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In Russia's Tech Center, Scientists Face Rewarding But Unpredictable Life

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:09pm

Research institutes in Novosibirsk were built as innovation centers in the USSR. Despite the brain drain, scientists and techies remain, but life for successful entrepreneurs can be unpredictable.

In Reno, Nev., Homegrown Startups Fuel Tech Transformation

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

Reno, Nev., is enjoying a tech boom. Giants like Apple, Google and Tesla are all there. The transformation is also being driven by some homegrown start-ups, but some worry Reno will become unaffordable.

Damaged Goods: How A Truck Accident Leads To Cheap Cheese

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 3:28pm

When a truck overturns or a warehouse catches fire, the result can be millions of dollars worth of slightly damaged goods. Mike Mentuck's job is to get those goods back into the marketplace and save insurance companies' money in the process.

A Remote Chinese Province Uses Its Climate To Grow A Big-Data Industry

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 2:43pm

Southwest China's Guizhou province is one of the country's poorest, most remote regions. But Guizhou has some unique advantages, which it is trying to use to transform itself into a big-data hub.

(Image credit: Anthony Kuhn/NPR)

How The Story Of Beer Is The Story Of America

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 12:29pm

The Smithsonian's first brewing historian explores everything from immigration to urbanization through the lens of beer. And with the boom in microbrewing, she says beer's story has come full circle.

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Tesla's Long-Awaited, Lower-Priced Model 3 To Arrive Friday

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:50am

The first of Tesla's significantly more affordable Model 3 cars should finish production by next weekend, CEO Elon Musk announced late Sunday.

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New Jersey Starts Holiday Weekend With A Government Shutdown

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

Eleven states failed to pass a new fiscal year budget by last Friday's deadline. In New Jersey, that led to a government shutdown. The legislature will meet on Monday to try to work out a compromise.

Why Weak Productivity Growth Matters To The Economy

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 4:04am

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution, about productivity. Productivity growth is a reason living standards go up. Lately, it's been weak.

Why Does The Electric Guitar Need A Hero?

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 5:58pm

Gibson and Fender, two of the biggest companies making guitars are in debt. One reason is declining sales in electric guitars and the waning popularity of guitar heroes in popular culture.

Travel Ban Puts Travel Industry On Edge

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 7:05am

To better understand how the Trump administration's travel ban is affecting the American tourism industry, NPR's Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to Claudia Menezes, a tour operator based in Orlando, Fla.

Los Angeles Moves Closer To Legalizing Sidewalk Food Vendors

Sun, 07/02/2017 - 7:05am

A campaign to legalize street vending is gaining strength from local resistance to President Trump's immigration policies — and fears that infractions could lead to deportation.

Organizer Of Failed Bahamas Musical Festival Arrested For Fraud

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 11:37am

Billy McFarland has been accused of bilking at least two people who invested $1.2 million in the festival.

Is Seattle's Minimum Wage Hike Doing More Harm Than Good?

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

A study suggests the most recent minimum wage hike in Seattle may be doing harm. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., about the impact of Seattle's push for $15/hour.

Unseasonable Winter Weather Takes A Bite Out Of Georgia's Peach Crop

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

It may be hard to enjoy a Georgia peach, if you don't live in the state. A warm winter, followed by a March freeze wiped out most of this year's crop, and what's left may not leave the state.

(Image credit: Grant Blankenship/Georgia Public Broadcasting)

How Small Town Papers Have Kept Community Trust

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

Distrust in the media has become a oft-cited trope in the cable news cycle. But one staple of American journalism seems to have avoided the "fake news" characterization — small-town newspapers.

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Unseasonable Winter Weather Takes A Bite Out Of Georgia's Peach Crop

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 6:52am

It may be hard to enjoy a Georgia peach, if you don't live in the state. A warm winter, followed by a March freeze wiped out most of this year's crop, and what's left may not leave the state.

(Image credit: Grant Blankenship/Georgia Public Broadcasting)

NPR Continues To Find Hundreds Of Cases Of Advanced Black Lung

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 5:00am

Black lung results from exposure to coal dust. PMF is an especially aggressive form of the disease blamed on inhalation of silica dust, which results from the cutting of quartz rock and coal together.

(Image credit: Howard Berkes/NPR)

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