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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

Sony Cancels Theatrical Release Of 'The Interview'

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sony Pictures decided to cancel the release after several big theater chains opted to drop the movie from their line up. The Interview is a comedy centered on a plot to kill the leader of North Korea.

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All Things Considered

Japan's Butter Shortage Whips Its Cake Makers Into A Frenzy

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

For the Japanese, Christmastime means sponge cake. But a nationwide butter shortage has led to mandatory butter rationing, forcing cake bakers to seek out substitutes.

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All Things Considered

Fed: Interest Rates Could Rise As Early As May 2015

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

After a two-day meeting, Federal Reserve policymakers say they will be "patient" before starting to raise interest rates from historically low levels.

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WNYC News

US Travel Industry Carefully Eyeing Cuban Tourism

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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American hotel and airline franchises are already eyeing the Cuban tourism industry after President Obama announced his intention to relax the embargo.

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All Things Considered

Major Movie Theater Chains Drop 'The Interview' After Threats

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Audie Cornish talks with LA Times Hollywood Editor Joe Bel Bruno about the latest surrounding hacker threats to Sony and theaters showing the film, The Interview.

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All Things Considered

Studios Hope Holiday Family Movies Will Grab Slice Of Shrinking Box Office

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

So far Disney's Big Hero 6 is a winner and DreamWorks' Penguins of Madagascar is not. Studios look closely at opening weekend. In December, Night at the Museum 3 will compete with Annie, just before Into The Woods enters the race on Christmas Day.

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All Things Considered

We're Down To 5 Northern White Rhinos: Is It Too Late For Babies?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

With the death of a northern white rhino in San Diego's zoo this week, researchers are working to see whether they can save the species. They'd better hurry — only five remain.

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Sony Cancels Christmas Day Release Of 'The Interview' Amid Threats

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The move follows the decision by major U.S. theater chains not to screen the comedy that centers on a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader.

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Marketplace

Marketplace: The Interview and law school

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Airing on Wednesday Dec. 17, 2014: Our take on the latest updates from the Sony hacks. Plus, law school enrollment is way down. We look at how that's related to the cost-cutting going on in the practice of law.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Creditors Worry as Oil Prices Dive

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Most Americans are thrilled to pay less at the pump. But the truth is that declining oil prices could post serious problems for the U.S. economy.

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Morning Edition

Hacking Of Sony's Computers Creates Much Drama

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Following a hack of computers, Sony canceled some press for The Interview, a film the hackers claim motivated them to commit their crimes. The fallout includes a class action lawsuit.

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Morning Edition

Is Russia's Currency On Its Way To Collapse?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Russian ruble hit new lows on Tuesday despite efforts by the country's central bank to stop the selling. The currency lost 11 percent of its value.

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Morning Edition

Fed Officials May Be Closer To Raising Interest Rates

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Federal Reserve is expected to drop the phrase that says it will keep interest rates low for "a considerable time." Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution

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Morning Edition

Ruble's Drop Has Implications For Global Economy

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been conspicuously silent since the ruble's plunge. Renee Montagne talks to Russian business journalist Kirill Belyaninov about why the ruble is in freefall.

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Morning Edition

Obama Expected To Impose New Sanctions On Russia

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Aides say Obama will sign a bill authorizing new economic sanctions against Russia in retaliation for its ongoing interference in Ukraine. Russia's economy is reeling from earlier western sanctions.

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Morning Edition

For Crop-Duster Pilots, Wind Towers Present Danger

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Short, unlit towers are used to prospect for new wind farms. But the structures pose a threat to crop-duster pilots. Transportation officials are urging better markings and other safety improvements.

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Senate OKs Judicial Nominees, Tax Extensions Before Republican Takeover

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lawmakers in the Senate approved an extension of tax breaks and confirmed 12 more judicial nominees, but a terrorism insurance bill didn't survive the night.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Oil Companies Want to Sell Their Vast Fossil Fuel Reserves, Which Could Trigger A Climate Change Tipping Point

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Environmentalist contend that if the vast fossil-fuel reserves owned by big oil companies are sold and used up, the planet’s temperature could rise beyond its tipping point. 

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WNYC News

Risky Securities Coming Due; Tenants Could Be At Risk

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

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Some of the riskiest securities start to come due in 2015. That could put tenants at risk if buildings aren't maintained.

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All Things Considered

On Nebraska's Farmland, Keystone XL Pipeline Debate Is Personal

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The pipeline's fate looms large in Washington. But for people living in Keystone XL's proposed path, the project will alter livelihoods and legacies — for better or worse, depending on whom you ask.

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