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Putin Vs. Russia's Economy

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 3:07pm

Russia has had a huge presence in the news lately. But its economy... not so huge. It's smaller than the economy of Texas. Today on the show, we look at what's been holding it back.

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Some Amazon Reviews Are Too Good To Be Believed. They're Paid For

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 11:03am

In shadow marketplaces, positive reviews for Amazon products are bought and sold. The company says it's cracking down and that it estimates that less than 1 percent of reviews are fake.

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CBS Board Of Directors To Meet Amid Allegations Against Moonves

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 4:02am

CBS officials Monday and will likely decide how to move forward following accusations against Chairman and CEO Les Moonves. The New Yorker published accusations of sexual misconduct against Moonves.

Trump And 'New York Times' Publisher Clash Over Their Private Meeting

Sun, 07/29/2018 - 5:33pm

A private meeting between President Trump and A.G. Sulzberger was suddenly public when Trump tweeted about it Sunday morning. Sulzberger then responded with his own account of what happened.

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The Myth Of The Self-Made Millennial

Sun, 07/29/2018 - 4:30pm

A couple news stories about millennials and money have gone viral in recent weeks. NPR's Michel Martin talks with Jia Tolentino of The New Yorker about "millennial financial resentment."

Les Moonves Accuser: 'It's About Stopping This Behavior'

Sun, 07/29/2018 - 3:51pm

Six women are accusing the chairman and CEO of CBS Corporation of sexual harassment, including Emmy-winning writer Dinah Kirgo. The allegations were published in a report in The New Yorker.

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Nostalgia, National Security Drives Trump's Economic Policies

Sat, 07/28/2018 - 4:15pm

Do President Trump's trade policies and tariffs amount to picking the economy's winners and losers? The Wall Street Journal's Greg Ip joins NPR's Michel Martin to put the trade deals in perspective.

Les Moonves And CBS's Culture Of Harassment

Sat, 07/28/2018 - 4:15pm

NPR's Michel Martin speaks to Debra Katz, a civil rights lawyer specializing in sexual harassment, about the accusations of sexual misconduct against CBS CEO Les Moonves.

Understanding Friday's Economic News

Sat, 07/28/2018 - 7:21am

The United States' economy is experiencing a period of growth, and President Trump says he is responsible. Scott Simon talks to Harvard's Kenneth Rogoff about what's causing the current economic boom.

Scooters: Sidewalk Nuisances, Or The Future Of Public Transportation?

Sat, 07/28/2018 - 7:21am

Electric scooters for rent are popping up in cities across America. Investors see a key role for them in getting from here to there. But many people find them downright annoying.

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GDP, OMG!

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 5:57pm

The GDP got all sorts of attention today. The U.S. economy grew at a stellar rate of 4.1% in the second quarter. But what does that mean? And will it continue?

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GDP Growth Is Small Comfort To Business Owners Grappling With Tariffs

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 3:41pm

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Jane Hardy, CEO of the Brinly-Hardy Co., who says she's had to layoff workers because of a 37 percent hike in domestic steel prices due to tariffs.

Can The U.S. Economy Keep Growing?

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 3:41pm

Gross domestic product growth in the second quarter was projected at more than 4 percent, the fastest pace in years. But most economists think stronger growth is short-term and won't be sustained.

How Economists Fought Back Against Senegal's Septic Cartel

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 3:28pm

Competition between companies is supposed to keep prices down. But sometimes the companies stop competing and start colluding to keep prices high. That's a cartel. So how do you stop it? In this case from Dakar, Senegal, a group of economists used text messages and clever design to break up a cartel for an essential service with health implications for many: septic hauling.

CBS Responds To Sexual Harassment Claims Against CEO Les Moonves

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 3:15pm

Without naming him specifically, the media company said on Friday it is "committed to investigating claims that violate the Company's clear policies" on personal misconduct.

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Twitter Shares Fall, Ending A Hard Week For Social Media Stocks

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 2:29pm

Twitter's stock tumbled 19 percent on Friday, despite the company's growing revenue. It mirrored Facebook's sharp drop earlier in the week, as investors worry that social media growth may be ebbing.

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In Battle Pitting Cities Vs. States Over Minimum Wage, Birmingham Scores A Win

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 1:00pm

A federal appeals court sided with workers from Birmingham, Ala., who argued that state lawmakers racially discriminated against the majority-black city by blocking a 2016 municipal minimum wage hike.

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Hot Weather Spells Trouble For Nuclear Power Plants

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 10:41am

Multiple nuclear power facilities in Europe have reduced their electricity production because seawater, which is used to keep the reactors cool, has been warmer than usual.

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 9:06am

The news waits for no one. Even on summer Fridays.

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GDP Is Up 4.1 Percent: What That Means

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 8:36am

The U.S. economy surged at the strongest pace in nearly four years, according to Commerce numbers. NPR's Chris Arnold talks to Rachel Martin about it and President Trump is set to deliver a statement.

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