Business

7:58am

Wed July 9, 2014
War On Poverty, 50 Years Later

Class Helps Unwed Dads Navigate Ohio's Mom-Friendly Systems

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:43 am

About a quarter of U.S. families are now headed by a single mother.

That means a lot of children without a father in the home, and in some cases, fathers not having much contact with their children.

Research shows a long list of possible problems linked to fathers not being involved in their kid's lives — including poor performance in school, behavioral issues, drug and alcohol abuse and poverty.

To tackle these, Richland County, Ohio, is trying to get fathers more involved.

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6:20am

Wed July 9, 2014
Business

Global Boom In Asset Prices Leads To Worries About Market Bubbles

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 9:38 am

Renee Montagne talks to David Wessel of the Brookings Institution about the debate over whether the Federal Reserve should raise interest rates to avoid a potential asset bubble.

6:18am

Wed July 9, 2014
Business

Record Recalls May Not Necessarily Hurt Auto Industry

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 8:01 am

Automakers recalled 37.5 million vehicles in the first six months of 2014. That's more cars and trucks recalled than in any prior year. GM led the way but other companies also picked up the pace.

4:13pm

Tue July 8, 2014
Business

For A Business Built 'On Bended Knee,' Hobby Lobby Ruling Is A Boon

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 6:19 pm

Transcript

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

To the politics of religion and the Supreme Court now, and last week's decision in the Hobby Lobby case. The court cleared the way for closely held businesses, whose owners have religious objections to contraceptives, to cut coverage from their employee health plans. And since the court ruled, businesses have been doing just that. NPR's Wade Goodwyn spoke with a couple of company leaders about their decisions.

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3:45pm

Tue July 8, 2014
Shots - Health News

Will This Tech Tool Help Manage Older People's Health? Ask Dad

Originally published on Wed July 9, 2014 11:39 am

Lively is a sensor that can be attached to a pill box, keys or doors. It lets people know whether aging parents are taking their medicines or sticking to their routines.
Courtesy of Lively

Aging 2.0 may not sound like the hippest start-up in San Francisco, but it's part of an industry worth $2 billion and growing fast — technology to help older adults.

Katy Fike, 35, is the company's co-founder. She's devoted to making sure that older adults who are supposed to use the products are involved in their development.

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3:09pm

Tue July 8, 2014
Code Switch

Miami Stores Enjoy Thriving Business From Cuban Shoppers

Serafin Blanco's discounted clothing store in Hialeah advertises its cheap deals. Cuban customers take their purchases back to Cuba to give to relatives or to sell, Blanco says.
Greg Allen NPR

On the map, it's right next to Miami. But culturally speaking, Hialeah, Fla., is just as close to Havana. And now, more than ever, Cubans are flocking to Hialeah to shop, taking advantage of the relaxed travel restrictions.

"There are more Cubans here than any place besides Cuba," says Serafin Blanco, who owns a discount clothing store there.

Through these shopping expeditions, Cuba's emerging entrepreneurs can buy goods their customers need and can't find in their country — legally skirting the 50-year-old trade embargo.

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11:12am

Tue July 8, 2014
Shots - Health News

Complaint Says Insurance Plans Discriminate Against HIV Patients

HIV/AIDS drugs like AZT are lifesavers for many people. But insurers' policies on paying for the drugs vary widely.
Will & Deni McIntyre Science Source

Four Florida insurers allegedly discriminate against people with HIV/AIDS by structuring their prescription drug benefits so that patients are discouraged from enrolling, according to a complaint filed by health advocacy groups.

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10:38am

Tue July 8, 2014
NPR Ed

How A Text Message Could Revolutionize Student Aid

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 1:53 pm

Could students soon text their way to financial aid?
iStockPhoto

Every year, more than a million students don't complete the FAFSA — the main federal student-loan application.

One big reason? The form is so complicated that it discourages some people from even trying.

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9:51am

Tue July 8, 2014
Business

Self-Described Optimist Taylor Swift On The Future Of Music

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

We're going to profile the musician Sia in a moment. But first we have a little music economics courtesy of Taylor Swift. The pop superstar wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal yesterday about the future of the music industry.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

She's optimistic, despite the industry's tumultuous business landscape. According to Swift, however, the value of an album is based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work.

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7:17am

Tue July 8, 2014
Business

Firm Reimage Itself To Avoid Confusion With Extremist Group

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 9:51 am

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And today's last word in Business is the end of Isis. No, not that Isis.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

To avoid any confusion with the militant group that's been making news with that same name - a mobile payment company called Isis is planning to rename itself.

MONTAGNE: In a memo yesterday, the company's CEO acknowledged that rebranding is not easy, but it is in the company's best interest.

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