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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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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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Morning Edition

A Syrian Entrepreneur Looks To Build The Amazon Of The Arab World

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Souq.com, created by U.S.-educated Ronaldo Mouchawar, has a strong presence in the Middle East. Since the boom in cell phones in the region, "you can feel the crescendo" in its tech sector, he says.

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Morning Edition

The Man Argentines Love To Hate Is An American Judge

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Little-known in the U.S., Thomas Griesa is a villain and scapegoat in the Argentine media. The federal court judge in New York has ruled against Argentina in its battles with its "vulture" creditors.

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Money Talking

Keeping Those Good Vacation Vibes, the Answer Isn't in Your Inbox

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Too many vacations end in a tidal wave of anxiety once you're back at work. Trying to catch up, paging through your inbox it's enough to stop vacationing altogether. Yeah right! 

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All Things Considered

Pregnancy Discrimination Act In The Spotlight At Supreme Court

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Driver Peggy Young sued UPS for suspending her job and health insurance during her pregnancy. She claims the company was required to accommodate her, but UPS says its policy was within the law.

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All Things Considered

Takata Pressured By Congress To Take Air Bag Recall Nationwide

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill blasted the Japanese supplier Takata for refusing to participate in a national recall of its air bags. So far, the potentially deadly air bags have been recalled in warm and humid areas where they may be most likely to rupture. While Takata is resisting a nationwide recall, Honda said Wednesday it would recall all its vehicles with Takata driver-side airbags in the U.S.

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Hey, College Kids: You Really Can Minor In Craft Beer Studies

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Paul Smith's College, in upstate New York, is among a handful of higher ed institutions offering coursework in craft beer. Be forewarned: The classes are heavier on the science than the partying.

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Marketplace

Tax credits, investors and York & Fig

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Aired Dec. 3, 2014: The House is voting on whether to bring back certain tax credits that expired at the beginning of the year. It raises the question: Why do they expire in the first place?

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Takata Back On Capitol Hill After Deadline To Widen Air Bag Recall Passes

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Federal regulators had given Takata Corp. until Tuesday to widen its recall of air bags to the entire U.S., but the Japanese company appeared to ignore that demand.

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Kalashnikov's New Slogan? 'Weapons Of Peace'

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Millions of Kalashnikov's AK-47 have found their way to battlefields across the globe. With the new branding, the company hopes to expand its business domestically and internationally.

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Morning Edition

Russia Heads Toward Recession, With No Relief In Sight

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Western sanctions are biting, oil prices are down sharply, and the Russian currency is tanking. The government now expects the economy to shrink in 2015.

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Morning Edition

Is 'Womenomics' The Answer To Japan's Economic Woes?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The government has set up a female lumberjacks program, part of a wider effort to fuel growth after long-term stagnation. But critics say it does little to tackle fundamental problems.

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Morning Edition

Did UPS Discriminate Against A Pregnant Worker By Letting Her Go?

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

When Peggy Young became pregnant, her doctor recommended not lifting more than 20 pounds and she lost her job. Now a federal law banning pregnancy discrimination faces a test before the Supreme Court.

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Morning Edition

Mischief Under The Mistletoe: Office Partygoers Behaving Badly

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Partying with co-workers can lead to awkwardness and worse. And, HR experts say, alcohol is often to blame. "If people used common sense, I wouldn't have a job," says employment attorney Jon Hyman.

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Morning Edition

Microsoft Says Goodbye To Clip Art

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Microsoft announced that it is eliminating clip art libraries from its suite of Office productivity software, and replacing it with Bing Image search. But the iconic illustrations may live on.

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WNYC News

Cablevision Goes on Offensive as Council Questions Labor Practices

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

One of New York City's biggest cable providers vigorously denies charges of union-busting.

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All Things Considered

Holiday Shoppers Are Filling Their Carts, Online

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

In-store purchases on Black Friday fell this year, but online sales have seen a big increase. Easy comparison shopping and widespread free shipping have sweetened the deal for many online shoppers.

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Shucking Oysters By The Thousands, With A Steady Smile

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

For 40 years, Maryland's George Hastings has been shucking oysters at festivals and competitions around the U.S. And while the work can be grueling, he says he'll only quit when it stops being fun.

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All Things Considered

Girl Scouts Bring Cookie Sales Online With Sites, App

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Melissa Block talks with Kaeleigh Sturgeon at her high school in Robbinsville, N.J., about how she'll use the new "Digital Cookie App" when selling Girl Scout cookies.

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All Things Considered

Silk Road Drug Market Was An Economic Experiment Gone Wrong

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The man behind the online drug market Silk Road dreamed of setting up a utopian marketplace. But when his dream was threatened, the FBI says he did some terrible things to try and protect it.

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