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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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Big Bucks From Strawberry Genes Lead To Conflict At UC Davis

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The strawberry breeding program at the University of California, Davis, is a big money-earner. It's created a unique hybrid of the public and private breeding sector, and that's led to conflict.

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All Things Considered

Florida County Goes To Court Over 'Acid Fracking' Near Everglades

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Acid has long been used in oil drilling in Florida, but Collier County officials say the state has been lax in its oversight of a new process that involves injecting acid underground under pressure.

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Marketplace

07-02-2014- Marketplace- Education-Tech Dollars

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Target is following other national chains in asking gun owners not to bring their guns shopping, including states where open-carry is legal. Target has been a target of both open-carry demonstrators in Texas, and anti-gun groups protesting people carrying rifles into Target stores, where 80 percent of the shoppers are women and children. We look at the cost to retailers following in Wyatt Earp’s footsteps. Plus, LAUSD is backing away from its iPad for every kid policy and is opening up its classrooms to several other devices made by Google, Microsoft, etc. With hundreds of millions of education-tech dollars being spent by school districts, what does LA’s move  mean for the competition to own the classroom, here and elsewhere. Also, Apple bought Beats, then Amazon added music to its Prime service, and now Google is buying the music streaming site Songza, which selects songs for users based on their activities and the time of day. It's been a busy few weeks for music streaming— already a crowded space. Why does everyone want to be in the music business? Or is it less about being in the music business and more about being in the everything business? We investigate.

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All Things Considered

It's The Year Of The Recall, And It Finds GM Busy

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The auto industry is enduring a year of recalls. General Motors alone has recalled more than 25 million vehicles in the U.S. so far in 2014, and other automakers are also picking up the pace of their vehicle recalls.

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All Things Considered

The Company Where Everyone Knows Everyone Else's Salary

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

When salaries are transparent, it changes the dynamic between workers and the boss — and among workers themselves.

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Facebook's Sandberg Apologizes For Newsfeed Experiment

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Facebook scientists were criticized for a study that manipulated what some Facebook users saw on their feeds. COO Sheryl Sandberg said they didn't mean to upset users.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Reality of Reality Television

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Why the New York City Council is considering promoting a code of standards of the industry, and why she think that’s so important.

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PRI's The World

Many hated how Facebook manipulated personal emotions. The one group that didn't? Dictators

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Many Facebook users were upset the company experimented on the emotional states of 689,000 users without their consent. For dictators, this just gave them more fodder to convince the public Facebook is evil.

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This Week's Innovation: Slippers That Fit Like A Second Skin

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

A concept of perfectly fitting footwear inspired by cheese fondue, these slippers would be made by you, for you.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

We're Up To Our Gills In Imported Seafood - And That's Not Good

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Why Americans stopped eating local seafood, and why it’s a problem.

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Unions Fear High Court's Ruling Opens Door To More Trouble

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

In a major labor law decision, the Supreme Court stopped short of preventing public employee unions from collecting compulsory dues. But some justices might be willing to take that step soon.

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'Frobot' Creator: Taking Frozen Yogurt Where It's Never Been Before

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Is frozen yogurt a weak link in our quest for sustenance and gastronomic pleasure? A Washington, D.C., startup thinks so, and has just launched a frozen yogurt vending machine to make fro-yo easier.

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Book News: Amazon Defends Negotiating Tactics In Hachette Fight

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Also: The bench in Amsterdam where the main characters sit in the film adaptation of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars is missing; a new poem by Joel Brouwer.

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Morning Edition

Despite Recalls, GM Sales Jump By 1 Percent

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

According to the AP, June was a good month overall for automakers — with over 1 million cars sold. Analysts told the AP that the recalls themselves could have been what caused the surge in sales.

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Morning Edition

T-Mobile Accused Of Billing Customers With Bogus Fees

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The Federal Trade Commission says the illegal charges were for premium services customers didn't order. T-Mobile says the suit is unfounded, and that it stopped billing for the services last year.

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Morning Edition

Number Of U.S. Breweries Is On The Rise

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Between 2007 and 2012, Census Bureau data show the number of breweries in the U.S. more than doubled to 869. And shipments from those breweries went up almost 34 percent.

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Morning Edition

Reliance On Systems At P&G Could Help VA Nominee McDonald

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

David Greene talks to Jennifer Reingold of Fortune magazine about what Robert McDonald can bring to the Department of Veterans Affairs. McDonald needs to win Senate confirmation.

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Morning Edition

A 'Lost Generation Of Workers': The Cost Of Youth Unemployment

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Youth joblessness remains remarkably high across the country, threatening long-term trouble for young people's career trajectories, earning potential and the overall health of the economy.

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Morning Edition

For Sale: Vacant Lots On Chicago Blocks, Just $1 Each

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Empty lots have multiplied in parts of Chicago in recent years, so the city is selling them to homeowners dirt cheap. It's an effort to spark renewal in some of the city's most blighted areas.

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Morning Edition

Targeting Overweight Workers With Wellness Programs Can Backfire

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Companies say it pays to invest in employee health — productivity climbs and many costs of health care drop. But preserving worker privacy while encouraging fitness can be tricky.

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