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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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SpaceX Launches Successfully, But Rocket Doesn't Survive

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Dragon spacecraft heads to the International Space Station on a routine resupply mission. What wasn't routine was the attempt to land the spent rocket on a floating barge in the Atlantic Ocean.

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How AeroPress Fans Are Hacking Their Way To A Better Cup Of Coffee

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Coffee aficionados say the simple, syringe-like device makes exceptional espresso and allows for countless variations on the perfect cup. Not surprising, given that its inventor is a serial tinkerer.

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All Things Considered

When Rates Turn Negative, Banks Pay Customers To Borrow

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

European interest rates are being pushed so low — to less than zero — that some banks are paying borrowers to take loans. Such low rates are aimed at boosting Europe's economy, but there are risks.

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Marketplace

04-14-2015 - Marketplace - Farmers' (Spot) Markets

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Airing on Tuesday, April 14, 2015: We’ve been talking a lot about the drought out here in California and just who should get how much water and for what purpose.  One of the ways the state’s dealt with shortages in the past is through the spot market, where farmers with strong water rights sell their water to thirsty cities and farmers with more junior rights.  But as Sarah Gardner reports from the Marketplace Sustainability Desk, the state's drought is causing that market model to come up short.  Next, IBM has teamed up with Apple, Johnson & Johnson and Medtronic to launch its "Watson Health Cloud," a service that will use data to create health profiles for patients. We look at the profit motive for each. Plus, a recent draft report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee suggests that red meat consumption in the U.S. can be bad for one's health and the environment. The suggestion has caused controversy over whether sustainability concerns should have factored into the committee's report. 

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Cheap Oil Fuels Global Growth. Now If We Just Had Roads And Bridges

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The World Economic Outlook released by the International Monetary Fund says the pace of economic growth in 2015 will tick up to 3.5 percent, helped along by lower energy costs and weaker currencies.

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Is That Corporate Wellness Program Doing Your Heart Any Good?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Most employers have a wellness program, but who knows if it's actually improving your health. The American Heart Association is proposing its own standards for improving cardiovascular health at work.

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Digital Tools For Health Come With 'Hope, Hype And Harm'

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Medicine's move into the computer age has great potential for improving care. But patients and doctors still face serious challenges in adapting to the rush of new technology.

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The Takeaway

How Your Tax Dollars Subsidize Low Wages

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A new study finds that companies like Walmart and McDonalds often pay employees such low wages that many are driven to federal assistance programs to make ends meet.

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'Clintonomics' Ruled The 1990s; 'Hillarynomics' Would Be Different

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The name "Clinton" remains magic for many Americans who got jobs, bought homes and invested savings in the 1990s. But key elements of "Clintonomics" may not be popular with today's Democratic voters.

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Morning Edition

IRS Budget Cuts Make For Nightmarish Filing Season

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

People trying to get help from the IRS to file their taxes are finding long lines, long waits on the phone and not much help. The IRS blames staff reductions on budget cuts spearheaded by Republicans.

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Morning Edition

Big Bills A Hidden Side Effect Of Cancer Treatment

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cancer treatment is increasingly expensive, even for patients who have insurance. Some doctors advocate discussing the costs of cancer treatment as they would hair loss, pain or other side effects.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Love Letters, Murder and Lies, and Making it in Music

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Takeaway looks at artist Frida Kahol's love letters, a new film about murder and lies, and musician Amy Speace drops by.

All Things Considered

Take It From David Brooks: Career Success 'Doesn't Make You Happy'

Monday, April 13, 2015

The New York Times columnist wrote The Road to Character after seeing the gratitude for life of people who tutor immigrants. He thought, "I've achieved career success ... but I haven't achieved that."

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WNYC News

Shuttered Churches Could Serve as Affordable Housing

Monday, April 13, 2015

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The Archdiocese of New York's controversial move to close or merge one third of its churches may fit into the city's plan to build more housing for low and middle income residents.

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All Things Considered

New York Investigates Retailers For Unpredictable Work Schedules

Monday, April 13, 2015

Retailers rely on systems that require workers to be ready to work a shift — whether or not they end up working. The state attorney general is looking into the way big retailers handle scheduling.

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Marketplace

04-13-2015 - Marketplace - U.S.-Cuba Trading

Monday, April 13, 2015

Airing on Monday, April 13, 2015: A study finds that nearly three out of four recipients of Medicaid, food stamps and other aid are members of families headed by someone who works –meaning, someone who works but doesn’t earn a wage high enough to keep them out of poverty. The study says this amounts to a $150 billion subsidy of low-paying employers. This comes as several companies have raised their minimum pay to $9 an hour ($18,720 a year), and unions and others advocate for a minimum wage of $15, as median incomes haven’t grown in 20 years or so. Next, a historic handshake this weekend between Presidents Obama and Castro at the Summit of the Americas has helped to fuel optimism over warming relations with Cuba. But – handshakes aside – what obstacles remain to trading with Cuba for businesses both small and large? We explore. 

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Morning Edition

In Pennsylvania, Employment Booms Amid Oil And Natural Gas Bust

Monday, April 13, 2015

While lower oil and natural gas prices are great for the wallet, they've led to layoffs. NPR visits Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region, which is still seeing growth in high-paying natural gas jobs.

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PRI's The World

Closing soon: A go-to emporium that was 'part Asian bodega and totally New York City'

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Founded in 1971, Pearl River Mart was ahead of the curve in terms of importing goods from China. Now, after decades providing immigrants and native New Yorkers with Chinese products of all kinds, the store is closing in the face of skyrocketing rent.

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Once The Cream Of The Crop, Zynga Zigzags To Adapt To Mobile

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Zynga's former CEO is back, less than two years after leaving the company he founded. The company had a smash hit with Farmville on Facebook, but has struggled to stay current in new markets.

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Students Push College Fossil Fuel Divestment To Stigmatize Industry

Saturday, April 11, 2015

As a way to fight climate change, students at hundreds of campuses are pushing their colleges to divest from fossil fuels with sit-ins. But critics say divestment is the wrong tactic.

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