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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

How Solar Power Has Gotten So Cheap, So Fast

Friday, April 10, 2015

Solar power has long been seen as something that's coming in the future — a promising technology that's just too expensive for widespread use. In the past few years, that has started to change.

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Morning Edition

Airbnb Finds Interest In Cuba But Hurdles Must Be Overcome First

Friday, April 10, 2015

Airbnb's entry into the Cuban market last week opened many American's eyes to what real estate on the island looks like. Interest in travel and buying homes is up, but there are plenty of challenges.

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Money Talking

The Strong Dollar Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be

Friday, April 10, 2015

The current euro-to-dollar exchange rate is great for shopping sprees abroad, but at home, a valuable U.S. dollar might be bad for business.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Warren Buffett's Mobile Home Industry Traps Poor People With Predatory Loans

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Warren Buffett's mobile home lending schemes relies on predatory sales practices, exorbitant fees and interest rates that can exceed 15 percent, leaving many buyers trapped.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hacking Accessibility

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Activists talk about software and wearable technology designed to help people with disabilities, plus calls on low-tech hacks.

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All Things Considered

Brands Target Tween Girls In Bid To Keep Them As Longtime Customers

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Brands increasingly see tweens as a distinct consumer group. From menstruation products to underwear, advertisers are targeting young girls in an informal tone to gain loyal customers earlier on.

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PG&E Hit With $1.6 Billion Penalty For 2010 Calif. Pipeline Explosion

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. was ordered to pay the fine — the largest ever charged a public utility — for the San Bruno explosion and fire that killed 8 people and destroyed dozens of homes.

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All Things Considered

Medical Schools Reboot For 21st Century

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Medicine has changed a lot in the past 100 years. But medical training has stayed much the same. Many schools are now retooling — focusing on teamwork — to train a different kind of doctor.

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Marketplace

04-09-2015 - Marketplace - Paying for YouTube?

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Airing on Thursday, April 9, 2015: Google plans to offer subscriptions on YouTube. We want to look at how this will work, and what's behind it. The answer to the latter question will take in the fact that YouTube has a profit problem, and explain the landscape that is moving Google in this direction (streaming competition with Netflix, for example). Next, will people in Massachusetts, or Michigan, or anywhere, end up with less satisfying showers because of California’s drought? California is imposing new low-flow rules on faucets, showers and toilets. We look at how its huge new market for low-flow could swing manufacturers and other states in the same direction. Also, the deceased Latina singer Selena has been given a new lease of life. Some of her unreleased songs are being remastered and released, and she is going on tour. Or a hologram of her is, at least. So many questions. How big is the market for holo-acts? 

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Uber Launches Cash-Only Rickshaw Service In Indian Capital

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Passengers can hail the popular three-wheeled vehicles using an Uber app. Fares are set by the state.

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HBR Ideacast

458: Making Health Care More Consumer-Driven

Thursday, April 09, 2015

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The Takeaway

Moral Darwinism: The Surprising Evolution of Human Values

Thursday, April 09, 2015

In his latest book, Ian Morris, a professor of classics at Stanford University, argues that our moral values are actually a function of the ways society organizes itself to get energy.

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Ask Me Another

Historical Figure, Sci-Fi Villain Or Tech Startup?

Thursday, April 09, 2015

If you think you can tell the difference based on their names, earn some nerd cred by taking our quiz.

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Founder Of Indian IT Giant Satyam Gets 7 Years For Fraud

Thursday, April 09, 2015

B. Ramalinga Raju, the founder of the computer services company that collapsed in 2009, and two of his brothers were among those convicted of defrauding shareholders.

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Weighing Privacy Vs. Rewards Of Letting Insurers Track Your Fitness

Thursday, April 09, 2015

A major life insurer is offering lower premiums in exchange for policyholders' sharing activity data. But privacy advocates worry such programs eventually will be used to deny coverage.

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Morning Edition

CEO Describes What It's Like When Investors Bet Against You

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The online furniture company Wayfair is now one of the most shorted stocks. Our Planet Money team talks to its CEO about what it's like to be running a company when investors are betting on your fall.

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Morning Edition

Calif. Farmers Face Harsh Realities In Drought-Stricken Central Valley

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Renee Montagne talks to Samuel Sandoval, an assistant professor of water resource management at UC-Davis about the dwindling water table that's used to grow crops in California's Central valley.

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Morning Edition

Rail Operators Aim To Do More Short-Distance Hauling

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The trucking industry has to deal with an aging workforce, driver shortages and burdensome regulations. Railroads have already taken a good portion of the long-haul business away from semi-trucks

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Morning Edition

Obama To Address Caribbean's 'Economic Achilles' Heel' — Energy

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The president meets with Caribbean leaders in Jamaica Thursday — and a looming energy crunch in the region is high on the list.

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Morning Edition

She's 66 And Finally Getting Electricity. Bring On The Ice Cream!

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Haiti has long relied on NGOs for aid. But the village of Tuffet is now on the grid — and paying for its power. "It's better when you pay for something," a resident says. "It doesn't go away then."

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