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How Game Theory Relates To Airline Booking

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 6:22am

The fiasco with United dragging a passenger off its plane illustrates the problem of enticing people to voluntarily give up their seats. We talk to game theorists about some options.

Using 'Sentiment Analysis' To Understand Trump's Tweets

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 4:02am

Planet Money tries to make a program that reads Donald Trump's tweets and then trades stocks. The first step is training the program to interpret the tweets using something called sentiment analysis.

Get Set For Trump Revisions To Your Affordable Care Act Insurance

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 4:00am

The Trump administration has a rule in the works that could make big changes in Obamacare health plans and eligibility as soon as this summer. Will it stabilize the insurance marketplace, too?

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United Scrambles To Recover From Ousted Passenger Fiasco

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 7:10pm

After a belated apology to an abused passenger, United has offered compensation to everyone else on the flight. CEO Oscar Munoz also promises a review of company policy on removing ticketed customers.

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Episode 764: Pub In A Box

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 5:22pm

One man figured out how to reproduce the magic of an Irish pub, and ship it in a container to anywhere in the world.

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Sculptor Of Wall Street Bull Says 'Fearless Girl' Horns In On His Work

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 4:28pm

Arturo Di Modica is not happy that the Fearless Girl now staring down his Charging Bull has effectively turned it into a villain. He and his lawyer are now asking that the new statue be removed.

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Melania Trump And The 'Daily Mail' Settle Libel Lawsuits

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 1:40pm

The Mail will pay a reported $2.9 million, far less than the $150 million the first lady had sought. The lawsuits concerned an article that made false claims about her time as a model.

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Tech Creates Our Political Echo Chambers. It Might Also Be A Solution

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 6:49am

Social media took a lot of blame for intensifying polarization and partisan acrimony during the presidential campaign. Now some startups and researchers are trying to burst ideological filter bubbles.

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Fungal Pesticides Offer A Growing Alternative To Traditional Chemicals

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 6:00am

The rise of organic produce has sparked a new interest in using biopesticides like fungi to kill insects, instead of traditional synthetic ones. But they are still just a tiny segment of the market.

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With Trump's Border Plans, Security And Surveillance Companies Look For Bigger Profits

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 4:15am

Private companies touting their wares at an annual border security conference in Texas are more upbeat than usual. Some say they can't remember when border security has ever gotten so much attention.

With Trump's Border Plans, Security And Surveillance Firms Eye Bigger Profits

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 4:15am

Companies touting their wares at an annual border security conference in Texas are more upbeat than usual. The expo features cameras mounted on telescoping poles, spotlight weapons and lots of drones.

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As Computer Programs Choose To Buy Or Sell, Wall Street Looks To Data

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 4:15am

Big investment firms on Wall Street are replacing human stock pickers with computer programs. That has created a big demand for data to feed into the computer programs.

Ride-Hailing App Geared Toward Women Debuts In Boston

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 4:15am

A new ride-hailing service in Boston called Safr is aimed at getting female customers and employing female drivers. Some women drivers and passengers felt unsafe using other ride-hailing apps.

'Rolling Stone' Settles Defamation Case With Former U.Va. Associate Dean

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 3:32am

Lawyers for the magazine have reached a confidential settlement with Nicole Eramo over a story about an alleged gang rape on the campus of the University of Virginia, according to The Washington Post.

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Maryland Lawmakers Vote To Allow Beekeepers To Shoot Black Bears That Threaten Hives

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 6:10pm

Bears have a taste for honey but are really after the bee "brood": eggs, larvae, and pupae — a source of protein and fat. Bee experts note that after a bear attack, a colony is unlikely to survive.

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After Unsatisfying Answers, United Offers 'Deepest Apology' For Violent Confrontation

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 5:18pm

After a man was dragged down the aisle of a United Express flight, the airline initially blamed the man for refusing to leave the flight. Now the CEO has issued a fuller apology for the incident.

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Trump Organization Says It's Closing Its Modeling Agency

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:46pm

While Trump Model Management "enjoyed many years of success," the Trump Organization said in a statement that it was choosing to focus on its core businesses of real estate, golf and hospitality.

Trump Organization Shuts Down Modeling Agency After Boycott

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:31pm

The Trump Organization is shutting down its New York-based modeling agency. The agency became the target of a boycott by some fashion industry directors, make-up artists and stylists.

United Incident Raises Questions About Passenger Rights

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:31pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to George Hobica, editor-in-chief and founder of, about what rights passengers have on airlines and how airlines are responding to the United incident.

United Airlines Continues To Deal With PR Disaster After Passenger Incident

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 3:31pm

United Airlines is still dealing with a public relations disaster after video went viral of a passenger being dragged off a flight at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.




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