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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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All Things Considered

People's Republic Of Uber: Making Friends, Chauffeuring People In China

Monday, May 04, 2015

Uber is becoming more popular in China, but many drivers say they don't do it for the money. They say they like the human connection and the freedom.

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A For-Profit School Startup Where Kids Are Beta Testers

Monday, May 04, 2015

AltSchool's innovative for-profit schools are based on intensive technical innovation. The startup has attracted more than $100 million from high-profile backers, including Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.

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McDonald's CEO Promises 'Modern, Progressive Burger Company'

Monday, May 04, 2015

"The reality is, our recent performance has been poor," McDonald's President and CEO Steve Easterbrook said in a video released Monday.

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Morning Edition

Dixie's Tupperware Party Is Not Your Grandma's Tupperware Party

Monday, May 04, 2015

A Tupperware party in Fort Worth, Texas, drew quite a crowd the other day: 250 people. This wasn't your average Tupperware party — it was part improv, part satire and part drag show.

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Morning Edition

Where Poor Kids Grow Up Makes A Huge Difference

Monday, May 04, 2015

Poor kids who moved to neighborhoods with less poverty did much better than those who didn't move.

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All Things Considered

Casinos Trading Slot Machines For Games Requiring Skill

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Some casinos are trying to attract players by switching out games based on luck for games relying on skill. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on April 29, 2015.

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Stars Of TLC's 'Curvy Brides': All Curves Are Beautiful

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Sisters Yukia Walker and Yuneisia Harris, owners of Curvaceous Couture bridal boutique, are stepping into the spotlight with a new reality show.

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Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!

Not My Job: Designer Jonathan Adler Gets Quizzed On New Coke

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Thirty years ago the Coca Cola company introduced New Coke, which is legendary as both the most disastrous, and most successful product launches of all time.

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For Advertisers, Baby Boomers Are A Market Hiding In Plain Sight

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Baby boomers account for about half of all consumer spending, yet only 10 percent of marketing dollars are aimed their way. Correspondent Ina Jaffe talks advertising strategy with NPR's Scott Simon.

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Marketplace

05-01-15 - Marketplace - The business of podcasting

Friday, May 01, 2015

Airing on Friday, May 1, 2015: Marketplaces collaborates with FiveThirtyEight to look at the world of podcast advertising. Turns out that the majority of ads in today's podcasts are from mid-sized companies that sell online. Next: Tesla unveiled the Powerwall — a big battery for your home — on Thursday in California. The battery will operate by using energy that comes from your roof's solar panels. 

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All Things Considered

Transportation Officials Announce Tough Standards For Railcars Carrying Oil

Friday, May 01, 2015

U.S. and Canadian transportation officials announced Friday new, tougher standards for tank cars that haul explosive crude oil. But some safety advocates say the regulations don't do enough to protect those who live near railways from potentially deadly derailments.

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All Things Considered

The Annual Shareholders' Meeting Will Now Come To Order Online

Friday, May 01, 2015

The tradition of the annual meeting is gradually changing. Some firms have replaced the face-to-face meeting with a virtual one. But some investors still want to look the CEO in the eye.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Unveils Home Battery; Is $3,000 Cheap Enough?

Friday, May 01, 2015

With a sleek surface and a depth of only about 7 inches, the Powerwall can be mounted on a garage wall or another surface, indoors or outside.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bringing Food Trucks into the Open

Friday, May 01, 2015

The number of mobile food permits in NYC was capped years ago, so getting permits requires a shadowy system. WNYC's Ilya Marritz and two industry players talk about reforming the system.

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What's Inside A 'Derby Pie'? Maybe A Lawsuit Waiting To Happen

Friday, May 01, 2015

Around Louisville, "derby pie" is de rigueur fare for the Kentucky Derby. But the pie's creators are real sticklers about what can be called a "derby pie" — and they're not afraid to sue over it.

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Brand-Name Medicines Dominate Medicare's $103 Billion Drug Bill

Friday, May 01, 2015

Federal officials released prescription histories of hundreds of thousands of doctors and identified the most common and costly drugs. Medicare spent the most on a purple pill for heartburn.

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FT Big Read

Embracing change

Friday, May 01, 2015

Embracing change

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Morning Edition

Electric Carmaker Tesla To Sell Batteries Designed To Power Homes

Friday, May 01, 2015

Tesla is building the biggest battery factory in the world. It hopes to drive battery prices down so far that lithium ion batteries are no longer just for laptops, phones or cars.

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Morning Edition

Bottom Drops Out Of Syria's Currency Causing Economic Hardship

Friday, May 01, 2015

In the past, Iran has helped out with credit lines. But now, an Iranian official has instead encouraged the Syrians to "develop a resistance economy" like Iran's sanctions-strapped fiscal management.

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WNYC News

Stricter Rules Fail to Dent Black Market for Vendor Permits

Friday, May 01, 2015

There’s a shadowy backstory to kimchi tacos and falafel platters served out of food trucks. Many vendors pay high prices to “rent” other people’s permits on the black market.

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