Business

11:41am

Fri October 11, 2013
The Salt

Drinking With Your Eyes: How Wine Labels Trick Us Into Buying

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 6:34 pm

When the Hahn Family switched their Pinot Noir to this label, the wine started flying off the shelves.
Tucker & Hossler Courtesy of CF Napa Brand Design

We're all guilty of it. Even if we don't want to admit it, we've all been suckered into grabbing a bottle of wine off the grocery store shelf just because of what's on the label. Seriously, who can resist the "see no evil" monkeys on a bottle of Pinot Evil?

But the tricks that get us to buy a $9 bottle of chardonnay — or splurge on a $40 pinot noir — are way more sophisticated than putting a clever monkey on the front.

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11:08am

Fri October 11, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: Health Site Stumbling, Twitter's Roots

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 11:53 am

Twitter Chairman and Square CEO Jack Dorsey.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

It's Friday, which means we're rounding up the tech headlines and our NPR coverage of technology and culture this week.

ICYMI

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8:31am

Fri October 11, 2013
It's All Politics

Friday Morning Political Mix

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 9:05 am

House Republicans, led by Speaker John Boehner, took steps to talk with Democrats with the goal of ending the fiscal impasse.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Happy Friday, fellow political junkies. It's the 11th day of the partial federal government shutdown, 2013 edition.

President Obama and House Republicans at least opened a line of communications before the second week of the shutdown ended, so that was good news.

Less positive was that it came only a week before the Oct. 17 expiration date Treasury Secretary Jack Lew gave for when he would run out of tricks to keep the U.S. government from defaulting on its obligations.

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4:02am

Fri October 11, 2013
Business

One National Park Remains Open During Federal Shutdown

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:02 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And here's something a little easier to understand. At least one national industrial park has remained open throughout the partial government shutdown. Our last word in business today is: Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Now in theory, this park should be closed, like other parks, but the National Park Service has not completed the deal to acquire the land yet, so it remains open under local care of the city of Paterson, New Jersey.

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4:02am

Fri October 11, 2013
Business

Commissions From Managed-Futures Market Can Wipe Out Profits

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:02 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Let's hear, next, about investors who try to diversify their portfolios but may have only enriched their advisers. Some brokers and firms have been encouraging customers to invest in managed futures. Those are basically investments in futures contracts, such as gold, or global currencies or pork bellies. They are sold as a way to minimize risk.

David Evans of Bloomberg says, in reality, they've been a bad deal.

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4:02am

Fri October 11, 2013
Around the Nation

Boulder, Colo., Feels Furloughed Government Workers' Pain

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 5:25 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And I'm Renee Montagne.

Let's check in now on some people and places affected by the large-scale federal government shutdown. We go first to Boulder, Colorado. Its home to hundreds of federal research laboratory employees and thousands more university and contract workers, all locked out of federal buildings and labs during the budget impasse.

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4:02am

Fri October 11, 2013
Business

North Dakota Farmer Finds Major Oil Spill

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:02 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a major oil spill.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

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4:02am

Fri October 11, 2013
Around the Nation

Web Glitches Hinder Mississippians Signing Up For Insurance

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:02 am

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JEFFREY HESS, BYLINE: I'm Jeffrey Hess in Jackson, Mississippi which is one of the 34 states letting the federal government take the lead in establishing a health insurance exchange. Heavy web traffic and software problems have made it nearly impossible to use the new web site since it opened last week.

MEREDITH STARK: Why I keep trying is because this is something we need.

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4:02am

Fri October 11, 2013
Politics

Reason For Optimism? Two Sides Talking On Debt Ceiling

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:02 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep. Let's sort out the talks over the partial government shutdown and the debt ceiling with NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson, who's on the line. Mara, good morning.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Good morning.

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2:58am

Fri October 11, 2013
Around the Nation

The Shutdown News Isn't All Bad For A Few American Indian Tribes

Originally published on Fri October 11, 2013 11:16 am

Mariluisa and Andrea Caricchia traveled 6,000 miles from Italy to spend their honeymoon at the Grand Canyon. Instead, they are exploring tribal land.
Laurel Morales KJZZ

Grand Canyon National Park is closed for the government shutdown, but tourists determined to see it can take in views from reservation land. The Hualapai Tribe owns Grand Canyon West, where visitors can venture onto a Plexiglas horseshoe walkway that stretches out over the chasm below.

On the east side of the Grand Canyon, visitors are flocking to the Navajo Nation, where Nita Rodriguez gives a tour.

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