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How the Game Stop short squeeze movie got made

Thursday, September 21, 2023

The film Dumb Money tells the story of how Game Stop went from the brink of bankruptcy to its emergence as a "meme stock." But the story of how the movie got made is a drama of its own.


'Past Lives' is inspired by filmmaker Celine Song's own experience with a childhood friend

Sunday, June 04, 2023

In her filmmaking debut, "Past Lives," Korean-Canadian playwright Celine Song draws from her own experience of reuniting with a childhood friend after decades apart.


Dozens of TV shows are disappearing from streaming platforms like HBO Max. Here's why

Friday, March 17, 2023

Dozens of original streaming shows have been removed from platforms in an apparent effort to cut costs. The disappearing shows may point to a more fundamental change in the business of streaming.


Who actually pays with buy now, pay later companies like Klarna and Affirm

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?


Buy now, pay later plans help to reduce online cart abandonment

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.


Planet Money: How Florida's manatees got hooked on fossil fuels

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.


2 resellers go on a treasure hunt to find returned goods they can flip for profit

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.


Decades-long dispute between Mi'kmaq community and commercial lobstermen escalates

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.


How the 40-hour work week became the norm

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.


Hollywood Production Crews May Strike Due To Unglamorously Low Wages And Long Hours

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.


Late Eccentric Art Dealer Forrest Fenn's Treasure Hunt Ends After A Decade

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.


Music Streaming Giants To Pay $424 Million In Royalty Fees

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.


YouTube Influencer Develops Online Resource For People Living In Vehicles

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.


Nonfiction Techniques Underpin Film 'Nomadland'

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.


The Story Of The New Blue Pickup Truck Emoji

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.


How The Writers Guild of America Declared Victory Over Hollywood's Talent Agencies

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.


Genetic Gold Rush: How Supreme Court Heard A Case On Patenting Human Genome

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?


The Nation's Dog Supply Chain Has Broken During The Pandemic

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.


Why Are Stores Are Running Low On Toilet Paper? It's Not Just Hoarding

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.


It's The Age Of Peak TV, Yet Screenwriters And Their Agents Are Fighting

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.