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For much of this year, banks have been offering mortgages at historically low rates -- at least to those people who qualify. But in recent weeks, rates have been climbing. To find out why, Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, economics editor at <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>.
At the beginning of the year, Apple unveiled the iPad. Rivals have since announced their own tablet computers. To find out more about the iPad's competition, Steve Inskeep talks to Matt Buchanan, a tech writer at Gizmodo.com.
Massachusetts lenders filed more than 22,000 foreclosure petitions in 2010. When one immigrant family lost their Boston home, they had a rude awakening: The bank auctioned off the family's home to a private investor at a fire-sale price.
A tipping expert tells <em>Morning Edition</em> that the service workers you see regularly are indeed counting on that holiday tip, so don't forget to keep them in mind.
Technology -- you may complain -- makes life more complicated. It causes information overload. It's opens us up to too many new new choices and causes more stress. Sree Sreenivasan, digital media professor at Columbia University, talks to Don Gonyea about software that can make your life more efficient.
South Korean automakers are getting Americans' attention with low prices and strong marketing. Hyundai sales are up 23 percent from last year. KIA sales are up 16 percent. To talk more about what's powering Korean carmakers here in the U.S., Don Gonyea speaks with Michelle Krebs of Edmunds.com.
Until now, each of the 50 states has been responsible for attracting its own domestic and international tourists. But foreign visitors declined following the Sept. 11 attacks, prompting a new tourism strategy.
Pat Boone is famous for his gospel and pop songs from the 1950s. But now he wants to be known for his rib-eyes and porterhouses. He's launching a line of meat products. Boone hopes to become the conservative Paul Newman, giving away some of the profits to feed the hungry and support other causes.
NPR asked its fans on Facebook what they are planning to do with the extra cash: More than 1,000 people responded, and most said they would pay down their credit card bills. Although that may not be immediately stimulative, it may boost the economy down the road.
Girls are ditching dolls at younger ages than ever, so to give dolls more staying power, manufacturers are coming out with taller models designed to look like preteens, not adults or babies.
In Colorado, natural gas is waging war against coal. One of the nation's largest public utilities is planning to retire its aging coal-fired power plants and replace them with cleaner-burning natural gas. State regulators are expected to decide on the plan Wednesday. This coal-to-gas transition is also ...
A tentative agreement between the White House and Republicans in Congress would reduce payroll taxes by 2 percentage points in 2011. The possible change would allow employees to keep a little more money in their wallets. For more details, Steve Inskeep talks with NPR's John Ydstie.
Google is stepping into the electronic book business with an online retail store, joining major players Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Apple. Steve Inskeep talks with NPR's Laura Sydell about the likely impact of Google's entry into the e-book business.
This year, Sanrio celebrates its 50th anniversary. One expert says the Japanese company that created Hello Kitty has lasted because of its winning formula: cute and kitschy. Now, a new generation of artists is reinterpreting Sanrio's iconic images.
Farmers and ranchers across the country are complaining that there are fewer and fewer large animal veterinarians to care for their livestock. Many are retiring and new veterinary students are choosing to work with pets during office-hours rather than sick cow at three in the morning.
Holiday sales projections are up about 2 percent from last year. But most unemployed people are scaling back on purchasing traditional holiday gifts. Instead, they're turning to handmade creations or offering to do something like cook a meal for loved ones and friends.
You wouldn't expect a landfill to be a place where you could turn something into a thing of beauty. But decorative tile maker, Paul Burns, sees opportunity in trash.
After a weekend of strong online sales, retail websites are rolling out the gimmicks on Cyber Monday to draw buyers. Patti Freeman Evans, of Forrester Research, talks to Steve Inskeep about online shopping trends. According to Forrester, there will be 16 percent growth in online sales this year, a much ...
Chinese consumers are spending. Karl Gerth, a professor at Oxford University, tells Steve Inskeep that Chinese consumerism already is changing the world. He writes about it in a new book called <em>As China Goes, So Goes the World: How Chinese Consumers are Transforming Everything.</em>
Consumers are expected to spend a little more this holiday season than last year. But they're doggedly looking online and at social media sites to compare prices, read reviews and get gift ideas. Many shoppers also expect to use their mobile devices for assistance.
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