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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

Government Sells Last Major Stake In A Bank Post-Financial Crisis

Friday, December 19, 2014

The government has sold its stake in Ally Financial, the last major bank that was involved in the TARP bailout program.

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All Things Considered

New Cuba Relationship Could Be A Boon For American Farmers

Friday, December 19, 2014

Two-thirds of the food Cubans eat is imported — but the reestablishment of ties with the U.S. could open opportunities for American farmers.

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Apple Responds To BBC On Conditions At Asian iPhone Suppliers

Friday, December 19, 2014

Jeff Williams, the tech giant's vice president for operations, told British-based employees that Apple has done more than any other company to ensure fair and safe working conditions.

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Marketplace

Marketplace: North Korea and college ratings

Friday, December 19, 2014

Airing on Friday December 19, 2014: The U.S. has promised a "proportional" response to North Korea over the "state sponsored" Sony hack. What might that look like? Plus, after a couple years in the making, the framework for a government college ratings system is out. We look at how hard it is to create a bang-for-your-buck ratings system for American colleges and universities.  

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Instagram Is Now Valued At $35 Billion By Citigroup Analysts

Friday, December 19, 2014

Less than three years ago, Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 billion. The photo-sharing service is said to have more than 300 million users.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Christmas Culture; (Male) Managers; Poet Claudia Rankine

Friday, December 19, 2014

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: the cultural histories of Santa and Christmas; how to be a better (male) manager; and poet Claudia Rankine.
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HBR Ideacast

441: The Condensed January-February 2015 Issue

Friday, December 19, 2014

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Obama Says Sony Should Not Have Pulled Film Over Threats

Friday, December 19, 2014

"That's not what America's about," the president said in a news conference, calling the cancellation of The Interview's release a "mistake." The FBI has accused North Korea of being behind the attack.

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3 Business Best-Sellers Show Inequality Is Now The Hot Topic

Friday, December 19, 2014

Many business books try to help you get rich quick. But three of 2014's biggest sellers focused on unfairness and inequality. Economists say expect more: Books on inequality are riding a huge wave.

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Morning Edition

Tourism Industry Gears Up For Lifting Of Cuban Travel Ban

Friday, December 19, 2014

Obama says normalizing ties with Cuba will eventually mean relaxing rules on travel to Cuba. It may take some time for the new rules to take effect but travel agents are already getting phone calls.

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Morning Edition

When Nonprofit Hospitals Sue Their Poorest Patients

Friday, December 19, 2014

In exchange for tax breaks, nonprofit hospitals provide assistance to poor patients. But some hospitals seize wages from poor patients with unpaid bills — even those who qualify for reduced-cost care.

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Morning Edition

U.S. Authorities Investigate, Sony Reels From Computer Hack

Friday, December 19, 2014

The White House has stopped short of naming North Korea as the aggressor in the cyberattack against Sony Pictures. That hack resulted in the cancellation of the film The Interview.

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Morning Edition

For An Island Trapped In The '50s, An Instant Digital Revolution

Friday, December 19, 2014

Cuba is one of the least connected countries on Earth, with 5 percent of residents online. But it could become the Caribbean's largest market if the Castros open the nation up to the Internet.

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Money Talking

Back to the Future – Cold War Style

Friday, December 19, 2014

If you miss nuclear standoffs and assassination plots, this was your week. A cast of Cold War foes dominated the news cycle. And now the U.S. needs to figure out what's at stake. 

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When Working In Mixed Groups, Staying PC Boosts Productivity

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Research shows that setting clear guidelines for how women and men interact removes uncertainty and makes it easier to exchange ideas. It's unnecessary clutter in single-gender groups, however.

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WNYC News

NY Outlines New Medical Marijuana Regulations

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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Twenty dispensaries around the statewide will have prices controlled by Albany.

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All Things Considered

Opportunity, Caution Seen For U.S. Banks As Cuba Rules Ease

Thursday, December 18, 2014

President Obama eased restrictions on Cuba this week, including a relaxation of rules barring U.S. banks from doing business there. But banks are awaiting details and are likely to proceed cautiously.

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All Things Considered

Risky Comedies Could Be In Jeopardy After 'Interview' Is Pulled

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Audie Cornish talks with John Horn of KPCC's The Frame, about what Sony's decision to cancel The Interview means for Hollywood, freedom of speech and future artistic expression.

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All Things Considered

No Fracking In New York? That's OK With Pennsylvania

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Environmental groups cheered New York's decision to ban the practice, and some in the industry say when it comes to good-paying jobs, New York's loss is Pennsylvania's gain.

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HBR Ideacast

440: What Makes Teams Smart (or Dumb)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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