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The Two-Way
1:46 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Just Plane Sad: A Show Of Support For SkyMall

SkyMall art by Kevin and Miles Taylor.
Kevin and Miles Taylor

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 3:30 pm

Whether it was the $85,000 personal submarine craft, the telepathic obstacle course or the yeti yard ornaments we could never quite afford, in-flight catalog SkyMall — and the kitschy items sold inside its pages — are going to be hard to forget.

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Television
1:24 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

Intended For Millennials, Dish's Sling TV Is A Cord Cutter's Dream

Joe Clayton, president and CEO of Dish Network, introduces the Sling TV earlier this month at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Jae C. Hong AP

A few days ago, I entertained myself for a few minutes watching ESPN's Stephen A. Smith lose his cool — this time, over an "incompetent" NFL for not interviewing Patriots quarterback Tom Brady regarding the team's deflated football controversy.

But what made this moment noteworthy, was where I was watching Smith; not on a TV connected to a cable box, but on my iPad. Thanks to Sling TV.

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The Two-Way
1:20 pm
Mon January 26, 2015

2015 Will Continue Streak Of Shrinking U.S. Budget Deficit

A chart shows the U.S. federal government's spending and revenues, from 1965 projected forward to 2025.
Congressional Budget Office

The federal budget deficit will fall in 2015, the sixth consecutive year of decreases relative to the overall economy, according to new figures by the Congressional Budget Office. The office also says the U.S. economy will expand at a "solid pace" over the next few years.

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The Two-Way
9:01 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Greece's Left-Wing Prime Minister Takes Charge

Newly sworn-in Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras enters his new offices in Athens on Monday.
Orestis Panagiotou EPA/Landov

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 1:31 pm

Alexis Tsipras, who led his left-wing Syriza party to a momentous win in Greece's parliamentary election, was sworn in today amid fears about what his win means for the country's bailout agreements with the European Union.

Reporter Joanna Kakissis in Athens, who is following the story, tells our Newscast unit that Tsipras now leads the first anti-austerity government in Europe. She adds:

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Television
4:19 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Sling TV Could Be Cable-Cutter's Dream

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 6:03 am

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NPR Story
3:04 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Greek Voters Usher Leftist Party Into Office

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 6:03 am

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Media
6:41 am
Sat January 24, 2015

From A Frequent Flier To SkyMall, Thanks For The Memory Foams

Originally published on Sat January 24, 2015 10:08 am

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The Salt
5:20 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Will Environmentalists Fall For Faux Fish Made From Plants?

Chef James Corwell's nigiri sushi rolls made with Tomato Sushi, a plant-based tuna alternative, in San Francisco.
Alastair Bland for NPR

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 5:39 pm

It's a dead ringer for Ahi tuna sashimi. It cuts into glistening slivers that are firm and juicy. And it's got a savory bite.

But this flesh-like food is not fish. It's made of tomato, and it's what San Francisco chef James Corwell hopes could be one small step toward saving imperiled species of fish, like bluefin tuna.

"What I want is to create a great sushi experience without the tuna," Corwell tells The Salt.

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News
4:01 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Auto Loan Surge Fuels Fears Of Another Subprime Crisis

Auto dealers are extending loans to a growing number of people with weak credit.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 4:29 pm

The number of Americans buying autos approached a record high last year. It's one more sign of how much the economy is improving.

But there's a big potential downside that's evoking comparisons to the subprime mortgage boom. Auto dealers are extending loans to a growing number of people with weak credit, and more of them are having trouble making payments.

When Chris Westervelt moved from Texas to Alaska to take a job, he decided to trade in his Mazda for a car that could handle snow and ice.

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The Two-Way
10:08 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Goodbye, Garden Yeti: In-Flight Catalog SkyMall Files For Bankruptcy

A signature SkyMall item: The hot dog bun toaster.
SkyMall

Originally published on Mon January 26, 2015 12:43 pm

SkyMall, the ubiquitous in-flight catalog that reliably greets you in the seatback pocket, is falling victim to technological innovation.

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Business
3:08 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Flexible Income Opportunity Helps Cities Warm To Uber, Study Says

Originally published on Fri January 23, 2015 6:14 am

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The Two-Way
8:47 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

To Keep Planes From Disappearing, NTSB Urges Constant Tracking

One of many relatives who waited in vain for news of loved ones aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The NTSB hopes to get faster answers by requiring better technology, especially on planes that fly over large bodies of water.
Andy Wong AP

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 10:48 pm

In a response to recent incidents in which large commercial airliners have vanished into oceans, the National Transportation Safety Board is calling for new regulations requiring all passenger planes that fly over large bodies of water to be equipped with more sophisticated flight tracking technologies.

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The Salt
4:47 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Investment Fund Pours Cash Into Cleaner, Greener Fish Farming

World Resource Institute

Originally published on Sun January 25, 2015 2:28 pm

Like it or not, our seafood increasingly originates not in the deep ocean but on fish farms hugging the coasts. Aquaculture already supplies about half of the world's seafood, and global production is going to have to more than double by 2050 to meet demand, according to the World Resources Institute.

The business opportunity here is tremendous. Thousands of operations around the world now produce huge numbers of salmon, shrimp, mussels, tilapia and catfish, to name a few fish species that thrive on farms.

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Business
4:28 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Family Dollar Shareholders Approve Takeover By Dollar Tree

Family Dollar shareholders agreed Thursday to sell the company to rival chain, Dollar Tree for $8.7 billion. Family Dollar turned down a bigger offer from Dollar General due to antitrust concerns.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 4:49 pm

The Great Recession hobbled the U.S. economy and crushed many businesses, but some companies thrived, including the so-called "dollar" stores.

Shoppers flocked to them because you could buy a lot with not much money. And as the economy rebounds, people are still going to some. But one chain, Family Dollar, hasn't kept pace with its competitors.

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Business
2:24 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Google Could Provide Relief To Sprint, T-Mobile With Wireless Deal

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 4:28 pm

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Intelligence Squared U.S.
2:01 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Debate: Is Amazon The Reader's Friend?

Franklin Foer recently wrote a cover story for The New Republic titled, "Amazon Must Be Stopped." He argued against Amazon at the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate — and won.
Samuel LaHoz Intelligence Squared U.S.

Amazon owns 41 percent of all book sales and 67 percent of all e-book sales mainly because it offers lower prices. But the e-commerce company came under fire in late 2014 when Amazon and the publishing house Hachette faced off over who should set the price for e-books. The debate raises questions about Amazon's growing place in the market, the changing role of publishers and the value of books in our society.

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Planet Money
1:35 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

How Much More (Or Less) Would You Make If We Rolled Back Inequality?

Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 2:28 pm

What would incomes look like for U.S. families today if the income distribution were the same as it was in 1979?

Larry Summers recently made this really intriguing calculation in the FT.

His conclusions:

  • Families in the bottom 80 percent of the income distribution would be making $11,000 more per year, on average, than they're earning today.
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Economy
10:10 am
Thu January 22, 2015

European Central Bank Launches Stimulus Plan

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 11:08 am

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The Two-Way
8:17 am
Thu January 22, 2015

ECB Unveils Massive Bond-Buying Stimulus Program For Eurozone

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi today unveiled in Frankfurt, Germany, a massive bond-buying stimulus program to kick-start the region's economy.
Michael Probst AP

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 8:42 am

The European Central Bank has unveiled a massive bond-buying stimulus program to kick-start the region's economy and battle deflation.

"The combined monthly purchases of private and public sector securities will amount to 60 billion euros," ECB President Mario Draghi said today at a news conference in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Politics
3:02 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Conservatives Disagree With Obama's Social Spending Proposals

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 10:06 am

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Politics
3:00 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Obama Defends His Aggressive Agenda In Boise, Idaho

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 2:00 pm

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Back At Base
2:59 am
Thu January 22, 2015

At The Monterey Presidio, City And Army Partner To Reduce Costs

An aerial view from March, 2014, shows the Presidio of Monterey located in Monterey, Calif. The Army base, which is home to the Defense Language Institute, has partnered with the city in an effort to curb costs.
Natela A. Cutter U.S. Army via Flickr

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 10:06 am

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

At a time when the Department of Defense budget is under pressure, some military bases are re-examining how they operate to find ways to save.

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NPR Story
2:59 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Communities Around Fort Campbell Brace For Word On Budget Cuts

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 10:06 am

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Business
1:34 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Senator 'Astounded' That Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Poorest Patients

Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, Mo., is changing its name to Mosaic Life Care. It was the focus of an NPR and ProPublica investigation into its billing practices.
Steve Hebert for ProPublica

Originally published on Thu January 22, 2015 12:11 pm

NPR and ProPublica have been reporting about nonprofit hospitals that seize the wages of lower-income and working-class patients. Now, Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says hospitals could be breaking the law by suing these patients and docking their pay. And he wants some answers.

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The Two-Way
7:22 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Google Is Said To Be Preparing Its Own Mobile Wireless Service

Google plans to launch a new mobile phone service that it will sell directly to U.S. consumers, according to technology site The Information and other news outlets. Instead of building its own network, Google will reportedly use bandwidth purchased from cellphone carriers Sprint and T-Mobile.

The wireless service could be rolled out as early as this year, adding what could be a disruptive new force to the U.S. mobile market. It would also give Google another way to leverage its Android mobile platform — and to control how those devices operate.

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All Tech Considered
4:20 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

The Battle Over Open-Internet Rules Shifts To Congress

President Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to implement a strict policy of net neutrality and to oppose content providers in restricting bandwidth to customers.
Michael Bocchieri Getty Images

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 6:01 pm

In Tuesday night's State of the Union address, President Obama offered a number of ideas for improving the economy. Among them was a nod to the role the Internet plays in economic development.

"I intend to protect a free and open Internet, extend its reach to every classroom, and every community, and help folks build the fastest networks," Obama said.

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Economy
2:40 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

At Davos, U.S. Economic Recovery Widely Lauded

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:00 pm

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Economy
2:26 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Middle Class Economics Dominate Obama's State Of The Union

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 6:00 pm

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Planet Money
2:26 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Tired Of Paying For Checked Baggage? You're Actually Getting A Good Deal

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:00 pm

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Law
2:26 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Standard & Poor's Settles In SEC Ratings Fraud Case

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 5:00 pm

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