Business

1:41pm

Wed March 12, 2014
All Tech Considered

SXSW: Tech Industry Inspires New Shows From HBO, AMC

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 10:41 am

Scoot McNairy (left) and Lee Pace star in AMC's upcoming show Halt and Catch Fire.
Tina Rowden AMC

Television show creators are peering into the geeky and moneyed world of computer programmers with a new comedy from HBO and a drama from AMC, both debuting this spring.

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9:29am

Wed March 12, 2014
The Two-Way

Reports: Obama Will Move To Expand Overtime Pay

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 1:37 pm

Punching a time card: It's still one way of tracking hours worked. President Obama believes more workers need to be able to add overtime to their pay.
Armin Weigel dpa/Landov

The Obama administration's push to put income inequality atop the domestic political agenda has another battlefront.

According to The New York Times, the president "this week will seek to force American businesses to pay more overtime to millions of workers, the latest move by his administration to confront corporations that have had soaring profits even as wages have stagnated."

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6:05am

Wed March 12, 2014
Economy

Study: Boys Report PTSD When Moved Out Of Poverty

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 7:32 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

In the 1990s, the U.S. government embarked on an ambitious social experiment to try to help people get out of poverty. The Moving to Opportunity Program gave housing vouchers to single mothers so they could raise their kids in areas with better job prospects and better schools. The hope was the families would thrive.

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5:55am

Wed March 12, 2014
Business

Philadelphia Capitalizes On Energy Boom

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 7:32 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

The shale oil boom is having a major impact on cities across the U.S. In Philadelphia, trains bringing crude oil from North Dakota have helped revived refineries there. Plus, other businesses are now eagerly looking for ways to tap into Pennsylvania's own vast supply of natural gas.

Katie Colaneri of member station WHYY reports.

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5:10am

Wed March 12, 2014
Business

U.S. Beer Consumption Is At An All-Time Low

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 7:32 am

Some of the worst hit brewers have been those making mass-market, low-alcohol beers. An exception: Pabst Blue Ribbon saw a 97 percent increase in consumption from 2008-2012.

5:10am

Wed March 12, 2014
Business

Toyota Workers In Japan Get Slight Increase In Pay

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 7:32 am

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with raises at Toyota.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GREENE: Toyota employees in Japan will seek their biggest pay raise in 21 years - though it's not very big. The giant Japanese automaker says it will boost pay by just under one percent. This is less than the workers union was asking for.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been pressuring Japanese businesses to raise rates in an effort to pull Japan out of decades of deflation. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

5:10am

Wed March 12, 2014
Business

Kickstarter Campaign Begins For Neil Young's Music Player

Originally published on Wed March 19, 2014 10:16 am

Visually, the Pono player is a relic, but what matters is how it sounds — better than any consumer device for listening to digital audio, according to founder Neil Young.
PonoMusic

Amid the thousands promoting new music at this week's SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, one artist took to the stage Tuesday to promote a new way to hear it. Before a crowd at the Austin Convention Center, Neil Young launched a Kickstarter campaign to support his long-planned high fidelity music player and online store, Pono.

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3:41am

Wed March 12, 2014
Shots - Health News

You Might Pay A Lot More Than $95 For Skipping Health Insurance

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 4:08 pm

The tax penalty is designed to encourage people to sign up for health insurance.
iStockphoto

2014 is the first year most Americans will have to either have health insurance or face a tax penalty.

But most people who are aware of the penalty think it's pretty small, at least for this first year. And that could turn into an expensive mistake.

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3:40am

Wed March 12, 2014
Parallels

After A Downturn, Global Shipping Bets Big On Everything

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 11:22 am

A container ship docked at Port Elizabeth in New Jersey. No one on the pier knows for sure what exactly the containers carry — anything from frozen chicken to computers.
Jonathan Blakley NPR

On a cold, blustery day at Port Elizabeth in New Jersey, one of several massive cranes whirs along a rail high above the pier, picks up a heavy container from a ship's deck and loads it on a waiting truck back on land. The truck drives away, another arrives, and the whole process starts again.

It's a scene played out every day along America's coasts as massive container ships from across the globe pull into deep-water seaports, waiting to be unloaded. The ships are enormous — some 10 stories high and several football fields long.

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5:06pm

Tue March 11, 2014
Business

Delayed Safety Recall May Haunt GM As It Continues Its Makeover

Originally published on Tue March 11, 2014 6:51 pm

The Chevrolet Cobalt is one of the GM models being recalled for faulty ignition switches.
David Zalubowski AP

General Motors is coming under mounting criticism for its handling of a serious defect. Last month, the company recalled 1.6 million vehicles because of faulty ignition switches linked to 13 deaths. The cars, made from 2003-2007, could stall or fail to deploy their airbags.

It's an issue GM has known about for a while, and now Congress wants to know why it took the automaker almost a decade to warn the public about it.

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