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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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Morning Edition

Court Rules For FedEx Drivers In Suit Over Job Classification

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A federal appeals court in Oregon ruled FedEx Ground misclassified more than 2,000 drivers in California as independent contractors. There could be back claims for unpaid wages and benefits.

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Morning Edition

Survey: Americans Are Grumpy About Economic Recovery

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A new survey by Rutgers University found two out of three Americans felt no improvement in the last year. And only about one in four expect things to get better in the year to come.

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Morning Edition

Get A Russian Mortgage, Get A Cat

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Much like your mortgage, the cat is a loan. Cats are delivered to the new residence for a two-hour visit. In Russia, it's considered good luck for a cat to cross the threshold of a new home.

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Morning Edition

A Mall With Two Minimum Wages

Thursday, August 28, 2014

There's a mall in California that straddles two cities. Here's what happened when workers on one side of the mall started making 25 percent more because one city voted to raise the minimum wage.

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Morning Edition

How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Foster Farms has been accused of poisoning its customers with salmonella bacteria. But in recent months, the company has become a leader in the poultry industry's fight against the foodborne pathogen.

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Freakonomics Radio

Who Runs the Internet? (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The online universe doesn't have nearly as many rules, or rulemakers, as the real world. Discuss.

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Marketplace

08-27-2014- Marketplace- American Airlines Ditches Orbitz

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Snapchat has been allocated an impressive valuation...which appears to bear little or no relation to the valuation it had when it was last valued several months ago. So what makes it worth what people think it's worth today? Plus, American Airlines announced this week that it would pull its fares from any websites run by Orbitz Worldwide. The reason? The companies couldn’t agree on new contract terms. It’s the second contract dispute between the two travel giants and comes at a time when, according to reports, upgraded websites are becoming more popular with consumers. How will American Airlines withdrawal affect Orbitz? And how does a business relationship like this work? Also, the Commerce Department is imposing tariffs on Mexican sugar, after U.S. growers complained the Mexico was dumping cut-rate sugar here. U.S. sugar is already highly protected and is more expensive than in other countries. How will these tariffs affect industrial-scale users of sugar like candy makers?

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All Things Considered

As BK Takes Tim Hortons, Canadians Stay Loyal To Their National Icon

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The takeover of Canada's Tim Hortons by Burger King is causing quite the stir in the great white north. Melissa Block talks with Ian Hardy, editor-in-chief of Inside Timmies, a fan site devoted to Tim Hortons, about the Canadian existential crisis over one of the country's cultural icons being taken over by an American corporation.

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All Things Considered

In Fixing Recalled Cars, GM Dealers Hope To Wow Customers

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

General Motors has recalled 29 million autos in North America this year. Dealers replacing the faulty parts aren't just fixing cars. They're repairing customers' relationships with the automaker.

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FT Big Read

Sweden's for-profit schools: lessons in store?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sweden's education model: lessons in store?

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Who's In The Office? The American Workday In One Graph

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What is the typical American workday? We take a look at how working hours change according to job type.

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The Takeaway

America Is Over The Burger

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Millennials, in particular, are turning away from hamburger chains, but coffee sales are booming, and the deal between Burger King and Tim Hortons is right in step with those changes.

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Fashion Retailer Zara Pulls Kids Shirt Resembling Concentration Camp Uniform

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The company said the shirt's design was meant to look like a sheriff's star from classic Western films. But after popular uproar, Zara decided to pull it from shelves.

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Morning Edition

Pew Study: Facebook, Twitter Users Held Back Views On Snowden

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Pew Research Center report shows that Americans were more willing to have a conversation about NSA leaker Edward Snowden face-to-face than in discussion groups on Facebook or Twitter.

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Morning Edition

Canadians Fret Merger With Burger King Will Change Tim Hortons

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Burger King announced it is buying the Canadian doughnut-and-coffee chain for about $11 billion. Some Canadians aren't thrilled that their Timmy's is being taken over by the American burger company.

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Morning Edition

Boston Has Riskiest Drivers, According To Insurance Ranking

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Drivers in Boston get into an accident every four years on average, according to a study by Allstate insurance. Fort Collins, Colo., had the nation's safest drivers.

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WNYC News

Corn, Tamales, and the Apple Marys: A Brief History of Women Street Vendors

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Finding the most authentic ethnic food in NYC gives one bragging rights. The street vendors who sell their wares, though, are looking for rights of a different kind.

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Morning Edition

Driven By Climate Change, Cotton Buyers Look For Alternatives

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

One clothing company whose bottom line was hurt in the wake of bad weather events decided to look to polyester fibers made from recycled plastic bottles.

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Morning Edition

Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest.

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Morning Edition

Build A Toothbrush, Change The World. Or Not

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

You think bringing a new toothbrush to market is easy? The seven-year saga of two dental entrepreneurs struggling to bring their patented brush to consumers suggests otherwise.

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