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The Most Important Economic Indicator That Everyone Ignored

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:45:00 -0500

This week on All Things Considered, we're sharing a series of "Highly Specific Superlatives." Cardiff Garcia from NPR's podcast The Indicator talks about the most important economic indicator in 2017 that everyone ignored: global trade.

Tug Of War Over Tips Looms As Trump Administration Proposes Rule Change

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:45:00 -0500

The Labor Department has proposed a new rule that would give owners of restaurants and other service businesses more control over workers' tips. But critics warn owners would get too much leeway.

Walt Disney Company To Buy Much Of 21st Century Fox

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:45:00 -0500

The Walt Disney Company has struck a $52 billion deal to buy much of 21st Century Fox, the entertainment giant controlled by the Murdoch family. The deal is sure to face scrutiny from federal regulators, but if approved, Disney would acquire Fox's movie and TV studios, local sports channels and global satellite TV companies — but not Fox News.

The USDA Rolled Back Protections For Small Farmers. Now The Farmers Are Suing

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 16:28:38 -0500

At issue is the Trump administration's withdrawal of two Obama-era rules designed to protect small farmers, who say they are being exploited by the meatpacking companies they supply.

New York Times Names A.G. Sulzberger, 37, Its Next Publisher

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:55:24 -0500

A former reporter and editor, Sulzberger led the team that produced the Times' influential "innovation report" in 2014. He will be the sixth member of his family to lead the newspaper since 1896.

An $846,000 Inheritance Got Lost In Transit. That Was In February

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 15:03:00 -0500

The only money a Canadian family has recovered from a lost bank draft is the $32 it cost to ship the document. The family's bank, TD Canada Trust, has delayed reissuing the larger sum.

SoundCloud's New Leader Is Focused On The Fundamentals

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 13:03:00 -0500

Kerry Trainor, who replaced co-founder Alex Ljung as CEO in August, tells NPR that SoundCloud is not trying to compete with Spotify, saying creators are his main focus.

Massive Media Merger Matches Mickey Mouse To Murdochs

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:06:30 -0500

How will this game of Fox and mouse affect what you watch?

This Mouse Swallows Part Of A Fox: Disney Buys Most Of Murdoch Empire

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 07:12:00 -0500

Rupert Murdoch would keep Fox News and Fox TV but sell off other entertainment assets in the face of digital competitors and dynastic tensions.

Unhappy 10th Anniversary, Great Recession. You Still Hurt Us

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:02:05 -0500

The Great Recession began exactly one decade ago this month. Although the economy has been growing steadily for years, the downturn's impact is still deeply felt by millions who lost homes and jobs.

FCC Repeals 'Net Neutrality' Rules For Internet Providers

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:30:00 -0500

After a brief security evacuation, the agency voted to undo Obama-era regulations that prohibit cable and telecom companies from blocking access to websites and apps or influencing how fast they load.

CVS Health CEO On Aetna Deal

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:07:00 -0500

Steve Inskeep talks with Larry Merlo, CEO of CVS Health, about his company's acquisition of the giant insurer Aetna.

What Could Change After Net Neutrality Repeal

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:07:00 -0500

The FCC is expected to repeal net neutrality regulations Thursday. Mitchell Baker of the Mozilla Foundation tells Steve Inskeep that the rules provide vital protections against Internet censorship.

The Seeds Of This Year's Christmas Tree Shortage

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 05:07:00 -0500

The 2008 recession, wildfires and a logging boom have added up to a shortage of Christmas tree seedlings in the Pacific Northwest.

Episode 812: High Rise, Low Returns

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:37:00 -0500

As a businessman, President Trump is known for his towering buildings. Today we tell the story of one of those skyscrapers and what it says about how and with whom Trump does business.