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The Brian Lehrer Show

Frequent Flying Headaches

Friday, March 07, 2014

Scott Mayerowitz, airlines reporter for the Associated Press, talks about Delta's change to its "frequent flyer" program to reward money spent instead of distance traveled and United's crackdown on carry-on luggage.

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WNYC News

Retailers Join Forces to Tackle 'Shop and Frisk'

Friday, November 22, 2013

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The heads of several major departments stores and the Rev. Al Sharpton met Friday morning as part of a "shop and frisk" summit intended to reduce racial profiling of minority customers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Starbucks, Square, and the Future of Money

Monday, August 13, 2012

Senior writer for Wired, Steven Levy, explains how cashless payment at Starbucks will evolve through a new deal with Square, and what it means for commerce and the consumer experience.

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The Takeaway

Weighing Consumer Confidence Before the Holiday Season

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The recession may have officially ended in June 2009, but consumer confidence remains at recession levels heading into holiday shopping season. In fact, the most recent Consumer Confidence Index from the Conference Board went down 6.6 points for the month of November to 39.8 percent. By comparison, the Confidence Index was 70.4 percent in February of 2011. 

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The Takeaway

From 'E.T.' to 'Black Swan,' How Oscar Nods Influence Product Sales

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Last season, the New York City Ballet and other large dance companies in the U.S. had an average attendance of only 73 percent, according to Dance/USA. But this year, the City Ballet is facing a different attendance issue: sold-out tickets for their entire two-week run of “Swan Lake.”

What changed, you might ask? Two words: “Black Swan.” And one more word: “Oscar.”

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The Takeaway

Fisher-Price Recalls Children's Trikes: Details

Thursday, September 30, 2010

U.S. regulators are announcing a recall of more than 10 million Fisher-Price tricycles, toys and high chairs after reports of 10 children being hurt. Here are the details of the affected toys, from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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The Takeaway

Your Suggestions for the New Consumer Head

Friday, September 17, 2010

Elizabeth Warren is now the head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. What should she tackle first? Credit card practices? Mortgages? Student loans? Send your assignments for Warren.

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WNYC News

Back To School, but Not Packing Plastic

Monday, August 23, 2010

The annual reappearance of Back To School signs in shop windows is a buzzkill for kids everywhere. And this year, parents aren't so excited about it either.

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The Takeaway

Economic Dissonance Between Wall Street and Main Street

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The economic numbers that we’re seeing across the country seem to indicate, as Fed Chair Ben Bernanke asserted, that our nation’s economic future is “unusually uncertain.”  The Consumer Confidence index released in July reaffirms a growing pessimism on Main Street, where the decline in confidence is likely due to barely noticeable wage growth and concerns over employment. But that is not the case on Wall Street, where the stock exchange is experiencing an upward trend sparked, in part, by recent earnings reports from some big businesses that have slimmed down their costs through the recession. But what does this disconnect mean to you?  

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, Do Not Go Gently Edition

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics discuss the age when novelists hit their prime, the latest musical foray from Liz Phair and the retirement of music writer Robert Christgau's "Consumer Guide."

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The Takeaway

Credit Crisis: When Banks Cancel Cards

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Consumers are reporting this week that Citibank recently closed some of its Shell-branded Mastercard accounts with only days' notice and no stated reason for the cards being canceled. We ask Adam Levin, chairman and co-founder of Credit.com and former director of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs, how consumers can protect themselves from such practices, and what it says about banks that are closing accounts this way.

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