Business and Economy

The Salt
4:16 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Agribusiness Funds 'Farmland' To Counter Hollywood Message

David Loberg's family farm in Carroll, Neb., is featured in the film Farmland.
Don Holtz Ketchum

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

The movie Farmland opened in theaters Thursday. It's the latest in a string of documentaries about agriculture, like Food Inc. and King Corn.

But while the latter two films made damning accusations about the environmental and human costs of modern agribusiness, this documentary was funded by agribusiness. It tells a very different story.

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All Tech Considered
4:02 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

How The Supreme Court Could Reshape The Tech Patent Landscape


Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 12:41 pm

A California jury is deliberating a major lawsuit between tech titans Apple and Samsung. Apple is suing Samsung for patent infringement and asking for a whopping $2 billion in damages. But even if Apple prevails in this case, later this year the Supreme Court could undermine the victory by calling Apple's patents and thousands of others into question.

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3:13 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Experts Expect A First For Ford: A Painless CEO Transition

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 7:47 pm

Ford Motor Company will soon have a new CEO: Mark Fields, who's currently the chief operating officer. Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton reports that Ford hopes this will quell doubts among investors.

The Two-Way
11:43 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Longtime 'Mad' Magazine Editor Dies At 88

Editor Al Feldstein works on page layouts in his office at Mad magazine's New York headquarters in 1972. A poster with the iconic character Alfred E. Neuman hangs on the wall behind him.
Jerry Mosey AP

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 1:40 pm

Al Feldstein, the man who turned Mad magazine into a must-read for teens of the baby boomer generation, has died at his home near Livingston, Mont. He was 88.

Feldstein, who died Tuesday, was editor of Mad for nearly 30 years until the mid-'80s, taking the magazine to a mass audience with its blend of political and cultural satire tuned to adolescent sensibilities.

Among other things, he turned the freckle-faced, gap-toothed and jug-eared Alfred E. Neuman character, with the "What, Me Worry?" catchphrase, into a staple of the magazine.

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10:50 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Does New Hiring Tool Aid Diversity Or Discrimination?

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 1:33 pm

A new tool lets job recruiters filter candidates based on race, gender and veteran status. Civil rights attorney Cyrus Mehri sorts through the legal questions about this program.

The Two-Way
9:25 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Rosie The Riveter's World War II-Era Plant Saved

A campaign to save the Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti Township, Mich., appears to have succeeded. The factory is where Rosie the Riveter and thousands of other women built B-24 bombers during World War II.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:38 am

In the end, it was a riveting finish: A campaign to save part of the Michigan factory where Rosie the Riveter and thousands of other women built B-24 bombers during World War II has raised the money needed to turn it into a museum.

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5:58 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Merger Possible In Home Entertainment Industry

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 6:35 am



NPR's business news begins with another possible home entertainment merger.

AT&T wants to purchase the Satellite TV provider DirecTV. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. The deal would likely be worth around $40 billion. This comes in the wake of Comcast's attempt to buy Time Warner Cable. It's still seeking government approval for the deal.

NPR Story
5:09 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Doge At 'Dega: Dogecoin Sponsors Race Car

Phil Parsons Racing

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 10:54 am

Dogecoin users, it turns out, are passionate about underdogs. At Talladega Superspeedway this Sunday, one of the cars running will stand out from the rest.

Dogecoin is the digital currency that's similar to Bitcoin. (Doge is a slang term for "dog" used in Internet memes. There's a famous image of a puzzled-looking dog that's been a viral hit and it's also the currency's mascot.)

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Around the Nation
4:13 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Seattle Proposal Would Raise City's Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 2:24 pm



The minimum wage may go up anyway in Seattle. Politicians there want to raise the local minimum higher than current 7.25, and higher than President Obama's goal of 10.10. [POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: Seattle's current minimum wage, like all of Washington state's, is $9.19 per hour.] Seattle is seriously considering setting the minimum wage at $15.

Here's NPR's Martin Kaste.

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Seattle - 15, 15, 15!

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4:12 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Senate Republicans Block Bill To Raise Federal Minimum Wage

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 6:35 am

One of the Democrats top election themes this year was stopped cold in the Senate on Wednesday. Republicans successfully blocked Democrats from even taking up a bill to raise the minimum wage.