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'Philadelphia City Paper' Prints Its Final Edition10/09/15
Philadelphia's award-winning City Paper is the latest casualty among alternative weekly publications, which have struggled in recent years. Steve Inskeep talks to former staff writer Daniel Denvir.
How Skyscraper Construction Ties Into Tech Bubbles
There's a lot of talk in Silicon Valley about a tech bubble.Our Planet Money podcast team examines one possible indicator of a bubble: architecture. Very, very tall architecture.
What VW Needs To Do To Survive Its Biggest Scandal
After revelations it cheated emissions tests, Volkswagen is vowing to win back the public's trust. But, experts say, it will take a long time. First, the automaker needs to let the crisis play out.
Microsoft's Satya Nadella Travels The World Looking For...
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was in Mexico last week on a high-profile visit. Now that smartphones and Internet access have become so universal, the next billion-dollar idea could come from anywhere.
Women Find A Fertility Test Isn't As Reliable As They'd...
It's hard to predict how quickly a woman's fertility will decline and if she'll be a good candidate for egg freezing. But doctors try to figure that out with something called an ovarian reserve test.
No More Swiping: New Credit Cards Designed To Reduce Theft
Thursday is the beginning of the end for magnetic-stripe credit cards. With the change, banks say stores will have to pay for fraudulent purchases. The shift may be hard for some small retailers.
German Auto Industry Tries To Calculate Damage Caused By...
At the Frankfurt Motor Show this weekend, the topic on everyone's mind was the continued fallout from the VW emissions scandal.
Volkswagen's Scandal Hits Its German Hometown Hard
Workers at Volkswagen headquarters in Germany are mostly tight-lipped about the company's involvement in a vast emissions scandal, but local residents say they are shocked — and worried about VW's future.
Tech Leaders From U.S., China Meet In Seattle, Can't Quite...
In meetings on Microsoft's campus, the disagreements were many, from America's desired access to Chinese markets to China's desire to control Web content. On digital life, there's a cultural divide.
One Man's Mission To Bring Back Hydrox Cookies
The original chocolate sandwich cookie was discontinued in '99. Ellia Kassoff, who grew up with Hydrox and wanted to bring it back, learned that if someone isn't using a trademark, it's up for grabs.
Peanut Exec Gets 28 Years In Prison For Deadly Salmonella...
Former Peanut Corporation of America CEO Stewart Parnell's sentence is by far the harshest U.S. authorities have handed down in such cases. Emails revealed he and others knowingly sold tainted food.
Alexander Hamilton's Financial Legacy Is A Hit Musical
Hamilton, the hottest ticket on Broadway, is a musical about the decidedly un-hot topic of his crucial role in U.S. economics. What can we learn about debt and the dollar through rhymes and R&B?
Northwest Legume Farmers Feel The Squeeze From Oregon's...
A labor dispute at the Port of Portland has brought container shipping from there to a halt. That means lentil and chickpea farmers are having a difficult time getting their crops to foreign markets.
Las Vegas, N.M., Needs Amtrak To Help It Draw More Tourists
In northern New Mexico, many rural communities are worried about the possible loss of Amtrak's Southwest Chief. One historic railroad town has been trying to attract tourists with the train.
Fed To Begin Closely Watch 2-Day Meeting On Interest Rates
It's been nine years since the Federal Reserve raised interest rates. The Fed begins a two-day meeting on Wednesday to decide whether its time to raise rates.
When Cyber Fraud Hits Businesses, Banks May Not Offer...
Cyberthieves steal hundreds of millions of dollars a year from the bank accounts of U.S. businesses. Many business owners are surprised to find out their bank is not obliged to make them whole.
What To Do With Railroad Tank Cars That Are No Longer Safe...
New safety regulations and a slump in oil prices means tens of thousands of railroad tank cars are being taken out of service. Railroads are scrambling to find space to store unwanted oil trains.
Why China's Official Economic Numbers Shouldn't Be Trusted
Economic news coming out of China often rattles or rallies global markets. But how reliable is that news? It turns out basic measures like Gross National Product may be far from accurate.
Chipotle Conducts Mass Hiring Event At Its U.S. Restaurants
Chipotle says it's going to hire 4,000 workers this week. Thousands of applicants turned out on Wednesday for the restaurant's National Career Day. Second-round interviews begin on Saturday.
The Pains And Salvation Of Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
To business owners the word bankruptcy can mean failure. We visit a retailer in Charlotte, N.C., which tried to avoid the big failure. But bankruptcy might be the secret weapon of the U.S. economy.
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