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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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CVS Pulls Apple Pay, And Many See A Fight Over Mobile Wallets

Monday, October 27, 2014

Rite Aid took the same step, leading many observers to note that the two companies are part of a group of retailers that's developing its own payment system, called CurrentC.

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Witches, Vampires And Pirates: 5 Years Of America's Most Popular Costumes

Monday, October 27, 2014

Thanks to shows like The Walking Dead and movies like World War Z, zombies are climbing the costume charts. The undead have risen from the 13th most popular costume up to No. 4 in just five years.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Trip through the Shadowy Underworld of Consumer Debt Collection

Monday, October 27, 2014

Jake Halpern tells the story of a former banking executive and a former armed robber, who became partners in the shady, unregulated world of consumer debt collection.

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Chiquita Fruit Company Is Bought By Two Brazilian Firms

Monday, October 27, 2014

The Charlotte, N.C.-based company traces its roots to the 1870s, when American entrepreneurs brought bananas to U.S. consumers from the Caribbean.

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The Takeaway

How the Young Can Navigate a Daunting Job Market

Monday, October 27, 2014

Six years after the Great Recession, the youth unemployment rate is still stubbornly high. A CEO has advice for young people looking for their first job.

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Morning Edition

Love Is Saying 'Sari': The Quest To Save A South Asian Tradition

Monday, October 27, 2014

Commentator Sandip Roy says the traditional sari has been falling out of fashion in the new India, but designers are turning to pop art prints and other changes to boost its appeal.

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WNYC News

The Most Important City Official You've Never Heard of Is Retiring

Monday, October 27, 2014

If you're a public employee or a taxpayer, Bob North has your number. As the city's Chief Actuary, it's his job to calculate how much the city puts into its pensions.

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Pandora Hopes To Lure Musicians Backstage With Analytics

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The music streaming company is making a play for artists' goodwill, announcing a new service that gives musicians access to data on who is listening to their music, when and where.

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EU Stress Test Finds 25 Banks Need To Shore Up Reserves

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The total shortfall was measured at €24.6 billion, or around $31.2 billion. Officials say that some banks have already made up the shortfall, which is based on a snapshot of data taken last December.

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Iranian Entrepreneurs Make Pitches That Are Just Practice, For Now

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Young Iranians are brimming with ideas for tech startups. But extensive financial sanctions facing their country prevent them from entering the global marketplace.

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Tech Week: Voice Mail Hang-Ups, Apple Pay And Zuckerberg's Chinese

Saturday, October 25, 2014

In this week's roundup, Apple rolls out its mobile payment system but confronts a security test in China, the problem with voice mail messages and Mark Zuckerberg shows off his Mandarin.

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Tracing A Gin-Soaked Trail In London

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Around the world, new gin distilleries are popping up like mushrooms after a rain. NPR traces the boom to its historic roots in London, which once had 250 distilleries within the city limits alone.

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All Things Considered

No Quick Fixes For Drivers Affected By Air Bag Recall

Friday, October 24, 2014

The massive auto recall announced this week is different from most. It affects more than one-third of air bags on the road and there are no simple fixes, short of a full air bag replacement.

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Marketplace

10-24-2014 Marketplace Ebola in Gotham

Friday, October 24, 2014

As the Ebola story unfolds, authorities in New York have Dr. Spencer's own account as a starting point, but are helped by the multiple electronic checkpoints of life in Gotham. Plus, P&G spins off Duracell, and we take a look at the business and the history. 

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Morning Edition

A Black Cosmetic Company Sells, Or Sells Out?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Carol's Daughter was started to sell products for black women who wear their hair natural. But ever since L'Oréal bought the brand, folks are wondering if it can maintain the loyalty of its customers.

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Morning Edition

Facebook's Zuckerberg Shares His Mandarin Skills

Friday, October 24, 2014

In a question-and-answer session in China, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg showed that he's conversant in Mandarin — but far from perfect. He doesn't quite have his tone down.

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Morning Edition

Tobacco Farmers Lose Longtime Safety Net

Friday, October 24, 2014

The last tobacco subsidy payments go to tobacco farmers at the end of this month. The government program was intended to help growers transition out of a Depression-era tobacco-price-fixing system.

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Money Talking

Should Companies Report Profits Less Often?

Friday, October 24, 2014

As another corporate earnings season winds down, we wonder if investors would better off with less information. Plus, we trace how to negotiate—not haggle—for a raise.

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All Things Considered

Calling 911 On Your Cell? It's Harder To Find You Than You Think

Thursday, October 23, 2014

If you call 911 from inside a tall building, emergency responders may have difficulty finding you. Cellphone GPS technology currently doesn't work well indoors — but the FCC hopes to change that.

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How 'Foodies' Were Duped Into Thinking McDonald's Was High-End Food

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A viral video shows people lauding fare billed as an "organic" fast-food option that was actually McDonald's. It wasn't just pranksters playing tricks on these poor folks, but maybe their brains, too.

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