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What to Do When Robots Replace People You Work With

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Sure, you could use an app instead of a personal trainer (or travel agent or accountant) but you pay a price for your savings. 

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Inside Bank of America's $4 Billion Blunder

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bank of America has announced a pretty major accounting error. The bank said it would suspend plans to buy back $4 billion in stock and pay its dividends after discovering an error in the information it submitted to the Federal Reserve as part of the stress test process. 

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The Hard Reality of the Cost of College

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It’s college admissions season and high school seniors are figuring out which schools they want to attend—and if they can afford to go to them. What students can do to improve their financial literacy and limit their debt.

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Ben & Jerry Take on Citizens United

Monday, March 10, 2014

Four years ago the U.S. Supreme Court made a blockbuster decision in the case of Citizens United, which dramatically changed the way political campaigns are funded. With the midterm election season about to get underway, The Takeaway speaks with the founders of the ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s—Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield—about money and politics in the post-Citizens United era and their campaign to reverse the Citizens United decision.

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NC Leads the Way in Cutting Aid for the Jobless

Thursday, January 23, 2014

At the end of last year as the federal government allowed long-term unemployment benefits to expire for 1.3 million Americans, and North Carolina led the way in also reducing benefits. Paul Tine is a North Carolina state representative that voted for the unemployment cuts. Jaslyn Roberts is the career center director for Charlotte Works, a job training organization. Together they explain how things have changed in the state since benefits have been cut.

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The 8-Hour Workday: Past, Present & Future | Senate to Vote to Extend Unemployment Benefits | Drones: The Defining Airspace Technology of 2014

Monday, January 06, 2014

The Costs of Climate Change | Senate to Vote to Extend Unemployment Benefits | Drones: The Defining Airspace Technology of 2014 | Al-Qaeda Aims to Inflame Sectarian Tensions | The 8-Hour Workday: Past, Present and Future | The Top Risks Facing the U.S. & the World in 2014

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The 'New Rich' and What It Means to be Wealthy

Thursday, December 12, 2013

"A lot of these people are people who had one good year," says Harvard Business Professor Michael Norton on Americans considered "rich."

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What is Your Work Worth?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Our work determines how we spend most of our days, the people we spend our time with, the kind of lifestyle we can afford, and it influences our fundamental sense of who we are. It turns out that what we're paid and how we really feel about our jobs aren't always in sync. Al Gini, a professor of Business Ethics at Loyola University’s School of Business Administration and resident philosopher at WBEZ, has dedicated much of his career to understanding the value of work. He’s also the author of “My Job My Self." 

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The Economic Impact of the Volcker Rule

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

This week, financial regulatory agencies officially approved the Volcker Rule, passed as the centerpiece of the Dodd-Frank Act in June 2010. Kathryn Wylde, Deputy Chair of the Board of the Federal Reserve of New York, compares the final iteration of the Volcker Rule to what Volcker originally devised, and describes how the Rule might influence the U.S.'s economic future. 

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Seattle Labor Dispute Causes Boeing to Take Flight

Monday, November 25, 2013

Earlier this month, Boeing machinists in Seattle refused a new contract. Now, Boeing is looking for a new location to build the 777x, a place where unions have less of a foothold. Washington State is still lobbying to keep 777x production at home. But Aviation Industry Analyst Scott Hamilton explains why the state expects a lot of outside competition and what this means for American labor overall.

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JPMorgan's Efforts to Influence China's Ruling Elite

Thursday, November 14, 2013

JPMorgan Chase secretly recruited the daughter of China's former prime minister, Wen Jiabao, as part of a bigger strategy to gain influence with the country's ruling elite and promote the bank's status in China. According to our partner The New York Times, JPMorgan paid a consulting firm run by the prime minister's daughter, Wen Ruchun, who used the fake name "Lily Chang." All of this comes at the same time that U.S. authorities are investigating the bank and its practices. The Takeaway speaks with New York Times reporter Ben Protess.

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How the Federal Government Got into the Economic Data Business

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The September jobs report finally arrived today, delayed nearly three weeks because of the government shutdown. Despite the shutdown, the economy kept bumping along without the federal unemployment numbers. Is the private economy really so dependent on government data? Joining The Takeaway to examine the history and credibility of federal economic data is Heidi Moore, finance and economics editor for The Guardian U.S.

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Lessons from the Sequester and the Shutdown

Thursday, October 10, 2013

While few economists would argue that automatic spending cuts—through the sequester or the shutdown—are the best way to reduce wasteful spending, the cuts are in effect. Nick Gillespie, editor in chief of Reason.com and Reason TV, and Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, examine what the federal government has learned from the sequester and the shutdown: What spending is wasteful, and which programs are worth it?

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Small Businesses On the Impact of the Shutdown

Friday, October 04, 2013

The economic consequences of the government shutdown are being felt by small businesses across the country. The closing of parks, national attractions and amenities, plus the ripple of effect of 800,000 national employees staying home from work this week, is hitting a lot of small businesses pretty hard. We've invited some of these small business owners on to talk about the economic impact they're feeling this week.

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Government Shutdown: A Sign of Failure or Success For Democracy? | Chemical Weapons Inspectors on the Ground in Syria | Valerie Plame on the CIA, Current Events

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Gingrich Vs. Clinton & Boehner Vs. Obama: Government Shutdowns, Now & Then | Chemical Weapons Inspectors on the Ground in Syria | Coping With the Closing of the National Parks | Why Americans Abroad are Giving Up U.S. Citizenship | Valerie Plame on the CIA, Current Events, and Her New Crime Novel ...

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Can Georgia's Mysterious Monument Help the Local Economy?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Just 90 minutes outside Atlanta, the town of Elberton, GA is home to a mysterious monument: The Georgia Guidestones. The stones consist of two massive granite slabs weighing more than 100 tons, engraved with a few words of advice: Guidelines in eight languages for how to rebuild society after a nuclear attack. Mart Clamp helped his father engrave the stones more than three decades ago. He's hoping to use them to revitalize Elberton’s flagging economy.

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Major Companies Change Health Plans in Anticipation of ACA Roll Out

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Drugstore giant Walmart announced this week that it will provide payments to eligible employees to purchase insurance on a private health insurance marketplace. Ezekiel Emanuel is the former Obama administration adviser on health care. He explains how and why more and more companies are transforming their health plans as the Affordable Care Act goes into effect.

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Pols That Take On the NRA Lose | The Doctor Will See (All Of) You Now | Can Georgia's Mysterious Monument Help the Local Economy?

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Boehner Bows to Pressure From Right as Shutdown Looms | Major Companies Change Health Plans in Anticipation of ACA Roll Out | Fed Shocks with Move to Hold Bond-Buying Program Intact | Can Georgia's Mysterious Monument Help the Local Economy? | Here's What Happens When You Take on the NRA: ...

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Janet Yellen and the Future of the Fed

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Janet Yellen is the new presumptive front-runner for chair of the Federal Reserve. But who is Janet Yellen? And how might she change the Fed if she's put in charge? Susan M. Phillips has some insights to share. She served on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve from 1991 to 1998, overlapping with Janet Yellen during Yellen’s first appointment from 1994-1997.

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With Generational Shifts, The New Sharing Economy Flourishes

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

In the new sharing economy, consumers can easily rent or share everything from bikes to luxury clothing. Arun Sundararajan, professor at NYU's Stern School of Business, says the new investment in renting is fueled by the rise of the internet and urbanization. The millennialtendency to rent caught the eye of Jennifer Hyman, the co-founder and CEO of Rent the Runway, a company that allows its customers to rent luxury clothes for a tenth of the retail price. 

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