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Is The Economic Glass Half-Full Or Half-Empty? It Depends

Sun, 06/04/2017 - 6:00am

In these hyper-polarized times, even seemingly objective facts like the unemployment rate are often viewed through a partisan lens.

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Unemployment Data Are Often Colored By Politics

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

The Labor Department has issued its monthly jobs report. In these hyper-partisan times, even seemingly objective facts about the economy are viewed through the lens of party politics.

Fears Grow As DHS Officials Consider Expanding Airline Laptop Ban

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:32am

The White House is deciding whether to prohibit airline passengers from bringing laptops on board flights from Europe. Travel industry leaders say it could have a chilling effect on travel business.

Episode 775: The Pigweed Killer

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 8:32pm

A battle with a weed divides neighbors and leads one farmer to shoot another dead. Today's show: The hunt for a better pesticide gets way out of hand.

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Russian Gang Helps Casino Owners Discover Slot Machine Flaw

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:45pm

When casino owners started tracking a Russian gang that was beating slot machines around the world, the owners learned a lot about their own machines and the nature of random numbers.

What Leaving The Paris Climate Accord Means For Corporations

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:45pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Christopher Flavelle, who covers climate change for Bloomberg, about some of the corporate winners and losers of President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement.

House Poised To Roll Back Dodd-Frank Financial Reform

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:45pm

The House is expected to vote next week on a bill to roll back the Dodd-Frank reform package passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

Massachusetts Tries Something New To Claim Taxes From Online Sales

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:38pm

States have long argued that they are losing millions of dollars in uncollected taxes from online sales. Massachusetts is now trying a very Internet answer to this Internet problem.

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FACT CHECK: Is President Trump Correct That Coal Mines Are Opening?

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 2:57pm

Locals in Jennerstown, Pa., are celebrating the grand opening of a coal mine and the estimated 70 jobs it brings. But the broad trends pushing the industry down are likely to continue, experts say.

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Paninis Are Pa-nonos: Mayor Of Florence Takes Aim At Tourist Picnicking

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 2:13pm

The Italian mayor says hosing down the steps to discourage snackers and their litter is "gentler" than levying fines. The city's historic sites, he says, deserve "a little bit of respect."

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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 9:06am

Paris deals, Jared's secret channels and a spate of worrying hate crimes seen across the country. Plus, the ongoing mystery that surrounds covfefe. A discussion of the week's most interesting news stories.

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May Jobs Report: 138,000 More On Payrolls; Unemployment Dips Slightly

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 7:31am

Economists had been expecting to see the U.S. economy gain about 185,000 jobs.

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Despite Pressure From Some CEOs, U.S. Withdraws From Climate Pact

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 7:04am

Rachel Martin talks to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross about President Trump's decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement. Some trade experts have warned the decision could backfire.

Richard Branson Says U.S. Should Have Stayed In Climate Pact

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 4:02am

Rachel Martin talks to Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, who signed a letter along with 30 CEOs urging President Trump to stay in the Paris Climate Agreement.

Understanding The Productivity Paradox

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 4:02am

Economists are worried about a crucial measure of innovation in the economy. That measure is productivity growth. It was surging for decades, but it's been slowing down.

A 1A Special: Putting Paris In Perspective

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 7:06pm

President Trump has made his decision – and plans to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. It’s a move that places Washington at odds with virtually the entire international community.

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Crude Oil Begins To Flow Through Controversial Dakota Access Pipeline

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 4:23pm

"Just because the oil is flowing now doesn't mean that it can't be stopped," said Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II. Tribes and environmental groups have fought against the pipeline.

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Mars Incorporated Criticizes Trump's Decision To Leave Paris Climate Accord

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 4:12pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Andy Pharoah, vice president for corporate affairs at Mars Incorporated, about why the company is such an avid backer of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Maduro Opponents Denounce Goldman Sachs' Purchase Of Venezuelan Bonds

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 3:44pm

Opponents of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro are accusing Goldman Sachs of propping up the Maduro government with its recent purchase of Venezuelan bonds. Goldman bought the bonds at a steep discount and stands to make a lot of money if the country stabilizes. But it's not clear the money Venezuela received will ease food and medicine shortages.

Montana Town Exemplifies Coal Country's Uncertain Future

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 3:44pm

The Trump administration has declared an end to the "war on coal," but Colstrip, Mont., is still feeling besieged. The town is a good example of how complicated the future is for coal country.




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