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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

Iceland Experiments With A Jubilee Of Debt Forgiveness

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A jubilee is an idea that dates back to Biblical times. The idea was that every 50 years or so there would be this moment where debts would be forgiven. The jubilee has not gotten a lot of traction in the modern world, but right now, Iceland is actually trying it.

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Weekly Innovation: A Smart Power Outlet That Can't Shock You

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Kids often hurt themselves when they put their fingers into electrical outlets, but the Brio Smart outlet prevents injury by using sensors to differentiate between human touch and an electric plug.

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The Takeaway

The Worst New Words of 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Every year, new words take off and old ones die. Some are preposterous. Some actually make sense. We walk through some of the big ones of 2014 with the Jargonator's Ben Schott.

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Marketplace

Derivatives, gas prices and Twitter

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Airing on Thursday Dec. 11, 2014: We explain everything you need to know about derivatives. Plus, Americans are saving a buck a gallon on gas these days. Where’s that extra money going? Finally, Instagram just passed Twitter in monthly users and announced yesterday that it plans to start cracking down harder on fake followers. 

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All Things Considered

Wellness At Work Often Comes With Strings Attached

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A group of CEOs wants the Obama administration to backtrack on efforts to regulate workplace wellness. The programs have ballooned in popularity, but there's little evidence they work.

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FT Big Read

Person of the Year 2014: Tim Cook

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Person of the Year 2014: Tim Cook

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HBR Ideacast

439: Communicate Better with Your Global Team

Thursday, December 11, 2014

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Community College Programs Can Lead To Big Payoffs — In The Right Fields

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A study tracking grads from Washington state's schools found those who completed programs longer than a year had more pay and steadier work — especially in health care, technology and skilled labor.

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Morning Edition

Problems With Your Boss? Try A Chat With The Office Chaplain.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Chaplains have long been present on college campuses and in the military but increasingly they can also can be found in the workplace, specially trained to help employees offload office frustrations.

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Morning Edition

Should Homeowners With Solar Panels Pay To Maintain Electrical Grid?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Utilities say consumers who put solar panels on their roofs should help pay to maintain the lines that carry the power they sell back into the system. Panel leasing firms say that's anti-competitive.

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WNYC News

No Smooth Sailing at Meeting on Seaport

Thursday, December 11, 2014

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Special Landmarks Committee of Manhattan Communtiy Board 1 draws contentious, overflowing crowd.

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Morning Edition

Here's Why Retailers Keep Sending You Catalogs

Thursday, December 11, 2014

While other things made with paper have become obsolete, Americans received nearly 12 billion catalogs in the mail last year — and they love them, says one business consultant.

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Morning Edition

'People Are Going To Rebel': Slow Pace Of Rebuilding Frustrates Gazans

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Three months after the war between Israel and Hamas ended, reconstruction has barely started. Many people still live in half-bombed houses. But there are a few bright spots and a bit of innovation.

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Morning Edition

Women's Work Is Never Done On The Farm, And Sometimes Never Counted

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The percentage of female farmers is climbing — slowly, according to federal figures. But those numbers don't take into account the many new roles women are filling on multigenerational family farms.

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Freakonomics Radio

The Troubled Cremation of Stevie the Cat (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

We spend billions on our pets, and one of the fastest-growing costs is pet "aftercare." But are those cremated remains you got back really from your pet?

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All Things Considered

More Drinking, Less Buzz: Session Beers Gain Fans

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Light beer doesn't have to mean less flavor. A growing trend is offering another option. Session beers emphasize craft-beer taste with alcohol as low as or lower than big-brand light beers.

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Stocks Are Battered As Oil Hits Another 5-Year Low

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Oil prices have fallen 40 percent over the past six months. OPEC, which is holding production levels steady, said today it expected lower global demand for oil next year.

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All Things Considered

Detroit's Outgoing Emergency Manager Is Leaving City In Better Shape

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Robert Siegel talks with Detroit's outgoing Emergency Financial manager Kevyn Orr on Detroit bouncing back from bankruptcy, what his legacy will be looking back, and what's next for him.

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Uber's Troubles Mount Even As Its Value Grows

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The attorneys general of San Francisco and Los Angeles counties are accusing the ride-sharing service of misrepresenting its background checks on drivers. It comes amid a rash of bad news for Uber.

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WNYC News

Pension Boards Sue Christie

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Board members want the governor to pay the nearly $2.5 billion he cut from the state's pension payment.

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