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Why Your Facebook Habit At Work Makes Economists Worry

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 12:23pm

Productivity, a key measure of the economy's health, has been growing more slowly in recent years. Can Facebook and other social media distractions on the job be partly to blame?

In Celebration Of Labor Day, A Look At Women In The U.S. Workforce

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 5:00am

In 1950, women made up less than 30 percent of the workforce. By 2015, women accounted for nearly half. Here's a look at the current state of women in the labor force.

Former Telenovela Actress Changed Landscape Of Spanish-Language TV

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 4:03am

Telenovelas are staples of Spanish-language TV. Telemundo was always in second place behind Univision — that is until executives figured out the way to success: telenovelas starring anti-heroes.

Data Suggest Economic Outlook May Be Improving For Middle Class

Mon, 09/05/2016 - 4:03am

American household income may be rising. Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and contributing correspondent to The Wall Street Journal.

In Orlando, A 'Modest Fashion' Boutique For Hijabi Women

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 4:03pm

Lisa Vogl and her partners launched Verona online to fill a fashion void. Now, it's a boutique stocked with long-sleeved caftans, full-length slit-less skirts, and more than 300 varieties of hijabs.

Dakota Access Pipeline Protests In North Dakota Turn Violent

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 3:14pm

Private security guards used dogs to try to disperse demonstrators, who say the four-state, $3.8 million Dakota Access Pipeline could affect sacred sites and their drinking water.

Oklahoma Shuts Down Energy Companies' Disposal Wells In Area Of Strong Quake

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 8:24am

Saturday's large quake immediately raised suspicions that it was linked to injection wells that oil and gas companies use as part of fracking and other operations.

Tiny Laos Readies For A Visit From Obama — And A Turn Under The Global Spotlight

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 7:45am

In a historic step towards rebuilding relations with the poor, heavily-bombed nation, the president will join other world leaders there, after wrapping another big global meeting in Hangzhou, China.

Multinational Manufacturing Giants Opening More Plants In South Carolina

Sun, 09/04/2016 - 7:45am

On Labor Day weekend, we wanted to take a look at one place in this country where factory jobs are increasing. In South Carolina, multinational manufacturing giants are expanding.

Eastern Kentucky Tries To Keep Former Coal Miners From Leaving

Sat, 09/03/2016 - 9:01am

For a long time, coal was king in eastern Kentucky. But the industry today is hemorrhaging jobs. The region is now struggling to rebuild its economy and find new jobs for unemployed miners.

Allegations Reveal How Roger Ailes Ran Fox News By Projecting Power

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 3:29pm

Roger Ailes ran Fox News by projecting power rather than trustworthiness. NPR takes a renewed look at the network in light of this summer's revelations.

Hawaii Fishermen Raise Concerns About Expansion Of National Monument

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 3:29pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Michael Goto, manager of the United Fishing Agency and a member of the Hawaii Longline Association, about how the expansion of the Papahanaumokuakea National Monument will affect his business and the economy of Hawaii.

U.S. Job Growth Fails To Meet Expectations In August

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 3:29pm

Employers added 151,000 jobs in August, which is somewhat disappointing. Most economists were expecting about 180,000 new jobs. The unemployment rate held at 4.9 percent for the third straight month. Many analysts are now saying job growth is slow enough to keep the Federal Reserve from raising interest rates in September.

For The Black Middle Class, Housing Crisis And History Collude To Dash Dreams

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 3:29pm

Evelyn and Grattan Betancourt live in a wealthy, majority-black county in the U.S. They did everything they were supposed to: steady jobs, bought a house within their means. Things still went wrong.

U.S. Added 151,000 New Jobs In August; Unemployment Rate Steady

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 7:38am

The monthly jobs report fell short of expectations, both in terms of job growth and the unemployment rate. Economists had anticipated 180,000 new jobs and a slight drop in unemployment.

Samsung Recalls Galaxy Note 7 Over Exploding, Burning Batteries

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 6:07am

After the device launched in early August, dozens of users reported that their waterproof smartphones caught fire or exploded. Samsung traced the problem to its battery and promises replacements.

One Restaurant's Recipe For Social Good: Same Meals, Different Prices

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 6:00am

The founders of Everytable in LA have created identical grab-and-go restaurants full of healthful food options, but with different pricing structures depending on the communities they are serving.

U.S. Gasoline Use Hits A Record, But That May Not Last

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 5:54am

Drivers burned more than 405 million gallons a day in June, the most ever. But more efficient cars and an expected decline in auto ownership could mean the peak will soon be in the rearview mirror.

Obama To Reassure Asian Allies Of U.S. Commitments To The Region

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 4:07am

The G-20 Summit kicks off in China over the weekend. The summit brings together leaders of the world's major economies, and it is the first time China is hosting the meeting.

Irish Cabinet Debates Whether To Accept Apple Tax Windfall

Fri, 09/02/2016 - 4:07am

The European Union ruled earlier this week that Apple owes the Irish government $14.5 billion in back taxes. The Irish government is split on whether to accept the money.




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