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New Yorkers crave informed and intelligent business and economic news. Every week, WNYC's Business Editor Charlie Herman hosts regular WNYC contributors Joe Nocera (The New York Times) and Rana Foroohar (Time) to bring you those stories. It’s a conversation that goes beyond the headlines.  Context, conversation and insight. That’s WNYC's Money Talking.

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The Takeaway

How We Got to Now: A Guide to Great Ideas

Friday, October 03, 2014

Science and technology writer Steven Johnson explores the unintended, widespread consequences of gadgets and ideas developed to correct small problems.

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All Things Considered

To Reverse Driver Shortage, Trucking Industry Steers Women To Jobs

Thursday, October 02, 2014

The American Trucking Associations says the industry is short some 30,000 truckers. As the economy rebounds and shipping picks up, trucking companies are looking for new ways to bolster their numbers.

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All Things Considered

Business And Journalism Collide At ESPN

Thursday, October 02, 2014

ESPN is the NFL's biggest business partner, but it's also a news source for objective coverage of the league. Among its reporters is Don Van Natta, formerly of The New York Times.

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All Things Considered

Netflix's Adam Sandler Movies Could Be Big Wins Or Silent Flops

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Netflix has announced a deal to make four movies with comedian Adam Sandler exclusively for its streaming video service. It will also stream an upcoming movie while it's still showing in theaters.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Banks Profit from Captive Customers in Prison

Thursday, October 02, 2014

If you have a family member in prison, sending them money to pay for basic necessities like toilet paper and warm clothing often comes with high fees. 

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FT Big Read

Under fire: the Iraqi army vs Isis

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Under fire: the Iraqi army vs Isis

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HBR Ideacast

427: Does Your Sales Team Know Your Strategy?

Thursday, October 02, 2014

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Marketplace

10-02-14 - Marketplace - The Stronger Dollar

Thursday, October 02, 2014

The dollar is getting stronger. For that, you can thank the decision to roll back quantitative easing in the U.S., and the European Central Bank's decision to do more QE in the EU. Some people love a strong dollar, but others don't. We look at why the dollar's doing better, and who the winners and losers are this time round. Meanwhile, oil prices are falling in part because the global production of oil is reducing Saudi Arabia's — and therefore OPEC's — influence. Saudi Arabia was the swing state that could turn production up or down to affect prices. Now it's keeping production up despite falling prices to avoid losing foreign buyers. Plus, Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is getting into the auto market. The company is buying the Van Tuyl Group, which is America's fifth-largest dealership. The purchase price is unknown, but we do know that whatever Buffett does, others watch very closely. What's behind the move, and what does it say about the auto biz?

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40 Years Of Income Inequality In America, In Graphs

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Households at the top saw the biggest gains. Those at the bottom stagnated. But what about the people in between?

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Morning Edition

Tech Firms Chip Away At Credit Cards' Share Of Transactions

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Companies including PayPal and Apple are competing to convince merchants and consumers to use their swipe-and-go mobile payment systems. Credit card breaches may speed up the use of digital wallets.

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All Things Considered

Obamacare's First Year: How'd It Go?

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

It has been a year since Obamacare launched with a difficult start. Now, supporters are confident about the program's future. But critics say it's too early to gauge its success.

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Facebook Apologizes For Name Policy That Affected LGBT Community

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The social networking site will not change its requirement for people to use "real" names on their profiles, but it will adjust how alleged violations are reported and enforced.

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All Things Considered

How A Law From The Civil War Fights Modern-Day Fraud

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A Civil War-era law that encourages whistleblowers to turn in their employers has been successful at exposing corporate fraud.

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Marketplace

10-01-14 - Marketplace - How to get a vaccine to market

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. raises the question of whether there will be a more concerted effort to create a vaccine or drug treatment for the disease. We explain the incentives at play when companies and governments pursue drugs, how the industry/marketplace respond to outbreaks, and how drug resources get mobilized. Next, small cable companies are getting out of the TV side of the business or reducing their offerings. We look at what this means for shows. Finally: Reddit has just raised $50 million in funding from investors and is preparing to give 10 percent of these shares back to its community of users as equity. This is a “long-held dream” says CEO Yishan Wong, and now it's time to figure out how that model could actually work.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Surprise Medical Bills and Other Major Health Care Costs

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

New York Times reporter Elisabeth Rosenthal on why we're being billed for treatment by doctors we've never even met.

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The Takeaway

California Says Goodbye to Plastic Bags

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A victory for the environmental movement means a hassle for plastic-happy customers.

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PRI's The World

Why do so many people in the Netherlands work part-time? Because they can

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

When it comes to part-time work, the Netherlands is the capital. Part-time policies have gotten more women into the workplace, but now some women are finding they're hitting a Dutch glass ceiling.

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The Takeaway

Former AIG Exec Challenges Bailout

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A real life courtroom drama is playing out this week—the former head of AIG is challenging the legal justification for the government's bailout of his company.

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The Takeaway

Bond King's Departure Shakes Up Market

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Known as the "Bond King," Bill Gross founded Pimco in 1971. The firm manages the biggest bond fund in the world, but Gross's departure has unsettled investors.

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Morning Edition

Transcript: Sen. Warren's Full NPR Interview On Financial Regulation

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Elizabeth Warren tells Morning Edition that audio tapes made by an investigator working for the New York Fed re-enforce the perception of a disturbingly cozy relationship between regulators and banks.

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