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We're Spending Less Time On Facebook, And Mark Zuckerberg Says That's Great

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 6:18pm

Zuckerberg says if people spend less time on the site — but the time they spend is higher-quality and involves more interaction — it's good for his bottom line. It's also good for society, he says.

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Countdown Begins As 'Planet Money's' Satellite Gets Placed On Rocket

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 3:18pm

In the final part of the three-part series, the Planet Money satellite gets placed on top of a rocket and the countdown begins. There is a lot that can go wrong when going to space, and it's a nail-biting ride for everyone on launch day.

What America Sells To The World

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 3:00pm

U.S. exports include airplanes, education and lots of blood.

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Venezuela's Health Care System Ready To Collapse Amid Economic Crisis

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 2:21pm

The Pharmaceutical Federation of Venezuela estimates the country is suffering from an 85 percent shortage of medicine amid an economic crisis also marked by severe hyperinflation and food scarcity.

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Wrist Watching: Amazon Patents System To Track, Guide Employees' Hands

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 1:03pm

The online retailer has acquired patents for wristbands using radio frequencies or ultrasonic pulses to identify exactly where a warehouse worker's hands are, and indicate if they need to move.

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Why French Unions Aren't Taking To The Streets Like They Used To

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 12:34pm

Hard-line unions once wielded tremendous power and made French presidents quake in their boots for decades. Here's how President Emmanuel Macron is defeating them.

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'We Swipe Left' On Tinder's 'Discriminatory' Pricing, Court Says

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 7:04am

A California appeals court said Tinder had to stop charging more for people age 30 and over to use its Tinder Plus premium service, saying it was discriminatory.

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Was Your Seafood Caught With Slave Labor? New Database Helps Retailers Combat Abuse

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 5:01am

Many seafood lovers use the Monterey Bay Aquarium's ratings to choose sustainable fish. Now it's rolled out a tool to help corporations assess the risk of human trafficking in seafood supply chains.

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The Federal Reserve Is About To Get A New Chief

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 4:02am

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution about Janet Yellen's legacy, and challenges facing the incoming Federal Reserve Chairman Jay Powell.

Appeals Court Backs Key Part Of The Structure Of Consumer Watchdog Agency

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 7:55pm

The ruling is the latest development in the legal fight over the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau supporters say combats predatory lending and other abuses. Critics say the agency is too powerful.

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Infrastructure Experts Wondering Where Funding Would Come From For Trump's Plan

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 4:09pm

President Trump's plan to invest billions into fixing the nation's crumbling infrastructure may burden state and local governments and lead to a greater reliance on tolls.

With Focus On Unemployment, Yellen Led Fed Through Tough Balancing Act

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 4:07pm

As she leaves the Fed's top job, Janet Yellen gets high marks for the way she resisted calls to raise interest rates as the economy began recovering. Instead, she was determined to boost job growth.

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After Acquiring A Satellite, 'Planet Money' Had To Find The Fuel To Get It In Space

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 3:27pm

Once you get a satellite, you need to find a large tube filled with explosive fuel to take your satellite to space. Luckily, there is fierce competition among rocket makers to give you a lift. In the second of three-part series, Planet Money travels from California to New Zealand to see which rocket with blast their satellite to the stars.

Janet Yellen's Mystery Story

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 3:02pm

It's Janet Yellen's last week running the Federal Reserve. A speech she gave last year illuminates an economic mystery — and the boldness she brought to the Fed.

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Fujifilm To Acquire Photocopying Pioneer Xerox In A $6.1 Billion Deal

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 12:52pm

The deal signals the end of independence for a once-iconic U.S. company. Tokyo-based Fujifilm said it will cut 10,000 jobs as part of the restructuring of its 56-year-old joint venture with Xerox.

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What Do Amazon, JPMorgan Chase And Berkshire Hathway Have Planned For Health Care?

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 4:04am

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase announced a joint company that will use technology to lower health care costs. NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Kevin Schulman of Duke University.

Fact-Checking Trump's Claims On Jobs, Wages, Infrastructure

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 4:04am

We look at President Trump's claims about jobs and wages and his infrastructure proposal from his first State of the Union address.

As Yellen Exits As Fed Chair, Interest Rates Are Expected To Remain Steady

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 3:41am

Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen presides over her last policy meeting on Wednesday. After a two-day meeting the Fed is expected to announce at 2 p.m. ET where interest rates stand.

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Trump's State Of The Union Address, Annotated

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 7:25pm

President Trump is expected to make a bipartisan pitch in Tuesday night's address. Follow the speech live, with context and analysis from NPR journalists.

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Texas Governor Orders State Investigation Of Claims Of Sexual Abuse At Karolyi Ranch

Tue, 01/30/2018 - 6:03pm

The Walker County Sheriff's Office has already been investigating the allegations by multiple athletes of molestation that happened when they were training at the ranch.

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