Business

7:58am

Sun December 8, 2013
Economy

NAFTA Turns 20, To Mixed Reviews

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 1:15 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

It has been almost 20 years since the U.S. Congress approved the North American Free Trade Agreement - New Year's Day to be precise. It was an agreement that was met with all kinds of controversy. Over the next few weeks, NPR will be airing a series of stories looking back at NAFTA. This morning, NPR's Jim Zarroli tackles one of the first assumptions about NAFTA, that it would send a wave of American jobs to Mexico, where labor is cheaper.

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5:35am

Sun December 8, 2013
Economy

Economists Toast 20 Years Of NAFTA; Critics Sit Out The Party

A truck bearing Mexican and U.S. flags approaches the border crossing into the U.S., in Laredo, Texas.
Reuters /Landov

Twenty years ago, millions of Americans were cocking their ears — waiting to hear a "giant sucking sound."

They feared Mexico would begin vacuuming up U.S. manufacturing jobs as soon as President Clinton signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, on Dec. 8, 1993.

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8:05am

Sat December 7, 2013
The Salt

Fishery Closure Puts New England's Shrimp Season On Ice

Originally published on Sat December 7, 2013 9:56 pm

Northern shrimp are shoveled into a holding chamber on a trawler in the Gulf of Maine in 2012. Stocks of the shrimp have been declining for several years, leading regulators to cancel the New England shrimping season.
Robert F. Bukaty AP

New England chefs like Andrew Taylor and Mike Wiley are still coming to terms with the news: No more shrimp until further notice.

This week, regulators shut down the New England fishery for Gulf of Maine shrimp for the first time in 35 years. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission judged the stocks of the popular shrimp, also known as northern shrimp, to be dangerously low.

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5:37pm

Fri December 6, 2013
Business

Could The Party Soon Be Over For Airbnb?

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 7:35 pm

For freelancers and artists living in expensive cities like New York, the home-sharing site Airbnb has become a way to subsidize their rents. It's also often illegal. With the site's users in the crosshairs of New York's attorney general, and questions elsewhere, some now wonder if the good times are going to end.

5:37pm

Fri December 6, 2013
Business

Planet Money T-Shirt Exposes Issues Of Work, Trade And Clothes

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 12:42 pm

Josh Davis Planet Money

All this week, All Things Considered and Morning Edition has aired stories about the global journey a T-shirt makes from seed to finished product. Over the months NPR's Planet Money team spent reporting the series, they tackled questions about trade, work and clothes play in the global economy. There's a whole lot more about a simple T-shirt's journey from cotton to completion here.

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5:37pm

Fri December 6, 2013
Economy

Unemployment Drops To Five-Year Low

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 3:22 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. The unemployment rate hit a five-year low in November. That's according to the government's latest monthly jobs report. The other headline, the economy beat expectations adding more than 200,000 jobs. NPR's John Ydstie has more on what that says about the health of the economy and about whether the Federal Reserve might dial back its stimulus efforts.

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4:01pm

Fri December 6, 2013
The Salt

The Hills Were Alive With The Sound Of DiGiorno Pizza Last Night

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 5:35 pm

"DOUGH a crust, an unbaked crust ...": Carrie Underwood may have played Maria in NBC's The Sound of Music Live, but on Twitter, it was @DiGiorno that stole the show.
NBC NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

When big food corporations try to horn in on Twitter conversations about TV shows and other pop culture fare, it usually doesn't work.

Remember when McDonald's tried to engage customers with the hashtag #mcdstories, only to have it turn into a way to share horror-story experiences at the fast food chain? Or when Snickers got busted for paying celebrities to tweet about its brand?

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3:39pm

Fri December 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Pantone's 'Orchid' Is A Purple Hue That Doesn't Seem The Same

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 7:35 pm

'Radiant Orchid' is Pantone's Color of the Year for 2014.
Pantone

An "enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones" known as Radiant Orchid is Pantone's Color of the Year for 2014, unseating the more verdantly inclined Emerald that dominated the previous 12 months.

Pantone Color Institute, which describes itself as a global authority on color, describes its latest pick as "a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple" whose "rosy undertones radiate on the skin, producing a healthy glow when worn by both men and women."

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2:12pm

Fri December 6, 2013
The Salt

What Separates A Healthy And Unhealthy Diet? Just $1.50 Per Day

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 9:09 am

A Safeway customer browses in the fruit and vegetable section at Safeway in Livermore, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

If you want to eat a more healthful diet, you're going to have to shell out more cash, right? (After all, Whole Foods didn't get the nickname "Whole Paycheck" for nothing.)

But until recently, that widely held bit of conventional wisdom hadn't really been assessed in a rigorous, systematic way, says Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, a cardiologist and epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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1:46pm

Fri December 6, 2013
Economy

For Workers, A Week Stuffed With Good News

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 4:40 pm

An auto worker tightens bolts on the wheel of a Focus at a Ford plant in Wayne, Mich. Reports this week showed increases in auto sales and manufacturing jobs.
Mira Oberman AFP/Getty Images

Here's something you haven't heard in years: The U.S. economy had a great week.

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