Business http://krwg.org en More Than Half Of Spaniards In Their 20s Are Unemployed http://krwg.org/post/more-half-spaniards-their-20s-are-unemployed <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=More+Than+Half+Of+Spaniards+In+Their+20s+Are+Unemployed&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDExNDExMTQwMDEzNjkwODAzMTkxNmQ4Zg004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:09:00 +0000 Lauren Frayer 71419 at http://krwg.org U.K. Launches Licensing For Onshore Oil And Gas Exploration http://krwg.org/post/uk-launches-licensing-onshore-oil-and-gas-exploration <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=U.K.+Launches++Licensing+For+Onshore+Oil+And+Gas+Exploration&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:09:00 +0000 editor 71421 at http://krwg.org Locked In U.S. Hedge Fund Battle, Argentina Faces Default http://krwg.org/post/locked-us-hedge-fund-battle-argentina-faces-default <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Locked+In+U.S.+Hedge+Fund+Battle%2C+Argentina+Faces+Default&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAwMTM1NDgzMDEyMzg2MDcwMzJjODJiYQ004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:09:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 71420 at http://krwg.org Depends Promotes Pants-Dropping For 'Underwearness' http://krwg.org/post/last-word-0 <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Depends+Promotes+Pants-Dropping+For+%27Underwearness%27+&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MjIzNjkwMDEzMTcwNjcxNzNmYmMzMA004)"/></div><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 editor 71417 at http://krwg.org Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers http://krwg.org/post/rust-devastates-guatemalas-prime-coffee-crop-and-its-farmers Outside the northern Guatemalan town of Olopa, near the Honduran border, farmer Edwin Fernando Diaz Viera stands in the middle of his tiny coffee field. He says it was his lifelong dream to own a farm here. The area is renowned for producing some of the world's richest Arabica, the smooth-tasting beans beloved by specialty coffee brewers.<p>"My farm was beautiful, it was big," he says.<p>But then, a plant fungus called coffee rust, or <em>roya</em> in Spanish, hit his crop.<p>"Coffee rust appeared and wiped out everything," he says.<p>That was in 2012, and it was Diaz Viera's first crop. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Carrie Kahn 71409 at http://krwg.org Rust Devastates Guatemala's Prime Coffee Crop And Its Farmers When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution http://krwg.org/post/when-did-companies-become-people-excavating-legal-evolution Are corporations people? The U.S. Supreme Court says they are, at least for some purposes. Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Nina Totenberg 71414 at http://krwg.org When Did Companies Become People? Excavating The Legal Evolution Labels: Easy To Read, Not Always Easy To Trust http://krwg.org/post/labels-easy-read-not-always-easy-trust <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Labels%3A+Easy+To+Read%2C+Not+Always+Easy+To+Trust&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODg3MTg0MDEyMTg2NTY3OTI5YTI3ZA004)"/></div><p> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:12:00 +0000 editor 71379 at http://krwg.org This Traffic Backup Brought To You By ... http://krwg.org/post/traffic-backup-brought-you With the advent of the "sharing economy" and successful peer-to-peer ventures like Airbnb and RelayRides, it is now possible for millions to turn a quick buck by renting out underused assets like a spare guest room or a even a dog that needs walking.<p>But many of us who endure long car rides to work each day have another asset that we may have been too frazzled, bored or fatigued to appreciate — even though it trails us almost everywhere we go: our car's bumper.<p><strong>Traffic Problems Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:52:00 +0000 Sean Braswell 71354 at http://krwg.org This Traffic Backup Brought To You By ... NFL Faces Criticism Over Ray Rice Suspension From Ravens http://krwg.org/post/nfl-faces-criticism-over-ray-rice-suspension-ravens <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=NFL+Faces+Criticism+Over+Ray+Rice+Suspension+From+Ravens&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA5MTYwMDQ1MDEzMzE1ODcyMjRmY2FlMA004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:33:00 +0000 editor 71344 at http://krwg.org Tech Week: Industry Diversity, Digital Afterlives, Net Neutrality http://krwg.org/post/tech-week-industry-diversity-digital-afterlives-net-neutrality What happened in technology this week, you ask? Here's a roundup of the tech stories reported by NPR and others since you last checked in.<p><h3>ICYMI</h3><p><strong>Hack The Hood: </strong>Twitter this week followed <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/06/26/325798198/facebooks-diversity-numbers-are-out-and-theyre-what-you-expect?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=alltech&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20140723">Google, Facebook and Yahoo</a> in releasing numbers on the makeup of its workforce. Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:23:00 +0000 Avie Schneider 71341 at http://krwg.org Tech Week: Industry Diversity, Digital Afterlives, Net Neutrality If All The Ice Melts, What Happens To Hockey? http://krwg.org/post/if-all-ice-melts-what-happens-hockey <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=If+All+The+Ice+Melts%2C+What+Happens+To+Hockey%3F&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODc1ODA5MDEyMjg1MDYxNTFiZTgwZg004)"/></div><p> Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 editor 71338 at http://krwg.org Happy Birthday To Amazon, And Its Data Mining http://krwg.org/post/happy-birthday-amazon-and-its-data-mining Amazon is now 20 years old!<p>In 1994, Jeff Bezos walked out of the Wall Street hedge fund where he worked after they declined to invest in his idea, and began to sell books out of his garage.<p>Today, Amazon is a retail and entertainment empire, selling books and shoes, computers, overcoats, band saws, sofa beds, kimchi, canned beans, artwork, wine, grills, generators, drones, kitty litter, pool filter pumps and garden gnomes, etc., etc., and more.<p>Type in "kitchen sink"- you'll find dozens.<p>Bezos chose the name Amazon, incidentally, because it begins with an A, to pop up to the top of al Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:35:00 +0000 Scott Simon 71334 at http://krwg.org Happy Birthday To Amazon, And Its Data Mining Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama http://krwg.org/post/bill-allowing-americans-unlock-cellphones-passes-house-heads-obama Approving a bill that has already passed the Senate, the House of Representatives has given its consent to legislation that lets U.S. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 71315 at http://krwg.org Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True? http://krwg.org/post/can-finishing-big-bowl-ramen-make-dreams-come-true You can find ramen, the Japanese noodle soup that's meant to be slurped, almost anywhere in the U.S. these days. Ramen shops continue to pop up, and you can find renditions on the menus of restaurants and gastropubs.<p>But there's a truly funky noodle spot in Cambridge called <a href="http://www.yumewokatare.com/">Yume Wo Katare</a> that serves more than just ramen.<p>There aren't many restaurants where you get praised by everyone around you for clearing your plate or bowl. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:45:00 +0000 editor 71302 at http://krwg.org Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True? Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy http://krwg.org/post/keychain-breathalyzers-may-make-quantified-drinking-easy While testing whether a <a href="seamus.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/07/02/327854051/alcohol-test-can-you-control-your-intoxication-by-eating-yeast">dash of yeast</a> could keep you from getting drunk, we discovered that it's pretty entertaining — and revealing — to track your blood alcohol while drinking.<p>Using a device to test blood-alcohol levels, we watched the alcohol in our bodies soar as we drank two beers on empty stomachs. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Eliza Barclay 71304 at http://krwg.org Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy When Do Chefs And Doctors Buy Generic? http://krwg.org/post/when-do-chefs-and-doctors-buy-generic Pharmacists and doctors are more likely than the general public to buy generic medicine, as <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/07/05/198504001/why-doesnt-everybody-buy-cheap-generic-headache-medicine" target="_blank">we reported</a> last year. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:00:00 +0000 editor 71277 at http://krwg.org When Do Chefs And Doctors Buy Generic? At Jaguars' New Stadium, Come For The Football Or The Swimming http://krwg.org/post/jaguars-new-stadium-come-football-or-swimming In Jacksonville, Fla., on Saturday, the Jaguars football team will unveil what it's calling the world's largest video display at a stadium. The team also has added luxury cabanas, where fans can watch the game poolside — improvements that are designed to get the beleaguered team's fans off their couches and into the stadium.<p>When team officials announced they were adding swimming pools to the stadium, some dismissed it as a gimmick. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:13:00 +0000 editor 71254 at http://krwg.org At Jaguars' New Stadium, Come For The Football Or The Swimming PETA Offers To Pay Detroit Residents' Water Bills If They Go Vegan http://krwg.org/post/peta-offers-pay-detroit-residents-water-bills-if-they-go-vegan <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=PETA+Offers+To+Pay+Detroit+Residents%27+Water+Bills+If+They+Go+Vegan&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzM1ODU4MDEzMTg5NjcxOTBkZGJhOA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:09:00 +0000 editor 71261 at http://krwg.org All Of The Major U.S. Airlines Report Strong 2nd-Quarter Earnings http://krwg.org/post/all-major-us-airlines-report-strong-2nd-quarter-earnings <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=All+Of+The+Major+U.S.+Airlines+Report+Strong+2nd-Quarter+Earnings&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDAxODg3MTg0MDEyMTg2NTY3OTI5YTI3ZA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:09:00 +0000 John Ydstie 71260 at http://krwg.org Amazon Reports $126 Million Quarterly Loss http://krwg.org/post/amazon-reports-126-million-second-quarter-loss <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Amazon+Reports+%24126+Million+Quarterly+Loss&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA4MzM1ODU4MDEzMTg5NjcxOTBkZGJhOA004)"/></div><p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:09:00 +0000 editor 71262 at http://krwg.org Self-Published Authors Make A Living — And Sometimes A Fortune http://krwg.org/post/unknown-authors-make-living-self-publishing Five years ago, printing your own book was stigmatized and was seen as a mark of failure.<p>"But now," says Dana Beth Weinberg, a sociologist at Queens College who is studying the industry, "the self-published authors walk into the room, and they say, oh, well, 'I made a quarter million dollars last year, or $100,000, or made $10,000.' And it is still more than what some of these authors are making with their very prestigious contracts."<p>Weinberg says there is still a strong financial case to be made for publishing books the old-fashioned way, but there are now many well-known independent au Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:09:00 +0000 editor 71253 at http://krwg.org Self-Published Authors Make A Living — And Sometimes A Fortune The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging http://krwg.org/post/weird-underappreciated-world-plastic-packaging Like it or not, plastic packaging has become an ingrained part of the food system.<p>While it's clearly wasteful to buy salad, sandwiches and chips encased in plastic and then promptly throw that plastic away, we take for granted how it keeps so much of what we eat fresh and portable.<p>And behind many of those packages that allow us to eat on the go or savor perishable cookies or fish imported from the other side of the globe is a whole lot of science and innovation.<p>The plastic revolution in food packaging began in the 1960s, says Aaron Brody, a food packaging consultant and an adjunct pro Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:26:00 +0000 editor 71238 at http://krwg.org The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers http://krwg.org/post/labor-conflict-may-lock-out-met-opera-workers The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The world's largest opera company may be headed for a shutdown. Most of the union contracts for the Met expire in a week. Yesterday, Met General Manager Peter Gelb sent a letter to the unions, warning them to prepare for a lockout if they don't come to terms.<p>For months now, the company and its unions have been at an impasse. Management has proposed cutting 16 percent of union members' compensation. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 71232 at http://krwg.org Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers 4 Theories About Why Wal-Mart Changed Its U.S. Chief http://krwg.org/post/four-theories-about-why-wal-mart-changed-its-us-chief Bill Simon, head of Wal-Mart's U.S. division, <a href="http://news.walmart.com/news-archive/2014/07/24/walmart-names-greg-foran-president-and-ceo-of-walmart-us">is leaving</a> the retail giant, the company said Thursday.<p>Any major shake-up at Wal-Mart is closely watched because the company is so important — it tops the Fortune 500 list with annual sales approaching a half-trillion dollars. So lots of people are speculating about what Simon's departure really means. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:33:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 71216 at http://krwg.org 4 Theories About Why Wal-Mart Changed Its U.S. Chief Book News: Amazon Exec Says Hachette Is Using Authors 'As Human Shields' http://krwg.org/post/book-news-amazon-exec-says-hachette-using-authors-human-shields <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Amid the ongoing dispute between Hachette and Amazon, Amazon executive Russ Grandinetti has proposed paying Hachette authors normal royalties while donating the e-book profits to charity, according to <em>Publishers Weekly. </em>Amazon's removal of the pre-order button on Hachette titles has been one of its most lethal weapons in the dispute, though it has raised the ire of authors. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:19:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 71175 at http://krwg.org Rural Startups, Often Overlooked, Are The Focus Of New Investment Programs http://krwg.org/post/rural-startups-often-overlooked-are-focus-new-investment-programs <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 North Country Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/">http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Rural+Startups%2C+Often+Overlooked%2C+Are+The+Focus+Of+New+Investment+Programs&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTAzNzgzMDEzMTIyMTYyODIxZDdjYg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Brian Mann 71174 at http://krwg.org New Rules Proposed For Oil-Carrying Trains In Wake Of Fiery Crashes http://krwg.org/post/new-rules-proposed-oil-carrying-trains-wake-fiery-crashes <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=New+Rules+Proposed+For+Oil-Carrying+Trains+In+Wake+Of+Fiery+Crashes&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MTczMTM4MDEyNzM1OTUxMzg5ZDUyMw004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 71170 at http://krwg.org How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy http://krwg.org/post/how-high-debt-housing-collapse-still-stifles-our-economy "Foreclosure, foreclosure, foreclosure."<p>Real estate broker John Susani drives down a Paterson, N.J., street where every third house seems to be abandoned or boarded up. During the boom years, money flooded into Paterson.<p>"The banking industry allowed everyone to be a homeowner; they gave mortgages to people [just because they were] breathing," Susani says.<p>In some cases, he says, home prices jumped as much as 50 percent. The homes on these streets aren't worth nearly that much anymore.<p>Seven years after the subprime mortgage crisis, U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 71160 at http://krwg.org How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy GM Recalls Nearly 718,000 Vehicles For 'Varying Safety Issues' http://krwg.org/post/gm-recalls-nearly-718000-vehicles-varying-safety-issues Announcing six different safety recalls Wednesday, GM said it needs to fix problems that range from a turn-signal bug to an unpredictable loss of power steering. The flaws were found in vehicles from model years 2011 to 2015.<p>GM says no deaths and only two crashes have been linked to the recalls, which come in a year that has already seen the Detroit carmaker recall nearly 30 million vehicles worldwide. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:13:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 71135 at http://krwg.org After Two Disasters, Can Malaysia Airlines Still Attract Passengers? http://krwg.org/post/after-two-disasters-can-malaysia-airlines-still-attract-passengers The year 2014 is well on its way to being Malaysia Airlines' <em>annus horribilis</em>. Flight 17, shot down last week over eastern Ukraine, is the second Boeing 777 the airline has lost in the past five months, after MH370 disappeared, it's believed, somewhere over the Indian Ocean.<p>But even before the double calamity, Malaysia's national carrier was struggling to adapt to momentous shifts in Asia's aviation industry.<p>It was expected to announce a restructuring plan even before MH17 was shot down. That plan is expected very soon. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:12:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 71119 at http://krwg.org After Two Disasters, Can Malaysia Airlines Still Attract Passengers?