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Companies Fight Back Against Protesters With...06/02/15
When a student protested against an oil pipeline in Michigan, the company charged him with restitution for the work that couldn't be done during the disruption. But that could be a "risky strategy."
Oregon To Test Switching To Mileage-Based Gas Tax
So far, it's a voluntary program. But as cars become more fuel efficient, the state could expand it, if it proves to be a successful way of offsetting stagnant gas tax revenues.
Computer Tablets Take Over Part Of Restaurant Server's Job
Service jobs were a refuge for people when robots took factory jobs. But robots are moving in there too. The latest group of workers getting replaced by machines: food servers.
Technology Of Books Has Changed, But Bookstores Are...
The debate over whether digital books are better continues. Yet in the age of Amazon, the number of independent booksellers is up. The revival is fueled, at least in part, by digital natives.
In A Digital Chapter, Paper Notebooks Are As Relevant As...
Is paper just a curiosity of the nostalgic? It turns out that digital natives think paper works in tandem with our devices. Research agrees that old-school note taking offers benefits a screen can't.
Don't Write Off Paper Just Yet
In today's digital age it's easy to forget about paper, but as one paper pusher says, "a paperless society is about as plausible as a paperless bathroom."
Multiple Sclerosis Patients Stressed Out By Soaring Drug...
The cost of medication to treat multiple sclerosis has risen much faster than inflation, even for older drugs. Patients and insurers say manufacturers' subsidy programs have helped, but not enough.
Mechanical Turk Workers: Secret Cogs In The Internet...
There are hundreds of thousands of people doing stuff to your Internet experience that you may think is the work of an algorithm. They're working from home doing tiny tasks computers can't quite do.
Senate Panel Considers New Constraints On Fed's Emergency...
Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel about Congress, the Federal Reserve and banking regulations. Wessel is director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution.
How A Bigger Lunch Table At Work Can Boost Productivity
Some firms use motion sensors and wireless tags to find out how people actually work. That can yield useful data — like which free snacks tend to attract people to break rooms more than others.
Highway Trust Fund Is 'Broke,' Ex-Transportation Secretary...
Lawmakers face a deadline to fund federal highway and mass transit repair. One option is to increase a gas tax. Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood talks to Steve Inskeep about his ideas.
How China's Censors Influence Hollywood
Huge box office numbers underscore how essential the Chinese market has become to Hollywood's bottom line. Money is power — meaning the Communist Party has increasing influence over big U.S. movies.
House Republicans Vote To Cut Amtrak's Funding
The economic outlook for Amtrak was troubled even before this week's train derailment in Philadelphia. On Capitol Hill, lawmakers are deeply divided over funding for the passenger rail service.
TV Networks Count On Reborn Old Shows To Bring In Ad...
Network officials are gathered in New York this week to present their new fall lineups to advertisers. Renee Montagne talks to Kim Masters, of The Hollywood Reporter and host of KCRW's The Business.
Puerto Rico Wants To Grow Your Next Cup Of Specialty Coffee
More than a century ago, Puerto Rico used to produce world-class coffee. Now farmers there are trying to rebuild the industry by focusing on growing higher-quality beans, which command higher prices.
Sen. Warren On The 'Tilted Process' Of Asia Trade Bill
The Trans-Pacific Partnership has become the president's signature trade initiative, but it is also very unpopular with Democrats, including Elizabeth Warren.
Courier Strike In Berlin Keeps ATMs From Being Replenished
Couriers who re-fill ATMs in Berlin have been on strike for more than a week, and there's no end in sight. That's a problem in a country where almost 80 percent of all transactions are cash payments.
Casinos Bet On Change After Younger Players Ignore...
When young people go to casinos, they aren't playing slot machines. Our Planet Money team talks to a man who thinks he can make slot machines that younger people will want to play.
A Startup Scene That's Not So Hot: Japan's Entrepreneur...
A risk-averse culture is making it a tough road for fresh ideas and fledgling Japanese startups. But venture backers are starting to see some signs of hope that new tech firms will take off.
Silicon Valley Remembers Dave Goldberg, Who Died...
The CEO of SurveyMonkey was known for his generosity toward colleagues and for supporting the career of his wife, Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg. He died while vacationing with his family in Mexico.
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