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Episode 812: High Rise, Low Returns

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

As a businessman, President Trump is known for his towering buildings. Today we tell the story of one of those skyscrapers and what it says about how and with whom Trump does business.


What The CVS And Aetna Merger Has To Do With Amazon

Monday, December 04, 2017

The $69 billion merger of the drug store chain CVS with insurer Aetna is about several things. Depending on whom you ask, it's about transforming the pharmacy store experience, getting a stronger foothold in lucrative sales of specialty prescription drugs — or about preparing for a future threat from Amazon.


Analysts Expect Cyber Monday To Set Sales Records

Monday, November 27, 2017

Cyber Monday is slated to be a record-setting shopping day, when Americans are expected to spend some $6 billion. At least that's the number being forecast by Adobe Analytics.


'Just Time Together': For Some Workers, A Thanksgiving Off Is A Rare Treat

Thursday, November 23, 2017

For millions of Americans working in retail, Thanksgiving is the start to the most intense stretch of the year. One woman shares the story of her first Thanksgiving without a work shift in 23 years.


Trump Organization Cuts Ties To Controversial SoHo Hotel

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The part hotel, part condo building, from which the president had continued to profit as president, potentially linked him to murky financing arrangements and allegations of fraud.


FCC Unveils Plan To Repeal Net Neutrality Rules

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The FCC will vote Dec. 14 on a plan to undo rules that prevent Internet providers from blocking or slowing websites and apps. The plan would require broadband providers to disclose their practices.


Department Of Justice To Sue To Block AT&T, Time Warner Merger

Monday, November 20, 2017

It was slated to be a massive merger of a telecom and a media company — a deal worth $85 billion. As the case heads to court, this could set up one of the biggest antitrust showdowns in many years.


Justice Department Sues To Block AT&T's Merger With Time Warner

Monday, November 20, 2017

DOJ's case against the merger argues that the companies would control so much of both what people watch and how they watch it, that it could mean higher prices for both consumers and competitors.


As Amazon Looks To Unlock Your Door, Taking Stock Of Meaning Of Privacy

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Amazon is rolling out "Key," a WiFi-connected camera linked to a smart door lock to allow package delivery inside your home. Privacy experts say Key will tell us a lot about our trust in corporations.


Understanding How Trump Does Business And Who He Does It With

Monday, November 06, 2017

One of President Trump's signature projects during his days as a businessman was Trump SoHo in Manhattan. Now the Mueller investigation is reportedly looking into the finances of that project, developed by a firm called Bayrock. NPR's Embedded podcast looked at the checkered history of the Bayrock Group and one of its key figures, Felix Sater.


'A Major Distraction': Is A Megadeal Like Amazon's HQ2 Always Worth It?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Amazon's unmatched promise of 50,000 well-paying jobs has red carpets rolling out across the U.S. — but also some soul-searching. How much should communities subsidize wealthy American corporations?


Dow Jones Industrial Average Briefly Climbs Over 23,000 Points

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Stock prices have continued to rise to record levels. On Tuesday, the Dow Jones industrial average was sent above the 23,000 milestone, but it didn't last long.


Discount Grocers Aldi And Lidl Give U.S. Stores A Run For Their Money

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The grocery industry is in an intense price war. Two German competitors — Aldi and Lidl — are a major driving force. They're known for very low prices, and they're planning scores of new U.S. stores.


Cities Try Convincing Amazon They're Ready For Its New Headquarters

Monday, September 18, 2017

Atlanta, Denver and other cities are making their cases for the online giant to locate its second headquarters in their area. At stake: up to 50,000 well-paying jobs and billions in investments.


On iPhone's 10th Anniversary, Apple Has A Go At A Big Redesign

Monday, September 11, 2017

Among the devices Apple is expected to launch Tuesday is an iPhone potentially priced at around $1,000. It's expected to include facial recognition and do away with the home button.


Amazon Plans To Open Second Headquarters With 50,000 Jobs

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Amazon is setting out to find a location for a second headquarters, which should touch off intense competition among cities. The new HQ will bring along 50,000 high-paying jobs.


Grocery Prices Have Been Falling. Did You Notice?

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

For 19 months in a row, food prices in America's supermarkets fell compared to a year earlier. This is good news for shoppers but has weighed on the grocery industry and the people who grow our food.


Best Buy Shares Plunge After CEO Warns Record Growth Is Not 'New Normal'

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Best Buy's earnings report beat Wall Street expectations, but after weeks of record-highs, the CEO also warned that the growth is "not a new normal." That sent Best Buy shares down by more than 10 percent, as investors weighed whether the electronics retailer can compete with Amazon, Walmart and others.


Advertising Giant WPP Faces Slow Growth As Companies Cut Ad Spending

Friday, August 25, 2017

The world's largest advertising company, WPP, is sometimes viewed as a bellwether for the health of the global economy. This week, it jolted the ad and media industries when it slashed the forecast for its own growth this year. WPP has blamed the unexpectedly steep decline in ad spending by some of the most influential consumer goods companies.


Internet Companies Plan Day Of Action In Support Of Net Neutrality

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Major tech companies, small websites and many others are making their case Wednesday in support of an open Internet. Most are protesting plans by the Federal Communications Commission to undo net neutrality, or open Internet, rules.