Business and Economy

Economy
5:39 am
Fri April 4, 2014

March Unemployment Rate Unchanged At 6.7 Percent

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 11:10 am

The Labor Department said U.S. employers added 192,000 jobs in March, which is seen as a sign that the economy is rebounding. The unemployment rate remained steady at 6.7 percent.

Business
4:10 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Did A Federal Safety Agency Help General Motors Avoid A Recall?

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 7:22 am

As details emerge about GM's handling of an ignition switch recall, a question is raised again: What is the relationship between regulators and the regulated, and the revolving door between the two?

Planet Money
3:59 am
Fri April 4, 2014

New Web Addresses Provide Alternatives To Crowded Domains

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 7:22 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On a Friday it's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

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Rethinking Retirement: The Changing Work Landscape
5:27 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

One More Speed Bump For Your Retirement Fund: Basic Human Impulse

We hate losing twice as much as we love winning, behavioral researchers say. And that gets us into trouble with financial decisions.
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Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 6:34 pm

Saving for retirement is a challenge facing most Americans. Research shows the challenge is made harder by our basic human impulses. We know we should be saving. But we don't. We consistently make bad financial decisions.

One thing that leads us astray is what behavioral economists call "loss aversion." In other words, we hate losing. And that gets in the way of us winning — if winning is making smart financial decisions.

How A Smashed Car Is Like A Smashed Nest Egg

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All Tech Considered
3:22 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

A Week Into His New Job, Controversy Forces Mozilla CEO To Resign

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich in 2010.
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Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 7:22 am

Brendan Eich, embattled co-founder of Mozilla and creator of the JavaScript programming language, has stepped down from his new role as CEO of Mozilla, the nonprofit foundation and tech company behind the Firefox browser.

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Business
3:02 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Transatlantic Duo Looks Into The Future Of Flight

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 6:34 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Robert Siegel.

And now, Delta Airlines and Virgin Air go together like Ford and Jaguar? That one didn't go so well. But in the case of these two very different airlines, which are global partners, marriage appears to be working out. So say our next two guests, Delta CEO Richard Anderson and Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson, they're both in Washington attending the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Aviation Summit this week.

And they've joined me in the studio. Welcome to both of you.

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Planet Money
2:53 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

In One Word, What's Your Biggest Source Of Work-Related Stress?

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The big jobs report that comes out at the beginning of every month has tons of data on how the job market is doing. But it doesn't tell us much about what peoples' jobs are really like.

Last month, we asked people to tell us what they really do at work. This month, we asked: What's your biggest source of work-related stress? Tell us in one word and a photo, and explain why. Here are some of the responses.

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Race
10:52 am
Thu April 3, 2014

'One Nation Underemployed' Shows Blacks Still In Crisis

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 8:37 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. We're going to start the program today talking about the National Urban League's annual report - The State of Black America.

It says that black and Latino people are still feeling the effects of the great recession, especially in their pocketbooks. The Urban League report is called "One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America." The president of the organization, Marc Morial, is with us now. Welcome back to the program. Thanks for joining us.

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The Two-Way
9:13 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Jobless Claims Rose Last Week

The scene at a job fair last fall in Van Nuys, Calif.
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Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 12:18 pm

There were 326,000 first-time claims filed for unemployment insurance last week, up by 16,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration reported Thursday morning.

Although the number increased, claims remained at the lower end of the range they've been in for the past year and were running at a pace close to where they were before the economy sank into its latest recession in December 2007.

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Business
6:07 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Women Defy Hollywood's Conventional Wisdom

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 6:53 am

A new study shows that films featuring prominent female characters profit more than those that don't.

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