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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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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The College Gap, The Return of Star Wars, and Challenging the One Percent

Monday, December 01, 2014

The Takeaway explores the graduation gap between people of different races, we examine the new Star Wars Film, and a member of the 1 percent weighs in on the income gap.

All Things Considered

Black-Market Diesel: Thieves Sell Fuel By The Truckload

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Some criminals hide payment-card skimmers in gas pumps to steal credit card numbers. But that isn't the end of the story: Those stolen numbers are just the start of a highly profitable operation.

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Black Friday Sales Down At Stores, Surge Online

Sunday, November 30, 2014

More shopping on Thanksgiving Day diluted the Black Friday numbers somewhat, according to a ShopperTrak survey. A separate survey by IBM showed a nearly 10 percent increase in online sales.

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Podcasts Rise In Popularity, Funded By Advertisers And Listeners

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Millions are downloading and listening to podcasts. It's the source of original material and growing ad revenue. Apple's iTunes has 1 billion subscribers, and advertisers are seeing dollar signs.

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Black Friday Gun Sales Soar, Straining Background Checks

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Gun buyers are taking advantage of killer deals, with sales doubling this weekend. The FBI's Kimberly Del Greco tells NPR's Rachel Martin that means processing three background checks per second.

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In Dubai, Shoppers Hit The Malls For 'White Friday'

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Many in the international city of Dubai celebrated Thanksgiving and then went shopping. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to correspondent Deborah Amos about the new tradition in the city of shopping malls.

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All Things Considered

Vinyl, Once Thought Dead, Makes A Comeback In The Digital Age

Saturday, November 29, 2014

In the last six years, vinyl sales have tripled. Manufacturers are now having a hard time keeping up with demand.

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All Things Considered

Millennials Might Be 'Generation Twin.' Is That A Bad Thing?

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Between 1981 and 2012, 1 million extra twins were born in the U.S. One economist says all of those twins could be hurting the economy — but another expert points out some perks of twinhood.

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The Market For Low-End Smartphones Is Looking Up

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Smartphones that don't scrimp on performance but sell for less than $200 off contract are gaining traction. And the low end is quickly becoming one of the most innovative spaces in mobile tech.

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All Things Considered

Despite Cold Weather And Protesters, Shoppers Seek Black Friday Sales

Friday, November 28, 2014

Shoppers flocked to the malls on Thanksgiving, but the rush didn't impede Black Friday sales. Protesters are also trying to put a mark on this day, but their actions haven't taken a bite out of sales.

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All Things Considered

A Closer Look At EU Parliament's Vote To Break Up Google

Friday, November 28, 2014

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with GigaOM senior writer, David Meyer, about the European Union's complicated relationship with Google and efforts to break it up.

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PRI's The World

Black Friday bargains — and brawls — aren't just for Americans anymore

Friday, November 28, 2014

Black Friday shopping has long been a post-Thanksgiving tradition — and sometimes a national embarrassment — in the US. Now other countries, like Britain and Canada, have started adopting the American festival of bargain-hunting.

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Marketplace

Open enrollment and outsourcing

Friday, November 28, 2014

In addition to holiday shopping and leftover turkey, it’s open-enrollment season—time to think about financial choices for next year, like retirement savings. Plus, some law professors and now some entrepreneurs are playing with the idea of outsourcing boards of directors. How would it work?  Like an accounting firm provides accounting services, or a law firm provides legal services.

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America's Black Friday Craziness Has Crossed The Pond

Friday, November 28, 2014

The wild discount shopping that once was only a U.S. phenomenon has caught on in the U.K. and elsewhere, thanks largely to online retail giant Amazon.

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Morning Edition

Mega-Rich Invest In Works By Living Artists

Friday, November 28, 2014

Renee Montagne talks to art sociologist and writer Sarah Thornton about how the habits of the 1 percent reverberate across the art world. She is the author of 33 Artists in 3 Acts.

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Morning Edition

Shoppers Expected Out In Force On Black Friday

Friday, November 28, 2014

It's the day hard-core shoppers have been waiting for: Black Friday. Some even got a head start at the mall, shopping on Thanksgiving Day.

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Morning Edition

Retailers First Used The Term Door-Buster Sales Decades Ago

Friday, November 28, 2014

It may be surprising to learn that door-buster sales are not a recent phenomenon. Crowds turned out for deeply discounted items more than 100 years ago.

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Morning Edition

AFL-CIO Supports Black Friday Strikes Against Walmart

Friday, November 28, 2014

Since 2012, Our Walmart, an employee labor group, has been staging strikes on the day after Thanksgiving. The group wants workers to get more full-time jobs and make a living wage of $15 an hour.

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Money Talking

Forget Capitalism -- Long Live Monopolies!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Think capitalism and competition go hand in hand? Fuggedaboutit. Competition is for suckers who don't want to make any money. Real innovators build monopolies and never look back.  

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Money Talking

Best Business Books for 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

From hotshot, high-frequency traders to a serial entrepreneur criticizing capitalism, this year's best business reads are all about thinking differently. 

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