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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

How Texas Ranchers Try To Clinch The Perfect Rib-Eye

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The rib-eye is the bestselling cut of beef in America both at the supermarket and the steakhouse. Once a year, breeders bring their stock into the barn to take a peek at the steak using ultrasound.

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All Things Considered

Couples Counseling Catches On With Tech Co-Founders

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Friction between close business partners is the reason many startups fail. But increasingly in Silicon Valley, co-founders of companies are turning to therapists before things go south.

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Rubio Takes Up Koch Brothers Charge On Export-Import Bank

Thursday, April 23, 2015

"We're not some sort of developing country," Rubio said Thursday, opposing reauthorization of the agency that helps finance American companies overseas. "We're a developed financial sector."

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HBR Ideacast

461: Brian Grazer on the Power of Curiosity

Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Germany's Largest Bank Fined $2.5 Billion In Rate-Fixing Scandal

Thursday, April 23, 2015

At least 29 employees of Deutsche Bank are thought to have participated in manipulating the LIBOR benchmark interest rate from 2005-2009. The lender also pleaded guilty to U.S. criminal charges.

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The Takeaway

When Sexual Harassment is Part of The Job

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Brittany Bronson, a writer, teacher, and cocktail waitress at a Las Vegas casino, says that every shift involves a compromise between her gender politics and her daily wages.

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More Whistleblowers Say Health Plans Are Gouging Medicare

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Federal authorities are investigating claims that some Medicare Advantage health plans have overcharged the government for years by claiming that patients are sicker than they are.

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Morning Edition

CDC: Blue Bell Listeria Outbreak Started In 2010

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Texas ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries has recalled all its products over Listeria concerns. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak has been going on for five years.

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Morning Edition

How A Swiss Cheese Cartel Made Fondue Popular

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The popularity of fondue wasn't an accident. It was planned by a shadowy association of Swiss cheese makers. A cheese cartel basically ruled the Swiss economy for 80 years, until fairly recently.

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Morning Edition

Oklahomans Feel Way More Earthquakes Than Californians; Now They Know Why

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey issues a report Thursday on quakes linked to oil and gas drilling, but Oklahoma has said that the industry's wastewater disposal is the cause. What's unknown is a solution.

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Morning Edition

Fruit Growers Try Tricking Mother Nature To Prevent Crop Damage

Thursday, April 23, 2015

In Michigan's orchard country, extreme heat and cold can mean disaster for fruit growers. Now some are using a new twist on old technology to fool trees when sudden, unexpected weather changes occur.

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Morning Edition

Some Companies Fight Pay Gap By Eliminating Salary Negotiations

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Women are often less assertive when it comes to negotiating salaries and raises. Some firms are trying to neutralize the disparity by refusing to negotiate salaries. But will that hurt recruitment?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

OneNYC; the Quest for Cool & Jim Kaat

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The city's new environmental plan; changes to the way summons are issued in the city; strangers policing parents; the quest for cool and former Yankees pitcher and broadcaster Jim Kaat.

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Kentucky Bourbon, The Music of Protest, and Sexual Harassment

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Takeaway looks at a massive bourbon heist, Sri Lankan-American musician Bhi Bhiman drops by, and we look at sexual harassment in the restaurant industry.

FT Big Read

Shrink and simplify

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Martin Arnold and Patrick Jenkins examine whether HSBC's new strategy can revitalise Europe's biggest bank, a wounded giant under attack from regulators, politicians and investors

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New Orleans Bans Smoking In Bars, Restaurants

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Lighting up in casinos is off-limits, too. The smoking ban stems from a law passed earlier this year.

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Marketplace

04-22-2015 - Marketplace - Cyber Security

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Airing on Wednesday, April 22, 2015: After years of trying, Congress is getting close to passing a big cybersecurity bill. Business interests and privacy advocates finally have the common ground to get behind a single piece of legislation. The reason? Hacks are becoming much, much bigger and much, much more common. We look at how they managed to find common ground. Next, Verizon has unveiled a new basic TV package for $54.99 a month, prompting objections from major content providers like ESPN. The cable industry has been disrupted as pay-TV distributors, such as Verizon, respond to pressure from “cord-cutter” consumers, who are demanding these “skinny programming packages”. But media companies like Disney are fighting to protect their most lucrative source of revenue – programming fees.  We consider whether the content providers or the distributors have the upper hand in this battle and how it’s it likely to shake out. 

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All Things Considered

Comcast, Time Warner Push For Merger Approval Amid Opposition

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Company officials met with regulators who are considering whether to back the proposed $45 billion merger. A group of senators say the deal should be rejected, calling it anti-competitive.

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Closing Arguments Begin In AIG Bailout Case

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Closing arguments begin Wednesday in the American International Group bailout case. AIG shareholders claim the government overstepped its authority when it seized the company in a financial rescue.

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All Things Considered

Actors' Equity Implements $9 Minimum Wage For LA's Small Theaters

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Less than a week after union members in LA overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to make small theaters pay their performers minimum wage, Actors' Equity decided to go ahead and implement it anyway. Many say the move could force many 99-seat theaters in LA to close.

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