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The billions of dollars in business that tie the American heartland to Japan go far beyond the automotive industry. And so those many other businesses are trying to figure out how their bottom lines will be affected by the Asian country's disaster.
<em>The New York Times</em> has laid out its new pay wall, which will require its more voracious readers to pay for online content. Ken Doctor, a media analyst who's worked in and covered the news industry for more than three decades, talks to Linda Wertheimer about what this means for consumers.
The aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan is a human tragedy and can't be measured in dollars and scents. David Wessel, of <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>, tells Linda Wertheimer that uncertainty is never good for financial markets.
If you're in the market for a mobile device or a new contract, you'll find yourself bombarded by acronyms like LTE and HSPA. They're all part of the move to 4G. Rich Jaroslovsky, a technology columnist for Bloomberg News, talks to Renee Montagne about 4G.
The emergency injection comes as the Tokyo stock market plunged nearly 6 percent, and worries grew about the economic impact of Friday's earthquake and tsunami. Chris Anstey, Bloomberg's managing editor for Asia government and economy coverage, talks to Renee Montagne about the economic consequences ...
MIT professor Sherry Turkle talks to Ari Shapiro about the arrival of human companion robots. What are the limits and dangers of projecting human qualities onto social robots? Turkle is the author of <em>Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less from Each Other</em>.
The ill-fated Broadway musical <em>Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark</em> has hit another tangle. Its opening is being delayed until early summer as the production re-tools with a new creative team.
Ari Shapiro checks in with David Wessel of<em> The Wall Street Journa</em>l to discuss the latest on the politics of the budget deficit.
Raj Rajaratnam, the billionaire founder of the Galleon Group hedge fund company, goes on trial Tuesday, accused of participating in one of the largest insider trading cases in years. The government's case is expected to hinge on the kind of evidence usually presented in organized crime cases.
Economist Tyler Cowen in his book <em>The Great Stagnation</em>, argues that U.S. economic growth largely plateaued in the 1970s. He tells Renee Montagne the resources that fueled the country's progress over the last 300 years are largely gone, and expectations need to be readjusted.
More cities and states are turning to display ads on the sides of school buses for extra revenue. Colorado was one of the first states to allow it. Some parents are worried about the messages children receive from the ads.
Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to shut down the Obama administration's foreclosure prevention plan. The program was supposed to help millions of homeowners but has fallen far short of its goal. But a staunch critic of the plan, TARP special inspector general Neil Barofsky, says ...
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke returns to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for a second day of testimony. He's delivering the Fed's semi-annual report about the state of the economy. David Wessel, economics editor of <em>The Wall Street Journal</em>, talks to Steve Inskeep about what Bernanke had to say.
South America's economies are growing at a fast clip. That's because more people in the middle class there are beginning to buy more. That in turn is helping drive growth, production and jobs.
Downtown Phoenix is full of dirt lots. At the peak of the real estate bubble, an acre was selling for about $90 a square foot. Investors and developers thought the city was finally about to grow up. Now, the same land sells for $9 a square foot.
A leading pension expert says people in the private sector have pension envy because it seems their public sector peers are getting a better deal in retirement. But that envy may not last long as state and local governments struggle to pay for those benefits.
Women's participation on Europe's corporate boards averages about 12 percent, far less than the proportion of women in politics. European countries are debating whether to follow the path Norway has taken and enact laws that require that at least 40 percent of board members be women.
Justin Urquhart Stewart, director of Seven Investment Management in London, talks to Steve Inskeep about the quickly climbing price of oil.
New and used auto sales jumped 20 percent last year, according to a new survey of businesses. The car industry, sensing a rebound, has responded with an abundance of TV ads. Economists say the uptick in sales is a sign that consumers are starting to believe the worst has passed.
In just six months, Cleveland's jobs agency helped nearly 1,500 people find work — about the same number as in all of the previous year. The secret to its success: It shifted from retraining workers to targeting the needs of employers engaged in hiring.
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