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When Argentina Elected A Populist President, Some Companies Left The Country

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:26:00 -0500

A charismatic populist president in Argentina wanted to boost manufacturing and create jobs. So she told companies that if they wanted to sell their products in Argentina, they had to build them there, too.

Amid U.S.-Mexico Strains, Tillerson And Kelly Take On 'Tough Trip'

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:17:00 -0500

Talks between Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security chief John Kelly with their Mexican counterparts were intended to smooth out growing tensions between the two countries.

Ice Fishing Has Its Rewards, But Bring A First Aid Kit

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:27:00 -0500

Every winter people flock to the frigid lakes of Canada and the northern U.S.A. to ice fish. According to a new study, thislow and seemingly harmless sport has some risks of injuries.

Asian Last Names Lead To Fewer Job Interviews, Still

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:18:00 -0500

For many Asian-Americans, this kind of discrimination means that the pressure to change their names and shed the perpetual foreigner stereotype is strong.

Poverty Plus A Poisonous Plant Blamed For Paralysis In Rural Africa

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 07:00:00 -0500

Some African countries have long witnessed mysterious outbreaks of paralysis. Affected regions are poor and conflict-ridden, where people's main food is a bitter, poisonous variety of cassava.

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.