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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

GOP Leaders: Gas Tax Hike Could Fuel Fixes To Bad Roads And Bridges

Monday, December 08, 2014

Several states, including those led by Republicans, aren't waiting for Congress to shore up the federal highway trust fund and help pay for repairing worn out infrastructure.

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All Things Considered

Big Mac Whacked: McDonald's U.S. Sales Continue To Slide

Monday, December 08, 2014

McDonald's is not loving its financial numbers. The fast-food chain reported that same-store sales in the U.S. tumbled 4.6 percent in November compared with a year ago, continuing a downward trend.

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Marketplace

Antibiotics, Cosmo and the dollar

Monday, December 08, 2014

Airing on Monday Dec. 8, 2014: Are big drug companies finally being persuaded to research new antibiotics as opposed to more profitable drugs for cancer and chronic conditions? Plus, Cosmopolitan and CoverGirl just announced their joint sponsorship of New York Time Square’s New Year’s Eve celebrations for 2015. Finally, the dollar is up. Which is great, isn’t it? Well, maybe not if you’re an emerging economy.  

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How Afghanistan Vets Are Trying To Cultivate Peace Through Saffron

Monday, December 08, 2014

Afghanistan has an ideal climate for growing saffron, the most expensive spice in the world. But little is exported. Rumi Spice is working with small farmers there to build the U.S. market for it.

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Fringe No More: 'Ancient Grains' Will Soon Be A Cheerios Variety

Monday, December 08, 2014

General Mills helped define the industrial era of American breakfasting with its ringlets of processed oats. Soon, it'll put out a version with "ancient grains," which aren't, actually, very ancient.

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Supreme Court Rejects BP's Challenge To Gulf Oil Spill Settlement

Monday, December 08, 2014

The oil giant had hoped to limit how much it will pay under a 2012 settlement with people and businesses on the Gulf Coast. BP originally estimated it would pay $7.8 billion to settle claims.

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IOC Unveils Changes Including Lower Bidding Costs, More Sports At Olympics

Monday, December 08, 2014

The changes adopted today at a two-day meeting in Monaco include a new Olympic channel. They are all part of biggest change in decades to the International Olympic Committee.

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The Takeaway

The Birth of the Free Content Revolution

Monday, December 08, 2014

The Recording Industry Artists Association says that revenues have fallen more than 40 percent since the birth of Napster. We explore how the service changed the music industry.

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Morning Edition

U.S. Tech Firms See Green As They Set Up Shop In Low-Tax Ireland

Monday, December 08, 2014

Google, Apple and other industry leaders have global headquarters in Ireland. But the U.S. Congress and others aren't happy, and the Irish are reconsidering some of these business-friendly tax laws.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Raid Gone Wrong, Rebuilding Trust, and Music in The Digital Age

Monday, December 08, 2014

The Takeaway explores a U.S raid that led to the death of an American journalist, how police can rebuild trust with communities, and how to make money off of music in the digital age.

WNYC News

Echoes of Occupy as Eric Garner Protests Continue

Sunday, December 07, 2014

As protests entered their fifth day, demonstrators streamed into Macy's, H&M and Forever 21, with calls to "shut it down."

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All Things Considered

Female Butchers Are Slicing Through The Meat World's Glass Ceiling

Sunday, December 07, 2014

The meat industry traditionally has been a male-dominated field. But as demand for local meat grows, that's made more room for women to carve out ownership roles in the business.

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'Washington Post' Reporter, Detained For Months In Iran, Is Charged

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Jason Rezaian, the newspaper's Tehran bureau chief, was arrested in July, but the Iranian government has so far declined to say why.

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All Things Considered

How The 'Rolling Stone' Story Could Hurt Future Victims

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Rolling Stone has apologized for how it reported a major story on sexual assault at the University of Virginia. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Marybeth Seitz-Brown of Students Active For Ending Rape.

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LAPD Says It Will Investigate Abuse Claim Against Cosby

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Judy Huth, the latest accuser of the 77-year-old comedian, says Cosby drugged and raped her in 1974 when she was only 15. Cosby's lawyer has called the claim "absolutely false."

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Specials

Innovation Hub: Fact and Fiction

Saturday, December 06, 2014

On this episode of Innovation Hub: separating fact from fiction. Why denial is dangerous, the decline of entrepreneurship, and whether or not iPads for children are actually a good idea.

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All Things Considered

Defining Narrative Questioned In 'Rolling Stone' UVA Rape Story

Friday, December 05, 2014

Rolling Stone says new discrepancies have emerged in its recent story about an alleged campus rape at the University of Virginia.

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All Things Considered

Labor Secretary: Job Growth Is Good, But Wages Need Help

Friday, December 05, 2014

Melissa Block speaks with Labor Secretary Thomas Perez about the latest jobs numbers and the persistent problem of wage stagnation.

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All Things Considered

'Blockbuster' Jobs Report Shows 321,000 Added To Payrolls

Friday, December 05, 2014

Previous months were revised upward and hourly wages climbed higher. All this has analysts wondering if the economy has finally kicked into a higher gear.

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2014: The Year When The Job Market Finally Turned The Corner

Friday, December 05, 2014

Seven years after the Great Recession began, the U.S. job market finally is growing at a robust pace. In November, employers added 321,000 workers, raised wages and extended the average workweek.

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