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Contributing To Community Spirit, Hawkins Burgers Survive Watts Riots

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 4:10am

The Hawkins family has been feeding Watts since 1939. Cynthia Hawkins is the third generation to continue the tradition, and in an LA neighborhood that is often referred to as a food desert.

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Inmate With Stock Tips Wants To Be San Quentin's Warren Buffet

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 3:39am

Curtis Carroll taught himself to read in prison. He also discovered a passion for finance. Now inmates and guards seek out his advice, and everyone calls him Wall Street.

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A Muscle Drug For Pigs Comes Out Of The Shadows

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 3:32am

The USDA is allowing a pork retailer, for the first time, to label products as raised "without the use of ractopamine." It may lead to pressure on farmers to stop using the muscle-promoting drug.

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New Orleans' Identity Hangs In The Balance As Restaurants Rebuild

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 4:10pm

After Hurricane Katrina wiped out the city 10 years ago, locals fought hard to preserve their deep-rooted cuisine. But devastation also brought opportunities for more experimental eateries to move in.

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Keynes Predicted We Would Be Working 15-Hour Weeks. Why Was He So Wrong?

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 3:16pm

The economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that his grandkids would work just 15 hours a week. He imagined by now, we would basically work Monday and Tuesday, and then have a five-day weekend. His family's grandkids help explain why he was so wrong.

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Sesame Street's New ABCs: On PBS And Now HBO

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 1:23pm

For the next five seasons of Sesame Street, episodes will air first on HBO before they're made available to PBS for free nine months later.

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Wheaties Beer Is Unveiled: It's A Hefeweizen (Duh)

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 12:39pm

For years, the Wheaties slogan — "breakfast of champions" — has been invoked by beer lovers who pop open an adult beverage before noon. Now the company's putting its name on a beer.

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California Farmers Bet On Voluntary Water Cuts To Save Their Businesses

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 4:24am

For a farm, water means crops and money. But as we hear in this Planet Money report, one group of California farmers has found a novel but simple solution to use less water.

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Low Wheat Prices Leave A Gluten Glut At Midwest's Grain Elevators

Thu, 08/13/2015 - 4:16am

Prices have fallen by a third in the past three years. Farmers say they're holding onto their 2015 bushels, hoping prices will creep back up before the end of the year.

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Greek Historian: History Shows 'There Is Always An End To All Problems'

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:22pm

NPR's Melissa Block follows up with Michael Iliakis, a Greek man who finished up a doctorate in ancient history four years ago and was desperately trying to find a job as a college professor.

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Asian Markets Take A Dive As China Further Devalues Its Currency

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 3:42pm

China's currency took another sharp drop Wednesday, sending stocks down across Asia.

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White Collar Crime Drives Up London Property Prices

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 3:42pm

Property prices in London have skyrocketed, and British police say money being laundered by international criminals is now the biggest factor driving the boom.

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Devaluation Of Chinese Currency Fuels Fears About Global Economy's Strength

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 3:42pm

Global markets continued to fall after China devalued its currency for a second straight day on Wednesday. The moves to weaken the yuan could damage U.S. multinational firms because their goods become more expensive in China.

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India Seeking $99 Million From Nestlé Over Noodle Soup Scare

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 2:29pm

A class action accuses Nestlé of "gross negligence, apathy and callousness" over what the government says were tainted batches of the company's popular Maggi brand of instant noodles.

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China Again Lets Its Currency Fall, And Stocks Follow

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 7:13am

The decision to devalue the yuan has shaken investors who fear a currency war and question the health of China's economy, the second-largest in the world.

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Mail-Order Music Giant Columbia House Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:07am

The music and movie subscription company has been called "the Spotify of the '80s." Columbia House moved exclusively to DVDs but could not stay afloat in an industry crowded with streaming services.

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Wyoming Boom Town Worries Less Demand For Coal Will Darken Its Future

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 4:07am

In Wyoming, the coal mining town of Gillette is booming. But under the Obama administration's new regulations for carbon emissions from power plants, demand for coal is expected to plummet.

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China Cut Its Currency — And Touched Your Life. Here's How.

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:46pm

China lowered the value of the yuan, and that sent all sorts of prices lower. So you may soon be paying less for gas, food and lumber. But there are downsides too: U.S. stocks fell hard.

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Colorado Businesses Struggle As Toxic Waste Flows Through Animas River

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:36pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks to Roger Zalneraitis, executive director of the La Plata County Economic Development Alliance, on plans to aid small business owners after the toxic waste spill.

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Protein Goes Green: Can Algae Become The Next Soy?

Tue, 08/11/2015 - 4:27pm

Some companies think microalgae could be the alternative protein of the future, but can it top plant proteins?

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