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NPR news on the U.S. and world economy, the World Bank, and Federal Reserve. Commentary on economic trends. Subscribe to NPR Economy podcasts and RSS feeds.

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A Woman Named Fortunate Doesn't See Good Fortune Ahead In Zimbabwe

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:51:00 -0400

She sells clothes from the back of her car. But business is dropping. Like many Zimbabweans, she faces a crippled economy, high unemployment and a shortage of cash.

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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.

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Episode 729: When Subaru Came Out

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 21:09:00 -0400

Subaru's sales had been slumping for years. So the car company took a big risk and targeted a group of consumers that just about everyone else was ignoring.

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For The Long Haul, Self-Driving Trucks May Pave The Way Before Cars

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 18:54:00 -0400

Despite being self-driving, big rigs will still need truckers to ride along and take control of in case of emergency situations. But some say they may be the last generation to do their jobs.

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Episode 627: The Miracle Apple

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 18:01:00 -0400

How we got from mealy, nasty apples to apples that taste delicious. The story starts with a breeder who discovered a miracle apple. But discovering that apple wasn't enough.

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Immigrant Turned Successful Businessman Invests In The Middle

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 16:32:00 -0400

Sunil Puri arrived from Mumbai in 1979 with $150 and a high school diploma to his name. He worked his way through college and now he is a real estate developer who contributes heavily to charities and political campaigns.

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How Clinton And Trump Plan To Address The Issue Of Poverty

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 05:10:00 -0400

Tens of millions of Americans live in poverty, yet the issue has received scant attention on the presidential campaign trail. We examine the candidates' plans to address poverty.

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Appeals Court Orders Restructuring Of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:29:00 -0400

A federal appeals court ruled the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau must be restructured because its current setup is unconstitutional. The decision will require an immediate agency restructure.

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How Buying Choices Define American Middle Class Living

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 16:38:00 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro meets with Peter Liebhold, curator for work and industry at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, to discuss the "stuff" — consumer goods, home and car ownership, debt or a college education — that defines what it means to be middle class as part of "The New Middle" series.

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Researchers Find Racial Wage Gap Has Grown

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 17:04:21 -0400

Valerie Wilson of the Economic Policy Institute and Adia Harvey Wingfield of Washington University in St. Louis discuss a new study finding a greater racial wage gap in 2015 than in 1979.

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As South Africa's Gold Mining Companies Decline In Production, Illegal Miners Thrive

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 08:29:00 -0400

A recent accident in a gold mine in South Africa has brought attention to the growing practice of illegal mining. The legal mining operations have been on a decades-long decline but illegal miners are thriving.

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Episode 728: The Wells Fargo Hustle

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 21:55:02 -0400

We take you inside the headquarters of Wells Fargo bank. It's a place where a bunch of young, stressed-out workers were rewarded for doing some very bad things.

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How The Idea Of Free Trade As A Way To World Peace Gained Traction

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 05:04:00 -0400

Free trade is taking a beating in this election year. But the man who created the free-trade world we live in now, thought free trade was the way to world peace. He even won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Detailed Data May Not Be Enough To Close Gender Pay Gap

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 16:34:00 -0400

Many companies are auditing their payroll to find if the pay men and women differently for doing the same work. But, analyzing the information and handling the results can be tricky.

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