. But now it is being delayed until Thursday, which may mean there is trouble with the bill.

Charges, Hearings Sharpen The Big Picture About Russia's Influence Campaign

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 4:00am

Nearly a year after Election Day, action on Capitol Hill and by DOJ special counsel Robert Mueller helps put the pieces together about Russia's interference. But some remain missing.

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NPR's Head Of News Placed On Leave After Past Harassment Allegations Surface

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 10:04pm

NPR has placed its head of news, Michael Oreskes, on leave following allegations of sexual harassment two decades ago, when he worked at The New York Times.

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Tech Companies Testify On Capitol Hill, Detail Russian Interference Efforts

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 1:29pm

Facebook, Twitter and Google are expected to tell senators Tuesday that Russian election interference during the 2016 presidential campaign was broader than originally thought.

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Russian Interference Campaign Was Broader Than First Known, Big Tech Tells Hill

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 1:29pm

Facebook, Twitter and Google are telling members of Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday they've discovered even more use of their platforms by influence-mongers in 2016.

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Mark Zuckerberg's Big Blind Spot And The Conflict Within Facebook

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 1:28pm

In whatever corner of the world Facebook is operating, it has become clear that people are using this powerful platform as a communications tool in ways that founder Mark Zuckerberg never envisioned.

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If You're Shopping For Health Insurance, Make Sure You're Paid Up On Old Plan

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 9:30am

People hoping to get federally subsidized coverage on the marketplaces should make sure their 2017 premiums are paid and that they filed the correct documents with their 2016 taxes.

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