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Ford Replaces CEO Mark Fields After Stock Prices Dwindle

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:35:58 -0400

Ford has just come off two straight years of record earnings. Its F-150 trucks are the best selling vehicles in America. But none of this was enough to save CEO Mark Fields' job. The career Ford executive has been replaced by a relative newcomer, Jim Hackett. One reason for the move: Ford's stock price tumbled nearly 40 percent in the three years Fields was at the helm.

In Some Rural Counties, Hunger Is Rising, But Food Donations Aren't

Mon, 22 May 2017 16:35:00 -0400

Pantries in southwest Virginia — where poverty is rampant and coal jobs are vanishing — will take whatever they can get to stock bare shelves. Some also offer help with health care and job training.

At 94, Lithium-Ion Pioneer Eyes A New Longer-Lasting Battery

Mon, 22 May 2017 15:50:00 -0400

In 1980, John Goodenough's work led to the lithium-ion battery, now found in everything from phones to electric cars. He and fellow researchers say they've come up with a faster-charging alternative.

Planet Money: On Why India Made Most Of Its Money Worthless

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:04:00 -0400

India's prime minister recently decided to make almost all of the cash in his country worthless. He said it was meant to stop corruption. It turns out, that idea came from a very surprising source.

Ford Motor Company To Name New CEO, Reports Say

Mon, 22 May 2017 05:04:00 -0400

Ford Motor Company is expected to announce its CEO Mark Fields is leaving, to be replaced by Jim Hackett, who runs the company's work on autonomous vehicles.

Ford Replaces CEO Mark Fields In Management Shake-Up

Mon, 22 May 2017 02:05:00 -0400

Ford announced Monday that Jim Hackett, who has overseen Ford's efforts on autonomous vehicles, has taken over as president and CEO.

Saudis And The UAE Will Donate $100 Million To A Fund Inspired By Ivanka Trump

Sun, 21 May 2017 18:22:00 -0400

As a candidate, President Trump regularly criticized the Clinton Foundation for taking money from Middle East despots. But these donations are different.

Amtrak Is Under Fire For Delays At New York's Penn Station

Sun, 21 May 2017 07:13:34 -0400

After a month of breakdowns and delays at Penn Station, Amtrak will be making major repairs to tracks, but leaders from New York and New Jersey are calling on Amtrak to give up control of the station.

Ad War Means Local TV Stations Win Big In Georgia's Special Election

Sun, 21 May 2017 07:00:00 -0400

The special election in the Atlanta suburbs has become the most expensive U.S. House race in history. Although voters won't weigh in until next month, there's already one clear winner: TV stations.

Feeling Sidelined By Mainstream Social Media, Far-Right Users Jump To Gab

Sun, 21 May 2017 06:46:00 -0400

Criticized for being affiliated with the alt-right, the social site Gab now reports 170,000 users. It has found a niche among some conservatives and others who feel stifled by Facebook and Twitter.

Ringling Bros. Curtain Call Is Latest Victory For Animal Welfare Activists

Sun, 21 May 2017 05:00:00 -0400

After decades of working on animal rights, some activists believe the movement has finally hit the mainstream, in part fueled by social media. It's changing American culture and the economy.

New Laws In The U.K. And EU Further Restrict Tobacco Industry

Sat, 20 May 2017 16:18:00 -0400

An EU directive goes into force today, with new rules regulating the tobacco industry. The U.K. is going further: Cigarettes must now be sold in plain green packaging with graphic health warnings.

In Google's Vision Of The Future, Computing Is Immersive

Sat, 20 May 2017 08:01:00 -0400

Point your camera at a flower and your phone identifies it. Walk into a store and your phone leads you to the item you're looking for. It's part of a future world blurring the virtual and the real.

'A Kingdom On Wheels': The Hidden World That Made The Circus Happen

Sat, 20 May 2017 07:00:00 -0400

Awe-inspiring feats of logistics. Incredible strength of community. As the "Greatest Show on Earth" plays its final act, the cast and crew are saying goodbye to more than just a livelihood.

Episode 772: Small Change

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:28:44 -0400

How fast is the world really changing? The answer has implications for everything from how the next generation will live to whether robots really will take all our jobs.