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Sunday, June 12, 2022
These businesses have exploded in popularity during the pandemic, and now Apple is getting on board. But are these interest-free payment installments too good to be true?
Friday, May 20, 2022
A payment option called buy now, pay later is growing in popularity. While these services offer consumers a convenient form of interest-free installment credit, they've raised regulators' concerns.
Friday, May 13, 2022
In the 1970s, Florida's manatees were near extinction. When power companies noticed manatees hanging out near their power plants in search of warm water, they partnered with environmentalists.
Friday, January 21, 2022
U.S. consumers are returning more of the stuff they buy than ever before. The returned goods often end up at bargain-bin stores, where resellers look for items they can resell for profit.
Friday, December 10, 2021
The waters of Nova Scotia, Canada, hold one of the world's most lucrative lobster fisheries. A conflict over how to balance native treaty rights with commercial fishing rules is coming to a head.
Friday, November 05, 2021
With the pandemic causing many workers and businesses to rethink our collective relationship with work, several companies are experimenting with a four-day work week.
Thursday, September 23, 2021
IATSE, a union which represents film crews, has asked their members to grant them the authority to strike. Conditions have worsened in the pandemic for people who work on sets for film and television.
Friday, May 21, 2021
Eleven years ago, a now-deceased millionaire hid a treasure and published a riddle that would help hunters find it. The chase spawned partnerships, marriages, but also burglary and even deaths.
Friday, March 19, 2021
Streaming has revolutionized the music business, including how songwriters get paid. Now the 20 biggest streaming platforms have been ordered to pay $424 million in unmatched royalties to artists.
Thursday, March 04, 2021
For some people, giving up their house or apartment and living on the road is a choice. But for many Americans priced out of the housing and rental markets, living in a vehicle is a necessity.
Saturday, February 20, 2021
In the new film Nomadland, director Chloe Zhao blends fact and fiction. The film follows the life of the modern-day American nomad in the aftermath of the 2008 housing and financial crises.
Monday, February 15, 2021
Among the latest batch of new emoji is an unassuming blue pickup truck. The story of how that symbol got onto our devices offers a window into the big and sometimes dark money that companies are spending to influence the way we communicate.
Friday, February 12, 2021
The Writers Guild of America declared victory after grappling for nearly two years with Hollywood's biggest talent agencies over how agents make their money.
Friday, November 27, 2020
By the mid-2000s, an estimated 20% of the human genome had been turned into intellectual property. NPR shares the story of how the Supreme Court answered the question: Who do genes belong to?
Wednesday, May 06, 2020
Some of the U.S. animal shelters have reported having all their dogs fostered during the quarantine. But it is not just that the pandemic made people want pets more — a dog supply chain has broken.
Friday, April 03, 2020
Why are supermarkets running out of toilet paper? It's partly the same psychology behind a bank run — and partly about bottlenecks in supply chains.
Thursday, January 16, 2020
Over 500 scripted TV shows were produced in the U.S. in 2019. But that record output is happening amid an ongoing battle between screenwriters and Hollywood's biggest talent agencies.
Friday, December 06, 2019
The Paramount Consent Decrees were enacted more than 70 years ago to keep Hollywood studios from monopolizing film distribution. Now the Department of Justice has filed to terminate them.
Friday, November 22, 2019
Sperm banking has become a lucrative international business. But until the 1980s, it was a niche industry.
Friday, November 08, 2019
In the film Honey Boy, Shia LeBeouf tells his life story and stars as his father. It draws from his turbulent childhood as a Disney star and his conflicted relationship with his father.