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Dec 13, 2017

Episode 812: High Rise, Low Returns
As a businessman, President Trump is known for his towering buildings. Today we tell the story of one of those skyscrapers and what it says about how and with whom Trump does business.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 13, 2017

After Outcry, Crowdfunding Site Patreon Backs Off Plan To Raise Fees
The site — popular with independent musicians, writers and artists — allows fans to make small, repeated payments to creators. A change in the pay structure sent shock waves through the Internet.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 13, 2017

Full Employment: Are We There Yet?
Why is it so hard to figure out when the economy is at full employment? And why does the Fed keep getting it wrong?

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Dec 13, 2017

Fed Raises Interest Rates Again As Economy Rolls On
Policymakers increased a key rate for the third time this year. The quarter-point move indicates the Fed is confident in the economy as it continues to recover from the financial crisis.

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Dec 13, 2017

How A Female Engineer Built A Public Case Against A Sexual Harasser In Silicon Valley
Niniane Wang, an experienced engineer with a startup incubator, says she was harassed by a male investor. She wanted to be certain that when she came forward, she wouldn't be ignored.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 13, 2017

How A Woman Engineer Built A Public Case Against A Sexual Harasser In Silicon Valley
Niniane Wang, an experienced engineer with a startup incubator, says she was harassed by a male investor. She wanted to be certain that when she came forward, she wouldn't be ignored.

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Dec 13, 2017

GOP Lawmakers Agree On Final Tax Package, Hatch Says
Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, says House and Senate Republicans have agreed on a final tax bill. GOP leaders aim to pass it next week.

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Dec 13, 2017

Trump Gives Final Tax Pitch As GOP Lawmakers Reach A Deal On A Bill
Senate Finance Committee chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, says House and Senate Republicans have agreed on a final tax bill. GOP leaders aim to pass it next week.

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Dec 13, 2017

Kansas' 2012 Tax Cut Experiment Could Serve As A Cautionary Tale
People in Kansas are struggling to recover from the state's experiment with deep tax cuts. What happened in Kansas is similar in many ways to what Congress is attempting to do on a national level.

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Dec 12, 2017

Are $40 Toll Roads The Future?
In Virginia, officials hope a shift to toll pricing based on demand and traffic flow will change commuter behavior and reduce congestion on Interstate 66. Critics say the cost is too high.

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Dec 12, 2017

Are There Generational Differences When It Comes To Sexual Harassment At Work?
Is the shift in dealing with sexual harassment driven by differences in how the generations perceive the issue — or is it indicative of a shift in how we think about work?

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Dec 12, 2017

Waste Not, Want Not: Drink Beer To Feed Fish And Help Save The Planet
Industry trailblazers are trying to lessen the energy and resource costs of aquaculture. Possible solutions include using brewery waste, algae, insects or even carbon dioxide to feed the fish we eat.

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Dec 12, 2017

Timeline: How Paul Manafort Got Caught Up In The Russia Investigation
How did the ex-Trump campaign manager get indicted in Robert Mueller's Russia investigation? It's a study in how political power can translate into money, and how that money moves around the world.

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Dec 12, 2017

Apple Buys Song-Recognition App Shazam
Tech giant Apple is buying Shazam, an app that can identify songs playing near a user's phone. Apple Inc. issued a statement describing Shazam as 'natural fit' with its services.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 11, 2017

Congressional Republicans Hope To Pass Tax Overhaul Bill By Dec. 25
Congressional Republicans are working to merge House and Senate versions of a GOP tax bill. They're hoping to reach their first major legislative milestone by Christmas.

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Dec 11, 2017

FCC Says It Will Vote On Net Neutrality Despite Millions Of Fake Public Comments
Millions of public comments in advance of the FCC's vote on net neutrality turn out to have been faked. Some used phony names, others came from Russian email addresses. The FCC says it will go ahead with its vote this week nonetheless.

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Dec 11, 2017

Bitcoin, Unemployment, and Mythical Beasts
Our guest, Tyler Cowen, has smart insights into a ridiculously wide range of subjects. Our conversation is a lightning round that touches everything from the stock market to dystopian novels.

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Dec 11, 2017

How The Food Industry Uses Cavitation, The Ocean's Most Powerful Punch
Cavitation produces a bubble that rapidly collapses and becomes hotter than the sun's surface. The mantis shrimp uses it, and now so do food and drink firms, to improve flavors — from yogurt to beer.

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Dec 11, 2017

Mario Batali Steps Aside From His Restaurants Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Four women described how Batali touched them inappropriately, and others said they witnessed bullying and lewd comments. Batali doesn't deny the allegations, saying they 'match up' with past behavior.

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Dec 11, 2017

Three Major Deals Point To A Maturing, And Global, Music Startup Landscape
Two acquisitions and one equity-sharing deal could show that the music business, long known for its insularity, has fully entered a new era.

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Dec 11, 2017

3 Major Deals Point To A Maturing, And Global, Music Startup Landscape
Two acquisitions and one equity-sharing deal could show that the music business, long known for its insularity, has fully entered a new era.

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Dec 11, 2017

In Effort To Court Drivers, Lyft Offering Education Discounts
Lyft is offering education benefits to drivers, a move aimed at recruiting and retaining drivers in its competition with Uber. But it raises a question about what these companies owe their workforces.

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Dec 11, 2017

How Dollar General Is Transforming Rural America
Dollar General stores thrive in low-income rural towns, and the deep-discount chain has opened hundreds of new shops in the past year.

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Dec 11, 2017

Loving And Hating Dollar General In Rural America
Dollar General stores thrive in low-income rural towns, and the deep-discount chain has opened hundreds of new shops in the past year.

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Dec 11, 2017

Bitcoin Futures Surge In First Day Of Trading
January contracts for the skyrocketing digital currency opened at just under $15,500 on Sunday and had spiked to more than $18,000 hours later.

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Dec 10, 2017

This Year's Christmas Tree Shortage Has Roots In The Recession
This season, a tightened tree supply dates back eight to 10 years ago, when fewer trees were planted. Due also in part to an exodus of tree farmers in the industry, prices have more than doubled.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 10, 2017

Labor Abuses After Harvey
The rains after Hurricane Harvey flooded more than 100,000 homes in the Houston area. Now, thousands of day laborers are working nonstop and are also worried about getting paid.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 09, 2017

What About Sexual Harassment On Wall Street?
Many of the recent sexual assault allegations have surfaced in industries dominated by men. NPR's Michel Martin talks to Wall Street executive Sallie Krawcheck about sexual harassment in finance.

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Dec 09, 2017

What's Behind Bitcoin's All-Time High Value
The value of digital currency bitcoin has skyrocketed. But what is bitcoin and is it just a bubble? Timothy Lee of Ars Technica explains to NPR's Scott Simon.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 09, 2017

Gaming The Tax Code
Experts predict the new rules in the proposed tax overhaul will lead to many complexities in the tax code. And that likely means new opportunities for tax lawyers to find ways to game the system.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 08, 2017

Tax Bill Favors Adding Robots Over Workers, Critics Say
They say the Republican tax proposals encourage companies to buy robots instead of hiring people and creating jobs. Some employers and economist say the bill should promote training instead.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 08, 2017

FACT CHECK: President Trump's Record On Jobs And Stocks
President Trump bragged this week about job gains and a rising stock market. So what are the facts?

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 08, 2017

Pentagon Announces First-Ever Audit Of The Department Of Defense
The Defense Department has famously never been audited, despite receiving hundreds of billions of dollars annually and having more than $2 trillion in assets.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 08, 2017

November Jobs Report: Economy Adds 228,000 Jobs; Unemployment Steady
U.S. jobs growth has averaged 174,000 per month so far in 2017, compared to an average monthly gain of 187,000 in 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 08, 2017

Generation Z May Not Want To Own Cars. Can Automakers Woo Them In Other Ways?
Selling cars to the group that follows the millennials won't be easy. Instead of just making cars, automakers are trying to make a move, whether it's car-sharing, ride-hailing or self-driving.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 08, 2017

'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer Accused Of Sexual Assault
The director has been accused of forcing himself on a 17-year-old boy during a party aboard a yacht in Seattle in 2003.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 07, 2017

MPR Cutting Ties With Longtime Business Partner Garrison Keillor
Last week, Minnesota Public Radio announced it was severing ties with Prairie Home Companion host Garrison Keillor. Separating long-term business arrangements also carries emotional baggage.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 07, 2017

Florida Set To Launch Country's First Private High-Speed Train Service
The $3 billion project is the first privately funded high-speed rail system in the U.S. Trains will begin running along the state's busiest corridor from West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale this month.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 07, 2017

Struggling Toys R Us Plans To Pay Executives Millions In Bonuses
The nation's largest toy retailer filed for bankruptcy in September but said it wants to motivate its top brass to turn around sales in the critical holiday shopping season.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 07, 2017

As GOP Lawmakers Eye Cutting Estate Tax, Will They Increase Income Inequality?
As Republicans prepare to pass their a massive tax overhaul, they are planning to lessen, or even eliminate, the estate tax. But critics say the tax plays an important role in making the economy fair.

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