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Episode 731: How Venezuela Imploded

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:52:04 -0400

Venezuela has just about every economic advantage a country could ask for: fertile land, good climate, educated population, and oil, lots and lots of oil. So how did it go so wrong?

What's Up With The Internet Today? Websites Lag, Don't Load For Many In U.S.

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:20:00 -0400

A hacking attack against a major Internet infrastructure company, Dyn, has prompted intermittent disruptions across the Web. Hackers used a network of infected Internet-connected devices.

In Jerusalem And West Bank, Nutella Cafes Offer A Sweet Refuge

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:00:01 -0400

Palestinians are flocking to a string of Nutella cafés that have popped up in the region. The cafes offer a welcome refuge from the realities of living in a conflict zone.

Cyber Aggression Takes A Back Seat To Other Presidential Campaign Issues

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:09:00 -0400

The White House says it plans to retaliate against Russia for cyberattacks. Cybersecurity has been a constant issue on the campaign trail. No candidate professes to have expertise in this policy area.

Workers Say Wells Fargo Unfairly Scarred Their Careers

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 05:09:00 -0400

In the ongoing scandal engulfing Wells Fargo, the bank says it fired wrongdoers. But some workers say they were trying to blow the whistle and Wells Fargo fired them.

Lawmakers Question Price Hikes For Leukemia Drug

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 20:35:00 -0400

The pharmaceutical company Ariad raised the price of a leukemia drug multiple times during a four-year period even as reports of serious cardiovascular side effects mounted.

Tesla Has Begun Making All Its New Cars Self-Driving

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:58:00 -0400

Elon Musk, Tesla's CEO, says once the technology is fully enabled, the cars will be able to drive with no human input. Musk says previously built Teslas can't be retrofitted with the latest features.

Self-Checkout Could Soon Be Checking Out

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:19:46 -0400

Those self-checkout machines in the supermarkets and other stores have remained pretty much unchanged since the 1990s. They still don't work very well. Why can't they get better? We take a shopping trip with the inventor who describes the issue as a cognitive problem and a shoplifting problem.

Will Selling Its First Ever Bonds On The International Market Help Saudi Arabia?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 16:19:00 -0400

NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with Gulf Peninsula expert Gregory Gause about Saudi Arabia selling bonds to raise money and what this means for the country in the long run.

Trick Or Treat? Critics Blast Big Soda's Efforts To Fend Off Taxes

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 15:23:00 -0400

Several U.S. cities have sugary drink taxes on the ballot. As efforts to reduce soda consumption gain traction around the world, critics say the industry is using the tobacco playbook to fight back.

Did Trump TV Launch Last Night?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:37:00 -0400

Donald Trump's campaign ran its own broadcast of the presidential debate Wednesday night. Many saw it as the first incarnation of a rumored Trump cable news channel.

Journalists' Campaign Donations Create Conflict, Ex-Newspaper Man Says

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

A report shows some journalists and ex-journalists contributed to presidential campaigns. Steve Inskeep talks to Len Downie, former executive editor of The Washington Post and professor of journalism.

Episode 730: Self Checkout

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 21:54:23 -0400

A doctor treating psychiatric patients in an emergency room created the first self-checkout machine in his spare time. Now he can't stand self checkout. So we take him shopping.

California Investigates Whether Wells Fargo Committed Criminal Identity Theft

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:39:00 -0400

The bank has come under fire since acknowledging that employees, trying to meet sales targets, opened millions of accounts without customer authorization.

Soda Industry Tries To Woo Public Health Groups With Sponsorship Deals

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:27:00 -0400

As the soda industry gears up to spend $9.5 million to oppose the soda tax proposals in San Francisco, Oakland, Calif, and Albany, Calif., critics point out the industry has also been wooing public health groups with sponsorship deals.