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Restaurants Cook Up A New Way To Pay Kitchen Staff More: A Cut Of Sales

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 4:34pm

Revenue sharing is taking off in restaurants in cities like Boston and San Francisco. The model varies from place to place, but the idea is simple: Funnel a percentage of sales to kitchen workers.

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Some In Corporate America Push Back On Trump's Climate Regulations Roll Back

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 3:24pm

This week's executive order to roll back climate regulations may sit well with the fossil fuel industry, but most of corporate America is unimpressed. Many large companies are sticking to their plans to tackle climate change by investing in renewable energy and green practices.

Judge Approves $25 Million Settlement Of Trump University Lawsuit

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 12:51pm

The deal was reached in November but needed the approval of U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel. One student had objected to the settlement, which prevented her from suing Trump on her own.

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Forcing People At Vending Machines To Wait Nudges Them To Buy Healthier Snacks

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 11:46am

Buy an unhealthy snack and these vending machines take away 25 seconds of your life you'll never get back. Healthy fare drops instantly. Research suggests this "time tax" helps us make better choices.

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'Democrats Are Good For Gun Sales': Guess What Happened After Trump's Election

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 4:07am

Donald Trump won the backing of the NRA and many gun owners by opposing limits to the Second Amendment's right to bear arms, but his election hasn't been good for the gun business.

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Will Using Artificial Intelligence To Make Loans Trade One Kind Of Bias For Another?

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 4:06am

The next loan you get may depend less on your credit score and more on what a program thinks of your habits. Digital lenders say the process will be more fair, but others worry about unintended bias.

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How Can You Bring Innovation To Government Services? Follow Users

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 7:30pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jennifer Pahlka, founder and executive director of Code for America, about what it takes to bring innovation to government.

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With One Large Breath, Dandelion Is Blown Out Of Crayola's 24 Pack

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 5:24pm

The time has come to say goodbye to Dandelion, one of two yellow crayons in Crayola's 24-count pack. It will go into retirement and the Crayola Hall of Fame.

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Restaurants Strive For Equitable Wages With Revenue Sharing

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 4:46pm

Restaurants are trying "revenue sharing" in an attempt to close the wage gap between tipped and not tipped workers, and to help fix the labor shortage in Boston.

Trump's Draft Proposal Makes Tweaks To NAFTA

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 3:31pm

The Trump administration's draft proposal on the North American Free Trade Agreement appears to be seeking only modest changes in the 23-year-old trade deal. On the campaign trail, Trump railed against NAFTA, calling it the worst trade deal ever.

Candy Makers Face Pressure For Lobbying The Trump Administration

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Amy Brittain, investigative reporter for The Washington Post, about opportunities American candy manufacturers see in the Trump administration.

Amid Talk Of Tariffs, What Happens To Companies That Straddle The Border?

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 2:39pm

President Trump has called NAFTA a "catastrophe" and threatened to impose a border tax on Mexican imports. How does that impact produce companies with operations on both sides of the border?

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#ThanksForTyping Spotlights Unnamed Women In Literary Acknowledgements

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 1:31pm

A professor shared book acknowledgement pages, where men thanked their wives for typing their manuscripts. #ThanksForTyping soon sparked a conversation on women and their uncredited roles in academia.

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Alaska's Growing Kelp Industry Helps Drive Sea-To-Table Movement

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 1:00pm

While the state has a bountiful coastline, it doesn't have easy access to kelp seed. But scientists are trying to incubate varieties that can be domestically farmed — good news for business owners.

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A Forgotten Shipwreck Imperils Washington's Oysters

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 10:53am

The sunken Hero, an Antarctic research vessel from the 1960s, is leaking oil into Willapa Bay, where more than half of the state's oysters are grown. And no one knows how to remove it.

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How The Case Of The 'Snuggie' Impacts Tariffs And Trade

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 4:14am

Last month the U.S. Court of International Trade ruled on a question with millions of dollars at stake: Is the Snuggie a blanket with sleeves or a sleeved garment that looks like a blanket?

In U.S. Restaurants, Bars And Food Trucks, 'Modern Slavery' Persists

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 6:35pm

A new report highlights victims of human trafficking in the food industry, from farm workers to restaurant cooks and wait staff. Some victims are exploited for both sex and labor.

Episode 650: The Genius Behind Get Out

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 4:37pm

Jason Blum makes a lot of movies and makes them cheap. So why are so many turning into blockbusters?

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Launch, Land, Launch — SpaceX Tries Reusing Its Rocket

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 3:48pm

Thursday the private company SpaceX plans on launching a satellite using a rocket that it has launched once before. Reusing equipment could make it cheaper to do business in deep space.

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Good News For Elephants: China's Price Of Ivory Has Plummeted

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 3:28pm

Africa's elephants have been poached by the thousands for their tusks. Many of those tusks are then smuggled to China, one of the largest markets for the banned material.

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