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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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All Things Considered

Please Do Not Leave A Message: Why Millennials Hate Voice Mail

Thursday, October 23, 2014

"When it comes to voice mail, they're just over it," says Jane Buckingham, a trend expert. But it's still important at work, so younger generations will have to learn what to do after the beep.

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All Things Considered

FDA Cracks Down On Fake Ebola Cures Sold Online

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Food and Drug Administration has issued warning letters to companies marketing products claimed to be cures for Ebola. One firm says it will drop such claims — but it's still selling the product.

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Marketplace

10-23-2014 Marketplace - Blue chipped

Thursday, October 23, 2014

With a trend of dismal earnings for the likes of IBM, Coke and McDonald's, blue chip companies appear to have lost their sheen. We trace the evolution of the blue chip company since its beginnings, and ask what does it mean today – and who are the new generation of blue chip companies. Plus, we're going there: Email.  It's a giant time waster, expensive productivity suck, and all over pain in the...

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Mark Zuckerberg Shows Off His Mandarin Chinese Skills

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Facebook co-founder and CEO spoke at Tsinghua University in Beijing for about 30 minutes. In Mandarin. His audience liked it.

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You're Enjoying Low Gas Prices, But Is It Really A Good Sign?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

All around the country, drivers are seeing signs that gas prices are depressed. Those drops helped hold down the latest consumer price index. But economists worry about too much of a good thing.

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Morning Edition

What The New Factory Worker Should Know

Thursday, October 23, 2014

In previous generations, manufacturing jobs were dirty, dangerous and low-skill. The new factory jobs are almost all clean, require increasingly higher skills and take very few people to do them.

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Morning Edition

To Get Women To Work In Computer Science, Schools Get Them To Class

Thursday, October 23, 2014

In 1984, the percentage of women studying computer science flattened, and then plunged. Computer science programs are trying to get that number back up.

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Morning Edition

No Mere Merry-Go-Round: Ohio Carousel Maker Carves From Scratch

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wooden carousels, with hand-carved and painted horses, seem like a relic of the past. But Carousel Works in Mansfield, Ohio, is one of a few companies still making them to order.

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WNYC News

Luxury Condos Help Fuel NYC Construction Boom

Thursday, October 23, 2014

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Spending on new residential construction is expected to increase by 60 percent this year. A lot of it is thanks to the boom in ultra-luxury condos.

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All Things Considered

Cloud Data Security Concerns Raised After Reported Attack In China

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A group says the Chinese government backed an attack against users of Apple's iCloud service. Experts worry attacks that target weaknesses in the transfer of data on the cloud will become more common.

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WNYC News

Cuomo, Astorino Plus Two In Buffalo Debate Tonight

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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Republican Rob Astorino will finally get to debate Gov. Cuomo, though not one-on-one, in tonight's New York gubernatorial debate. You can hear it live on WNYC at 8 p.m.

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NHTSA Adds More Than 3 Million Vehicles To Air Bag Recall

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Almost 8 million vehicles are now being recalled over worries their air bags could malfunction. Vehicle owners in hot and humid climates are under special alert.

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Marketplace

10-22-2014 Marketplace - Johnson & Johnson & Ebola

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

There are some good economic reasons no one created an Ebola vaccine – yet. Now multiple companies, including Johnson & Johnson, are racing to produce a cure. The business rationale changed in part due to the size of the outbreak itself, but also an increasingly interested market and potential payday. Plus: New regulations aimed at preventing another housing crisis have been finalized, only they don't include a down payment requirement. Financial experts think homeowners should put down 20 percent to be safe, but where did that number come from in the first place? Also: Seemingly out of nowhere in 1979, the Hunt brothers attempted to corner the silver market, pushing up prices almost 1,000 percent as they bought rights to nearly half of the silver in the open market. But when the commodities markets responded by changing the rules for margin trading, they went bust. Following the death of Nelson Bunker Hunt on Tuesday, Oct. 21, we look at why this strange bubble can't really happen again.

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Weekly Innovation: An Umbrella For The Modern Age

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The developers of the Sa say it's almost impossible to blow inside out. Based on origami, the umbrella's design replaces the metal skeleton with two canopies that expand and retract in unison.

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Book News: Just Months In, A Publisher That Promised Innovation Ends Its Run

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Atavist Books launched with aims of upending the print-first publishing model. Now it's announcing its plans to close. Meanwhile, partnerships between public libraries and airports are taking off.

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Morning Edition

Banned Drugs Still Turning Up In Weight-Loss Supplements

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Just because the Food and Drug Administration recalls a supplement because it contains dangerous substances doesn't mean the product disappears from the market.

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All Things Considered

'Post' Editor Bradlee Helped Define Modern American Journalism

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

As executive editor, Ben Bradlee led The Washington Post to national acclaim. He was best known as a champion of ambitious reporters and stylish writers, goading them to new heights. He died Tuesday.

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Halloween-Thanksgiving-Hanukkah-Christmas-New-Year Buying Begins

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Most retailers are feeling optimistic as analysts forecast rising sales over this long shopping season. They are hoping Halloween will give them a good bounce into the peak spending time of the year.

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Morning Edition

Problem With The Product: Mom Protests 'Breaking Bad' Merchandise

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Toys R Us has given up selling figures based on the show Breaking Bad. A Florida mom protested the making of toys based on the story of a dying teacher who becomes a meth dealer.

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Morning Edition

Air Bag Recall Affects Millions Of Americans

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Owners of vehicles with Japanese Takata air bags have been told to replace them immediately. David Greene speaks with David Shepardson of the Detroit News about the air bag recall.

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