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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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WNYC News

Ebola’s Threat to Business

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Insurance may not cover the costs of dealing with the disease.

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Morning Edition

Behold The Entrenched — And Reviled — Annual Review

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Performance review season is nearing, and if you're like most people, there's no celebrating that. Studies show that 60 to 90 percent of employees dislike the ritual. So some firms are backing away.

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Morning Edition

Safety Regulators Turn Attention To Faulty Air Bags

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Honda reports at least two deaths related to defective inflators in air bags. The air bags, made by Japanese supplier Takata, are in Toyota and other automakers' vehicles, too.

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All Things Considered

Soda-Makers Try To Take Fizz Out Of Bay Area Tax Campaigns

Monday, October 27, 2014

Voters will decide on a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks in Berkeley and a 2-cent-per-ounce tax in San Francisco. But the soda industry's lobbying group has spent millions blasting the measures.

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All Things Considered

Competition Brews In the World Of Mobile Payments

Monday, October 27, 2014

With much fanfare earlier this month Apple launched its mobile wallet — Apple Pay. Now CVS and Rite Aid have disabled Apple Pay from working in their stores.

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Marketplace

10-27-2014 Marketplace Ebola HR

Monday, October 27, 2014

Today we look at why people put themselves in danger in West Africa to help fight Ebola -- especially when they know they could be quarantined for 21 days when they return home. Plus, Apple’s mobile wallet, Apple Pay, was disabled from Rite Aid and CVS stores one week after its launch. What’s at stake? As the fallout continues, what will the impact of this failed deal be on Apple and the stores involved?

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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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