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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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Halliburton To Buy Baker Hughes For $34.6 Billion

Monday, November 17, 2014

The deal, which must be approved by regulators, would combine the world's second- and third-largest oilfield services providers. The new company would be a formidable rival to Schlumberger Ltd.

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All Things Considered

'Flying Doughnuts': Airbus Files Patent For A New Kind Of Plane

Monday, November 17, 2014

The new design would seat passengers within a circular seating area rather than in short rows inside a tube.

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Controversial Cholesterol Drug Redeemed By Global Clinical Test

Monday, November 17, 2014

Merck's Vytorin reduced the risk of heart attack and stroke more than a cholesterol-lowering statin alone. The findings come from an international study of more than 18,000 people in 39 countries.

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WNYC News

The Future Payphone: Gigabit Speed and Free Wi-Fi on NYC Streets

Monday, November 17, 2014

Faster than an express train, New York City plans to turn payphones into the largest, fastest (and free) Wi-Fi network in the world.

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Morning Edition

Top Spenders On Capitol Hill Pay Billions, Receive Trillions

Monday, November 17, 2014

A new analysis by the Sunlight Foundation examines corporations that expend the most money in Washington on campaign contributions and lobbying. Defense contractors and finance giants lead the pack.

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Morning Edition

To End Food Waste, Change Needs To Begin At Home

Monday, November 17, 2014

The U.S. throws out 35 million tons of food each year. While many restaurants, supermarkets and processors are taking responsibility, many consumers aren't. An EPA pilot program aims to change that.

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Google's Lollipop Wants To Change The Way We Use Our Phones

Sunday, November 16, 2014

The latest update to Google's Android operating system is more than just a facelift. It's an introduction to the future of Google's Web.

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Fines Don't Appear To Deter Mine Safety Violations

Sunday, November 16, 2014

An NPR investigation found that mine workers are at greater risk of injury in mines that are able to avoid paying safety fines. Changes in mine safety enforcement could make penalties more effective.

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Big Data Companies Agree: Farmers Should Own Their Information

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Farmers depend on "Big Data" these days, but some worry the companies collecting information about their operations might misuse it. New privacy guidelines are supposed to protect farmers' interests.

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For Best-Selling Truck, Ford Bets Big On Aluminum

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Ford is about to sell an aluminum-sided version of its F-150 pickup, setting the industry atwitter with expectation. Some hope that after 40 years on top, the truck will finally fall on its tailgate.

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Despite Job Growth, Voters Focus On Stagnant Wages

Saturday, November 15, 2014

NPR's Scott Simon talks to columnist Megan McArdle of Bloomberg View about what voters really want from the U.S. job market.

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Tech Week That Was: Obama Rocks The Net Neutrality Debate

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The president took a stand on net neutrality this week, saying the idea that traffic is treated equally should be protected like a public utility. Critics called it "Obamacare for the Internet."

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All Things Considered

Workers Say Employers In Ailing Atlantic City Hold All The Cards

Friday, November 14, 2014

A bankruptcy judge has approved pay benefits cuts for workers at the ailing Trump Taj Mahal casino. But in the city's grim job market, better-paying opportunities elsewhere are few and far between.

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All Things Considered

Free Voice-Control Software Helps Tiny Start-Ups Build Big Ideas

Friday, November 14, 2014

Apple, Google and Amazon are all racing against each other to create services that you can control with your voice. But they're facing competition from a surprising place — small entrepreneurs using free software to create products on the cutting edge.

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All Things Considered

Legal Marijuana Drives Booming Demand For Denver's Warehouses

Friday, November 14, 2014

Colorado law says the plant itself has to be grown indoors, but regulation and reluctant banks have made real estate hard to come by for pot entrepreneurs. The right property can go for millions.

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Marketplace

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Friday, November 14, 2014

ISIS wants to make, distribute and regulate its own coins, but there are all sorts of problems with creating a currency out of precious metals. Plus, S&P just gave Twitter a BB junk rating. Junk!?!? Does that mean Twitter is destined for the trash pile? Not really. It simply means that it’s carrying a lot of debt relative to its earnings. Finally, car makers are agreeing to voluntary privacy standards for all data being collected by in-car computers. But what data is being collected and how could its use or release affect you?

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NBA Commissioner Thinks Gambling On Games Should Be Legal

Friday, November 14, 2014

Breaking with other major pro sports leagues, Adam Silver says the world is changing and that Congress should allow sports betting that is legal and regulated.

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Judge Denies BP's Attempt To Avoid Up To $18 Billion In Fines

Friday, November 14, 2014

Last month, the company asked the judge to reconsider a ruling that could trigger fines under the Clean Water Act. And on Thursday, he said no. The company says it will appeal.

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Morning Edition

With Drought The New Normal, Calif. Farmers Find They Have To Change

Friday, November 14, 2014

Three years of severe drought in California is forcing farmers and ranchers to make some tough choices. In some cases, they're rethinking everything about their business and finding new opportunities.

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Morning Edition

To Lure Investors And Move Money, China Links Two Stock Markets

Friday, November 14, 2014

Chinese investors will now be allowed to directly buy stock in Hong Kong and foreign investors will be able to do the same in Shanghai. Its a small move with big implications.

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