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Don't Be Fooled: 'Generation Wealth' Is More About Wanting Than Having

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 4:24pm

Lauren Greenfield's 500-page photo collection shows toddlers in designer clothes and magnums of champagne. But it's also about how ostentatious displays of wealth have replaced real social mobility.

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New Amazon Building In Seattle Will Include A Homeless Shelter

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 4:18pm

The company is donating about half the space in a six-story building to a shelter with room for 65 families. Housing prices in Seattle have skyrocketed, along with the city's business fortunes.

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Ethics Questions Raised Over Sale Of Trump Caribbean Resort

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 3:35pm

President Trump's trust is selling off a Caribbean resort, which creates an ethical dilemma. On the one hand, ethics experts want Trump to divest. But when he sells, that opens an opportunity for a wealthy buyer to try to win his favor.

Section 8 Vouchers Help The Poor — But Only If Housing Is Available

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 3:35pm

In Dallas and other tight rental markets, Section 8 voucher holders can't find the homes they need, while developers face resistance from wealthier neighborhoods when trying to build new housing.

(Image credit: Brandon Thibodeaux for NPR)

Kushner Family Dealings Prompt Calls To Reform EB-5 Visa Program

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 3:35pm

NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Steve Yale-Loehr, professor of immigration law practice at Cornell University, about changes he thinks Congress should make to the EB-5 "investment immigration" program.

Senators Reject Effort To Roll Back Greenhouse Gas Emissions Rule

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 1:11pm

It's a rare victory for environmentalists so far under President Trump. The Senate vote over rolling back an Obama-era regulation was close — tipping after three Republican senators voted no.

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Why Do Children Love Those Fad Toys So?

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 11:25am

Today it's fidget spinners, but soon it will be another little gizmo that children dearly, desperately want. The complicated social dynamics of childhood are one big reason.

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Census Bureau Director Resigns As Agency Faces Funding Debate

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 6:48am

Director John Thompson will leave the Census Bureau next month. He testified to a House panel last week that the 2020 Census was on track, but critics warn projected funding could prove inadequate.

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ESPN Troubles Cloud Disney Earnings; Apple Surpasses $800 Billion Mark

Wed, 05/10/2017 - 4:56am

Disney reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings but questions about ESPN's health eclipsed results. Apple is the first U.S. company to surpass the $800 billion mark in market capitalization.

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Havana Now Has A Luxury Mall. But Who Can Afford To Shop There?

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:09pm

Cuba is not an easy place to buy things: Food is rationed, wages are low, and the black market is a way of life. But at the new Manzana de Gomez mall, one can buy face cream for $162.40 an ounce.

(Image credit: Ramon Espinosa/AP)

Buying A Car? What To Look For When You Take A Test Drive

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 3:45pm

Most consumers test drive only one vehicle before they buy. But with so much new technology and features in today's cars and trucks, a thorough test drive is more important than ever.

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Brouhaha Breaks Out At Spirit Airlines' Ticket Counter. Here's The Backstory

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 2:09pm

Flight cancellations in Florida sparked skirmishes between irate customers, Spirit staff and police on Monday. The fight caught fire on social media — but there's other drama behind this.

(Image credit: Wilfredo Lee/AP)

Affordable Housing Program Costs More, Shelters Less

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 11:31am

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program gave way to a booming $8 billion private industry, but as tax credits for companies increased, the number of housing units being built for the poor fell.

(Image credit: Screenshot courtesy of Frontline (PBS))

PHOTOS: This Is What It Looks Like When A New Apple Comes To Town

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 9:49am

This spring, orchards in Washington state are being ripped up to make room for a new apple variety called Cosmic Crisp. This is what happens before it hits store shelves.

(Image credit: Dan Charles/NPR)

New Businesses Give Restaurant Workers The Tips They Ache For: Wellness

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 6:00am

Waiting, cooking and tending bar can take a heavy toll on the body and mind. Several health-minded support services are springing up to help workers stay in the game for the long term.

(Image credit: Tom Brenner for NPR)

Neiman Marcus Sells Designer's 'Future Destroyed-High-Top Sneaker'

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 5:45am

Don't have time to break your sneakers in? The shoes being sold on Neiman Marcus' website look nearly pulled inside out — as if they got caught in a lawn mower. The cost for a pair is $1,425.

Draft Horses Are Enlisted To Help Maintain Remote Cell Towers

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:03am

A company in Wisconsin has found a low-tech solution to the high-tech problem of maintaining cell phone antennas in hard-to-reach areas. It hearkens back to the state's logging heritage.

Economists Debate If Tax Cuts Pay For Themselves

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:03am

A decades-old economic theory is making a comeback. The theory: tax cuts can pay for themselves. Trump administration advisers have repeated this mantra to explain their corporate tax rate cut.

U.S. Government Officials Play Hardball On Student Loan Defaults

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:03am

The federal government is ramping up an experimental program in which they hire debt-collection law firms to sue borrowers who decades ago defaulted on student loans.

Congress Needs To Address Deeper Issues Hurting Health Care, Pearl Says

Tue, 05/09/2017 - 4:03am

Rachel Martin talks to Dr. Robert Pearl, who has been watching congressional efforts to overhaul health care. Pearl is CEO of health care insurer and provider, The Permanente Medical Group.

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