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Money Talking

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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All Things Considered

Programs Target Poverty In Obama's 5 'Promise Zones'

Sunday, July 06, 2014

The idea is to basically carpet-bomb specific urban neighborhoods and rural areas with programs like after-school classes, GED courses and job training, with the goal of turning those areas around.

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It's A Nice Day For A Flash Wedding

Sunday, July 06, 2014

In these pop-up weddings, locations are never booked, planning is minimal and fingers are crossed that you don't get asked to leave before you finish the ceremony.

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To Sign Or Not To Sign: Artists Big And Small Face The Label Question

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Land a deal with a label or put out records on your own: Both options carry big risks. For musicians today there's a middle ground, but getting your songs in front of people will still cost you.

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Tech Week: The Facebook Fail, Internet 2025 And Fondue Footwear

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Sheryl Sandberg apologizes for Facebook's "poorly communicated" secret user-testing, Reading Rainbow sets a Kickstarter record, plus more headlines in this week's tech news roundup.

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Marketplace

07-03-2014- Marketplace - Fireworks and Beer

Friday, July 04, 2014

Ready to watch some fireworks this Independence Day? Even if they're banned in your neighborhood, you'll probably still see and hear a few. According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, most states have restrictions on large types of firework. So how come there are still so many things that go bang in the night? Youth Radio takes us into the black market of fireworks. And, July 4th is one of the top weekends for American beer brands. But as Marketplace's Mitchell Hartman reports shifting habits among beer drinkers may mean that won't be true for too much longer. Also, in the next installment of the series "I've always wondered", Golda Arthur looks into what it's like to be a day trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

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Ex-Editor Gets 18 Months In U.K. Phone Hacking Case

Friday, July 04, 2014

Andy Coulson, the former editor of the now defunct News of the World, was found guilty last week of conspiracy to hack personal voicemails.

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Morning Edition

2010 World Cup Helped South Africa Attract Latin American Tourists

Friday, July 04, 2014

Brazil's World Cup soccer stadiums and hotels are packed. But events like that don't pay for themselves. South Africa hosted the last World Cup and the country wasn't left entirely empty handed.

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Morning Edition

It's Going To Cost More To Have A Burger This July 4

Friday, July 04, 2014

"For most people, this is going to be the most expensive hamburger they've eaten in their life," says economic analyst Joe Deaux of the street.com. Prices are soaring because of the on-going drought.

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Morning Edition

BMW Announces Plan To Build First Mexican Factory

Friday, July 04, 2014

BMW says the plant will employ about 1,500 people and will produce up to 150,000 cars a year. BMW's only other North American factory is in Spartanburg, S.C.

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Morning Edition

Fastest Growing U.S. City Faces Housing Shortage

Friday, July 04, 2014

Census data show San Marcos, Texas, is the U.S.'s fastest growing city. Students make up many of the 10,000 people who've moved there since 2010, pushing the population from 45,000 to over 54,000.

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Morning Edition

Facebook Apologizes For Manipulation; Data Research Likely To Go On

Friday, July 04, 2014

A mood study that Facebook conducted on unwitting users has been criticized. Data science plays an integral role at Facebook — for bottom line reasons, and in collaboration with academic researchers.

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Money Talking

Coming Attractions: Future Innovations to Spur Economic Growth

Friday, July 04, 2014

From the "Internet of Things" to drone deliveries to cell phone batteries that lasts longer.

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Authors Take Opposite Sides On Hachette, Amazon Spat

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Bestsellers published by traditional means accused Amazon of "unfair pricing." Self-published authors penned a stinging critique of traditional publishing.

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SunTrust Settles In Probe Into Mishandled Home Loan Modifications

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The bank's mortgage-lending arm agreed to pay up to $320 million to resolve allegations that it bungled applications for the federal Home Affordable Modification Program.

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Marketplace

07-03-2014- Marketplace- Figures It Out

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The latest jobs figures from the Department of Labor show the unemployment rate fell to 6.1 percent last month. That's the lowest since 2008, when the Great Recession kicked in. We explore how the jobs landscape has changed since then and what people are saying about having - or not having - a job. Plus, President Obama says immigration reform, if passed, could lead to $1.4 trillion in additional growth – we unpack, fact-check and explain this figure.

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All Things Considered

In A Battle For Web Traffic, Bad Bots Are Going After Grandma

Thursday, July 03, 2014

"Bad" Web bots are going after everyone they can, but why? Because by hijacking Grandma's computer, they make it look as if she visits a site often, thus making the site more valuable to advertisers.

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Jobs Numbers Buoy Dow Above 17,000 For The First Time

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The Dow rallied on better-than-expected news from the jobs market. The S&P also closed higher, continuing its positive run.

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All Things Considered

Export-Import Controversy Gives Rise To A Tale Of Two Washingtons

Thursday, July 03, 2014

While a debate rages over the future of the Export-Import Bank in Washington, D.C., the bank's potential demise has drawn warnings from the other Washington — Washington state. Ashley Gross of KPLU reports that businesses, labor unions and politicians are raising alarm bells about potentially severe consequences.

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Hiring Looks Good Now, But Wage Growth Lags

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The improving labor market in June did not translate into significant pay hikes. Wages were just 2 percent higher compared with a year ago. Consumer prices have been rising at a 2.1 percent rate.

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Federal Highway Program Could Run Out Of Money Next Month

Thursday, July 03, 2014

The Highway Trust Fund has been short billions for years. Without more money, the White House says construction delays will put people out of work, but Congress can't agree on a fix.

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