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3:14 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Dixie's Tupperware Party Is Not Your Grandma's Tupperware Party

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Planet Money
2:48 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Where Poor Kids Grow Up Makes A Huge Difference

Where you grow up matters.
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Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 5:32 am

In two new studies, Harvard economist Raj Chetty and his colleagues found that where poor kids grow up has a huge effect on how much money they earn as adults.

In one study, families living in public housing were randomly selected to be eligible for housing vouchers that required them to move to low poverty neighborhoods. Kids whose families received the vouchers grew up to earn significantly more than those whose families remained in public housing.

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Planet Money
3:26 pm
Sun May 3, 2015

Casinos Trading Slot Machines For Games Requiring Skill

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 4:20 pm

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Code Switch
5:56 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Stars Of TLC's 'Curvy Brides': All Curves Are Beautiful

Bride Jennifer Uniglicht tries on a gown at Curvaceous Couture, a bridal boutique specializing in plus-size designer gowns. Proprietors Yukia Walker and Yuneisia Harris (right) star in the new TLC show, Curvy Brides.
TLC

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 8:35 am

Yukia Harris Walker remembers the thrill of getting engaged, but the luster on that glow dimmed when she visited bridal salons and realized there weren't many dresses that would fit her. Walker was a size 14 at the time — as are a lot of American women — but there were no high end gowns for her to try, and the stores had to make-do.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:22 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Not My Job: Designer Jonathan Adler Gets Quizzed On New Coke

Brad Barket Getty Images for Bing

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 9:10 am

Back when he was a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, Jonathan Adler was told that he'd never make it as an artist, and he should go be a lawyer. But Adler continued making his pottery, and today his design empire includes 26 stores named for him all over the world.

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Media
5:59 am
Sat May 2, 2015

For Advertisers, Baby Boomers Are A Market Hiding In Plain Sight

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 8:26 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

I'm Scott Simon.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PENNIES FROM HEAVEN")

LOUIS PRIMA: (Singing) Every time it rains, it rains pennies from heaven...

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "MONEY")

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Business
2:29 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

U.S., Canada Announce New Safety Standards For Oil Trains

Firefighters douse blazes after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac-Mégantic in Canada's Quebec province on July 6, 2013, sparking explosions that engulfed about 30 buildings in fire.
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Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 7:18 pm

Transportation officials in the U.S. and Canada are imposing tougher safety standards on trains hauling crude oil.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Canada's Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced Friday that shippers must use stronger tank cars to haul oil across North America by October 1. The new rules will also mandate the use of a controversial braking system on trains carrying crude.

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All Tech Considered
2:29 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

The Annual Shareholders' Meeting Will Now Come To Order Online

Dynegy is one of a growing number of companies to hold meetings online.
Dynegy/Broadridge

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 7:18 pm

The annual meeting is a staple of corporate life. It's a chance for even a small shareholder to take the measure of a company's managers, to ask a question or express a beef about a company actions.

But here's the dirty secret about shareholder meetings: Unless the company is huge or there's some controversy going on, hardly anyone shows up.

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The Two-Way
12:29 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Unveils Home Battery; Is $3,000 Cheap Enough?

A photo released by Tesla shows its new Powerwall lithium-ion battery pack mounted on the wall (left) of a garage behind one of the company's electric cars.
Tesla Energy

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 8:50 pm

In an ambitious bid to move beyond the electric car market, Tesla has announced that it will start selling large batteries to let homeowners store electricity. The Powerwall home battery starts at $3,000.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the new batteries Thursday night, in a move that had been both highly anticipated and the subject of much speculation. With a sleek surface and a depth of only about 7 inches, the Powerwall can be mounted on a garage wall or another surface, indoors or outside. It's roughly 4 feet high and 3 feet wide.

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Shots - Health News
7:55 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Brand-Name Medicines Dominate Medicare's $103 Billion Drug Bill

AstraZeneca's Nexium was the top drug in Medicare Part D's spending on prescription medicines.
Daniel Acker Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 8:41 am

Brand-name drugs to treat heartburn, diabetes, depression and other common afflictions of the elderly were among the most expensive drains on the federal government's Medicare prescription benefit, costing more than $1 billion each in 2013, newly released data show.

The federal government popped the cap off drug spending on Thursday, detailing doctor-by-doctor and drug-by-drug how Medicare and its beneficiaries spent $103 billion on pharmaceuticals in 2013.

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The Salt
7:46 am
Fri May 1, 2015

What's Inside A 'Derby Pie'? Maybe A Lawsuit Waiting To Happen

A view inside the Kern's Kitchen factory in Louisville, Ky. Though lots of people in Kentucky have their own versions of what they call "derby pie," the Kern family trademarked the name "Derby-Pie" decades ago. And the Kerns are quite vigilant about protecting that brand name.
Nina Feldman for NPR

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 1:28 pm

Ask anyone in Louisville, Ky., what to eat and drink during the Kentucky Derby, and chances are good he'll tell you two things: mint juleps and "derby pie."

But while bartenders around the country make mint juleps without controversy, things are a little more complicated for "derby pie." The creators of the pie are real sticklers about what can be called a "derby pie" — and what can't. And they're not afraid to sue over it.

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Planet Money
4:18 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Electric Carmaker Tesla To Sell Batteries Designed To Power Homes

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 11:51 am

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Middle East
3:02 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Bottom Drops Out Of Syria's Currency Causing Economic Hardship

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 9:08 am

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U.S.
1:38 am
Fri May 1, 2015

California Bill Could Limit Police Access To Body Camera Footage

Oakland police officers, wearing body cameras, form a line during demonstrations against recent incidents of alleged police brutality nationwide.
Elijah Nouvelage Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 10:46 am

The unrest in Baltimore and other cities regarding alleged police misconduct has prompted new calls for law enforcement officers to wear body cameras. Such recordings could provide accountability and transparency in potentially controversial circumstances.

At least, that's the idea.

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Business
6:19 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Health Insurer Aetna Raises Wages For Lowest-Paid Workers To $16 An Hour

Aetna announced one of its largest pay hikes recently. CEO Mark Bertolini says he believes it largely could pay for itself by making workers more productive.
Courtesy of Aetna

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 2:56 pm

Prospects for low-wage workers at some large companies have improved recently as both Walmart and McDonald's announced pay hikes, but one of the most significant announcements came at Aetna.

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All Tech Considered
3:25 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

The Doctor Will Video Chat With You Now: Insurer Covers Virtual Visits

UnitedHealthcare says it will cover doctors' visits by live video on smartphones, tablets and computers.
Doctor On Demand

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 6:19 pm

If you can live stream movies, why not live stream medical care?

Insurance company UnitedHealthcare will start covering visits to the doctor's office — via video chat. Patients and physicians talk live online — on smartphones, tablets or home computer — to get to a clinical diagnosis. This move to cybermedicine could save insurers a ton of money — or have unintended consequences.

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It's All Politics
1:26 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Can't Get A Job Because Of A Criminal Record? A Lawsuit Is Trying To Change That

Tyrone Peake says he's been fired from three jobs because a crime he committed more than 30 years ago is still on his record.
Carrie Johnson NPR

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 6:19 pm

Outside an apartment building on Broad Street, along the county line in Philadelphia, birds outnumber the rush-hour traffic.

"It's nice and quiet compared to other neighborhoods which I lived in," said Tyrone Peake, 52.

In 1981, when he was just 18, Peake was arrested with a friend for trying to steal a car to take a girl home after a long weekend.

"No, we never got the car," Peake said. "We broke the ignition column and then the cops came."

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The Salt
1:10 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Why We Can't Take Chipotle's GMO Announcement All That Seriously

Chipotle restaurant workers in Miami fill orders on April 27, the day the company said it would use only non-GMO ingredients in its food.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 4:24 pm

Chipotle is trumpeting its renunciation of ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The company says that using GMOs — mainly corn in its tortillas and soybean oil for cooking — "doesn't align" with its vision of "food with integrity." According to Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold, it represents "our commitment to serving our customers the very best ingredients we can find."

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Race
5:55 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Baltimore Unrest Reveals Tensions Between African-Americans And Asians

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 9:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On one level, the unrest in Baltimore is very simple - one man died after his arrest. Police have not yet explained how it happened. And his fellow citizens want justice for Freddie Gray.

(SOUNDBITE OF PROTEST)

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Shots - Health News
5:42 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Your Tough Job Might Help Keep You Sharp

Engaging, mentally stimulating work is good for the brain, scientists say, whether you get paid to do it or not. Running a household can be as mentally demanding as running a company.
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Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 2:40 pm

It's just Wednesday, but maybe you're already crashing. You've got three deadlines to juggle, your boss is breathing down your neck and Lillith from Finance is being a total pain.

Here's a bit of research that might reassure you it's all worth it.

Challenging work that involves lots of analytical thinking, planning and other managerial skills might help your brain stay sharp as you age, a study published Wednesday in the journal Neurology suggests.

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The Two-Way
3:52 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

SEC Rule Would Link Executive Pay To Performance

The Securities and Exchange Commission voted 3-2 today to propose a rule to link the pay of top corporate executives to their companies' financial performance.

NPR's Jim Zarroli, reporting on All Things Considered, says: "The rule grew out of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial overhaul bill. And it simply says that companies have to disclose whether executive pay is in line with their financial performance.

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Business
3:01 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Japan's Abe Pushes The Pacific Trade Deal Onto Center Stage

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a joint press conference at the White House with President Obama on Tuesday. Abe is urging U.S. lawmakers to approve a trans-Pacific trade deal.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

President Obama's plan for creating a Pacific Rim trade zone has been hovering in the wings, waiting for the right moment to demand attention.

On Wednesday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pushed it out on to center stage during a dramatic joint meeting of the U.S. House and Senate. He urged Congress to approve the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP.

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Business
2:58 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

SEC Proposes New Rules For Linking Executive Pay With Firm Performance

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 5:05 pm

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The Salt
2:29 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

When You Make Kids' Meals Healthier By Default, They Still Eat 'Em Up

The revamped children's menu at Silver Diner
Courtesy of Silver Diner

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 1:09 pm

Will a kids' meal sans fries and soda still tempt the youngest diners at restaurants?

Chef Ype Von Hengst certainly thinks so. He's the co-founder of Silver Diner — a chain of fast-casual restaurants in Virginia and Maryland.

Customers want healthier options for their kids, Hengst says. "We tempt them with the stuff they like, but we make sure it's also good for them," he says.

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The Two-Way
12:37 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Pope Francis Calls Gender Pay Gap A 'Pure Scandal'

Pope Francis delivers a speech Wednesday during his general audience at Saint Peter's Square in Vatican City.
Claudio Peri EPA /Landov

Pope Francis called the gender pay gap a "pure scandal" in remarks Wednesday on marriage and family.

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports that Francis' remarks, at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, are some of his most forceful yet in favor of women.

Francis raised his voice as he made a plea for an end to the situation in which men typically earn more than women for performing the same task.

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The Two-Way
9:28 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Lumber Liquidators Says DOJ Seeks Criminal Charges Over Imports

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 10:44 am

Lumber Liquidators says the U.S. Department of Justice is seeking criminal charges against it in an investigation over imported products.

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The Two-Way
9:15 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Bud Light Pulls Label With Message That Sparked Backlash

Anheuser-Busch has apologized for a message on bottles of Bud Light that said it is "the perfect beer for removing 'no' from your vocabulary for the night." The labels are no longer being produced.
GhosX9 Reddit

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 3:10 pm

The label promised that Bud Light was "the perfect beer for removing 'no' from your vocabulary for the night." But that's exactly the word that occurred to many people who say the message recalls alcohol's troublesome connection to sexual assaults.

Anheuser-Busch says the slogan is one of many messages it has printed on beer labels as part of its "UpForWhatever" ad campaign. But it acknowledges that it "missed the mark" with this one, saying that it has stopped making the label.

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The Two-Way
9:11 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Will Slower U.S. Economy Make Fed Wait To Raise Rates?

Jason Furman, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, said consumers generally haven't been using the savings from lower gasoline prices to spend on other things.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 2:20 pm

Updated at 2:32 p.m. ET

As 2015 began, the U.S. economy posted its weakest performance in a year, growing at a 0.2 percent annual pace. That's a sharp slowdown from the fourth quarter and well below the 1 percent rate economists had projected.

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Shots - Health News
1:55 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Florida's House Quits Early, At Impasse Over Medicaid Expansion

Florida state Senate president Andy Gardiner, R-Orlando, was applauded by his fellow senators Tuesday, after expressing his disappointment with the Florida House for ending its session three days early, instead of working through the budget clash.
Steve Cannon AP

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 12:22 pm

The Republican-controlled Florida legislature — at odds over the question of whether to expand Medicaid — abruptly ended its session three days early on Tuesday, leaving hundreds of bills that are unrelated to health care unfinished.

Andy Gardiner, president of Florida's state Senate, says he's disappointed with the House's decision to stop negotiating and leave town.

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It's All Politics
1:52 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Obama Confident In Asia Trade Pact, But Track Record For Deals Is Spotty

President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe approach the podiums for a joint press conference Tuesday at the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. President Obama is hoping to finalize a new trade agreement with Japan and other Asian nations soon.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 6:51 am

Speaking in the White House Rose Garden Tuesday after meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, President Obama said he was confident he would get a green light from Congress to move forward with a big Asia Pacific trade deal.

"The politics around trade can be hard in both our countries," Obama said. "But I know that Prime Minister Abe, like me, is deeply committed to getting this done. And I'm confident we will."

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