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For Japan's Prime Minister, U.S. Visit A Chance To...04/27/15
Shinzo Abe will have a summit with President Obama, sign a security agreement and make a historic address to a joint meeting of Congress during his weeklong visit.
Will Apple's Newest Gadget Ignite A Smart Watch Movement?
As Apple's smart watch goes on sale, there are some big questions about the whole idea of the wrist watch as a computer, including whether consumers come to see them as a luxury or a necessity.
Some Companies Fight Pay Gap By Eliminating Salary...
Women are often less assertive when it comes to negotiating salaries and raises. Some firms are trying to neutralize the disparity by refusing to negotiate salaries. But will that hurt recruitment?
National Guard Members Struggle To Keep Civilian Careers
National Guard soldiers live in two worlds: They can be deployed in a crisis, but must support themselves and their families with civilian jobs. That's made harder by the guard's unpredictable needs.
Will New Retirement Rules Protect Americans From Wall...
Proposed federal rules are designed to make sure that financial advisers put their clients' interests ahead of their own. But experts worry that loopholes may weaken those consumer protections.
O'Malley: America's Economy Needs 'Sensible Rebalancing,'...
Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, who will decide on a presidential run soon, is for a higher minimum wage and wants to increase Social Security benefits even though some would pay higher taxes.
When The World Bank Does More Harm Than Good
Large projects funded by the bank have left millions of poor people worse off, an investigation found. The bank says the vast majority of its projects don't fall into this category.
In Record Drought, California Golf Course Ethically Keeps...
Golf courses are water hogs, and that thirst is especially notable as California's drought grows in severity. At Pelican Hill, a top golf course near Los Angeles, water conservation is an obsession.
From Horses To High-Rises: An Insider 'Unmasks' China's...
Over the past 25 years, former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson watched China turn into the world's second largest economy. He explains what could halt the country's massive growth.
IRS Budget Cuts Make For Nightmarish Filing Season
People trying to get help from the IRS to file their taxes are finding long lines, long waits on the phone and not much help. The IRS blames staff reductions on budget cuts spearheaded by Republicans.
In Pennsylvania, Employment Booms Amid Oil And Natural Gas...
While lower oil and natural gas prices are great for the wallet, they've led to layoffs. NPR visits Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region, which is still seeing growth in high-paying natural gas jobs.
Airbnb Finds Interest In Cuba But Hurdles Must Be Overcome...
Airbnb's entry into the Cuban market last week opened many American's eyes to what real estate on the island looks like. Interest in travel and buying homes is up, but there are plenty of challenges.
CEO Describes What It's Like When Investors Bet Against You
The online furniture company Wayfair is now one of the most shorted stocks. Our Planet Money team talks to its CEO about what it's like to be running a company when investors are betting on your fall.
States Review Laws Revoking Licenses For Student Loan...
Montana could soon dial back laws that allowed defaulters to have their professional and driver's licenses revoked after failing to pay back debt.
A New Internet Domain: Extortion Or Free Speech?
New Web suffixes have popped up in recent years to supplement .com and .net. One of the newest — .sucks — has companies worried their reputations will take a hit, so they're buying up the addresses.
Is Cash-Free Really The Way To Be? Maybe Not For...
Financial advisers advocate using cash whenever possible. New technologies make it easier to do just the opposite. Still, a recent study shows more millennials are turning away from plastic.
How The Price Of Oil Caused A Downturn In The Recycling...
What is recyclable and what is trash? There is an economic line between the two, and it's a line that can move around a lot. Our Planet Money team explains why it's a tough time to be a recycler.
When Wal-Mart Comes To Town, What Does It Mean For Workers?
Wal-Mart has long been criticized for low pay and erratic work schedules. So when the retailer arrives in a community, it stirs controversy — but it also brings jobs and low prices.
The Urban Neighborhood Wal-Mart: A Blessing Or A Curse?
The nation's largest retailer is known for sprawling suburban and rural stores. Now Wal-Mart is moving into city centers — sometimes despite strong local opposition.
Venezuela Cuts Oil Subsidies To Caribbean Nations
For a decade, Venezuela sold oil at subsidized payment rates to 13 neighbors, including Cuba. But tumbling oil prices have hit Venezuela's economy hard, forcing it to trim those subsidies.
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