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Episode 774: Unspeakable Trademark

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:18:01 -0400

You can name your business whatever you want. But the government won't register it as a trademark if it thinks it's offensive. It gets weird when you try to decide what is too offensive to trademark.



As Nursing Homes Evict Patients, States Question Motives

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:13:00 -0400

According to the federal government, the top complaint about nursing homes is wrongful eviction. Advocates say nursing homes want residents who pay more but require less care.



Robert Mercer Is A Force To Be Reckoned With In Finance And Conservative Politics

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:30:00 -0400

He and his daughter Rebekah have quietly emerged as powerful donors to Republican candidates and causes, including President Trump.



Lawsuit Claims GM Used Defeat Devices On Duramax Diesel Trucks And SUVs

Fri, 26 May 2017 13:03:00 -0400

The class-action lawsuit accuses General Motors of using "at least three separate 'defeat devices' to increase engine power and efficiency" in its Duramax diesel engines.



Amid Conspiracy Controversy, Hannity Takes A Vacation — And Vows To Return

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:52:00 -0400

"Uh oh My ANNUAL Memorial Day long weekend starts NOW," the Fox News pundit tweeted, predicting "breathless" speculation about his departure after he drew backlash for pushing a baseless story.



Ford Gives New CEO Jim Hackett A Big To-Do List

Fri, 26 May 2017 07:47:00 -0400

Hackett's job description: Prepare Ford for a future of self-driving cars and keep thing profitable by selling trucks. While Hackett has a unique set of skills, that's still an extremely tall order.



Trump's Budget Proposes 6 Weeks Paid Parental Leave

Fri, 26 May 2017 05:05:00 -0400

Steve Inskeep talks to Sabrina Schaeffer, executive director of the conservative Independent Women's Forum about the provision in President Trump's budget for paid family leave.



LeBron James' Return To Cleveland Illustrates Remarkable Economic Experiment

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:32:00 -0400

Professional sports generate a tremendous amount of money, but it's tricky to know exactly what part of sports generates that money. LeBron James unintentionally ran a nearly perfect economic experiment by unexpectedly leaving Cleveland and then, three years later, returning with almost no warning. A pair of economists have now used James' prodigal son data to look at the financial impact a single superstar can have on a local economy.



Fox News Hits Back At Accuser's Lawyer In Mocking Response To Lawsuit

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:25:11 -0400

Fox News has responded mockingly to a lawsuit filed by the attorney representing former Fox host Andrea Tantaros in her sexual harassment allegations against the network.



Google A.I. Clinches Series Against Humanity's Last, Best Hope To Win At Go

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:13:00 -0400

Ke Jie is a wunderkind — the 19-year-old undisputed master of what might well be the world's most complex game. And he just soundly lost a best-of-three series to an artificial intelligence program.



A Proposed New Tax, Mainly On Latinos, To Pay For Trump's Border Wall

Thu, 25 May 2017 07:28:00 -0400

It's called the Border Wall Funding Act of 2017. And it would place a new tax on money being wired to Latin America and the Caribbean.



United Airlines Has Happy Shareholders, Unhappy Workers

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:12:00 -0400

United Airlines' shareholders don't seem too worried about the long-term impact of a passenger being violently dragged off a plane. But workers for United's contractors are protesting low wages.



Should The Police Control Their Own Body Camera Footage?

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:00:00 -0400

There is a growing perception that body cameras, now generating millions of hours of footage, are there less to keep tabs on police, and more to keep tabs on the public.



Trump Said He Would Donate Foreign-Government Profits; Docs Suggest Limited Effort

Thu, 25 May 2017 05:00:00 -0400

The Trump Organization told staff that asking guests if they represent a foreign government would impede privacy. The House Oversight Committee's top Democrat says the policy raises "grave concerns."



Boom Time Again For U.S. Oil Industry, Thanks To OPEC

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:46:00 -0400

The oil industry is coming out of a two-year slump after OPEC cut production. In oil-rich North Dakota, there are more energy jobs than available workers and local businesses are seeing a revival.