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Tobacco Farmers Lose Longtime Safety Net10/24/14
The last tobacco subsidy payments go to tobacco farmers at the end of this month. The government program was intended to help growers transition out of a Depression-era tobacco-price-fixing system.
What The New Factory Worker Should Know
In previous generations, manufacturing jobs were dirty, dangerous and low-skill. The new factory jobs are almost all clean, require increasingly higher skills and take very few people to do them.
When Women Stopped Coding
For decades, the share of women majoring in computer science was rising. Then, in the 1980s, something changed.
The Look Of Power: How Women Have Dressed For Success
Just as women were entering the corporate workplace in big numbers, the shapeless power suit emerged. Over time, the "power look" changed. How do women project power in the modern office?
U.S. And Japan Hit Snag In Major Trade Pact Negotiations
Japanese and American negotiators have been trying to shore up an agreement on agriculture and automobile tariffs. The two allies are the biggest players in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which, if passed, could pull together 12 nations in one trade...
Silicon Valley Companies Add New Benefit For Women: Egg-Freezing
The addition of the benefit by Facebook and Apple comes as tech companies face mounting pressure to hire more women, but some warn it may increase pressure those employees feel to put off having kids.
W.Va. Pottery Company Keeps Popular Fiesta Line Thriving
Homer Laughlin China Co. has been making the brightly colored Fiesta dishes for decades at its factory on the banks of the Ohio River. And it's still going strong.
Should You Stock Up On Chocolate Bars Because Of Ebola?
The virus has already caused one spike in chocolate prices, because cocoa is grown in countries that border Ebola-stricken Liberia and Guinea. Prices went back down — for the moment.
Economists Theorize Eurozone May Experience Triple-Dip Recession
To find out what's going on with the economy, Rachel Martin talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and a contributor to The Wall Street Journal.
French Economist Wins Nobel For Market Power And Regulation Research
French economist Jean Tirole, 61, works at the Toulouse School of Economics in France. The economics prize completed the 2014 Nobel Prize announcements.
Reviving A Southern Industry, From Cotton Field To Clothing Rack
Garment-making once thrived in the South. Two acclaimed designers are trying to bring it back with a field-to-garment concept, creating a clothing line from their own organic cotton grown in Alabama.
Feds Monitor LA's Fashion District After Money Laundering Raid
The Treasury Department imposed stricter rules on businesses in the city's fashion district. Authorities raided businesses last month on suspicion they were laundering money for Mexican drug cartels.
Restaurants Shave Calories Off New Menu Items
New menu items introduced by chain restaurants in 2013 contained 60 fewer calories, on average, than items on the menu in 2012. And that could be enough to make an impact on the obesity epidemic.
Ebola Protective Suits Are In Short Supply
The Ebola outbreak created a demand for personal protective equipment. Clinics can go through hundreds of PPE suits a day. Manufacturers increased production but agencies say there's still a shortage.
The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech
The Innovators, Walter Isaacson's new book, tells the stories of the people who created modern computers. Women, who are now a minority in computer science, played an outsize role in that history.
Bedbugs, Lava And Bowling Balls: Inside My Homeowners Insurance Policy
What the fine print in my policy says about how insurance works.
Tech Firms Chip Away At Credit Cards' Share Of Transactions
Companies including PayPal and Apple are competing to convince merchants and consumers to use their swipe-and-go mobile payment systems. Credit card breaches may speed up the use of digital wallets.
Transcript: Sen. Warren's Full NPR Interview On Financial Regulation
Elizabeth Warren tells Morning Edition that audio tapes made by an investigator working for the New York Fed re-enforce the perception of a disturbingly cozy relationship between regulators and banks.
European Activists Say They Don't Want Any U.S. 'Chlorine Chicken'
Most U.S. poultry is bathed in a little chlorine on the way to your plate. But that treatment is banned in Europe. Now "chlorinated chickens" are a sticking point in a trans-Atlantic trade deal.
Rochester Focuses On A New Picture Of American Manufacturing
Rochester, N.Y., was once the imaging capital of the world, home to Kodak, Xerox and Bausch + Lomb. Now, with a drastically cut manufacturing sector, the city is trying to build something new.
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