NPR Economy Podcast
Questions Remain About Airbag Recall After Takata...06/02/15
Auto parts supplier Takata has agreed to modify the way it makes airbags. Takata and government safety officials were on Capitol Hill Tuesday to answer questions about the massive recall effort. Some 34 million vehicles need to have new airbags...
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.
Secretary Of Agriculture: Bird Flu Poses 'No Health Issue'...
The largest outbreak of avian flu in U.S. history is ravaging poultry at farms in the Midwest. Sec. Tom Vilsack says there's no risk of transmission to humans, but egg prices may rise.
Several Cash Withdrawals Triggered Investigation Into...
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Sharon Cohen Levin, a former federal prosecutor and now a partner at WilmerHale, about the federal law that triggered an investigation into J. Dennis Hastert.
FCC Proposes Expansion Of Lifeline Program To Include...
The government currently subsidizes phone service for low-income Americans, and now the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing to extend that benefit to Internet service.
Economists Examine Why The Housing Industry Continues To...
Home prices are on the rise again. Overall though, with sales and new construction still at ho-hum levels, the recovering remains choppy at the national level and inconsistent from market to market.
The Future President Will Need To Wrestle With Debt From...
The federal government has issued trillions of dollars in IOUs. And just the interest on that massive debt could be a serious constraint for the next president.
On The Road To Recovery, Detroit Property Taxes Aren't...
Even with cheap rent, the cost of doing business is high. With the nation's highest commercial property taxes, one business mogul says this stunts entrepreneurship in a city that needs more jobs.
How Will The Next President Protect Our Digital Lives?
For the first time in a White House race, the candidates will need a game plan for cyber policy for Day 1 in the Oval Office and will have some tough choices to make.
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.
IRS Reports Theft Of More Than 100,000 Taxpayers'...
The IRS reports the theft of tax information through online fraud. The agency says it will give the 100,000 taxpayers affected free credit monitoring services.
Charter Communications To Buy Time Warner Cable For $55...
Charter Communications announced Tuesday it is buying Time Warner Cable in a deal valued at $55 billion. Time Warner's deal to be acquired by Comcast unraveled last month when regulators made it clear they were opposed. Charter's CEO said he believes...
Despite An Economy On The Rise, American Paychecks Remain...
NPR's "Day 1" series looks at major issues the next president will face in office. One issue is that Americans still aren't seeing big raises, even though the job market is slowly recovering.
Oil Boom Brings Diversity To States Out West
Wyoming has long been one of the whitest states in the country, but over the last few years its black population has more than doubled. African-Americans still make up a tiny percentage of the state's population, but the substantial shift is largely a...
FEMA To Allow Superstorm Sandy Victims To Reopen Flood...
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is allowing more than 140,000 victims to reopen claims if they feel insurance companies short-changed them.
Takata Air Bag Recall Could Take Years
The recall of Takata airbags this week was the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. NPR's Scott Simon talks to correspondent Sonari Glinton about how and when companies announce a recall.
Poor Residents Benefit From Oklahoma County's Medicine...
Tulsa County began recycling prescription drugs 10 years ago. More than $16 million worth of medicines have been given to the poor. Steve Inskeep talks to Linda Johnston, director of Social Services.
One Family Revitalizes A Small Town With, Yes, Quilts
After launching a quilt company as a desperation move, Jenny Doan and her two savvy kids have shaken up an ancient industry in downtown Hamilton, Mo., thanks in part to popular folksy video tutorials.
New York City Launches 'Day Of Action' To Educate Nail...
New York City authorities Thursday launched a single "day of action" to educate nail salon operators, workers and customers about labor and immigration standards following a recent New York Times report on the widespread exploitation of undocumented...
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.
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