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Crowdfunding For Small Businesses Gets Kick-Start

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 4:04pm

Small companies now can raise up to $1 million from ordinary investors through what are called "crowdfunding portals."

South Carolina Farmers Struggle After Back-To-Back Seasons Of Bad Weather

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 3:24pm

Agriculture always has its ups and downs, good years and bad. In South Carolina, it's been particularly difficult recently and made worse by massive flooding last year.

South Carolina Farmers Bear Brunt Of U.S. Agriculture Woes

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 3:24pm

Agriculture always has its ups and downs, good years and bad. In South Carolina, it's been particularly difficult recently and made worse by massive flooding last year.

Adult Beverage: Fermented Whey

Mon, 05/16/2016 - 5:19am

Liquor makers are turning to cow's milk to make spirits — specifically whey, the byproduct of cheese. Whey is highly fermentable. Distillers call the trend, "grass to glass."

Which TV Shows Will Be Back Next Year?

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 4:14pm

It's that time of year when TV networks decide which shows to cancel and which to renew for the 2016-2017 season. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans gives an update on the new and canceled shows.

Assessing Social Media's Growing Clout In The News Landscape

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 4:14pm

NPR Media Correspondent David Folkenflik, Wired's Issie Lapowsky and Ethan Zuckerman of MIT discuss allegations of bias against Facebook and social media's role in the news business.

An All-Volunteer Squad Of Farmers Is Turning Florida Lawns Into Food

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 4:14pm

Perfectly manicured lawns are a bit of an obsession in Florida. But one Florida man is working on a project that's turning his neighbors' lawns into working farms.

Sheryl Sandberg Rephrases 'Lean In' Message To Recognize Single Mom Strength

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:48am

Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg recently reflected on how hard it is to "lean in" without a supportive partner by her side. Lisa Gottlieb is also a single mom, and she understands the challenge well.

Higher-Earning Households Tend To Spend More Time Alone

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:48am

A new study finds that wealthier people spend less time socializing. NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks with Emily Bianchi of Emory University about how income levels affect how people spend their time.

UK Companies' High Heels Dress Code Faces Pushback

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:48am

A British woman who was sent home from work for not wearing high heels has launched a petition asking that it be illegal for a company to require women to wear them.

Saudi Arabia's Plan To Reduce Oil Dependency

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:48am

Saudi Arabia recently presented a vision for the future of the kingdom. NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks with Thomas Lippman of the Middle East Institute about the most ambitious part of the plan.

Brazil's New All-Male Interim Government Marks Conservative Shift

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:48am

Brazil is facing questions after ousting its first female President. The largest nation in Latin America is dealing with a huge corruption scandal that's engulfing its business and political elite.

Why Restaurants Are Ditching The Switch To No Tipping

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 6:48am

It's customer and staff complaints that did away with the model to start, but that's also what's bringing the tradition back to restaurants that've been experimenting with the policy to even out pay.

'Embodiment Of Grit': How Children Of Farm Workers Became Tech Professionals

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 4:15am

We first told you about CSin3 — an accelerated degree program — when it launched three years ago. Now its first cohort is set to graduate, with many students heading into high tech coding jobs.

Mrs. Obama Saves The Cardigan: 'The Obama Effect' In Fashion

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 2:30pm

In fashion, most first ladies have worshiped at the altar of "The Suit." Michelle Obama transformed American fashion by favoring dresses, moderately-priced brands, and simple basics like the cardigan.

Apple Isn't (Intentionally) Stealing Your Music, But You Might Want To Back Up Your Library

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 6:45am

A blog post called "Apple Stole My Music" is making the rounds and its popularity highlights confusion about owning music in the age of streaming services.

Pfizer To Stop Selling Drugs For Use In Lethal Injections

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 7:21pm

The drugmaker was the "last remaining open-market source of drugs used in executions," The New York Times reported. Other U.S. and European firms had already blocked drugs from use in executions.

Apple Invests $1 Billion In Chinese Ride-Hailing Company Didi Chuxing

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 3:25pm

Apple is investing $1 billion in Chinese ride-hailing service Didi Chuxing. Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook says the move will help the company gain a better understanding of the Chinese market. In China, Didi already leads Uber, so this investment sets the stage for a big competitive battle between Apple and Uber.

Global Banks Warned To Review Security Systems After Major Cyberattack

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 3:25pm

Banks around the world are being warned to review their computer security systems. SWIFT, the Brussels-based organization that facilitates bank-to-bank transfers, told banking clients of another cyberattack, this time on a commercial bank. In February, hackers managed to steal $81 million from the central bank of Bangladesh.

National Contest Spurs Economic Growth In Nigeria

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 3:25pm

It's especially hard for developing countries to create jobs and foster small businesses to promote growth. But Nigeria took a risk on a massive national contest to find thousands of people with ideas for businesses and did something radical. It gave away millions of dollars to thousands of people who asked for it — and it worked. It is a rare success story for bold economic development programs.

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