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3:21 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Car Ride Service Puts Gender In The Driver's Seat

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 5:06 pm

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Around the Nation
3:21 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Fifty Years Later, A Look At How Harvard's Women MBAs Have Fared

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 5:06 pm

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Business
4:26 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Obama's Immigration Moves Do Little To Help Businesses, Groups Say

President Obama after discussing his executive actions on immigration Friday at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas. Business groups say the plan does little to help U.S. employers attract foreign workers.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 5:46 pm

Business groups have long been active players in the nation's immigration debate. They represent employers who need to recruit workers, after all — employers who are sometimes investigated, even prosecuted, for hiring workers who are not approved to work in the U.S. legally.

Many big employers have been pushing for reforms that would allow them to keep more science and technology workers and skilled laborers in the country. But the executive action President Obama announced Thursday leaves out much of what the business lobby has been advocating for.

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Technology
3:27 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Electric Bikes, On A Roll In Europe, Start To Climb In U.S.

Joel Bowman, 66, rides his e-bike six miles daily to his job at Emory University in Atlanta.
Courtesy of Joel Bowman

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 3:09 am

For Joel Bowman, decades of bike commuting started feeling like hard work. So the 66-year-old Atlanta resident recently switched to an electric bicycle, and now when he rides Bowman feels like the wind is at his back.

An e-bike looks a lot like a regular bike, but with an integrated electric motor, and it doesn't burn gasoline like an old-fashioned moped. As you pedal, an e-bike gives you a powered boost when you need it.

They are getting more popular in Europe, but in the United States, e-bikes still have to overcome the stigma of being just a toy for old people.

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Business
3:27 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

San Francisco Proposes Predictable Scheduling To Help Hourly Workers

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:36 pm

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The Two-Way
2:06 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

A Closer Look At Obama's Immigration Plan: What's In It, Who's Affected

People walk along the beach in Tijuana, Mexico, near San Diego, where metal bars marking the border with the U.S. meet the sea.
Gregory Bull AP

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:27 pm

The executive actions that President Obama announced Thursday are wide-reaching and complicated. Even the top-line numbers — such as how many people will be affected — are tough to pin down, because they are based on estimates of a population that Obama himself has said is living the shadows.

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Goats and Soda
10:31 am
Fri November 21, 2014

The Viagra Of The Himalayas Brings In Big Bucks And Big Problems

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 4:49 pm

People live for — and die because of — the "Viagra of the Himalayas."

That's the nickname for one of the weirdest fungi around.

It starts with the larva of the ghost moth — a caterpillar that lives underground. A fungus invades the larva, kills it and consumes the body. Just the outer skeleton remains.

Eventually, a small brown stalk erupts from the dead caterpillar's head. In the spring, the pinkie-size stalk pokes an inch or two from the earth. That's when people across the Tibetan Plateau head to the high-alpine meadows to harvest the crazy-looking creature.

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TED Radio Hour
7:21 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Why Do We Undervalue Introverts?

"What I'm saying is that culturally we need a much better balance. We need more of a yin and yang between [introverts and extroverts]." - Susan Cain
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Quiet.

About Susan Cain's TED Talk

In a culture where being social and outgoing are celebrated, it can be difficult to be an introvert. Susan Cain argues introverts bring extraordinary talents to the world, and should be celebrated.

About Susan Cain

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The Two-Way
5:37 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Still Reeling From Supreme Court Ruling, Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

Aereo.com, a Web service that provides television shows online, is shown on an iPhone on April 22. The Supreme Court ruled that the service violates copyright law.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 1:42 pm

Months after a Supreme Court decision shattered its business model, the streaming service Aereo has filed for bankruptcy.

"The U.S. Supreme Court decision effectively changed the laws that had governed Aereo's technology, creating regulatory and legal uncertainty," the company's founder and CEO Chet Kanojia said in a statement. "And while our team has focused its energies on exploring every path forward available to us, without that clarity, the challenges have proven too difficult to overcome."

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Around the Nation
3:01 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Skiers Rejoice! Upstate New York Has Snow

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 10:46 am

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Business
3:01 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Senate Panel Probes Fed's Oversight Of Commodity Trading

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 10:46 am

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Wall Street bankers faced questions before Congress yesterday.

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Goats and Soda
3:30 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

The Whole World Is Fat! And That Ends Up Costing $2 Trillion A Year

This Chinese teenager weighs 353 pounds. At a "slimming center" in China's central Hubei province, he's exercising and undergoing acupuncture to lose weight.
Color China AP

Originally published on Sat November 22, 2014 9:21 am

Obesity used to be an issue primarily in well-off countries. It was one of those things flippantly dismissed as a "first-world problem." Now people are packing on the pounds all over the planet. In some fast-growing cities in China, for example, half the people are now overweight.

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Planet Money
2:24 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

How To Catch A Cattle Thief

Chief Agent Jerry Flowers' says good guys "wear white hats."
Nick Oxford for NPR

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 4:30 pm

On Sept. 9, BJ Holloway's life savings were stolen. Six cows worth about $10,000 were taken in the dead of the night from his land in Spencer, Okla.

BJ started raising cows when he was just a teenager. His parents gave him the first two, and he raised those until they had calves he could sell off to buy some more. Over the years, he kept doing that, breeding the cows and selling off the little ones. Raising cows is a business for BJ, and all of his savings are wrapped up in them, which made the theft of the cows absolutely devastating.

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Politics
2:24 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Takata Executive Apologizes To Consumers In Capitol Hill Testimony

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 10:50 am

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Goats and Soda
12:54 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Indian Shopkeepers Greet Wal-Mart's Expansion Plans With Protests

Protesters gather outside Wal-Mart's offices in Gurgaon, India. Their demand: Wal-Mart should build its stores far from markets where they work.
Rhitu Chatterjee for NPR

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 2:39 pm

A few hundred hawkers and street vendors gathered Wednesday on the side of a dusty, busy road in the northern Indian city of Gurgaon, a few miles from the capital, New Delhi. Some wore black headbands with "No Wal-Mart" signs. Others carried banners that said "Stop uprooting hawkers and vendors."

The crowd of protesters walked down the road to the Indian headquarters of Wal-Mart, located in one of many modern, multistoried buildings. They stood outside, chanting "Wal-Mart, down, down!" "Wal-Mart, come to your senses!"

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The Two-Way
10:05 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Takata Quality Official Apologizes Over Air Bag Defect Linked To Deaths

Hiroshi Shimizu, senior vice president of global quality assurance at Japanese air bag maker Takata, apologizes for the failure of the defective devices on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 10:37 am

The executive in charge of quality for Takata Corp. apologized today for the defects in the air bags made by his company that have been linked to at least five deaths and dozens of injuries.

"We are deeply sorry about each of the reported instances in which a Takata air bag has not performed as designed and the driver or passenger had suffered personal injuries or death," Hiroshi Shimizu, senior vice president of quality for Takata, told the Senate Commerce Committee.

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The Salt
9:36 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Soda Companies Step Up Their Marketing To Black And Latino Kids

Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 1:06 pm

While beverage companies have cut their marketing of unhealthy drinks to children on TV and websites overall, they have ramped up marketing to black and Latino kids and teens, who have higher rates of obesity than white youth, a study finds.

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Television
3:11 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Nielsen To Rate Streaming Services, Assault Allegations Haunt Cosby

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 7:12 am

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NPR Story
3:02 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Low Consumer Spending Hinders Japan's Economic Recovery

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 7:12 am

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A big aim of Japan's effort to revive the economy is to get consumers to start buying again. Consumers are spending a little more, but apparently not enough. NPR's Anthony Kuhn reports from Tokyo.

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NPR Story
3:02 am
Thu November 20, 2014

What The U.S. Could Learn From Japan's Latest Recession

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 12:37 pm

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New Boom
1:55 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Despite Low Employment, Millennials Hold Key To Reviving South Texas

Olmo Maldonado (center) returned to his hometown of McAllen, Texas, despite the low employment rate for millennials.
Hansi Lo Wang NPR

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 10:02 am

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

Welcome to boot camp for the young and unemployed in McAllen, Texas.

"We're going to go ahead and do this," says instructor Marco Lopez, leading a small classroom of millennials through do's and don'ts for job seekers inside a strip mall near McAllen.

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New Boom
2:37 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

For Millions Of Millennials: Some College, No Degree, Lots Of Debt

Noelle Johnson has a lengthy commute via bus and train to her job near Washington, D.C. She's been working toward her B.A. for nine years, and when she finally finishes, she says, she'll be able to afford to live closer to work.
James Clark NPR

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 2:47 pm

This story is part of the New Boom series on millennials in America.

If Noelle Johnson had a bachelor's degree, she'd be able to live closer to work, she says. She wouldn't have to spend so much of her free time hustling for baby-sitting gigs. She'd shop at the farmers market. She'd be able to treat her sister to dinner for once. She and her husband could go on trips together — they'd be able to afford two tickets instead of one.

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Business
2:24 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

1 Million American Pension Plans Could Be Insolvent In 10 Years

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 4:16 pm

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Business
2:24 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Takata Air Bag Recall Could Be Tough For Auto Industry To Weather

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 4:16 pm

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Around the Nation
2:24 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Huge Dazzling Billboard Fights For Attention In Times Square

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 5:20 pm

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Television
2:24 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

NBC The Latest To Distance Itself From Bill Cosby

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 5:31 pm

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Shots - Health News
2:09 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Gilead Buys Shortcut For FDA Drug Review For $125 Million

Drew Kilb/Duke University's Fuqua School of Business

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 11:41 am

How much is a fast track for the Food and Drug Administration review of a new drug worth? Try $125 million.

In an auction, Gilead Sciences, a maker of HIV and hepatitis medicines, just bought a coupon good for the accelerated review of a drug of the company's choice from Knight Therapeutics, a Canadian company.

The priority review voucher entitles Gilead to move a drug of its choice through the FDA four months faster than the normal track.

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The Salt
12:33 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Just What Is In Pumpkin Spice Flavor? (Hint: Not Pumpkin)

The flavor of the season, you may have noticed, is pumpkin spice. Food companies have gone overboard on the stuff. There are pumpkin spice ice cream sandwiches, pumpkin spice-flavored almonds and, of course, pumpkin spice lattes.

Comedian John Oliver couldn't take it anymore.

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Shots - Health News
7:01 am
Wed November 19, 2014

6 Pitfalls To Avoid When Picking Insurance On The Job

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 8:27 am

You don't get a pass this year on big health insurance decisions because you're not shopping in an Affordable Care Act marketplace. Employer medical plans — where most working-age folks get coverage — are changing too.

Rising costs, a looming tax on rich benefits packages and the idea that people should buy medical treatment the way they shop for cellphones have increased odds that workplace plans will be very different in 2015.

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Business
4:58 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Consumers Contribute To Retail Food Waste

Originally published on Wed November 19, 2014 7:02 am

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