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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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HBR Ideacast

424: How Silicon Valley Became Uncool

Thursday, September 11, 2014

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Marketplace

09-11-2014- Marketplace- Twitter Needs Help

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The NFL is arguably the country’s most powerful sports league. We look at the wide range of NFL corporate tie-ins and business interests that make this behemoth a multibillion-dollar concern. Plus, the SEC is going after the small fry. As part of its “broken windows” policy, it’s fining companies and individuals for small infractions and reaping small sums. But this is about more than just reminding Wall Street that the SEC is out there. It’s about showing how the agency, and its attitude toward enforcement, has changed under new management. Also, Twitter goes to the bond market in an effort to raise as much as $1.5 billion. This is likely an attempt to build up its advertising business, but Twitter remains unprofitable and borrowing is cheap. So what does this tell us about the economy?

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Morning Edition

La. Shrimpers Complain Low Prices Aren't Worth Their Effort

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Hundreds of Louisiana shrimping boats are docked this week, their nets dry. Shrimpers want more money for their catch. Current prices barely allow them to cover their fuel bills.

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Morning Edition

Eagles Running Back Accused Of Leaving 20 Cent Tip On $60 Check

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A burger joint in Philadelphia posted LeSean McCoy's receipt on Facebook. Actor Charlie Sheen has pledged to give the waiter $1,000.

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Morning Edition

Employer-Sponsored Health Costs Rose Modestly In 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Health insurance premiums went up only a little more than inflation this year, according to a new survey. The average family plan cost about $16,800. That's a 3 percent increase over last year.

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Morning Edition

July's Airline Flights Were More Likely To Be On Time

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Of the nation's 14 largest airlines, about 75 percent of flights arrived on time in July, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. That's up 2 percent from the same time last year.

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Morning Edition

Is Amazon's Failed Phone A Cautionary Tale?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

While Apple unveils a futuristic new smart watch, Amazon slashes prices on its smartphone for shoppers. Both companies are searching for the innovation sweet spot in mobile.

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Morning Edition

The Alibaba Effect: How China's eBay Transformed Village Economics

Thursday, September 11, 2014

At first, Sun Han made a staggering 100 percent profit margin on his furniture. Soon everyone in his village was opening a furniture factory — and didn't need to raise pigs anymore.

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Freakonomics Radio

How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Doctors, chefs, and other experts are much more likely than the rest of us to buy store-brand products. What do they know that we don’t?

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Marketplace

09-10-2014- Marketplace- Phone Carriers Change Plans

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Today, President Obama is expected to discuss his plan for sustained military operations against the Islamic State, or ISIS. We explain why that could be a game-changer for the U.S. defense industry. Plus, carriers that have traditionally subsidized the cost of phones, like Sprint and Version, have released new phone plans for the iPhone 6. But how do they keep their margins high whilst ensuring affordability for their customers? We a take look at how mobile phone carriers have responded to the release of the iPhone 6. Also, a report by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that the Affordable Care Act has made few waves in the employer-based insurance market where 58 percent of all Americans get their health coverage. And while it may be a long way off. How employees get their insurance could look very different than it does today.    

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All Things Considered

Freight Delays Causing Great Pain Across Plains

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Grain elevators, auto manufacturers and Amtrak passengers are still facing lengthy delays on rails, as freight train congestion continues to be a drag on the economy all across the country.

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All Things Considered

Airline Social Media 'Command Centers' Direct Complaint Traffic

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Southwest Airlines has joined a growing number of airlines that are hiring social media "first responders" to help with customer relations.

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'Ask The White Guy' About The Hawks

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson's email about the diversity of the team's fans could end his run in the NBA. But were his comments really out of bounds?

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Weekly Innovation: A Hair Blowout That Comes To You

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Yes, you're busy. Now you can get a salon style, without the salon. Following a trend of on-demand everything, there's an app and service for updos and blowouts that come to you.

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FT Big Read

Catalonia: another country?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Catalonia: another country?

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PRI's The World

These may be the last days of the white 'expert' in Chinese TV ads

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

White actors playing "experts" regularly appear in Chinese commercials. But now, as Chinese consumers grow more sophisticated, more and more Chinese actors are taking over the lab coats and boss roles in TV ads.

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Government To Drop Background Check Firm USIS

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Falls Church, Va.-based private contractor conducts most of the government's background checks and was the target of a cyberattack last month that breached thousands of personnel files.

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Your Favorite Sites Will 'Slow Down' Today, For A Cause

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Websites including Foursquare, Netflix and WordPress are taking part in Internet Slowdown Day to make a case for unfettered access to the Internet. The slowdown will only be symbolic, not real.

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Morning Edition

Detroit Agrees To Lease Water System To Neighboring Counties

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

As Detroit struggles to emerge from bankruptcy, the city reaches a historic deal. After years of acrimony, the city and its suburbs have a tentative deal to share control of Detroit's water system.

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Morning Edition

Apple Pay Wants To Be Your Mobile Wallet

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

At a product event on Tuesday, Apple announced a mobile payment system called Apple Pay. CEO Tim Cook says that Apple Pay will provide a secure way to make transactions using one of Apple's devices.

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