PRI: Global Economy
Chinese drivers love Buicks, and that's why GM is...08/26/15
Investors aren’t the only ones watching the Chinese stock market crash with worry. Companies that rely on exports to China, like the American auto industry, have reason for concern.
The Next Big Thing in protein will likely make you squirm
Consumers may not be ready to eat bugs, as many do in Southeast Asia, which is why some people are pushing ground-up crickets as the next big protein.
Don't blame 'evil hipsters.' Broader forces caused...
The boom in urban population is celebrated by some, and decried by an equal number — either portending a more sustainable, compact future, or driving out those who have lived in urban communities for years, whether by choice or circumstance. So, how...
This is why Brazil is worried about China's shaky economy
Brazil's economic growth was fueled by China. Now, Brazilians are worried that China's slowing economy could drag down its economy even further.
Norway has a secret weapon to deal with falling oil prices
Some countries like Venezuela and Iran suffered immediately when the price of oil went down. That's because these countries are dependent on their oil revenues to meet basic public needs. Other oil producing countries, like Norway, have managed to...
After 'Black Monday,' why we shouldn't worry
Stock markets across the world went into a tailspin on Monday, including the worst day in four years on Wall Street. But that doesn't mean we're heading back into a worldwide recession, experts say.
How to bring high-speed trains to the US
Japan's high speed trains run upwards of 200 miles per hour while Amtrak's Acela can only go its top speed of 150 for short stretches. The reason? Outdated infrastructure. After World War II, the US invested in cars, not trains, and today its...
Germany approves a third Greek bailout, but the crisis is...
The German Parliament today agreed to a $95 billion bailout for Greece. That's a rare piece of good news for the country. But the Greeks aren't rejoicing yet, as they face harsh, new taxes.
Amazon's harsh hours might not fly at some foreign...
There's been a lot of water cooler discussion this week about Amazon and The New York Times' investigative piece chronicling a brutally competitive work environment at the retail giant. Amazon is based in Seattle. But it operates in 32 nations. Would...
Even fewer Americans than before are taking vacation
Stuck at your desk? New research says 56 percent of Americans haven't taken a vacation in the past year — the highest percentage in four decades. A researcher cites "a convergence of factors."
Unpaid UN intern snags prime lake-front property – in a...
David Hyde, an unpaid intern at the UN offices in Geneva, Switzerland found a creative way to bypass the city's high cost of living. Instead of renting, he pitched a tent on Lake Geneva.
South Africa sends mixed messages to women, even on...
What if you're trying to celebrate women but end up making them really mad? That's the case with a Bic ad in South Africa that told women to "Look like a girl. Act like a lady. Think like a man. Work like a boss."
Markets wobble as China further devalues its currency
International markets have been jittery after China devalued its currency for the second time in a week. Some say it’s a sign of desperation among China’s leader over the nation’s economic woes.
What might China's currency devaluation mean for US...
China devalued its currency this week to make its exports more attractive. But how much more attractive will their products be on American shelves?
South Sudan has only one brewery — and it might shut down
The only brewery in South Sudan may shut down — because of oil production shortages. The brewery is a symbol of independence, employment and a, opportunity to show the world that business is possible in South Sudan. The beer is widely consumed and the...
How the 'sharing economy' could upend capitalism
Uber, Airbnb, and Zipcar may be killing industrial capitalism.
Commodities are crashing, with one exception
Uranium is up 28 percent in the last year. But it's not the demand for carbon-free nuclear energy in Asia and the US that's driving the surge.
What we can learn from pirates, gangsters and others in...
Hacker collectives, pirate ships, and street gangs might be more creative than Silicon Valley.
Japan's still stodgy — but it may finally be getting better
Japanese companies went from innovative business leaders — think Walkman and the compact disc — to has-been. But there is reason to believe the country's businesses are clawing their way back.
Celebrating 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act
The Americans with Disabilities Act allowed millions of Americans to access buildings and jobs that weren't possible before. But 25 years later, there's still much work to do.
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