Business

4:50am

Mon December 2, 2013
Business

Besides The Olympics, What Will $50 Billion Get You?

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 1:27 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now let's try to put that nearly $50 billion price tag for the Sochi games in context. And we've turned to the website BuzzFeed for help with this. Our last word in business today is: $50 billion.

That's enough to buy all 32 NFL teams, we're told.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Or it's more than the entire economy of Costa Rica.

INSKEEP: It is almost five times Hollywood's domestic box office.

MONTAGNE: It's enough for 18 Oprahs.

INSKEEP: Although, can you really put a price tag on Oprah? I don't think so.

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4:50am

Mon December 2, 2013
Business

Russian Companies Fret Over Cost Of Sochi Games

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 1:27 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

In just a couple of months, the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi will host the Winter Olympics. Russia is reportedly spending nearly $50 billion on those games, which would be an Olympic record. To finance venues and housing, one of Russia's state-owned banks lent about $7.5 billion to an elite group of industrialists who are helping bankroll the games. Now, those investors are getting a little nervous.

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2:56am

Mon December 2, 2013
Business

Could Hawaii Become A Same-Sex Wedding Destination?

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 1:27 pm

Sunset on the Hawaiian island of Maui.
iStockphoto

Starting Monday, same-sex marriage is legal in Hawaii. The state has long been a destination for weddings and honeymoons. And now state officials, as well as hotels and restaurants, are hoping the latest marriage-equality law will spur a new market for wedding tourism.

Wedding planner Keane Akao is showing off a secluded beach wedding site, one of several on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.

"You can use the beach for pictures," he tells a couple, "and this is actually called Secret Beach."

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5:44pm

Sun December 1, 2013
Business

Bentley, Once An Exclusive Car, Trying To Become 'Mainstream'

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 7:55 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

It's ALL THING CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.

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8:24am

Sun December 1, 2013
Economy

Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt

Originally published on Mon December 2, 2013 8:55 am

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. Earlier this year, NPR's Planet Money team decided to make a T-shirt for their fans.

ZOE CHANCE, BYLINE: What does it say?

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Let meput it on. Planet Money. Wow.

MARTIN: But this bit of public radio garb was different. This shirt would come with an autobiography. The Planet Money team set out to understand how the T-shirt was made and just who made it - from cotton field to final stitch. Alex Blumberg of Planet Money explains.

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5:08pm

Sat November 30, 2013
Business

Boston Says It Has A Plan To Erase The Gender Wage Gap

It doesn't matter if you're a surgeon, a banker or a fisherman — if you're a woman in the United States, you're probably paid less than a man. That hasn't changed with federal laws or the feminist movement.

But now, Boston thinks it has a solution to completely erase the gender wage gap.

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7:31am

Sat November 30, 2013
Media

Infomercials Still Tell, And Sell, Product Stories

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 10:29 am

The infomercial industry is predicted to hit $250 billion — 1 percent of U.S. GDP. Host Scott Simon speaks with business writer Jon Nathanson about the economics and enduring strength of infomercials.

7:22am

Sat November 30, 2013
Books News & Features

Sherman Alexie Wants You To Be A 'Superhero' For Indie Bookstores

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 4:18 pm

Sherman Alexie models an Indies First tote bag. He plans to put in shifts at five Seattle bookstores this Saturday.
American Booksellers Association

Back in September, poet and novelist Sherman Alexie wrote an open letter to a group of people whom he called the "gorgeous book nerds" of the world, asking them to become "superheroes" for independent bookstores.

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7:22am

Sat November 30, 2013
Health Care

A New Worry Looms Online For The Affordable Care Act

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 3:13 pm

Insurance companies say they are finding numerous mistakes on a digital form that's essential for signing up through HealthCare.gov.
AP

Saturday is the day the Obama administration promised it would have HealthCare.gov working smoothly for the majority of people who need to sign up for health insurance.

As the Obama administration scrambles to fix the glitch-plagued site, experts are beginning to worry about another problem that may further impair the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

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7:22am

Sat November 30, 2013
Economy

A Day For Small Businesses To Stand Out In The Crowd

Originally published on Sat November 30, 2013 3:09 pm

President Obama shopped with daughter Malia at One More Page Books in Arlington, Va., on Small Business Saturday last year.
Pool Getty Images

After Black Friday has come and gone, a new shopping day arrives: Small Business Saturday.

Small-business owners hope that after you've spent time at the big-box stores and the mall, you'll spend money with the mom-and-pops in your neighborhood.

The idea for the day came out of a committee at American Express in 2010, after the depths of the recession. AmEx President Ed Gilligan loved the idea of creating a new holiday.

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