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Sales Are Like Drugs. What Happens When A Store Wants Customers To Quit?

Friday, March 01, 2013

JC Penney's new CEO came in with a bold strategy: No more sales or coupons. It didn't work.

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Episode 438: Mavericks, Monopolies And Beer

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Two big companies have hatched a plan that could allegedly take money out of the pockets of ordinary Americans. And it's not just any money: it's our beer money.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Intrade Pulls Out of the U.S.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Emily Lambert, associate director of Intellectual Capital at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, discusses why U.S. regulators sued Intrade and why Intrade is closing its doors to U.S. customers.

 

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WNYC News

Why Economists Love Price Gouging, And Why It's So Rare

Monday, October 29, 2012

Like millions of other people, I stocked up on canned food this weekend. Why didn't grocery stores raise prices to take advantage of the pre-hurricane rush?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

When America First Met China

Friday, October 12, 2012

Eric Jay Dolin traces the United States’ fraught relationship with China back to its roots in the 19th-century. In When America First Met China: An Exotic History of Tea, Drugs, and Money in the Age of Sail, Dolin tells an epic tale of opium smugglers, sea pirates, and dueling clipper ships.

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The Takeaway

Two Giant Telecom Companies Banned from U.S. Market

Monday, October 08, 2012

Business as usual just got more difficult with China. The House Intelligence Committee will formally call for the ban of two giant Chinese telecommunications companies, Huawei and ZTE, from operating in the U.S. market.

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Features

Rubber Ducks And Cheap Watches: Photos From New York's Junk Economy

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

A cluster of wholesale stores in Manhattan sell a weird mix cheap stuff to small entrepreneurs from Africa and Latin America.

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WNYC News

Why New York Is A Hub In The Global Trinket Trade

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Buyers from all over the world still come to vendors in Manhattan to buy cheap toys and tchotchkes. We find out why.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Globavores: Tomatoes

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

The first part of Globavores, our 8-week series about the Columbian Exchange, kicks off today with a look at the tomato and its 500- year journey from mesoamerica across the globe. We'll speak with Andrew Smith, culinary historian and author of The Tomato in America and with chef Lidia Bastianich, whose latest cookbook is  Lidia's Favorite Recipes.

Recipe: Lidia Bastianich's Spaghetti and Pesto Trapanese

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues Follow Up: How They Do It In China

Friday, September 21, 2012

Keith Bradsher, New York Times Hong Kong bureau chief, discusses the case against some of China's trade practices and the implications for U.S. manufacturers--and takes a look at how China approaches education and economic growth.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Auto Industry and the 2012 Election

Thursday, September 20, 2012

In 2008, we broke down the election map state-by-state. In 2012, we’re breaking it down by industry. Each week, we’ll look at a different industry that changed dramatically over the last four years and  find out how that might affect the presidential election. Catherine Rampell of the New York Times talks about the automotive industry and the continuing impact of the 2009 bailout as well as the president’s announcement that the Federal Trade Commission was moving against China, alleging that the country illegally subsidizes its auto part industry—and how all of that affects voters in states from Michigan to Missouri.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Does Free Trade Outsource Jobs?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: The impact of free trade on domestic employment. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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WNYC News

The iPhone 5 And The Economy: Don't Believe The Hype

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Will there be a smartphone stimulus this fall? Don't hold your breath.

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Eating Out Should Be More Expensive On Saturday Night

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Fixed prices were a modern invention. They may not last.

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WNYC News

Does New York City Need More Taxis?

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The City of New York wants to add 2,000 more taxi cabs onto its streets. That would make it easier to hail a cab, but it might make it harder to get where you're going.

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WNYC News

We Set Up An Offshore Company In A Tax Haven

Friday, July 27, 2012

What is striking about all the offshore services available today is that while they are totally legal, the system seems to make it easy to get away with things that are not legal.

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WNYC News

Apple Just Made $9 Billion (And Investors Are Mad)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Apple made nearly $9 billion in profits in three months — more than Mongolia produced in all of 2011. Investors aren't happy.

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Transportation Nation

China Not Treating U.S. Automakers Fairly, Says Obama Administration

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Shanghai traffic (photo by http2007 via flickr)

The United States filed a complaint against China with the World Trade Organization over what it says are unfair trade practices for imposing new duties on American-made cars.

According to the complaint, which was filed by the United States Trade Representative on Thursday, "the United States has requested dispute settlement consultations with China at the WTO in an attempt to eliminate these unfair duties."

Last year, Beijing imposed import tariffs ranging from 2 percent to 21.5 percent on larger cars and SUVs exported from the U.S. In 2011, the U.S. exported more than $3 billion of these automobiles to China.

China has argued that General Motors and Chrysler have benefited from government subsidies, enabling the companies to sell cars at less than fair market value -- thereby hurting the Chinese auto industry.

Word of the complaint came as President Obama kicked off a two-day bus tour of Pennsylvania and Ohio. Ohio, a swing state, is home to thousands of auto workers.

"Americans aren't afraid to compete," said the president, speaking at a campaign event in Maumee (OH).  "We believe in competition. I believe in trade...so as long as we're competing on a fair playing field instead of an unfair playing field, we'll do just fine. But we're going to make sure that competition is fair."

White House spokesperson Jay Carney noted that this is the seventh such action taken against China, and denied the timing behind the announcement was politically motivated. "The fact is this is an action that has been in development for quite a long time." he said. "It simply can’t suddenly be a political action because it happens during the campaign."

China's once-booming auto industry is decelerating due to its slowing economy -- and its government's own efforts to get a handle on traffic. Earlier this month, Guangzhou became the third Chinese city to put a cap on annual car sales to combat growing traffic jams and pollution.

You can read a copy of the letter the USTR sent the WTO here.

 

 

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Digesting Politics

Video Game Company Hires Economist To Study Virtual Worlds

Monday, June 25, 2012

"Valve doesn't care about anything other than creating games. Suddenly, they've wound up with economies."

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WNYC News

How Facebook Can Live Up To The Hype

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Facebook needs more users — and it needs to figure out how to make more money off of each user.

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