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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

Ex-Microsoft CEO Ballmer Steps Down From Company's Board

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Steve Ballmer, 58, on Tuesday resigned from the software giant's board because of other time consuming commitments including his new ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers.

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New Tech City

Learning To Code and Losing My Mind (Reprise)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Computer coding isn't for everybody. But we should all take at least a peek inside the computers and devices that power our lives. It's empowering.

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Marketplace

08-19-2014- Marketplace- Chinese Hack U.S. Hospital

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Lots of police departments in the U.S. have tear gas, which they throw at disorderly civilians. But where does that tear gas come from? And how big a business is it for the companies that produce it? Plus, there’s word this week that Chinese hackers stole records of 4.5 million patients from computers at Community Health systems, one of the largest hospital networks in the Southeast. Healthcare records contain social security numbers, birth dates, addresses - a goldmine of information for identity thieves. Which is likely to make them a big fat target for future hacks. Will they be ready? Many experts say no. 

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All Things Considered

Against Oil Industry's Rising Tide, N.D. Farmers Strike Back

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

As North Dakota's oil boom takes hold, the state's agricultural producers are feeling neglected. Grain competes with oil for space on trains and roads, and spills can damage cropland. Emily Guerin of Prairie Public Broadcasting reports that the Democratic candidate for agricultural commissioner is proposing a "landowners bill of rights" to protect farmers and ranchers.

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Brita Recalls Kids' Water Bottles Over Risk Of Cutting

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Some Brita water bottles made for children pose a possible danger due to lids that can break into pieces with sharp edges, says Brita, which has announced a recall.

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To Fight Inflation, Forget The Barbecue And Just Go For A Drive

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Food prices are higher at the grocery store this summer, thanks to drought in Texas and California. But at least the drive to the store won't cost as much: Gasoline prices have been falling lately.

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Morning Edition

Facebook To Mark Fake News As Satire

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The headline, Obama To Cut Costs By Packing Lunch Every Day For U.S. Populace, is a fake. To make sure you know that, Facebook is going to put the word satire in front of some links in your newsfeed.

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Morning Edition

Technology Helps To Keep Rate Of Car Thefts Down

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

David Greene talks with Roger Morris, vice president of the National Insurance Crime Bureau, about the reasons for the dramatic decline in car thefts over the past 20 years.

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Morning Edition

In Case You Didn't Know, Feds Say Raising A Child Is Expensive

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

How much does it cost to raise a child these days? The government says it costs $245,340. That's for a child born in 2013 and covers the period from birth to age 18. College not included.

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Morning Edition

Ice Bucket Challenge Raises Millions To Fight ALS

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Kelly McEvers talks to Beth Kanter, author of Measuring the Networked Nonprofit, about the ALS Association's Ice Bucket Challenge and fundraising on social media.

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Morning Edition

Pittsburgh Health Care Giants Take Fight To Each Other's Turf

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Highmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center worked together for decades. But tensions have prompted a split and uncertainty in Pittsburgh's health care market.

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Morning Edition

Teens And Mall Culture: The Fading Love Affair?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teens used to be all over malls, working the registers and wandering the walkways. But now fewer of them have retail jobs and it appears they prefer tech goodies at home to going to the mall.

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Marketplace

08-18-2014- Marketplace- Dollar Store Bidding War

Monday, August 18, 2014

There's a dollar store bidding war going on out there. We report on the extent of the competition in the market, and how the stores involved differentiate themselves. Plus, the Fed is paying close attention to the number of part time workers, as it looks like the number of part-time workers has increased after reaching a five-year low. We look at why this has happened, and ask if it’s something we should be worried about. Also, every year the federal government sets the amount its employees may spend per day when they travel. The per diems for fiscal 2015? $83 for lodging and $46 for meals and other expenses. The standard is also followed by federal contractors and some private businesses. What impact do these standards have on hotels and other businesses that depend on these travelers?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How to (Not) Make it In the Sharing America

Monday, August 18, 2014

There's a new freelance economy emerging, built around on-demand jobs brokered through apps like Lyft, Task Rabbit, and more. But is it a viable path to a real income -- and can it drive a new American economy? Natasha Singer, New York Times Sunday business reporter, helps find the bottom line.

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Morning Edition

Smartphone Users Might Be Reaching App Saturation

Monday, August 18, 2014

A new survey indicates the number of smartphone users who do not download any apps has jumped more than 10 percent in the past year to about a third of all users.

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Morning Edition

Russian Government Feels Pressure From Western Sanctions

Monday, August 18, 2014

David Greene talks to Izabella Kaminska of the Financial Times about the sanctions the West has imposed against Russia for its moves into Ukraine. In retaliation, Russia has imposed sanctions too.

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Morning Edition

Mom's App Gets Revenge On Kids Who Ignore Messages

Monday, August 18, 2014

A Texas mom developed an app called Ignore No More, which locks a kid's phone until someone calls mom to unlock it.

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Morning Edition

More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries

Monday, August 18, 2014

A survey by Feeding America, a network of U.S. food banks, found that one-quarter of all U.S. military households used a food pantry in 2013. But service members are often reluctant to seek such help.

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Casinos Worry As More Navajo Communities Go Smoke-Free

Monday, August 18, 2014

Dozens of Navajo communities have passed resolutions banning smoking in government buildings and workplaces this year. But some casino operators worry the measures will drive customers away.

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Morning Edition

For Food Startups, Incubators Help Dish Up Success

Monday, August 18, 2014

Demand for specialty and artisanal foods is booming, and new entrepreneurs want to get in on the action. Incubators can provide shared commercial kitchen space and tips on sales and distribution.

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