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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

Republican Sweep Highlights Climate Change Politics In Alaska

Thursday, November 06, 2014

GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska is set to head the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. It can be easier for her oil-reliant state to adapt to the changing climate rather than address its causes.

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Morning Edition

In South Carolina, A Program That Makes Apprenticeships Work

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Apprenticeship programs have been in decline, but South Carolina is bucking the trend. Nearly 11,000 apprentices have been trained there since 2007 in fields ranging from manufacturing to nursing.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Comptroller as Activist Investor

Thursday, November 06, 2014

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer discusses a new corporate governance initiative to hold companies in NYC's portfolio more accountable.

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Money Talking

How to Stop Procrastinating and Get Back to Work

Thursday, November 06, 2014

You know you do it and you want to do something about it. Well, there is a solution for how to get busy, but it's not very "touchy feely."

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Freakonomics Radio

Should the U.S. Merge With Mexico?

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Corporations around the world are consolidating like never before. If it’s good enough for companies, why not countries? Welcome to Amexico!

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Chevron Spends Big, And Loses Big, In A City Council Race

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Tuesday's elections weren't just bad news for Democrats. Oil giant Chevron got clobbered in a city election in Richmond, Calif., that was widely seen as a referendum on the company itself.

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How Did Berkeley Pass A Soda Tax? Bloomberg's Cash Didn't Hurt

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The American Beverage Association poured tons of cash into the effort to defeat the penny-per-ounce sugary-drink tax. But the effort to pass the tax also got cash infusions from some big-name donors.

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All Things Considered

Banks Reluctant To Use 'White Hat' Hackers To Spot Security Flaws

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

High-tech firms have been offering bounties to security researchers to find holes and bugs in their software, but these reward programs haven't drawn much interest from major banks.

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WNYC News

New York City's Middle Class Is Shrinking

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

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Advocates say there's an erosion of black homeowners in the city.

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All Things Considered

Business Leaders Hope Shifts In Congress Will Bring Tax Reform

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Many business groups see an opportunity in the outcome of the election and plan to revive an agenda that's been dormant for years. From energy and trade to taxes and regulation, there is a lot on the table, but no guarantee anything will be passed anytime soon.

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All Things Considered

Chinese Tech Company Combines Multiple App Types Into One — At Great Profit

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The company Tencent has developed the world's second largest standalone messaging app Wechat, with over 300 million users.

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All Things Considered

Sotheby's Has Record Auction With Works By Giacometti, Van Gogh

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

On Tuesday night, Sotheby's brought in its highest total yet for a single auction: more than $422 million dollars. The record total owed a lot to the sale of two works — a Giacometti sculpture that went for $101 million and Van Gogh's "Still Life with Daisies and Poppies" fetched $61.8 million.

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Prison Dairy Gives Inmates Job Skills — And A Sense Of Purpose

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

California's high-security Corcoran prison is home to a dairy that provides milk to almost every prison in the state system. For inmates who staff it, it's more than a job: It's a refuge and a future.

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Marketplace

11-05-2014-Marketplace-Emoji Diversity

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Now that the elections are over, the one thing most people can agree on is that not much will change. This is great for Wall Street because stasis means certainty. And Wall Street loves certainty. Plus, Denton, Texas is special. It sits on top of a huge shale oil reserve. The oil industry went all in to defeat the proposal and it passed with nearly 60 percent of the vote. Turns out maybe people don’t like living in an oil field. Finally, emojis are about to get more racially diverse. We take a broad-brush look at the emoji industry, and the money behind creating and spreading the little pictograms.

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FT Big Read

Virgin Galactic and the Richard Branson brand

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Virgin Galactic and the Richard Branson brand

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Employers Can't Skip Insurance Coverage For Hospitalization

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Many companies planned to offer health insurance without hospital coverage because it met requirements of a "minimum value" formula. But the Treasury Department says those plans aren't legal.

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Thumbs Up For Higher Minimum Wages, And For Marijuana Industry

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Voters in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota overwhelmingly approved minimum-wage hikes. Illinois voters approved a nonbinding wage-hike referendum. Recreational pot was approved in Oregon.

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Voters In Texas City Approve Ban On Fracking

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

It's the first time a city in the energy-friendly state has voted to ban hydraulic fracturing. The vote in Denton is likely to face legal challenges.

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GMO Labeling: Colorado Voters Reject Food Measure; Maui Voters Approve

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

While more than half of U.S. states have contemplated similar GMO legislation, the only one that has come close to requiring a label is Vermont.

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Morning Edition

The Supreme Court Takes Up The Case Of The Missing Fish

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Prosecutors say that when undersized fish disappeared off of captain John Yates' boat, it constituted destruction of evidence. Business and civil liberties groups say the law only applies to papers.

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