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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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The Brian Lehrer Show

Take Your Vitamins...With a Grain of Salt

Monday, April 06, 2015

Eric Schneiderman, New York's attorney general, is leading a charge for more testing in the supplements industry after recent tests by his office found 80% of the products were impure.

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Morning Edition

States Tout Crowdfunding As The Future Of Private Investment

Monday, April 06, 2015

Many states want to boost their economies through business startups. But outside of Silicon Valley, funding for private investors is hard to get. States are giving equity crowdfunding more attention.

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Morning Edition

Farmers, Trade Association Debate Merits Of Organic Marketing Fund

Monday, April 06, 2015

The fast-growing organic sector hasn't enjoyed a succinct motto. The Organic Trade Association wants growers to help pay for one. The idea is splitting farmers, processors and marketers into factions.

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Morning Edition

Is Cash-Free Really The Way To Be? Maybe Not For Millennials

Monday, April 06, 2015

Financial advisers advocate using cash whenever possible. But new technologies are making it easier to do just the opposite. Still, a recent study shows more millennials are turning away from plastic.

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When Corporations Take The Lead On Social Change

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Some big names in business pushed back this week against "religious freedom" laws in Indiana and Arkansas. In 1964, it was Coca-Cola pushing Atlanta's white elites to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

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Pondering The Popularity Of The Pet Rock — And Other Fads

Saturday, April 04, 2015

They were all the rage for a brief, mid-'70s moment, and they turned their creator into a millionaire. What was so special about rocks in a box?

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Why Wal-Mart Is Betting Big On Being Your Local Urban Grocer

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Wal-Mart conquered the suburbs, but its future may lie in smaller stores in dense city neighborhoods. And in our grab-and-go times, freshly prepared meals are a big part of its urban strategy.

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Far From Silicon Valley, A Disruptive Startup Hub

Saturday, April 04, 2015

In South Africa's townships, entrepreneurs lack the basic necessities of an office, such as electricity and water. Enter Hubspace. "Damn," one of them said on his first visit. "This is a cool space."

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Despite Laws And Lawsuits, Quota-Based Policing Lingers

Saturday, April 04, 2015

The NYPD is denying allegations that officers were forced to make a certain number of warrantless stops, and faced retaliation from superiors when they didn't.

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All Things Considered

While Pay Holds Steady For Most, Low-Wage Workers Get A Boost

Friday, April 03, 2015

Some big U.S. employers are giving their lowest-paid employees a raise. That's helped make low-wage workers one of the few segments of the workforce seeing an increase in pay.

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All Things Considered

California's Ongoing Drought Hits Water Recreation Businesses

Friday, April 03, 2015

California's ongoing drought isn't just hurting the pocketbooks of farmers. Rafting companies, ski areas and other businesses and towns that depend on water for recreation are also being hit hard.

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PRI's The World

A massive emerald from Brazil: Worth $900 million? Or nothing?

Friday, April 03, 2015

The 180,000-carat Bahia Emerald weighs 840 pounds and has been the subject of a court battle between a colorful crowd of gem traders, a real estate tycoon and the nation of Brazil. Is it even worth it?

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For U.S. Workers, The March Of Progress Slows Down

Friday, April 03, 2015

On Friday, economists were left scrambling to explain why last month's employment growth was just half as good as they expected. Many fingers pointed at the harsh weather, along with port disruptions.

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Marketplace

Marketplace: A Look At The New Oil World

Friday, April 03, 2015

Airing on Friday, April 3, 2015: The biggest loser of a Kentucky championship in the men’s NCAA tournament might just be the sportsbooks in Vegas. Gamblers have put a lot on Kentucky to win, including tens of thousands of dollars of bets made at 50-1 odds that the Wildcats would go undefeated. That means big liability for the house. On a day the stock markets are closed, we look at the gambling markets. We investigate. Plus, Labor Department figures released today show that employers added just 126,000 new jobs in March. Thousands of jobs in oil and gas extraction were lost as oil prices continued to fall. We recently visited the Bakken shale oil field in North Dakota, where employers and workers are feeling the pinch. Also, oil prices dipped today after news of a framework for an Iran agreement and eventual lifting of sanctions. But Iran oil won’t flow freely for a few years to come, most likely. We look ahead at what that new oil world, once again including Iran, might look like.  

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Mixed Reaction To Changes In States 'Religious Freedom' Bills

Friday, April 03, 2015

Revisions to the measures in Indiana and Arkansas were prompted by a loud backlash from opponents who said the laws were meant to condone discrimination against gays and lesbians.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Job Creation Slows in March

Friday, April 03, 2015

After months of robust job creation, the U.S. economy added just 126,000 jobs in March, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. That's the smallest gain in hiring since December 2013.

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If A Caller Says, 'I Am With The IRS,' He's Not

Friday, April 03, 2015

The IRS says if you are surprised to be getting a call from the agency, it's not them on the line. Don't fall for it! Scammers are trying to trick you into giving up personal information or cash.

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The Takeaway

Oklahoma Lawmakers Push to Ban Fracking Bans

Friday, April 03, 2015

Red state, small government? Think again. Oklahoma lawmakers are trying to pass measures that would ban cities and counties from restricting oil and gas drilling in their own backyards.

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Economy Adds A Disappointing 126,000 Jobs In March

Friday, April 03, 2015

The monthly numbers from the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics were well short of the 245,000 jobs economists had expected.

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Morning Edition

How The Price Of Oil Caused A Downturn In The Recycling Business

Friday, April 03, 2015

What is recyclable and what is trash? There is an economic line between the two, and it's a line that can move around a lot. Our Planet Money team explains why it's a tough time to be a recycler.

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