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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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Obama's Next Big Campaign: Selling Health Care To The Public

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

President Obama often tells audiences that he has waged his last campaign. But that's not exactly true. The White House is gearing up for a massive push this summer to get uninsured people to buy health care when sign-ups begin Oct. 1.

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How Code For America's Apps Benefit Kansas City

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Code for America, a new nonprofit out of San Francisco, is building apps to make cities work better for citizens. One of its apps often cuts down the normal time it would take to find something — for example, property research in the treasurer's office.

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Okla. Real Estate: Priced To Sell, Includes Storm Shelter

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

After last week's deadly tornado in Moore, Okla,, hundreds of homes were damaged. Maurice Smith is optimistic about the future in Moore. So much so, he is planning to build a new home and sell the old one without an agent. And he expects it will be snapped up quickly. The reason? Displaced residents are looking for homes, and his has a storm shelter.

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Bausch + Lomb Sold; Investors Seek To Buy Club Med

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Valeant Pharmaceuticals says it will pay $8.7 billion to buy Bausch + Lomb, one of the world's best-known makers of contact lenses. And Club Med has received a $700 million buyout offer from Chinese investors.

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New Columbia Institute to Tackle Big Data

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

As data sets grow larger and more complex in the digital age, Columbia University is forming an institute to train the next generation of technologists — a group you might call "big data crunchers."

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New Tech City: Tech Studies at NYC Universities

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Three New York universities are launching new tech-based programs designed to study, analyze and find solutions to real-world problems. 

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How Silicon Valley Glommed On To Politics

Monday, May 27, 2013

Robert Siegel talks to George Packer about his recent New Yorker article on Silicon Valley and its foray into the realm of politics.

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A Hungarian Cherry Tree's Long Trek To Michigan

Monday, May 27, 2013

Hungary loves its sour cherries the way some countries love their wines. And after World War II, Hungarian scientists scoured the country to find the tree with the tastiest fruit. Thanks to a passionate scientist, this tree, the Balaton, made its way stateside.

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Hulu's Future Depends On Which Company Buys It

Monday, May 27, 2013

Multiple companies — from Time Warner Cable to Yahoo — are said to be interested in acquiring Hulu. The site streams TV shows and movies online. Some shows on Hulu are free, but paid subscribers get access to more programming.

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Post Sandy: Jersey Shore Celebrates Memorial Day Holiday

Monday, May 27, 2013

As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has repeatedly promised, most of the beaches and boardwalks are open for tourists. But that's not to say that all is back to normal. Many towns and homeowners are still in the throws of rebuilding, and some are just beginning the demolition phase.

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Higher Beef Prices Kick Off Holiday Weekend

Monday, May 27, 2013

Wholesale prices for choice-grade beef hit an all-time high last week — up to $2.11 a pound before dropping back a bit. The high prices are blamed on the continued drought in many cattle-producing states.

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Apple-1 Computer Sale Tops Previous Auction Price

Monday, May 27, 2013

Electrical engineer Fred Hatfield bought an Apple-1 computer in 1976, one of Apple's first computers. At an auction in Germany over the weekend, it sold for $671,400. This sale topped the winning bid for an Apple-1 sold last November in Germany.

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Twinkies' Return Is Mostly Sweet News For Kansas Town

Monday, May 27, 2013

Emporia, Kan., was hit pretty hard when the Hostess snack cake plant shut down last year. The company that bought Hostess' business is going to fire its ovens back up, but there will be half as many jobs and they will be nonunion. Still, the news sparked an ecstatic response in this beleaguered town.

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Garment Industry Follows Threads Of Immigration Overhaul

Monday, May 27, 2013

One industry official says a path to citizenship would improve conditions in the industry, which relies heavily on immigrant labor.

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Food Entrepreneur Is A New Breed Of Afghan Business Owner

Monday, May 27, 2013

Morning Edition has been reporting on young Afghans helping to shape their country's future after the withdrawal of international combat troops in 2014. Shilla Qiyam, 27, is making her way in business despite her family's disapproval.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Clive Davis on 5 Decades in Music

Monday, May 27, 2013

Clive Davis talks about shaping the last 50 years of popular music. He has discovered, signed, or worked with Whitney Houston, Janis Joplin, Simon and Garfunkel, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, Dionne Warwick, Carlos Santana, The Grateful Dead, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Aretha Franklin, to name a few. The Soundtrack of My Life tells his story—of becoming an orphan in high school and getting through college and law school on scholarships, to being falsely accused of embezzlement and starting up his own record company, J Records. 

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Why Things Catch On

Monday, May 27, 2013

Wharton marketing professor Jonah Berger explains why people talk about certain products and ideas more than others, what makes online content go viral, ad what makes some stories and rumors catch on. In Contagious: Why Things Catch On, Berger reveals the secret science behind word-of-mouth and explains how social influence shapes everything from the cars we buy to the clothes we wear to the names we give our children.  

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Apple-1 Computer Fetches $671,000 At Auction

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Electrical engineer Fred Hatfield was one of the first to purchase an Apple-1 in 1976, one of Apple's first computers. His relationship with that computer was an interesting one, and involves one bold interaction with Steve Jobs himself.

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Hedge Fund Manager Apologizes For Comments On Female Traders

Friday, May 24, 2013

Billionaire Paul Tudor Jones says he's sorry for his comments at a university symposium that motherhood causes women to lose the focus needed to be good traders.

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LA Bluejeans Makers Fear Their Business Will Fade Away

Friday, May 24, 2013

Los Angeles is home to a large slice of the world's bluejeans trade. But as the U.S. apparel industry continues to shrink, the city's high-end bluejeans business faces a threat. The European Union has imposed a nearly 40 percent tariff, which could cripple the city's jean business.

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