PRI: Global Economy
What caused the El Faro cargo ship disaster?10/06/15
Hurricane Joaquin hit hard off the Bahamas. And its powerful force is blamed for what's being called the worst US cargo ship disaster in more than 30 years.
More US-bound refugees? Labor-starved Vermont businesses...
The case for taking in more refugees isn't just a humanitarian gesture. To aging, labor-starved areas of the US, it could be a godsend.
London's black cab drivers are demonstrating against...
London's traditional black cab drivers are under threat — and they are taking to the streets to protect their future.
Professor: The truth about really good leaders? They're...
Good leaders are supposed to be honest and full of integrity, right? Not so much. Lying is inextricably linked with those who rise to the top.
There are 1,000 men and women in the US working full-time...
Of all the jobs she could have taken on, Linden Wolbert chose to be a mermaid. She does everything to weddings to events for celebrities, including Justin Timberlake.
VW scandal threatens 'Made in Germany' image
The resignation of Volkswagen's chief won't quell those demanding to know who at VW knew what about a massive diesel emissions deception — and when did they know it?
Budweiser and Miller Lite may merge to become the biggest...
Anheuser-Busch InBev wants to buy SABMiller and rule the beer world as one of the biggest companies on earth. But it would be bad news for nano-breweries around the US.
Most Bangladeshi garment workers are women, but their...
In recent years, horrible disasters in Bangladesh's garment industry have left hundreds of garment workers dead or injured. Since then, both international clothing labels and the Bangladeshi government have promised reforms. But some of the workers...
How a Taiwanese American turned the culture of Japan into...
Vicky Tsai launched the Tatcha makeup company out of personal experience. After years of working for a traditional makeup company for years, her face was wrecked. But Japanese makeup history came to the rescue.
The Great Office Air Conditioning Wars: who started it,...
To combat summer’s hot and sultry weather, many US office buildings crank up the air-conditioning. But this sparks conflicts, as many men feel comfortable but women often shiver and don fleeces. How did this become the cultural norm in the US, and how...
Want to make your country richer and safer? Fix laws that...
When women can't work, take out loans or own property, everyone suffers — and so does a nation's economy. That's the conclusion of a first-of-its-kind global survey of women, business and the law.
Despite Europe's anxiety, wave of refugees could be good...
Europe has been graying for years — getting older and even seeing declining populations in some areas. But a new wave of refugees, mostly young, could provide a major economic and demographic jolt to those aging economies.
Mexican growers are hoping to give Chinese consumers a...
Mexican tequila producers are hoping their high-end products will appeal to Chinese consumers with a strong desire for Western luxury items.
Subscription is the new sharing: The rise of the...
Are media giants like Netflix, Amazon and Spotify the vanguards of a new economy?
Chinese drivers love Buicks, and that's why GM is...
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.
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