Business and Economy

All Tech Considered
3:17 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

It's Complicated: When A CEO's Personal Position Becomes Public

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich in 2010.
Drew McLellan Flickr

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 5:18 pm

The Mozilla controversy that played out over the past two weeks bursts with ironies. And this one is perhaps the most prominent: The free speech that Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich spent his life's work defending and enabling — and an open-Web revolution Eich helped lead — drove his unseating. It raises questions about how a company leader's personal convictions should be judged.

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Economy
3:17 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Mystery Of Mounting Inequality Might Find Answer In Brand-New Tome

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 5:18 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

A few decades ago, inequality started rising in countries around the world. That came as a shock to many economists who originally thought inequality tended to go down overtime. They wondered how inequality could rise in so many different places at once. Well, now a new book by one of the world's leading experts on the topic suggests an answer to that mystery. Jacob Goldstein of our Planet Money team reports.

JACOB GOLDSTEIN, BYLINE: The book is called "Capital in the Twenty-First Century." Here's the author.

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Economy
3:17 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

In March Jobs Report, Market Awakens From A Winter Swoon

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 5:18 pm

The U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in March, according to data released this morning. The unemployment rate refused to budge, though, holding steady at 6.7 percent.

Parallels
3:15 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

U.S. Taps New Energy Sources, And Potential Geopolitical Clout

Gas and oil extraction using hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is at the heart of the recent U.S. oil and gas boom. Here, an oil field on the Monterey Shale formation in McKittrick, Calif.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 5:18 pm

The recent oil and natural gas boom in the U.S. is paying major dividends for Washington's geopolitical clout. Thanks to hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. is awash in domestic energy, which is having a ripple effect globally.

If you want to gauge one effect of this newfound energy wealth, you don't have to look any further than the current crisis between Russia and Ukraine, says Michael Levi, a senior fellow for energy and the environment at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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The Salt
1:58 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Cuisine And Culture Transform A Dallas Neighborhood

Trinity Groves, a sprawling food incubator in West Dallas, has attracted diverse chefs and huge crowds.
Rebecca Combs Courtesy of Trinity Groves

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 5:18 pm

Can food revitalize an ailing neighborhood? In Dallas, global flavors seem to be playing a pretty big part in one area's transformation.

For decades, West Dallas was a ramshackle place: a Superfund site with a cement plant, some crime-ridden warehouses and a modest Latino neighborhood known as La Bajada across a potholed two-lane bridge from the glittery downtown.

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The Two-Way
1:00 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Nest Halts Sales Of Smoke Detector, Disables 'Wave' Feature

The Nest smoke and carbon monoxide alarm.
Marcio Jose Sanchez AP

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 1:28 pm

The Google-owned Nest Labs has halted sales of its smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, the company announced on its website.

In a letter from CEO Tony Fadell to customers, he said the company was concerned that users could unintentionally disable the device by waving their hands in front of it.

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The Salt
11:04 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Tasting French Fries For A Living Can Be A Pain In The Mouth

Food companies invest heavily in running their products through taste tests with trained sensory panelists. Here, a blind taste testing event at McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., in 2012.
Bloomberg/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 7:18 am

Behind all of the mass-produced food that's churned out by fast-food restaurants and cafeterias is a hidden army of workers: professional taste testers, or "sensory panelists." Their job is to evaluate every aspect of a food product — from the texture to the spice combination to the salt levels — before it hits consumers' plates.

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The Two-Way
7:36 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Jobless Rate Holds Steady As Employers Add 192,000 Jobs

This recruiter was waiting to meet with job seekers at a career fair last year in King of Prussia, Pa.
Matt Slocum AP

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 12:09 pm

This post has been updated.

The nation's unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent in March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.

Meanwhile, there were 192,000 more jobs on public and private payrolls last month — a bit under the 200,000 or so economists had expected but still above the average growth in previous months.

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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?

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