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In The Service Industry, New Year's Is Often About Just Getting By

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 6:38am

Linda Tirado spent 15 years working in the service industry, at gas stations, restaurants and bars. She says New Year's resolutions aren't really for people working dead-end jobs.

By Returning To Farming's Roots, He Found His American Dream

Sat, 12/31/2016 - 6:00am

David Fisher's farm is a kind of American Dream. Not the conventional one of upward economic mobility. This is the utopian version, the uncompromising pursuit of a difficult agrarian ideal.

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For Whistleblowers, Repercussions Are Felt Beyond Wells Fargo

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 3:44pm

Former workers at Wells Fargo who resisted pressure to push banking products on customers who didn't want them say the bank retaliated against them by docking their permanent record, sabotaging future job prospects.

High Demand, Low Supply: Colorado River Water Crisis Hits Across The West

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 3:31pm

After years of drought and dropping water levels, the Colorado River is reaching a crisis point. Communities at either end of the river are looking at a variety of measures, from storage to sharing.

(Image credit: Grace Hood/Colorado Public Radio)

U.S. Ethics Chief Was Behind Those Tweets About Trump, Records Show

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 1:17pm

Trump-style tweets from the Office of Government Ethics urging divestitures made many suspect a hack of this typically staid agency. New records shared with NPR show the author was the agency chief.

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QUIZ: Test Your Knowledge Of NPR's Tech Stories From 2016

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 10:05am

A bar owner who wants patrons to put away their phones, Internet users tracking down a vandal, a project to analyze hundreds of Rembrandt paintings — can you remember (or guess) what happened?

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Creator Of Red Solo Cup, Robert Hulseman, Dies At 84

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 6:57am

You might not know Robert Hulseman by name but there is a good chance you've held his invention. The Red Solo Cup is the go-to drinking vessel for picnics, parties and keggers.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Solo Cup Co.)

In Pro-Brexit English City, A Jobs Crisis Is Averted — But For How Long?

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 2:49am

The town of Sunderland, where jobs depend on a foreign employer, Nissan, voted resoundingly for Britain to leave the EU even though that could work against its economic interests.

(Image credit: Frank Langfitt/NPR)

From 'No Way,' To Global Success: The Inspired Journey Of GM's Design Chief

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 5:32pm

A lover of cars since he was a little tyke who later trained as a sculptor, Ed Welburn has shaped the physical world we live in as the longtime head of design for General Motors.

(Image credit: John F. Martin/Courtesy of General Motors)

2008 Bank Bailout Chief Has A Plan To Prevent The Need For Another One

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 4:11am

At 35, Neel Kashkari was in charge of the bank bailout program. He's now the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and has a plan to make future bank bailouts much less likely.

Wages Are Increasing, But What's Behind It?

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 3:52am

It's taken years since the Great Recession, but wages are showing signs of climbing — though not very quickly. Economists say there are reasons to believe wage growth could continue into 2917.

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Trump Speaks Briefly To Reporters, Reversing Obama Criticism And Touting New Jobs

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 5:30pm

Trump touted the creation of 8,000 new jobs, tied to investments from the Japanese firm SoftBank, which pledged big investments in American jobs after Trump was elected.

Senators Ask Trump's EPA Pick To Disclose His Connections To Energy Industry

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 4:17pm

Six senators sent a letter to Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump's pick to run the EPA. They want lists of donors and details about meetings with energy lobbyists ahead of his confirmation hearings.

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As We Leave More Digital Tracks, Amazon Echo Factors In Murder Investigation

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 2:20pm

Arkansas police have served a warrant to Amazon looking for possible recordings from a murder scene. Privacy advocates have predicted a wave of cases involving smart home devices and gadgets.

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Big Battles Over Farm And Food Policies May Be Brewing As Trump Era Begins

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 2:00pm

President-elect Donald Trump hasn't said much about food and farm policy or named his choices for top food-related jobs. But the coming years will likely see profound battles over food and nutrition.

(Image credit: Ryan Anson/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The Stories NPR One Listeners Loved The Most In 2016

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 8:29am

Listeners of our NPR One app rated these 10 stories as the most liked, recommended and shared in 2016.

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A Brief History Of Food Emoji: Why You Won't Find Hummus On Your Phone

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 6:00am

There are burgers and sushi, and even the salacious eggplant, but where are the dumplings and salad? Creating a more culturally diverse menu of food emoji is harder than you think.

(Image credit: Joy Ho/NPR)

Beyond Fake News: 2016's Most Disruptive Media Moments

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 6:00am

This year was the most chaotic year America's mainstream news media have faced in a long time — and not just because of the presidential election, or the prevalence of fake news stories.

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For Many, Fewer Obamacare Choices Doesn't Mean Higher Prices

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 4:00am

One in five people getting health care through the Affordable Care Act no longer have a choice of insurers. But those markets don't have significantly higher prices than areas with competition.

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Evaluating Whether 2016 Was A Good Year For The U.S. Economy

Wed, 12/28/2016 - 3:59am

For a check on the economy, Rachel Martin talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and a contributing correspondent to The Wall Street Journal.

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