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3:09 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Political Necessity Forces GOP Into Middle-Class Income Debate

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 6:12 am

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NPR Story
3:09 am
Fri February 13, 2015

How Sunk Cost Fallacy Applies To Love

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 4:34 pm

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And now for Valentine's Day, we have an economic idea wrapped in a love story. Here's Jacob Goldstein from our Planet Money team.

JACOB GOLDSTEIN, BYLINE: When Megan McArdle was in her early 30s, she met a fantastic guy.

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All Tech Considered
3:04 am
Fri February 13, 2015

The Black Market For Stolen Health Care Data

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Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 7:40 am

President Obama is at Stanford University today, hosting a cybersecurity summit. He and about a thousand guests are trying to figure out how to protect consumers online from hacks and data breaches.

Meanwhile, in the cyber underworld, criminals are trying to figure out how to turn every piece of our digital life into cash. The newest frontier: health records.

I grab a chair and sit down with Greg Virgin, CEO of the security firm RedJack.

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Shots - Health News
3:03 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Fraud Case Casts Spotlight On Medicare Advantage Plans

A federal grand jury in West Palm Beach, Fla., indicted Dr. Isaac Kojo Anakwah Thompson on eight counts of health care fraud last week.
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Originally published on Mon February 16, 2015 10:45 am

As privately run Medicare health plans for seniors scramble to stave off proposed funding cuts, federal prosecutors in Florida are pursuing an unusual criminal fraud case that's likely to raise new concerns that some plans may be overcharging the government.

The criminal case is believed to be among the first to take aim at billing practices of Medicare Advantage plans, which are popular with seniors because out-of-pocket costs are lower and they provide more benefits than traditional Medicare.

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Media
4:26 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Brian Williams Case Raises Fundamental Questions About An Anchor's Role

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 5:03 pm

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Business
4:26 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Obama's Plan To Tax Overseas Earnings Draws Scrutiny

Originally published on Sun February 15, 2015 10:01 am

American companies have about $2 trillion in overseas accounts — money they could be using to hire workers and pay dividends in the United States. But they're reluctant to do so, in part because of the way the U.S. tax system works.

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The Salt
2:45 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Like Yelp For Labor Rights: This App Rates How Restaurants Treat Workers

Customers pick up their orders from a Shake Shack in New York City. It's one of the restaurants whose labor practices are detailed in the ROC United Diners' Guide app.
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Restaurant servers are three times more likely to receive below-poverty-line pay than the rest of the U.S. workforce. Yet in a world where shoppers fret over cage-free eggs and organic vegetables, how many are also asking how much their favorite restaurant pays its staff?

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Energy
2:20 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Low Oil Prices Great For Consumers, Less So For Investors

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 4:26 pm

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The Two-Way
1:34 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Tussle Over Electric Bill Plunges New York Mall Into The Dark

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 3:26 pm

In perhaps a further sign of the decline of the American shopping mall, the lights suddenly flickered out today in the Rotterdam Mall in upstate New York after the electric utility cut power for non-payment.

In a statement issued by National Grid, the utility said it "has been working with the owners of the Rotterdam [Square] Mall for several months to set up a payment plan that would benefit both the mall and National Grid.

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All Tech Considered
12:00 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

From Facebook To A Virtual You: Planning Your Digital Afterlife

Facebook is adding a "legacy contact" feature to allow selected relatives or friends to manage the account of the user after they die.
Facebook

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 2:29 pm

Social Media platforms are getting closer to answering the question: What happens to our online accounts after we die? Facebook, Google and other popular services are offering more control over how we are remembered online. And at least one startup is looking at ways of using artificial intelligence to keep us alive virtually — long after we're gone.

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Economy
10:19 am
Thu February 12, 2015

As Commodity Prices Plunge, Groceries May Be Next

The prices of everything from corn to sugar have fallen, too. So some economists predict lower prices at the grocery store later this year.
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Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 12:36 pm

Anyone who has pulled up to a gas station this winter knows oil prices have fallen — down roughly 50 percent since June.

But it's not just oil. Prices for many commodities — grains, metals and other bulk products — have been plunging too.

Here are a few of the changes since many prices peaked in recent years:

- Copper is $2.59 a pound, down from $4.50 in 2011.

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The Two-Way
5:54 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Bob Simon, Veteran Of CBS News And '60 Minutes,' Dies In Car Crash

CBS News correspondent Bob Simon, seen here in New York City in 2007, won four Peabody Awards and 27 Emmys in a long and distinguished career.
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Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 9:37 am

Decorated journalist Bob Simon, a correspondent for 60 Minutes known for his insightful reporting from far-flung spots around the world, has died in a car crash in New York City. He was 73.

Simon was a passenger in a town car on Manhattan's West Side on Wednesday evening when the car hit another vehicle and then crashed into a pedestrian median, according to local media citing police.

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Environment
3:19 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Keystone XL Pipeline Would Transport 'Dirty Energy'

Originally published on Fri February 13, 2015 11:54 am

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The years' long debate over the Keystone XL pipeline arrived at an important moment yesterday. Congress gave final approval for the project after a vote in the House.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

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The Two-Way
3:20 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

House Sends Keystone XL Pipeline Measure To Obama Despite Veto Threat

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., left, clasps hands with Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., sponsor of the Senate's Keystone XL pipeline bill version, on Wednesday as lawmakers gather to urge President Obama to sign the legislation approving expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline. The House passed the Senate's version of the bill Wednesday afternoon.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 5:55 pm

Updated at 5:44 p.m.

The House, in a 270-152 vote today, approved the Keystone XL pipeline project and sent the measure to President Obama who has said he will veto it.

NPR's Juana Summers tells our Newscast unit this isn't likely to be the last standoff between the GOP-controlled Congress and the White House on energy issues. They are also likely to clash on the president's climate rules aimed at cutting carbon pollution.

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Media
2:57 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Brian Williams' Suspension Brings Attention To Tom Brokaw

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 4:14 pm

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Planet Money
11:05 am
Wed February 11, 2015

The Fall And Rise Of U.S. Inequality, In 2 Graphs

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Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 12:21 pm

Since World War II, inequality in the U.S. has gone through two, dramatically different phases.

In the first phase, known as the great compression, inequality fell. Incomes rose for people in the bottom 90 percent of the income distribution, as the postwar boom led to high demand for workers with low and moderate skills.

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The Two-Way
4:58 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Watch Jon Stewart Break The News Of His Departure To An Audience

Jon Stewart taped an episode of The Daily Show on Tuesday, hours before the news broke that he plans to leave the show.
Comedy Central

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 7:18 am

Taping last night's show shortly before the news of his departure became public, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart faced an awkward task: telling a studio audience that he's leaving the show.

In the process, Stewart couldn't resist making fun of himself.

"Seventeen years is the longest I have ever in my life held a job," he said, "by 16 years and 5 months."

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Planet Money
3:11 am
Wed February 11, 2015

How Banks Are Transforming Canada's Cannabis Industry

Originally published on Thu February 26, 2015 12:13 pm

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Television
3:07 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Jon Stewart To Leave 'Daily Show,' NBC Suspends Brian Williams

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 4:01 pm

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The Two-Way
6:03 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

NBC Suspends Brian Williams For 6 Months Without Pay

Brian Williams speaks onstage at the New York Comedy Festival in November of 2014.
Monica Schipper Getty Images for New York Comedy Festival

Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 7:17 am

NBC News has suspended Brian Williams, the anchor and managing editor for the network's nightly newscast, for six months without pay.

Williams had stepped down voluntarily, after Stars and Stripes questioned an incident he described on air.

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The Two-Way
5:23 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Jon Stewart Will Leave 'The Daily Show' This Year

Jon Stewart in March of 2011 in New York City.
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Originally published on Wed February 11, 2015 3:34 am

Update: 12:30 a.m. ET Wednesday

Stewart closed Tuesday night's episode of The Daily Show with discussion of his pending departure.

"Seventeen years is the longest I have ever — in my life — held a job, by 16 years and five months," Stewart said. "The upshot there being, I am a terrible employee. ...

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U.S.
3:17 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

Failing Bridges Taking A Toll; Some States Move To Raise Gas Tax

The James C. Nance Memorial Bridge, which connects Purcell and Lexington, Okla., is closed for repair in March 2014. A handful of states have raised their gas taxes in part to fund transportation projects like bridge and road repairs.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 6:53 pm

A dozen states are considering something that was rarely discussed a few years ago: raising gas taxes. Low prices at the pump have emboldened state officials to think about raising new revenue to repair crumbling roads and bridges.

It's a scene that's all too familiar in much of the country — construction workers performing emergency repairs on a bridge. In Franklin Township, N.J., one bridge closed abruptly last month when it was deemed unsafe.

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The Salt
3:06 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

California's Strawberry Feud Ends, But Who Will Breed New Berries?

The future of strawberry breeding at the University of California has been secured. Perhaps.

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NPR Story
3:07 am
Tue February 10, 2015

State Budgets To Be Hit By Slide In Oil Prices

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 5:59 am

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3:07 am
Tue February 10, 2015

UAW Criticizes Nissan For Use Of 'Perma-Temps'

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 10:47 am

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Your Money
1:37 am
Tue February 10, 2015

The Great Solar Panel Debate: To Lease Or To Buy?

Elizabeth Ebinger in Maplewood, N.J., bought her solar panels, while neighbor Tim Roebuck signed a 20-year lease. Both are happy with the approach they took, and both are saving money on energy bills.
Jeff Brady NPR

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 10:12 am

More than 600,000 homes in the U.S. have solar panels today — up dramatically from just a few years ago, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. Leasing programs that require little or no money up-front have played a key role in that growth.

But here's a question for homeowners: Is it better to lease or buy?

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Shots - Health News
1:35 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Insurers And Austin Mayor Promote Obamacare To Texas Latinos

Blue Cross Blue Shield takes aim at Target — or, rather, at Target shoppers in San Antonio who might be interested in buying health insurance.
Veronica Zaragovia/KUT

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 9:39 am

More than 900,000 Texans have signed up for health insurance so far this year – about 200,000 more than last year. The deadline for signing up for a health plan on HealthCare.gov is Sunday, and some groups in south Texas are making a big push to get Latinos to enroll.

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Business
1:33 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Unions Have Pushed The $15 Minimum Wage, But Few Members Will Benefit

Fast-food workers in Los Angeles march in August 2013 to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Similar protests around the country have been organized by labor unions.
Nick Ut AP

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 2:33 pm

The Los Angeles City Council is currently considering whether to raise the minimum wage to $15.25 an hour by 2019. It would follow Seattle and San Francisco, two cities that approved $15 minimum wages in the past year.

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All Tech Considered
3:07 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Q&A: Sen. Ed Markey On Protecting Data Our Cars Are Sharing

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., says our cars are becoming increasingly vulnerable to hacking.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 4:27 pm

Cars and trucks today are computers, and a new report overseen by Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., comes with a warning: As more vehicles have wireless connections, the data stored in them is vulnerable to stealing, hacking and the same invasions faced by any technical system today.

How safe are we in our connected cars?

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The Two-Way
3:05 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Samsung's Privacy Policy Warns Customers Their Smart TVs Are Listening

A man walks past a Samsung smart TV advertisement at a showroom in Seoul in 2011.
Park Ji-Hwan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 9, 2015 3:23 pm

A bit of fine print included in Samsung's privacy policy is drawing comparisons to George Orwell's 1984.

All of Samsung's smart TVs — which take voice commands — come with a warning to consumers that essentially says: Your TV is listening and might be sending what you say to Samsung and a third party responsible for transcribing what you say.

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