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Our Favorite Banana May Be Doomed. Can New Varieties Replace It?

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 2:50pm

The Cavendish banana and other beloved varieties are threatened by a fungus that's spreading around the world. Scientists are trying to find new varieties that will be resistant to the disease.

Goodbye Jobs, Hello 'Gigs': Nunberg's Word Of The Year Sums Up A New Economic Reality

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 12:23pm

Once used by '50s hipsters to connote a no-strings-attached job, "gig" has been co-opted by venture capitalists hyping the new economic order. Linguist Geoff Nunberg reflects on the word's resurgence.

We Have Let Down Customers, VW CEO Interviewed At Detroit Auto Show

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 4:12am

Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller spoke to the media in the U.S. for the first time on Sunday, and characterized the auto emissions scandal enveloping his company as "technical" in nature.

Global Financial Markets Are Poised For Another Turbulent Week

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 4:12am

After a volatile week in China last week, global markets are braced for more chaos with hopes that healthy U.S. employment numbers may improve the climate.

Is It Fair To Have To Pay Fees To A Union You Don't Agree With?

Mon, 01/11/2016 - 4:00am

At the Supreme Court Monday, union opponents are seeking to reverse a 1977 decision that allows public employee unions to collect fees from those who don't join the union but are protected by it.

How Obama's Proposals Are Playing Out At Gun Shows

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:01am

Who's a gun dealer and who's not? Vendors and buyers at a Miami gun show have mixed reactions to the president's action on guns.

How $220M Changed A Lottery Winner

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:01am

NPR's Rachel Martin spoke with Brad Duke a few years ago about his $220 million lottery win in 2005. We called him back this week because numbers for the biggest Powerball jackpot were drawn Saturday.

San Diego Stumped On How To Stop The Stink

Sun, 01/10/2016 - 7:01am

Sea lion poop is frustrating residents in the San Diego neighborhood of La Jolla who pay top dollar for their ocean views. But fixing the problem isn't as simple as just scraping off the waste.

$900 Million Prize, 1 In 292 Million Odds — And A Few More Lottery Numbers

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 2:40pm

The record-breaking powerball prize rose to new heights this afternoon. But did you know Americans spent more than $70 billion on the lottery last year?

Is Oculus Rift's $600 Price Too High For Virtual Reality To Succeed?

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 12:36pm

Virtual reality enthusiasts have been upset at the non-pedestrian price tag of the highly anticipated headset. Creator Palmer Luckey says it's like PalmPilot of the 1990s: not a cheapo, but a bargain.

Oregon Occupiers Bolster Cause Of Other Anti-Government Militants

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 7:13am

There's growing concern among former federal land managers that the government's inaction against one Nevada rancher is helping the cause of armed anti-government militants elsewhere in the West.

A Historic Start: Economic Ups And Downs

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 7:13am

2016 so far has brought the worst first-week-of-the-year in stock market history. Fears over trouble in China caused worldwide mayhem in markets. But, the U.S. got an encouraging employment report.

As Writers' Wages Wane In Digital Chapter, Authors Pen Demands

Sat, 01/09/2016 - 6:30am

Numbers show more authors are finding it hard to make a living income. Fresh off of fighting the Google Books case, the Authors Guild is now taking on author contracts in an open letter to publishers.

Episode 675: The Cost Of Crossing

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 6:30pm

Sneaking people across the U.S.-Mexico border is a well established, booming business. Today on the show, we meet a businessman and a client in the evolving industry of human smuggling.

Ugly Fruit Is Ripe For A Close-Up, As 'Shark Tank' Takes On Food Waste

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 5:42pm

A Maryland-based start-up is selling imperfect and surplus fruits and vegetables via subscription. It's co-founder will try to persuade investors food waste is good business tonight on ABC.

Campbell Soup Switches Sides In The GMO Labeling Fight

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 5:29pm

The Campbell Soup Co. has announced that it now supports a federal law requiring labeling of genetically modified ingredients. It's the first major food company to endorse such a law.

The Employment Outlook For 2016 Is Looking Much Brighter

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:13pm

The Labor Department's latest jobs report provided reassurance that the domestic economy is on track for 2016. That was welcome news, given all of the gloomy reports coming out of China.

U.S., Tech Industry Leaders Hold Meeting On Counterterrorism

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 4:06pm

Top officials from the Obama administration were in Silicon Valley Friday, in a closed-door meeting to discuss with tech execs how they can weed out ISIS content and run counter campaigns online.

Lottery Pitfalls: What Not To Do If You Win

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 3:31pm

The Powerball jackpot has reached a record $800 million. Jon Ogg of "24/7 Wall Street" tells us what not to do if you're the winner.

Amid Chinese Uncertainty, U.S. Economy Shows Strength With Jobs Report

Fri, 01/08/2016 - 3:31pm

After a frightening week for global financial markets, the U.S. economy showed real strength on Friday when the Labor Department released the December jobs report. It showed employers added 292,000 jobs, which is a strong number.

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