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As Trump Vows To Grow Industry, Countries Move Away From Coal

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:00 -0500

In his campaign to become president, Donald Trump vowed to bring back coal jobs. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Rob Godby, director of the Center for Energy Economics and Public Policy at the University of Wyoming, about the outlook for the coal industry in the U.S.

China Suspends Coal Imports From North Korea

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:40:00 -0500

China is suspending coal imports from North Korea, one of the country's economic lifelines. The Chinese government says the move is part of United Nations sanctions against North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

The 'Haze Craze': Beer Lovers' Newfound Obsession With Murky IPAs

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 08:00:00 -0500

East Coast brewers have been making unfiltered, unpasteurized, hazy IPAs for about a decade. Their customers love the aromas and murky look of the beers. Now, the hazy beer craze has gone national.

Facebook Wants Great Power, But What About Responsibility?

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 14:41:00 -0500

Mark Zuckerberg has announced a plan to make Facebook the only primary platform people use to connect to others virtually. But he fails to discuss the responsibilities that come with that power.

A Thriving Rural Town's Winning Formula Faces New Threats Under Trump Administration

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 07:58:02 -0500

Decades ago, Garden City, Kan., embraced the meat industry, and immigrants flocked there for jobs. The city worked hard to absorb newcomers, but now its economy and diverse community are in jeopardy.

China Suspends Coal Imports From North Korea, Dealing A Blow To Pyongyang

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:37:00 -0500

China's commerce ministry announced Saturday it will be freezing imports through the end of the year. North Korea, which does 90 percent of its business with China, relies on coal as its No. 1 export.

Trump Talks Jobs At Boeing Plant In South Carolina

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 13:00:00 -0500

The president's visit to the North Charleston plant comes after the company's employees voted against unionizing. "We want products made in America, made by American hands," he said.

The Environmental Consequences Of A Wall On The U.S.-Mexico Border

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 08:01:00 -0500

Discussions of a border wall happen at the intersection of environmental and civil rights.

Using The Blockchain To Change Prisons

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:59:00 -0500

Charlie Shrem went to prison for his involvement in Bitcoin trading. Now he's out and part of the next evolution of Bitcoin's future, investments that trade using Bitcoin's underlying technology.

Why Ditching NAFTA Could Hurt America's Farmers More Than Mexico's

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:31:00 -0500

Trade in food between the U.S. and Mexico has exploded over the past 15 years. President Trump is talking about restricting that trade, but when it comes to food, such moves could backfire.

Trump Picks R. Alexander Acosta As New Labor Nominee

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:50:00 -0500

The president's first choice, Andrew Puzder, withdrew his nomination on Wednesday after facing criticism from members of both parties.

Germ History: Milkmaids Inspire Vaccines, But The Germs Keep Coming

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 06:38:00 -0500

After milkmaids helped discover vaccination, we spent the next 150 years learning how to keep ourselves safe from germs. By the 1960s, we thought the battle was finally over. If only!

A Departing Bank Regulator's Advice To Stave Off Another Financial Crisis

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 04:41:00 -0500

Departing Federal Reserve Board member Daniel Tarullo was a key architect of post-crisis financial reforms. He talks about how those reforms have worked and what could help in the future.

For Food Manufacturers, 'Sell By' Labels May Have Reached Their Expiration Date

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:21:00 -0500

Those "expiration" labels on packaged food may confuse consumers and dupe them into throwing good food in the trash. Two major food industry associations want to change that and are proposing reforms.

Leaving Urban Areas For The Political Homogeneity Of Rural Towns

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 04:33:00 -0500

In the last election, it became easier to see the political divide between urban and rural areas. Now, people from California are moving to northern Idaho to find people similar to them.