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Sep 27, 2020

Eviction Crisis Grows Despite CDC's Moratorium
Housing and health are intertwined: families are facing eviction even if they are sick or vulnerable. Despite the CDC's moratorium, landlords have filed tens of thousands of eviction notices.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 27, 2020

Romance Meets The Real World In 'Real Men Knit'
This week, Code Switch is talking about the books that are getting us through the pandemic. Today's conversation is with Kwana Jackson, author of a romance that doesn't leave real life behind.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 26, 2020

After Layoffs Hit Hospitality Industry, Pandemic Threatens Longterm Job Security
Experts say the hotel industry may not return to pre-pandemic levels until 2023. Laid-off hospitality workers are bearing the brunt of this long downturn.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 26, 2020

New DOJ Filing: TikTok's Owner Is 'A Mouthpiece' Of Chinese Communist Party
In a new court filing, the Trump administration offers its most thorough explanation to date of why it considers the hit video-sharing app a national security threat.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 25, 2020

Debbie Millman: Why Does Design Matter?
For Debbie Millman, host of the podcast Design Matters, design is everywhere. She joins Manoush to explore ideas and curate talks about the role of design in our lives.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 25, 2020

Civil Rights Groups Say If Facebook Won't Act On Election Misinformation, They Will
Facebook critics are banding together to monitor misinformation, hate speech and voter suppression on the social network because, they argue, it has fallen short.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 25, 2020

Australian Airline Selling Fully Stocked Bar Carts From Retired Planes
If the COVID-19 pandemic has you missing the commercial flight experience, these bar carts from Quantas might be a good purchase. They include champagne, snacks and even first class Qantas pillows.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 25, 2020

Coroners Under Pressure As Pandemic Brings Budget Cuts
Increased overdoses and unattended deaths during the pandemic are keeping coroners very busy. At the same time, many are seeing budget cuts and mandatory furloughs.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 24, 2020

Facebook, Twitter Remove More Russian-Backed Fake Accounts Ahead Of Election
The social media companies said the accounts and pages were linked to Russian actors that had launched "hack-and-leak" operations to hurt Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 24, 2020

Pandemic Sparks New Businesses
For some people losing jobs during the pandemic is a chance to start the business of their dreams.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 24, 2020

Companies Are Pivoting To Selling Furniture For Home Offices
It's a bad time to be selling furniture for commercial offices. However, it's a great time to be selling it for home offices. So, furniture companies are having to pivot.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 24, 2020

Airline Workers Face Unemployment Line
From mechanics to CEOs, employees of the nation's airlines are pleading for an extension of pandemic relief funding. Without a deal, workers are facing big layoffs throughout the industry.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 24, 2020

United Airlines Says It Will Offer Travelers Coronavirus Tests At The Airport
A pilot program on flights from San Francisco to Hawaii would give on-the-spot tests for the virus that causes COVID-19. Travelers who test negative would not be required to quarantine upon arrival.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 24, 2020

No Trick Or Treat: Americans Get Creative To Celebrate Halloween Safely
The CDC is advising against the door-to-door candy quest during the pandemic. So parents are coming up with alternative ways to bring the spooky season to life. How about sending candy down a chute?

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 24, 2020

As More Americans Work From Home, Some CEOs Reopen Offices To Find That Missing Spark
Employees need a certain amount of face-to-face contact to really be creative, but they're not getting it during the pandemic.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 24, 2020

When Everybody's Working At Home And The Magic Is Gone
Face-to-face contact has long been seen as crucial to workplace creativity. But what do you do when in-person collaboration could pose a serious health risk in the COVID-19 era?

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 24, 2020

When The Office Magic Is Gone And Zoom Calls Don't Cut It
Face-to-face contact has long been seen as crucial to workplace creativity. But what do you do when in-person collaboration could pose a serious health risk in the COVID-19 era?

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 24, 2020

'Desperation And Fear' For Millions With Congress Deadlocked Over Pandemic Assistance
Federal unemployment money has been cut off for nearly two months. Congress hasn't worked out a deal to send more help, and the fight over a Supreme Court nominee could make that harder.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 24, 2020

MOMA Workers Must Decide Whether To Return To Work Amid Pandemic
Workers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York are being pressured to return to work, in person. They're afraid of catching the coronavirus but equally scared of losing their jobs.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 24, 2020

Viral Photo Shows Difficulties Of Parents Working During The Pandemic
The photo on Twitter shows scientist Gretchen Goldman sitting behind her laptop being interviewed by CNN. She's in the middle of a living room that has been turned upside down by her young children.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 24, 2020

When A Tornado Hits A Toy Store: Photo Shows Reality Of Working From Home With Kids
The photo on Twitter shows scientist Gretchen Goldman sitting behind her laptop being interviewed by CNN. She's in the middle of a living room that has been turned upside down by her young children.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 23, 2020

TikTok: Even A Temporary Ban Could Make 90% Of Users Quit The App
Lawyers for popular video app TikTok are asking a federal judge to block President Trump's order banning the app from taking effect on Sunday.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 23, 2020

JPMorgan Chase Recalls Some Employees Back To The Office
JPMorgan Chase has recalled some of its trading staff to the office. CEO Jamie Dimon says he thinks something is lost when everybody works from home. He calls it "creative combustion."

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 23, 2020

'No One Can Live Off $240 A Week': Many Americans Struggle To Pay Rent, Bills
One in six households reported missing or delaying paying bills just so they could buy food in a new NPR poll. And many are having trouble paying the rent, especially African Americans and Latinos.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 23, 2020

Justice Department Proposes Weakening Social Media's Legal Shield
The Justice Department's proposal would hold Facebook and Twitter more accountable for users' posts. One critic says the Trump administration is "trying to work the refs ahead of the election."

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 23, 2020

Trump Warns Social Media As Justice Department Aims To Weaken Tech's Legal Shield
The Justice Department's proposal would hold Facebook and Twitter more accountable for users' posts. One critic says the Trump administration is "trying to work the refs ahead of the election."

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 23, 2020

Cost Of Racism: U.S. Economy Lost $16 Trillion Because Of Discrimination, Bank Says
Citigroup estimates the economy would see a $5 trillion boost in the next five years if the U.S. were to tackle key areas of discrimination against African Americans.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 23, 2020

Uncle Ben's Changing Name To Ben's Original After Criticism Of Racial Stereotyping
"We understand the inequities that were associated with the name and face of the Uncle Ben's brand and ... we have committed to change," the parent company said in a statement.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 23, 2020

Pandemic Fizzle: Sizzler Steakhouse Chain Files For Bankruptcy Protection
The restaurant chain, which first opened 62 years ago, says it wants to keep all of its locations open. There are more than 100 Sizzler restaurants in the U.S.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 23, 2020

NPR Poll: Black, Latino Households Struggle To Pay Rent, Mortgages
The latest poll looking at the racial wealth gap during the pandemic shows that Black and Latino households are two times more likely than white households to have fallen behind on housing payments.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 23, 2020

A Tech Powerhouse, U.S. Lags In Using Smartphones For Contact Tracing
Google and Apple teamed up on using smartphones to track coronavirus infections. But the systems are only available in a few states, where they're being used by a tiny percentage of the population.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 23, 2020

News Brief: High Court Vacancy, Pandemic's Effects, U.S. Climate Stance
President Trump plans to announce his Supreme Court pick on Saturday. The pandemic continues to hurt minority households. And, the U.S. officially exits the Paris climate accords on Nov. 4.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 22, 2020

Can Circuit Breakers Stop Viral Rumors On Facebook, Twitter?
False claims that blame left-wing activists for wildfires in Oregon have spread on social media. To stop the rumors, some experts say platforms should take inspiration from the stock market.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 22, 2020

Facebook Removes Chinese Accounts Posting About Foreign Policy, 2020 Election
Most of the operation's activity focused on Chinese interests in the South China Sea but also included some content about U.S. politics.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 22, 2020

'White House, Inc.' Author: Trump's Businesses Offer 'A Million Potential Conflicts'
Dan Alexander of Forbes examines the president's sprawling business interests in a new book. He says Trump has broken a number of pledges he made about how he would conduct business while in office.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 22, 2020

Shortage Of New Refrigerators Leaves Appliance Shoppers Out In The Cold
Some shoppers looking to buy new fridges, freezers or washers have been finding themselves out of luck. The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a monkey wrench into both supply and demand.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 22, 2020

Why It's So Hard To Buy A New Refrigerator These Days
Some shoppers looking to buy new fridges, freezers or washers have been finding themselves out of luck. The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a monkey wrench into both supply and demand.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 22, 2020

In Arkansas, Backlash Against Pesticide Regulation Gets Personal
A state official in Arkansas who's led a national effort to limit damage from a controversial herbicide has recently found his tractors damaged and hay bales burned.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 22, 2020

Office Chair Makers Swivel To Home Market
Big furniture companies have relied on a century-old model for selling desks and chairs. It doesn't work in the age of the home office.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 22, 2020

What Can Social Media Do To Slow Down The Spread Of Misinformation?
On social media, it's easy for rumors to go viral. One proposal to fix this is a "circuit breaker" for viral posts, modeled on how stock markets stop trading when shares are too volatile.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 22, 2020

Rural Hospitals Teeter On Financial Cliff As COVID-19 Medicare Loans Come Due
The federal loans were meant to help hospitals survive the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet they're coming due now — at a time when many rural hospitals are still desperate for help.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 21, 2020

Shop For A Pair Of Shoes To Go With That Bread. Grocery Chain, DSW Team Up
The Midwestern chain Hy-Vee says DSW shoe outlets are opening in six of its supermarkets in Minnesota. Grocery shoppers will be able to try on shoes, then order online.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 21, 2020

Microsoft To Buy Bethesda In $7.5 Billion Deal, Acquiring Fallout, The Elder Scrolls
The deal is set to be one of the largest ever acquisitions in the video game industry. Once the deal is finalized, Microsoft will own popular franchises such as Wolfenstein, Quake, and DOOM.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 21, 2020

Stocks Plunge As Investors Become Less Optimistic About Economic Recovery
Stocks plunged Monday amid new worries about the strength of the economic rebound. There's also talk of a new coronavirus lockdown in Britain.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 21, 2020

Nikola Founder Resigns As Chairman After Denying Fraud Allegations
Trevor Milton's start-up is working on hydrogen-powered big rigs. Milton has been accused of making misleading claims about the company's technology. He has denied them.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 21, 2020

Founder Of Zero-Emissions Truck Startup Resigns After Fraud Allegations
Trevor Milton's startup Nikola is working on hydrogen-powered big rigs. Milton has been accused of making misleading claims about the company's technology, which he has denied.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 21, 2020

Stocks Tumble On Big Banks' Role In Money Laundering Report, Fears Of Relief Delay
The Dow falls more than 500 points as a report says large global banks were involved in transactions flagged as possible money laundering and hopes dim for Congress to pass another relief measure.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 21, 2020

Stocks Tumble On Big Banks' Role In Money-Laundering Report, Fears Of Stimulus Delay
The Dow falls more than 800 points as a report says large global banks were involved in transactions flagged as possible money laundering and hopes flag for Congress to pass another stimulus.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 21, 2020

Stocks Drop As U.S.-China Tensions, Uncertainty About The Economy Grow
The Dow Jones Industrial Average falls nearly 800 points as new Chinese regulations pose potential threats to U.S. tech firms, which have been leading the stock market to new records.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 21, 2020

Trump's TikTok Deal: What Just Happened And Why Does It Matter?
President Trump is claiming victory after blessing a deal in which Oracle and Walmart will own a stake of TikTok, but experts wonder whether the terms of the agreement will really change anything.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 21, 2020

Voice Of America CEO In The Hot Seat: Democratic Lawmakers Bear Down On Pack
Two senior Democratic lawmakers are sharply questioning moves by Trump appointee Michael Pack, the CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media. The agency oversees the Voice of America.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 21, 2020

'Hard, Dirty Job': Cities Struggle To Clear Garbage Glut In Stay-At-Home World
As people stay at home, they are putting out more trash, from pizza boxes to cardboard delivery boxes. That's putting a big strain on residential garbage collectors.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 20, 2020

Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration's U.S. WeChat Ban
A judge in San Francisco said Trump's order targeting the popular Chinese-owned app has a "modest" basis in national security and represents a free speech violation for U.S. users of the app.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 20, 2020

'Miami Herald' Investigating How Racist Insert Was Distributed In Paper For Months
The Spanish language sibling to the Miami Herald apologized after including an insert filled with anti-Semitic screeds. The publishers of both papers admitted the issue has been going on for months.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 20, 2020

The Latest COVID-19 Shortage Is Canning Lids
Looking for canning lids? There are none. Shelves are empty of canning supplies. It's reminiscent of the Great Canning Lid Shortage of 1975 when there were congressional hearings into the crisis.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 20, 2020

TikTok Ban Averted: Trump Gives Oracle-Walmart Deal His 'Blessing'
U.S. tech company Oracle is joining hands with Walmart to become a technology partner with TikTok, an arrangement that satisfies the White House's concerns over the security of American user data.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 19, 2020

What's Behind The Shortage Of Refrigerators And Other Major Appliances?
Some shoppers looking for new fridges, freezers or washers have been finding themselves out of luck. The coronavirus pandemic had affected both the supply and demand.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 19, 2020

Nation's Largest Business Lobby Backs Vulnerable Democrats For Reelection
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has endorsed 30 House Democrats for reelection, the highest number of Democrats to earn the business lobby's support in at least a decade.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 18, 2020

U.S. To Bar Downloads Of TikTok, WeChat
As of Sunday, no mobile app store in the U.S. will be allowed to distribute or maintain the popular Chinese-owned apps, the Commerce Department says.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 18, 2020

The Surprising Business Model Behind Guinness World Records
This is the story of how Guinness got into the business of record-breaking, and how one Planet Money intern broke a world record involving the president of Georgia.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 18, 2020

Trump Administration's New Natural Gas Transportation Rule Sparks Safety Concerns
The Trump administration is now allowing liquefied natural gas to be transported by rail anywhere in the country, including major cities. Critics worry about accidents and catastrophic explosions.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 18, 2020

How The Pandemic Is Widening The Racial Wealth Gap
The coronavirus has affected most Americans, but NPR's latest poll shows Black, Latino and Native American households are hardest hit by the financial impact of the crisis.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 17, 2020

Governor Says Most Of Texas Can Loosen Limits On Businesses, But Bars Must Stay Shut
Gov. Greg Abbott is relaxing restrictions on hospitals, nursing homes and certain industries in much of the state, citing an improvement in COVID-19 metrics.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 17, 2020

As Pandemic Stretches On, Revealing Possible Exposure Can Be Costly To Workers
COVID-19 is still spreading in many communities. Test results can be slow. And quarantines are often unpaid. This leaves workers with tough decisions about what to disclose and when to stay home.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 17, 2020

McDonald's Runs Low On Ingredients For Travis Scott Quarter Pounder
The fast food chain's Travis Scott meal is just a Quarter Pounder with the rapper's favorites: cheese, bacon, lettuce, fries, BBQ sauce and a Sprite. The cost is $6.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 17, 2020

Millions Of Gig Workers Depend On New Unemployment Program, But Fear It'll End Soon
Gig workers are now relying on a safety net program that didn't even exist six months ago. It provides unemployment benefits to the growing number who don't have a traditional payroll job.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 17, 2020

Millions Of Gig Workers Rely On A New Federal Lifeline. They Now Fear It Will End
Gig workers are now relying on a safety net program that didn't even exist six months ago. It provides unemployment benefits to the growing number who don't have a traditional payroll job.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 17, 2020

Why Can't America Make Enough N95 Masks? 6 Months Into Pandemic, Shortages Persist
There's just not enough PPE to satisfy demand. Medics are re-using masks and small practices can't even find supplies they can afford. Some domestic manufacturers could help, but it's a risky move.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 17, 2020

U.S. Agency Urges End To Below-Minimum Wage For Workers With Disabilities
The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights says a 1938 law created "exploitative and discriminatory" job programs and should be phased out, marking a new milestone in the debate over "sheltered workshops."

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 17, 2020

Workers With Disabilities Can Earn Just $3.34 An Hour. Agency Says Law Needs Change
A 1938 law created "exploitative and discriminatory" job programs and should be phased out, marking a new milestone in the debate over "sheltered workshops," the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights says.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 17, 2020

Trump Casts New Doubt On Any Deal To Keep TikTok Alive In U.S.
Trump also said he's been advised "there is no legal path" for the U.S. to keep a cut of whatever TikTok deal the government approves, an idea he had earlier floated.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 16, 2020

New York City Mayor Announces A Furlough Week As City Faces Shortfall
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he and other staff will take an unpaid furlough week. He faults the federal and state governments for not doing more to ease the financial burden.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 16, 2020

As Economic Recovery Slows, Fed Pledges Full Support At Least Until 2023
The Federal Reserve left interest rates near zero Wednesday and pledged it was ready to use all of its available tools to support an economic recovery that appears to be weakening.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 16, 2020

As Economic Recovery Slows, Fed Sees Many Risks And Pledges Full Support
The Federal Reserve left interest rates near zero Wednesday and pledged it was ready to use all of its available tools to support an economic recovery that appears to be weakening.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 16, 2020

Thrown Out Of Home, At A Time When A Roof Is More Important Than Ever
Despite federal, state and local restrictions barring evictions during the COVID-19 crisis, housing activists say tenants are still being forced out of their homes.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 16, 2020

Celebrities Boycott Facebook And Instagram For A Day Over Disinformation, Hate Speech
Some of the most prominent users of the social media platforms called for a boycott to protest Facebook's failure to control disinformation and hate speech as part of the campaign #StopHateForProfit.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 16, 2020

People Are Spending More On Furniture, Clothes, Restaurants And Bars
But U.S. shoppers spent more prudently in August and retail sales grew a tepid 0.6% from July, after extra federal jobless benefits expired and families faced a confusing back-to-school season.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 16, 2020

Jobs In The Pandemic: More Are Freelance And May Stay That Way Forever
Before the coronavirus hit, many workers chose freelance or contract jobs because they preferred the flexibility and variety it offered. But now millions are turning to freelancing out of necessity.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 16, 2020

Bill Gates Sr., Father Of Microsoft Co-Founder, Dies At 94
"My dad's wisdom, generosity, empathy, and humility had a huge influence on people around the world," Gates wrote in a tribute to his father.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 16, 2020

Congressional Inquiry Faults Boeing And FAA Failures For Deadly 737 Max Plane Crashes
An investigation into the troubled plane's development and certification finds a "disturbing pattern" of Boeing design flaws, management failures and "grossly insufficient oversight by the FAA."

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 16, 2020

College Towns Welcome Students Back But Worry COVID-19 Tags Along
College towns depend on business from the students that attend the school. In places like Ann Arbor, Mich., residents are nervous about returning students bringing the coronavirus with them.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 16, 2020

As Renters Accumulate Housing Bills, Can An Eviction Tsunami Be Held Off?
NPR's Steve Inskeep talks with Michelle Singletary — personal finance columnist for The Washington Post — about the widespread risk of evictions due to job loss amid the pandemic.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 16, 2020

News Brief: PPE Shortages, ICE Whistleblower, 737 Max Report
The U.S. still doesn't have enough personal protective equipment. A nurse blows the whistle on an ICE detention center in Georgia. And, lawmakers are out with a damning report on Boeing and the FAA.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 16, 2020

Poll: Pandemic Worsens Minorities Income And Savings
Besides being hit hard by the pandemic health-wise, a poll by NPR and other organizations finds that the coronavirus has taken a bigger financial toll on minority communities.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 16, 2020

Poll: Pandemic Worsens Minorities' Income And Savings
Besides being hit hard by the pandemic health-wise, a poll by NPR and other organizations finds that the coronavirus has taken a bigger financial toll on minority communities.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 16, 2020

NPR Probes Why Personal Protective Equipment Is Still In Short Supply
Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. still isn't making enough N95 masks and other PPE to satisfy soaring demand. Smaller domestic manufacturers could help, but they're wary of the risk.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 16, 2020

Latinos Report Financial Strain As Pandemic Erodes Income And Savings
An NPR poll finds 72% of Latino households in the United States are facing serious financial problems — double the share of whites who report this. Major health problems are mounting, too.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 15, 2020

Google Says It Doesn't Monopolize Digital Ad Market. Senators Don't Buy It
Senators pressed the tech giant on the scope and scale of its digital advertising business. Republicans repeated long-running allegations of conservative bias.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 15, 2020

Workers In Washington, D.C., Region Likely To Work From Home Until Next Summer
A survey of hundreds of private employers in the region shows most are struggling to bring their employees back into the office. Many firms cited worries about the safety of using public transit.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 15, 2020

Oil Demand Has Collapsed, And It Won't Come Back Any Time Soon
The pandemic massively reduced the world's consumption of oil. Now two influential reports suggest that this state of affairs will continue well into 2021 — if not longer.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 15, 2020

Facebook VP Nick Clegg On New Climate Change Information Hub
Facebook is launching a page focused on climate change facts. Facebook's Nick Clegg talked with NPR about the company's steps to stop misinformation on climate change and other issues.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 15, 2020

Freelance Economy Expands During The Coronavirus Pandemic
The pandemic has put some workplace trends into overdrive. Some employers are converting full-time jobs into freelance positions. In some white-collar occupations, freelancing may become the norm.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 15, 2020

American Incomes Were Rising, Until The Pandemic Hit
Median household income rose sharply last year, while poverty declined, the Census Bureau says. The report shows the fruits of the long economic expansion that ended abruptly when the pandemic struck.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 15, 2020

Netflix CEO Embraces 'No Rules,' But Work Is Anything But Chill
In his new book No Rules Rules, Reed Hastings argues that in order for a creative workplace to succeed, it needs as few policies and rules as possible. Others say the culture is demoralizing.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 15, 2020

Collect Data, Influence Votes: 'If Then' Traces The Genesis Of Data-Driven Politics
In If Then, historian Jill Lepore tells the story of Simulmatics. Founded in 1959, the company's "people machine" used a computer program to predict the impact of various political messages.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 15, 2020

Should We Kill The $100 Bill?
It feels like cash has disappeared. But there's more paper money out there than ever. That might be a problem.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 15, 2020

With Theaters Still Closed, 136-Year-Old 'Playbill' Does A Quick Online Pivot
The magazine given out at theaters isn't just a program, it's a cherished souvenir. The publication has doubled down on its digital offerings, and to almost everyone's surprise, it's doing quite well.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 14, 2020

'We Had To Take Action': States In Mexico Move To Ban Junk Food Sales To Minors
"The damage of this kind of diet is even more visible because of the pandemic," says a Oaxaca legislator who spearheaded a law against the sale of junk food and soda to minors. The idea is spreading.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 14, 2020

Long Before Cambridge Analytica And Facebook, Simulmatics Linked Data And Politics
In If Then, author and New Yorker writer Jill Lepore unearths Simulmatics' story and makes the argument that the company paved the way for our 21st-century obsession with data and prediction.

NPR Topics: Business
Sep 14, 2020

Oracle's Deal For TikTok May Not Include A Purchase
Oracle says it's ready to be a "trusted technology provider" for the hit video-sharing app. A bid for TikTok's U.S. operations by tech giant Microsoft has been rejected.

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