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New Technology Could Revive Pacific Northwest's Ailing Timber Industry

Tue, 05/10/2016 - 4:05am

The process uses regular wood to make a building material as strong as steel. It's been manufactured and used in buildings in Europe for years. A mill in Oregon is the first in the U.S. to produce it.

More Journalists Leaving 'Las Vegas Review-Journal' After Sale To Billionaire

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 9:53pm

Jennifer Robison, is the last of the three journalists who helped uncover the secret sale of the Las Vegas Review-Journal to casino magnate Sheldon Adelson to leave the newspaper.

Study: Sanders' Proposals Would Add $18 Trillion To Debt Over 10 Years

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 5:18pm

His single-payer health care plan would cost an estimated $32 trillion, according to the Tax Policy Center. And it's not balanced out enough by tax increases.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew Visits Puerto Rico Amid Debt Crisis

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 3:28pm

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is in Puerto Rico to highlight the need for Congressional action to help the island restructure its $70 billion debt. Lew is getting a first-hand look at some of the problems the government is facing, including underfunded schools and hospitals plus an emerging Zika crisis.

Blockchain Looks To Change How To Do Business Online

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 3:28pm

Behind the hype of Bitcoin is a technology that could shift how we do business on the Internet. It's called Blockchain. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Don Tapscott, co-author of a new book about Blockchain and the global economy.

India Struggles To Develop Without Furthering Carbon Footprint

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 3:28pm

How does a country bring its people into the 21st century without pumping huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere? This challenge is more acute in India than anywhere else. Though India already has the third-largest carbon footprint in the world, around 400 million people still don't have access to reliable electricity.

Bitcoin Evangelist Touts Digital Currency As New Hope For Wall Street

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 3:28pm

Bitcoin gets a lot of attention because drug dealers sometimes use to buy and sell drugs on the digital underground. But that's not all it is. Turns out Bitcoin is also the great new hope on Wall Street — a tool that is so powerful, it might even be able to keep traders honest. Well, there's a Bitcoin evangelist making that case.

Donald Trump's Messy Ideas For Handling The National Debt, Explained

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 2:08pm

Does Donald Trump want investors to accept a haircut? Or does he just want trillions more dollars printed? The Donald's messy economic plans show an unsettled candidate.

Why Many Midwestern Farmers Are Pro-TPP

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 11:29am

A coalition of more than 200 agriculture groups wrote an open letter urging Congress to approve the trade deal, saying it'll help U.S. farmers stay competitive in an increasingly crowded world market.

Dude, Where Are The Women? #AllMalePanels In Global Development

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 10:23am

The aid industry focuses on issues about women and is dominated by female staffers. So why are they often absent in high-level public conversations?

Uber, Lyft Vow To Stop Driving In Austin After Voters Affirm Regulations

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 7:00am

The ride-hailing apps spent millions trying to persuade city voters to reject rules requiring drivers to be fingerprinted. But they lost, and now say they're "pausing" operations in Texas' capital.

Are More U.S. Workers Beginning To Get Raises?

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 4:01am

As the U.S. job market continues to improve, there are hints that wages are finally picking up. Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution.

Why Americans Are Buying More Trucks And SUVs Than Cars

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 4:01am

2016 is the year of the SUV and pickup truck. Each month the car sales share of the market slips a bit. Lower gas prices and changing consumer tastes are making the sedan an endangered species.

In The Midst Of A Downturn, Some In Oil Industry Are Prepping For A Bounce

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 4:16pm

The plunging price of crude oil is good for motorists but bad for those in the industry. And nowhere is that pain more acute than in West Texas, where many are hunkered down with an eye on the future.

Is American Oil 'Dead'? T. Boone Pickens Says Yes ... But Only For Now

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 3:06pm

Prospects in the industry are dim, and even the billionaire investor, who made his fortune in oil, has turned to alternative energies. Still, the self-described "realist" says they aren't the answer.

Clinton Must Clarify Her Economic Message To Win Primary

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 6:57am

Donald Trump has become the de facto Republican nominee and Hillary Clinton still has a wide lead in delegates. On Tuesday, voters in Nebraska and West Virginia will cast their ballots.

How Ogden, Utah Has The Lowest Level Of Income Inequality

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 6:57am

Among America's larger cities, Ogden has the highest percentage of people in the middle class according to the Census Bureau. Mayor Mike Caldwell tells Melissa Block how they got that distinction.

How Best To Eat American Cheese That's Not, Technically, Cheese

Sun, 05/08/2016 - 6:57am

There's a huge surplus of American cheese in the U.S. The Sporkful's Dan Pashman and NPR's Melissa Block discuss what "American cheese" means and how it's best served.

Barnes & Noble Founder Retires, Leaving His Imprint On Bookstore's History

Sat, 05/07/2016 - 6:51am

As Founder and Chairman of Barnes & Noble, Leonard Riggio steered it through the proliferation of free information in the Internet age. As he retires, he tells NPR's Lynn Neary about his long career.

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