Business

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

Transcript

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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4:04am

Mon November 11, 2013
Business

Disposable Underwear Courtesy Of 3D Printer

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 6:07 am

Transcript

LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

And our last word in business is: underprints.

Shopping anywhere could take a hit if 3D printing really takes off, by allowing users to print products at home.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Yes, products like disposable underwear. It's the brain-child of an Israeli couple, whose 3D technology also enables them to print items like bandages or sportswear. Currently, the fabric printers run about $3 million, so maybe too steep for home use just now.

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4:04am

Mon November 11, 2013
Business

Greek Shop Owners Resist Opening On Sundays

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

The Greek government is pushing stores to open on Sundays, just like the tourist shops around the Acropolis. But mom-and-pop shops that are participating in a pilot program to open seven Sundays a year, say they lost money last weekend — the first Sunday the program was effect.

4:04am

Mon November 11, 2013
Business

Venezuelan Government Gets Tough On Price Gouging Retailers

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

In a pre-Christmas offensive to lower prices, the Venezuelan government has taken over a nationwide chain of electronics and appliance stores that it accuses of price gouging. That's led to huge lines outside the stores as shoppers snap up cut-rate refrigerators and computers. As Venezuela's socialist government combats surging inflation, it's warning that more takeovers are ahead.

3:20am

Mon November 11, 2013
Science

Lessons In Leadership: It's Not About You. (It's About Them)

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 7:15 pm

Ronald Heifetz draws on his training as a psychiatrist to coach aspiring leaders at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Ben de la Cruz NPR

Ronald Heifetz has been a professor of public leadership at Harvard's Kennedy School for three decades, teaching classes that have included aspiring business leaders and budding heads of state. Each year, he says, the students start his course thinking they'll learn the answer to one question:

As leaders, how can they get others to follow them?

Heifetz says that whole approach is wrong.

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3:18am

Mon November 11, 2013
Shots - Health News

Self-Employed And With Lots Of Questions About Health Care

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 2:36 pm

Illustration by Katherine Streeter for NPR

The health care exchanges may be open, but there's no question they're still kind of a mess.

"The rollout has been excruciatingly awful for way too many people," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius conceded to the Senate Finance Committee last week.

But mess or not, the law is going forward, people are trying to use it, and they have questions. Here are some of yours, and our answers.

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7:14am

Sat November 9, 2013
Economy

Job Creation Surpasses Expectations

Originally published on Sat November 9, 2013 11:24 am

The U.S. economy gained 204,000 jobs in October, nearly twice what most economists predicted. The unemployment rate figure went up, but that number was distorted because the Labor Department did its sampling during the federal government shutdown.

6:09pm

Fri November 8, 2013
The Two-Way

'The Onion' To Halt Decades-Long Assault On Trees

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 7:51 pm

The Onion announced that it will cease producing print editions of the satirical news source, in favor of its digital efforts. Here, an Onion story from July that declared the death of print.
The Onion

There comes a time, it seems, when even parodies must face reality. And for The Onion, that time will come in December, when the satirical news source will stop publishing print editions and shift to being all-digital.

That's the news from Milwaukee Public Radio, which calls today "a sad day for the sarcastic among us."

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