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WATCH: Shipping Around The World In 1:40

Saturday, February 21, 2015

A video that presents a fascinating visual representation of the extent of international shipping.

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All Things Considered

West Coast Ports, Dockworkers Reach Tentative Deal

Friday, February 20, 2015

Negotiations with unions had been stalled for nine months; the dispute has snarled recent traffic at the facilities, which handle $1 trillion in cargo each year.

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All Things Considered

Bakers And The Birth Of The Minimum Wage

Friday, February 20, 2015

For most of U.S. history, there was no minimum wage. Politicians passed laws tiptoeing toward one. But the Supreme Court struck those laws down. We look at how the U.S. finally got a minimum wage.

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Labor Secretary Perez Says To Dock Workers And Port Operators: Squash It Today

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Labor secretary has intervened in the negotiations and the ongoing labor dispute is hitting U.S. businesses.

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The Takeaway

Half a Million Walmart Workers Finally Get a Raise

Friday, February 20, 2015

America's biggest private employer announced this week that nearly half its workforce is getting a raise. Walmart's wage increases tell us a lot about the health of the economy.

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The Takeaway

Ships Head East as West Coast Port Dispute Continues

Friday, February 20, 2015

Shipping companies are looking to rely less on West Coast ports and more on ports in New Jersey, Georgia, and Texas.

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Morning Edition

U.S. West Coast Port Dispute Forces Shippers To Find Alternatives

Friday, February 20, 2015

Global shipping companies are looking for other seaports to unload their goods, including those in Canada and along the East Coast of the U.S.

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All Things Considered

As Oil Prices Tank, Firms Large And Small Feel The Pain

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Oil companies are laying off thousands of workers, and firms that provide services to support the industry — from drilling to seismic surveys — have been told they must slash costs to keep working.

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Under Competitive Pressure, Wal-Mart To Rollout Raises

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Around 500,000 Wal-Mart employees will soon be getting a raise. The company said on Thursday it would spend $1 billion to make sure all employees earn at least $9 an hour starting in April. Wal-Mart's minimum wage would go to $10 an hour in early 2016.

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From Jobs To Car Parts, Port Dispute Rippling Through The Economy

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

A labor dispute between shipping lines and dock workers has created big cargo backups at many West Coast ports. The slowdown is touching nearly every part of the nation's consumer economy.

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Heaps Of Oranges Could Rot As West Coast Dock Dispute Drags On

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Millions of pounds of citrus fruit are stranded and at risk of spoiling in warehouses and boats at major ports in California. It's the result of a dockworker labor dispute that's jammed operations.

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Study Suggests Recession, Recovery Have Not Left The Rich Richer

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Conventional wisdom is that income inequality has gotten worse in the years since the financial crisis, but new research by a George Washington University professor says that's not what the data show.

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Despite Recovery, Many Find Home Loans Still Hard To Get

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The housing market and the economy are both well on their way back from the Great Recession. But housing advocates say banks, stung by the housing crisis and its fallout, remain reluctant to lend.

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EU-Greek Drama Deepens As A Deadline Approaches

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Greece has threatened to quit the euro if an agreement over its debt isn't reached. There were hints that a deal with the new Greek government could be worked out. But turmoil looms if the talks fail.

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Morning Edition

On Iran's Streets, 'Death To America' ... And Hope For A Nuclear Deal

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Many Iranians seem prepared to shift relations with the West. But there are also plenty of skeptics when it comes to the prospect of a nuclear deal and normal ties with the U.S.

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All Things Considered

With Quakes Spiking, Oil Industry Is Under The Microscope In Oklahoma

Monday, February 16, 2015

Oil is big business in Oklahoma, and the industry has been a boon for many cities here. But there are concerns that techniques used for extracting oil are behind a surge in temblors in the state.

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The Takeaway

West Coast Labor Dispute Rattles Businesses

Monday, February 16, 2015

Large cargo ships are sitting idle today along the West Coast. No one is unloading them because of a labor dispute. These ports account for 43 percent of container traffic in the U.S.

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West Coast Port Closures Are Hitting Several Industries Hard

Saturday, February 14, 2015

No cargo will go in or out of 29 West Coast ports this weekend because of a labor dispute that has been dragging on for months. And now the economic impacts of the shutdown are starting to be felt.

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All Things Considered

For Florists, Roses A Nerve-Racking Business Around Valentines Day

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentines Day is this one day when one product — a red rose — is worth two or three times more than it is at any other time of the year. If a florist catches that window, he's golden. But the process of getting the roses to is fraught with risk, middlemen, crazy expense and bad weather.

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How NAFTA Changed American (And Mexican) Food Forever

Friday, February 13, 2015

The trade agreement has helped the U.S., Mexico and Canada sell a lot more food to one another. That's meant more seasonal produce for the U.S., and more processed food and supermarkets for Mexico.

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