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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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Marketplace

Tesla, Starbucks and gentrification

Friday, December 05, 2014

Airing on Friday Dec. 5, 2014: Tesla is building a battery factory outside of Reno that has electric companies scared. The idea is to build batteries that can store the solar power collected by rooftop solar panels. Plus, Starbucks has plans to open dozens of stores selling pricey craft coffees. The gourmet coffee trend is spreading to hip neighborhoods across the country. 

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The Takeaway

Economic Forecast Is Bright, But Not for All

Friday, December 05, 2014

New job numbers for November are promising. The catch: we were in a really deep hole. To reach pre-recession numbers, more people still need to get hired and see their wages go up.

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Economy Adds 321,000 Jobs In November, Unemployment Holds Steady

Friday, December 05, 2014

The U.S. economy continued to chug along at a moderate pace last month. The number of unemployed Americans remained at around 9 million, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Morning Edition

November Jobs Report Shows Steady Growth

Friday, December 05, 2014

The unemployment rate held steady last month at 5.8 percent. And employers added 321,000 jobs to payrolls, far above expectations.

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Morning Edition

For World's Oil Exporters, Falling Prices Have A Domino Effect

Friday, December 05, 2014

Falling oil prices have been good news for the U.S. But they're causing multiple problems for some exporters. Government budgets are strained. Economies are struggling. Currencies are crashing.

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Money Talking

Clicking Your Way Through the Grocery Aisle

Friday, December 05, 2014

Lugging groceries around New York is tough. The weather's bad. The bags break. It's a grind. Fresh Direct pioneered home delivery, and now Amazon and Google want a piece of the action.

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Uber Is Richer Than Ever, But The Company Still Isn't Playing Nice

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Uber brought in $1.2 billion in its last round of financing, despite months of bad press. Or maybe because of it: One business professor says venture capitalists see jerks as better investments.

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All Things Considered

A Burger Joint Pays $15 An Hour. And, Yes, It's Making Money

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Fast-casual chain Moo Cluck Moo, in suburban Detroit, pays all of its workers far above the typical wage for a fast-food employee. It's part of its business model.

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HBR Ideacast

438: Explaining Silicon Valley's Success

Thursday, December 04, 2014

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All Things Considered

With Harvest Season, 'Trimmigrants' Flock To California's Pot Capital

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Humboldt County is famous for towering redwoods — and pot. Every fall, young people descend on its small towns. They're seeking work as trimmers, who manicure marijuana buds to prepare them for sale.

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'New Republic', In Major Change, Cuts Publishing Schedule; Top Editor Out

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Editor Franklin Foer and longtime literary editor Leon Wieseltier are both leaving. The magazine will drop from 20 issues a year from 10 and move its headquarters from Washington, D.C., to New York.

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All Things Considered

North Korea's Cyber Skills Get Attention Amid Sony Hacking Mystery

Thursday, December 04, 2014

A North Korean official now denies its involvement in one of the worst corporate hacks in history, after a different official played coy. How sophisticated are the Hermit Kingdom's hackers?

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WNYC News

Sunset Park Gets The Runway Treatment

Thursday, December 04, 2014

WNYC
New York will invest $3.5 million in a fashion design and manufacturing hub in Brooklyn's Sunset Park neighborhood.

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WNYC News

A Workers’ Flashmob Inside a McDonald’s

Thursday, December 04, 2014

On its second birthday, the fast food workers' movement has a few victories, and many unfulfilled goals.

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Marketplace

Baby bust, Nook and Highland Park

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Airing Thursday Dec. 4, 2014: The US fertility rate edged down last year to a record low. The now-5-year-old economic recovery has yet to translate into an upturn in births. Plus, if someone were to pen the story of Barnes & Noble today, booksellers would probably file it under mystery. We take a look at the future of the Nook.

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Where Wages Are Rising (And Falling), In 1 Graph

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Overall, wages were stagnant over the past year. But workers in some sectors saw significant gains.

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Is The Food Babe A Fearmonger? Scientists Are Speaking Out

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The food system is awash in chemicals and additives. One woman has made a career out of investigating them. But a cadre of critics says she's creating more confusion than clarity about food.

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PRI's The World

Inflation — and hotness — make economists superstars in Argentina

Thursday, December 04, 2014

He's not a rock star or an actor, but Martín Lousteau is a celebrity in Argentina — even though he's an economist. He's also not alone. The quirky popularity of attractive economists in Argentina belies the country's real, everyday problems with inflation.

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Justice Department Plans New Cybercrime Team

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The reorganization being announced today will "provide a central hub for expert advice and legal guidance" and improve coordination among law enforcement, businesses and elected officials.

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Morning Edition

Making Electronics Cheaper Requires Detective Work

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Consumer electronics get cheaper year after year. Our Planet Money team visited a company called Monoprice, where employees spend their days trying to figure out how to make stuff get cheaper.

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