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Episode 812: High Rise, Low Returns

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 5:37pm

As a businessman, President Trump is known for his towering buildings. Today we tell the story of one of those skyscrapers and what it says about how and with whom Trump does business.

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After Outcry, Crowdfunding Site Patreon Backs Off Plan To Raise Fees

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 4:28pm

The site — popular with independent musicians, writers and artists — allows fans to make small, repeated payments to creators. A change in the pay structure sent shockwaves through the Internet.

Full Employment: Are We There Yet?

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 2:53pm

Why is it so hard to figure out when the economy is at full employment? And why does the Fed keep getting it wrong?

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Fed Raises Interest Rates Again As Economy Rolls On

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 1:00pm

Policymakers increased a key rate for the third time this year. The quarter-point move indicates the Fed is confident in the economy as it continues to recover from the financial crisis.

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How A Woman Engineer Built A Public Case Against A Sexual Harasser In Silicon Valley

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:17pm

Niniane Wang, an experienced engineer with a startup incubator, says she was harassed by a male investor. She wanted to be certain that when she came forward, she wouldn't be ignored.

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GOP Lawmakers Agree On Final Tax Package, Hatch Says

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:28am

Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, says House and Senate Republicans have agreed on a final tax bill. GOP leaders aim to pass it next week.

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Kansas' 2012 Tax Cut Experiment Could Serve As A Cautionary Tale

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 4:04am

People in Kansas are struggling to recover from the state's experiment with deep tax cuts. What happened in Kansas is similar in many ways to what Congress is attempting to do on a national level.

Are $40 Toll Roads The Future?

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 5:25pm

In Virginia, officials hope a shift to toll pricing based on demand and traffic flow will change commuter behavior and reduce congestion on Interstate 66. Critics say the cost is too high.

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Are There Generational Differences When It Comes To Sexual Harassment At Work?

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 3:12pm

Is the shift in dealing with sexual harassment driven by differences in how the generations perceive the issue — or is it indicative of a shift in how we think about work?

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Waste Not, Want Not: Drink Beer To Feed Fish And Help Save The Planet

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 1:41pm

Industry trailblazers are trying to lessen the energy and resource costs of aquaculture. Possible solutions include using brewery waste, algae, insects or even carbon dioxide to feed the fish we eat.

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Timeline: How Paul Manafort Got Caught Up In The Russia Investigation

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 4:00am

How did the ex-Trump campaign manager get indicted in Robert Mueller's Russia investigation? It's a study in how political power can translate into money, and how that money moves around the world.

Apple Buys Song-Recognition App Shazam

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 4:00am

Tech giant Apple is buying Shazam, an app that can identify songs playing near a user's phone. Apple Inc. issued a statement describing Shazam as "natural fit" with its services.

Congressional Republicans Hope To Pass Tax Overhaul Bill By Dec. 25

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:38pm

Congressional Republicans are working to merge House and Senate versions of a GOP tax bill. They're hoping to reach their first major legislative milestone by Christmas.

FCC Says It Will Vote On Net Neutrality Despite Millions Of Fake Public Comments

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 3:38pm

Millions of public comments in advance of the FCC's vote on net neutrality turn out to have been faked. Some used phony names, others came from Russian email addresses. The FCC says it will go ahead with its vote this week nonetheless.

Bitcoin, Unemployment, and Mythical Beasts

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 2:39pm

Our guest, Tyler Cowen, has smart insights into a ridiculously wide range of subjects. Our conversation is a lightning round that touches everything from the stock market to dystopian novels.

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How The Food Industry Uses Cavitation, The Ocean's Most Powerful Punch

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 1:46pm

Cavitation produces a bubble that rapidly collapses and becomes hotter than the sun's surface. The mantis shrimp uses it, and now so do food and drink firms, to improve flavors — from yogurt to beer.

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Mario Batali Steps Aside From His Restaurants Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 1:12pm

Four women described how Batali touched them inappropriately, and others said they witnessed bullying and lewd comments. Batali doesn't deny the allegations, saying they "match up" with past behavior.

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Three Major Deals Point To A Maturing, And Global, Music Startup Landscape

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:41am

Two acquisitions and one equity-sharing deal could show that the music business, long known for its insularity, has fully entered a new era.

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In Effort To Court Drivers, Lyft Offering Education Discounts

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 8:01am

Lyft is offering education benefits, a move aimed at recruiting and retaining drivers in its competition with Uber. But it raises a question about what these companies owe their workforces.

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Loving And Hating Dollar General In Rural America

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 4:16am

Dollar General stores thrive in low-income rural towns, and the deep-discount chain has opened hundreds of new shops in the past year.

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