NPR Economy Podcast
During Pool Season, Even Lifeguard Numbers Are...07/28/15
This summer, even the most crowded pools are struggling to hire enough lifeguards, and are cutting hours as a result. In a rebounding economy, teens are opting for higher-paying jobs or no job at all.
China's Stock Market Unnerves Investors With Another...
China's stock market continues to fall on the heels of a big drop in June. Steve Inskeep talks to Patrick Chovanec, chief strategist with Silvercrest Asset Management, about China's stock market woes.
The Struggle To Breathe Life Back Into Empty Schools
As urban schools across the country continue to lose students, the question districts like St. Louis face is: What to do with all of those empty buildings?
Tired Of The Big City? Consider Telecommuting From Montana
Greg Gianforte, a successful high-tech entrepreneur, is recruiting — not for his company, but for telecommuters to move to rural Montana and bring their high-paying jobs with them.
China's Stock Market Suffers Largest Drop In 8 Years
China's main stock index, the Shanghai Composite Index, fell 8.5 percent Monday in the biggest percentage drop in eight years. The Chinese market had been making a comeback from a serious sell-off earlier this summer, but now much of that gain has...
As Brazil's Economy Goes In Reverse, Illusion Of...
Brazil's so-called economic miracle appears to have stalled, or worse, gone into reverse.
Fiat Chrysler Fined $105 Million For Failing To Complete...
The company will pay up to $105 million in fines for failing to fix recalled vehicles in a timely manner. The automaker also agreed to pay top trade-in value for many cars that were subject to recall.
Health Insurer Anthem To Buy Rival Cigna For Nearly $50...
Health insurer Anthem has agreed to buy fellow insurer Cigna for close to $50 billion. NPR looks at what the deal might mean for consumers.
Fast-Food Workers Cheer As $15 Minimum Wage Advances In...
The increase, which boosts the minimum wage for many fast-food workers from $8.75 to $15 over several years, needs the labor commissioner's OK. Franchise holders say they're being targeted unfairly.
After Nuclear Deal, European Businesses Flock To Iran
Iran's market of 80 million, well-educated consumers is not open yet, but French and other European business delegations are already flocking to the country. They will be the first in and have a head start, but analysts say American business could be...
With U.S.-Cuba Ties Restored, Embargo Leaves Trade...
Washington, D.C., and Havana may have restored diplomatic ties, but the crippling trade embargo against Cuba is still in place — for now. President Obama has started paving the way to increase the export of agricultural products to Cuba, and to begin...
Toshiba CEO, Board Members Resign Amid Accounting Scandal
Toshiba announced a mass exodus of executives and board members Tuesday following the disclosure of a years-long accounting scandal.
Greeks Still Face Transaction Limits After Banks Reopen
In Greece, banks reopened Monday for the first time in three weeks, allowing customers to make deposits. But people still face severe withdrawal limits in an effort to keep money inside the country.
Remembering New Orleans' Overlooked Ties To Slavery
The city has a reputation for music, food and fun. But it's also a land with an economic history rooted in the domestic slave trade that tore families apart. Now, its legacy sits below the surface.
Professor Delivers Detroiters A Crash Course In Real...
In Detroit, housing prices have dropped, opening up investment opportunities — but only if you know how to invest. One professor is teaching inner-city residents how to get in on the market.
Can Limited Resources Lead To Better Innovation?
Navi Radjou has spent years studying "jugaad," also known as frugal innovation. While researching emerging markets, he realized that creativity might be the most precious renewable resource.
Employee Or Contractor? New U.S. Guidelines Could...
The Labor Department has suggested standards an employer must meet to consider a worker an independent contractor. Employment lawyers say this will lead to more lawsuits against employers.
Greek Parliament Passes Austerity Measures To Move Forward...
The Greek parliament passed the austerity bill needed as a first step to open new bailout negotiations with European leaders. Protesters rallied outside parliament throughout the debate.
Beyond A Bailout: Greece Needs Debt Relief, IMF Says
Greece is so saddled with debt it probably can't turn its economy around for years, the International Monetary Fund says. But writing down debt would require an OK from Germany, which has opposed it.
Janet Yellen Tells House Panel Interest Rate Hike Likely...
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told a House committee on Wednesday the Fed is still on track to raise interest rates later this year. She also faced tough questions from House Republicans who are unhappy about what they say is a lack of...
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