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The Salt
12:27 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

Puerto Rico Is Sowing A New Generation Of Small Farmers

Dalma Cartagena teaches a class on agricultural science to elementary-school students in Orocovis, Puerto Rico. "I'm preparing them to make good decisions when it comes to the environment and healthy foods," she says.
Greg Allen NPR

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 5:55 pm

Although it's a tropical island, perhaps surprisingly, Puerto Rico produces very little of its own food. After decades of industrialization, the U.S. territory imports more than 80 percent of what's consumed on the island. There are signs, though, the trend is changing.

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The Two-Way
8:24 am
Wed May 6, 2015

U.S. Approves Ferry Service From Florida To Cuba

A taxi driver steers his classic American car along the Malecon at sunrise in Havana, Cuba.
Desmond Boylan AP

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 8:59 am

The United States issued licenses for ferry service between the United States and Cuba for the first time in five decades.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports the Treasury Department issued at least four licenses to companies that want to establish ferry service to Cuba from Key West, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and perhaps even Tampa.

The paper reports:

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Energy
4:56 am
Wed May 6, 2015

The Future Of Massachusetts' Offshore Wind Farm Is Uncertain

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 2:07 pm

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Remembrances
4:42 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Silicon Valley Remembers Dave Goldberg, Who Died Unexpectedly

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 6:37 am

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Food
4:35 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Panera Is The Latest To Drop Artificial Ingredients From Its Food

A pedestrian walks by a Panera Bread restaurant on June 3 in San Francisco. Panera Bread is set to remove artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives from items on its menu by the end of 2016.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 12:53 pm

This news may feel like day-old bread, but here goes: Panera Bread is shaking up the fast-casual eatery world with its announcement to ditch more than 150 food additives by the end of 2016.

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Around the Nation
4:07 am
Wed May 6, 2015

How Some Baltimore Neighborhoods Reflect Segregation's Legacy

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 6:37 am

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Scenes of West Baltimore's troubled neighborhoods do raise natural questions. One is why they seem heavily segregated generations after legal segregation ended.

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It's All Politics
3:11 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

New Jersey Pension Lawsuit Piles On Gov. Christie's Rough Week

New Jersey's pension system is more than $80 billion in the red. Gov. Christie mostly blames past governors for sticking him with this bill. "I'm like the guy who showed up for dinner at dessert. ... And I got the check," he said earlier this year.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 5:32 pm

It's been a tough week for New Jersey Gov. and possible Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie.

One of his former allies pleaded guilty and two others were indicted for allegedly creating a traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge as political retribution.

Now, New Jersey's highest court is set to hear arguments over one of Christie's signature accomplishments: his pension reform deal.

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Sports
2:29 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

St. Louis Rams Consider Move To Los Angeles

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 5:32 pm

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Economy
2:29 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

In Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis, There Are No Easy Solutions

Protesters gather April 30 outside Puerto Rico's Capitol building in San Juan to oppose Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla's budget proposal. The plan would raise taxes to help cover the state's massive debt.
Ricardo Arduengo AP

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 6:45 am

The island of Puerto Rico is many things: a tropical paradise, a U.S. territory and an economic mess. After years of deficits, state-owned institutions in Puerto Rico owe investors some $73 billion. That's four times the debt that forced Detroit into bankruptcy two years ago. The bill is now due.

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It's All Politics
2:17 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Obama Laces Up To Tout Asian Trade Deal At Nike

President Obama walks away from Marine One in his Nikes on Sunday. He heads to Nike Headquarters later this week.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 11:47 am

President Obama says he wants consumers around the world buying more products stamped, "Made in the U.S.A."

That's one reason he's pushing a controversial Asian trade deal known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Obama has chosen a curious setting to make his pitch for the trade agreement this week. He'll be speaking Friday at the Beaverton, Ore., headquarters of the Nike Corporation.

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The Two-Way
9:24 am
Tue May 5, 2015

One Chart That Explains A Big Issue Behind Baltimore Protests

Where you grow up matters.
Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 1:51 pm

When you talk to the people of west Baltimore, you'll hear a lot about how bleak the future looks for the children from that part of the city. The protests were certainly driven by the issue of policing, but they were also informed by the tough economic conditions of west Baltimore.

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Politics
3:02 am
Tue May 5, 2015

'My Brother's Keeper' To Expand Opportunities For Young Men Of Color

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 12:25 pm

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The Salt
4:14 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

'Bourbon Empire' Reveals The Smoke And Mirrors Of American Whiskey

What's inside artisanal looking bottles may be startlingly close — and in cases exactly the same — to bourbon produced in big batches.
Mike McCune/Flickr

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 1:06 pm

Craft bourbon, like craft beer, is in the midst of a boom: In the past 15 years, the number of distilleries in the U.S. has surged from just a handful to around 600.

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Business
3:07 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

McDonald's Plans To Rebrand Itself As A 'Progressive Burger Company'

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 12:02 am

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Business
3:07 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

Recovery Begins For Small Businesses Hit By Baltimore Riots

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 12:02 am

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Parallels
12:25 pm
Mon May 4, 2015

People's Republic Of Uber: Making Friends, Chauffeuring People In China

Joel Xu, 25, drives in Shanghai for People's Uber, a ride-sharing service. He makes about $4,000 a month – a good wage in Shanghai – and loves meeting new people he'd otherwise never encounter.
Frank Langfitt NPR

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 1:38 pm

When Cici Xu isn't working as an accountant, she's driving around Shanghai picking up passengers for People's Uber, the American company's nonprofit ride-sharing service that operates in nine mainland Chinese cities.

Xu, 40, makes about $1,300 a month as a driver, but says she doesn't really do it for the money.

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NPR Ed
11:02 am
Mon May 4, 2015

A For-Profit School Startup Where Kids Are Beta Testers

AltSchool's schools are a proving ground for dozens of engineers seeking to build "an operating system for education."
Courtesy of Altschool

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 2:48 pm

At first glance, the warehouse in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood could be the headquarters of any well-funded startup: exposed concrete, natural light, lots of Macbooks. Then you spot the 12- and 13-year-olds doing yoga in a glass-walled conference room.

It's a tech company, but it's also a private, for-profit middle school: a unique, hybrid venture called AltSchool.

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The Two-Way
9:23 am
Mon May 4, 2015

McDonald's CEO Promises 'Modern, Progressive Burger Company'

Under a new global structure, McDonald's is grouping markets in Germany where a new McDonald's Flagship Restaurant opened in March, with other high-performing countries such as Australia and Canada.
Hannelore Foerster Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 1:15 pm

Looking for new growth and promising better restaurant experiences for customers, McDonald's President and CEO Steve Easterbrook is changing how the chain manages global markets and plans to boost the number of franchised restaurants.

"The reality is, our recent performance has been poor," Easterbrook said in a video released Monday. "The numbers don't lie. Which is why, as we celebrate 60 years of McDonald's, I will not shy away from resetting this business."

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Around the Nation
3:14 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Dixie's Tupperware Party Is Not Your Grandma's Tupperware Party

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 11:00 am

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Planet Money
3:04 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Where Poor Kids Grow Up Makes A Huge Difference

Where you grow up matters.
Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 2:28 pm

In two new studies, Harvard economist Raj Chetty and his colleagues found that where poor kids grow up has a huge effect on how much money they earn as adults.

In one study, families living in public housing were randomly selected to be eligible for housing vouchers that required them to move to low poverty neighborhoods. Kids whose families received the vouchers grew up to earn significantly more than those whose families remained in public housing.

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Planet Money
3:26 pm
Sun May 3, 2015

Casinos Trading Slot Machines For Games Requiring Skill

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 4:20 pm

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Code Switch
5:56 am
Sun May 3, 2015

Stars Of TLC's 'Curvy Brides': All Curves Are Beautiful

Bride Jennifer Uniglicht tries on a gown at Curvaceous Couture, a bridal boutique specializing in plus-size designer gowns. Proprietors Yukia Walker and Yuneisia Harris (right) star in the new TLC show, Curvy Brides.
TLC

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 7:57 am

Yukia Harris Walker remembers the thrill of getting engaged, but the luster on that glow dimmed when she visited bridal salons and realized there weren't many dresses that would fit her. Walker was a size 14 at the time — as are a lot of American women — but there were no high end gowns for her to try, and the stores had to make-do.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
7:22 am
Sat May 2, 2015

Not My Job: Designer Jonathan Adler Gets Quizzed On New Coke

Brad Barket Getty Images for Bing

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 8:05 am

Back when he was a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, Jonathan Adler was told that he'd never make it as an artist, and he should go be a lawyer. But Adler continued making his pottery, and today his design empire includes 26 stores named for him all over the world.

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Media
5:59 am
Sat May 2, 2015

For Advertisers, Baby Boomers Are A Market Hiding In Plain Sight

Originally published on Sat May 2, 2015 8:26 am

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LOUIS PRIMA: (Singing) Every time it rains, it rains pennies from heaven...

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Business
2:29 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

U.S., Canada Announce New Safety Standards For Oil Trains

Firefighters douse blazes after a freight train loaded with oil derailed in Lac-Mégantic in Canada's Quebec province on July 6, 2013, sparking explosions that engulfed about 30 buildings in fire.
AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 7:18 pm

Transportation officials in the U.S. and Canada are imposing tougher safety standards on trains hauling crude oil.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Canada's Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced Friday that shippers must use stronger tank cars to haul oil across North America by October 1. The new rules will also mandate the use of a controversial braking system on trains carrying crude.

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All Tech Considered
2:29 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

The Annual Shareholders' Meeting Will Now Come To Order Online

Dynegy is one of a growing number of companies to hold meetings online.
Dynegy/Broadridge

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 7:18 pm

The annual meeting is a staple of corporate life. It's a chance for even a small shareholder to take the measure of a company's managers, to ask a question or express a beef about a company actions.

But here's the dirty secret about shareholder meetings: Unless the company is huge or there's some controversy going on, hardly anyone shows up.

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The Two-Way
12:29 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Unveils Home Battery; Is $3,000 Cheap Enough?

A photo released by Tesla shows its new Powerwall lithium-ion battery pack mounted on the wall (left) of a garage behind one of the company's electric cars.
Tesla Energy

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 10:33 am

In an ambitious bid to move beyond the electric car market, Tesla has announced that it will start selling large batteries to let homeowners store electricity. The Powerwall home battery starts at $3,000.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the new batteries Thursday night, in a move that had been both highly anticipated and the subject of much speculation. With a sleek surface and a depth of only about 7 inches, the Powerwall can be mounted on a garage wall or another surface, indoors or outside. It's roughly 4 feet high and 3 feet wide.

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The Salt
8:07 am
Fri May 1, 2015

What's Inside A 'Derby Pie'? Maybe A Lawsuit Waiting To Happen

A view inside the Kern's Kitchen factory in Louisville, Ky. Though lots of people in Kentucky have their own versions of what they call "derby pie," the Kern family trademarked the name "Derby-Pie" decades ago. And the Kerns are quite vigilant about protecting that brand name.
Nina Feldman for NPR

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 1:28 pm

Ask anyone in Louisville, Ky., what to eat and drink during the Kentucky Derby, and chances are good he'll tell you two things: mint juleps and "derby pie."

But while bartenders around the country make mint juleps without controversy, things are a little more complicated for "derby pie." The creators of the pie are real sticklers about what can be called a "derby pie" — and what can't. And they're not afraid to sue over it.

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Shots - Health News
7:55 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Brand-Name Medicines Dominate Medicare's $103 Billion Drug Bill

AstraZeneca's Nexium was the top drug in Medicare Part D's spending on prescription medicines.
Daniel Acker Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 6:18 am

Brand-name drugs to treat heartburn, diabetes, depression and other common afflictions of the elderly were among the most expensive drains on the federal government's Medicare prescription benefit, costing more than $1 billion each in 2013, newly released data show.

The federal government popped the cap off drug spending on Thursday, detailing doctor-by-doctor and drug-by-drug how Medicare and its beneficiaries spent $103 billion on pharmaceuticals in 2013.

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Planet Money
4:18 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Electric Carmaker Tesla To Sell Batteries Designed To Power Homes

Originally published on Fri May 1, 2015 11:51 am

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