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From A Frequent Flier To SkyMall, Thanks For The Memory Foams
01/24/2015 1:42 PM
NPR's Scott Simon remembers the many hours he has spent at 30,000 feet paging through the in-flight catalog SkyMall. SkyMall filed for bankruptcy this week.
Will Environmentalists Fall For Faux Fish Made From Plants?
01/24/2015 12:17 AM
A handful of chefs and food companies are experimenting with fish-like alternatives to seafood. But the market is still a few steps behind plant-based products for meat and dairy.
Auto Loan Surge Fuels Fears Of Another Subprime Crisis
01/23/2015 10:44 PM
Dealers are extending loans to a growing number of people with weak credit, and more of them are having trouble making payments. The situation is evoking comparisons to the subprime mortgage boom.
Goodbye, Garden Yeti: In-Flight Catalog SkyMall Files For Bankruptcy
01/23/2015 4:49 PM
The kitschy catalog fell victim to online shopping and the growing ubiquity of in-flight WiFi, according to the company's Chapter 11 filing.
Flexible Income Opportunity Helps Cities Warm To Uber, Study Says
01/23/2015 10:03 AM
Renee Montagne talks to former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe about his new job as vice president of strategy and policy for the ride-hailing service Uber.
To Keep Planes From Disappearing, NTSB Urges Constant Tracking
01/23/2015 3:42 AM
The agency wants every-minute updates on the locations of planes that fly over water, as well as longer-lasting batteries for black-box beacons, following the disappearance of a Malaysian jet.
Investment Fund Pours Cash Into Cleaner, Greener Fish Farming
01/22/2015 11:43 PM
Aqua-Spark is the world's first investment fund for sustainable aquaculture. So far it has bet on an alternative fish feed that could take pressure off the oceans and a tilapia farm in Mozambique.
Family Dollar Shareholders Approve Takeover By Dollar Tree
01/22/2015 11:03 PM
Two of the biggest dollar stores are merging. Family Dollar shareholders agreed to an $8.7 billion takeover Thursday, choosing not to accept a bigger offer from Dollar General due to antitrust fears.
Google Could Provide Relief To Sprint, T-Mobile With Wireless Deal
01/22/2015 9:23 PM
Google plans to enter the wireless phone business, according to published reports. By purchasing capacity on the T-Mobile and Sprint networks, Google could sell mobile service directly to customers, a move that would shake up the wireless industry.
Obama's Big Bid To Change Sick-Leave Laws May Hinge On Small Business
01/22/2015 9:16 PM
The president's call for mandatory paid sick days starred in his State of the Union address. But forget the big speech: It may be small businesses ? and state lawmakers ? that decide this debate.
Debate: Is Amazon The Reader's Friend?
01/22/2015 9:01 PM
Two teams of editors and writers, including best-selling author Scott Turow, face off over Amazon's influence over the publishing industry, in the latest debate from Intelligence Squared U.S.
How Much More (Or Less) Would You Make If We Rolled Back Inequality?
01/22/2015 7:39 PM
What would incomes look like for U.S. families today if the income distribution were the same as it was in 1979?
European Central Bank Launches Stimulus Plan
01/22/2015 5:06 PM
The ECB will begin buying up eurozone member government bonds in a bid to stimulate Europe's flagging economy. America's Federal Reserve had a similar program that aided recovery from its 2008 crisis.
ECB Unveils Massive Bond-Buying Stimulus Program For Eurozone
01/22/2015 2:44 PM
The European Central Bank chief said the bank will buy 60 billion euros' worth of bonds each month until either September 2016 or inflation reaches about 2 percent.
Conservatives Disagree With Obama's Social Spending Proposals
01/22/2015 9:59 AM
Steve Inskeep talks with David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic, about what, if anything, Republicans can work with in President Obama's State of the Union address.




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