Business

4:00pm

Mon November 11, 2013
Planet Money

$18 Billion Of Unclaimed Cash, In 1 Graph

Quoctrung Bui

The federal government is sitting on $18 billion in unclaimed money — money that's owed to ordinary people and businesses who never swung by to pick it up. This is a tiny fraction of the federal budget. But it's still, you know, a lot of money.

A few notes on some of the key agencies:

Treasury

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3:15pm

Mon November 11, 2013
All Tech Considered

This Week, Exploring The Sharing Economy

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 4:19 pm

Citi Bike is the bike sharing program that launched this May in New York City. Bike sharing is part of the sharing economy.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

As often as we can, your tech team is focusing our reporting into themes over the course of a week, and this week, we're all about the sharing economy, or collaborative consumption. (Check out the series page where we'll archive all the stories from the week.)

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2:03pm

Mon November 11, 2013
It's All Politics

When Lobbyists Literally Write The Bill

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 5:52 pm

Lobbyists for Citigroup, one of the country's largest banks, offered lawmakers draft language for a bill that was obtained by New York Times and Mother Jones reporters. And 70 of the 85 lines in the final House bill reflected Citigroup's recommendations.
Mark Lennihan AP

It's taken for granted that lobbyists influence legislation. But perhaps less obvious is that they often write the actual bills — even word for word.

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12:54pm

Mon November 11, 2013
The Salt

Prince Charles: Organic Innovator, Biscuit Maker

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 5:23 pm

The first product Duchy Originals launched was the Oaten Biscuit, and it's still a top seller today.
April Fulton for NPR

Who knew Prince Charles started one of the first organic and locally sourced food companies in the world over 21 years ago?

Not us, until we got a pitch from his public relations outfit, inviting us to "entertain like the Royals" this holiday season with "Duchy Originals from Waitrose."

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10:49am

Mon November 11, 2013
Economy

Why It's So Difficult To Predict The Job Numbers

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 12:16 pm

Transcript

CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

I'm Celeste Headlee. This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Michel Martin is away. Coming up, we'll take a look at how the housing market is doing all across the country.

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10:49am

Mon November 11, 2013
Economy

Home Ownership At Lowest Level In Nearly Two Decades

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 12:16 pm

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CELESTE HEADLEE, HOST:

Let's focus on the state of the housing market next, where there have been mixed signals lately. It's been reported that we've had a rip-roaring recovery in real estate accompanied by a long stretch of record-low mortgage interest rates. Housing prices are up and new home supply seems tight across the map. But on the other hand, analysts say this isn't all good news for would-be homeowners. Joining us to talk about what's going on in housing Roben Farzad, contributor to Bloomsburg BusinessWeek. Welcome, Roben.

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10:22am

Mon November 11, 2013
The Two-Way

Amazon Taps Post Office For Sunday Deliveries; A Win-Win?

These could be on your doorstep some Sunday.
Paul Sakuma AP

Much of the talk in recent years about how the U.S. Postal Service could stem its huge losses has been about the things it might stop doing — most notably, delivering the mail on Saturdays (something Congress won't let it discontinue).

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5:52am

Mon November 11, 2013
Asia

Western Media In China: Adjusting To The 'Anaconda'

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 3:15 pm

An exterior view of the Bloomberg building in New York. Bloomberg staffers say editors spiked a story that exposed financial ties between a tycoon and family members of top Chinese officials.
Eduardo Munoz Reuters /Landov

Last weekend was a bad one for foreign reporting in China.

Staffers at Bloomberg News accused their own editors of spiking an investigative story to avoid the wrath of the Communist Party, and the wire service Reuters confirmed Chinese officials had denied a visa application for a hard-hitting reporter after an eight-month wait.

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4:04am

Mon November 11, 2013
Television

Are Flesh-Eating Zombies The Future Of Television?

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 5:52 am

AMC's The Walking Dead has key ratings better than network dramas. The show gets desirable young viewers by not skimping on explicit action, gore or storytelling. So why haven't the networks tried to imitate the show? Blame the FCC, which cracks down on explicit network broadcast content but overlooks cable.

4:04am

Mon November 11, 2013
Business

Amazon Offers Sunday Delivery In Selected Cities

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 5:52 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Let's begin NPR's business news starts with Amazon Sundays.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

GREENE: The U.S. Postal Service is breaking new ground, teaming up with the online retail giant Amazon in an exclusive deal to deliver Amazon packages on Sundays. Residents of Los Angeles and New York can now take advantage of the additional delivery day at no extra charge. The Sunday service is expected to expand to more cities next year.

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