Business

12:55pm

Fri October 4, 2013
All Tech Considered

Tech Week That Was: Bitcoin Bust, Twitter IPO, Siri Outed

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 3:25 pm

A voice actor has come forward to say she is the voice behind Siri on American iPhones.
Oli Scarff Getty Images

The tech news kept a-comin' this week, so we've got a lot to cover in our weekly roundup. Here we go ...

ICYMI

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11:37am

Fri October 4, 2013
Race

Will Settlement Bring Black Farmers Dignity?

After years of discrimination from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, black farmers are now getting a $1.25 billion settlement. Founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association John Boyd tells host Michel Martin what this settlement means for farmers and their families.

11:37am

Fri October 4, 2013
Politics

Government Shutdown? 'This Is Democracy In Action'

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. After decades of litigation, checks are going out this week to thousands of black farmers who - lawmakers eventually agreed - faced discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We'll speak with one of the people who helped lead the fight for years, even though he will not personally benefit. That's in just a few minutes.

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9:37am

Fri October 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Siri, Who Are You? She Won't Say, But Her ID's Been Blown

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 10:43 am

Voice actor Susan Bennett, talking to herself (or, rather, Siri) for CNN.
CNN.com

We tried Friday morning to get Siri to confirm CNN's report that a real woman named Susan Bennett is the "classic" American voice of Apple's virtual assistant.

But all Siri would do is tell us, repeatedly, that "this is about you, not me." As for whether she does have a "real" voice, Siri would only say that "I guess I don't have one."

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8:38am

Fri October 4, 2013
It's All Politics

Friday Morning Political Mix

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 9:16 am

Anti-Obama demonstrators in Indonesia will have to hold their protests without him. He cancelled his Asian trip due to the U.S. government shutdown. (Their signs accused him of murdering Muslims.)
BAY ISMOYO AFP/Getty Images

Happy Friday, fellow political junkies. Of course, it's hard to be happy if you're one of the more than two million federal workers either furloughed or working without pay, or one of the millions of other Americans whose lives are disrupted by official Washington's dysfunction. It's Day Four of the federal government shutdown, 2013 edition. And an end to the disagreement still doesn't seem in the offing.

On that grim note, here are some items of political interest worth mulling over this morning.

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5:53am

Fri October 4, 2013
Law

Mark Cuban Testifies During Insider-Trading Trial

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 10:36 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

One of pro basketball's most colorful figures is not on the court, but he's now in court. Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, defended himself yesterday on civil charges of insider trading.

From member station KERA in Dallas, BJ Austin reports.

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5:52am

Fri October 4, 2013
Business

Tesla Stock Hits Bumpy Road After Car Fire

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 10:36 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Stock in the electric carmaker Tesla has been tumbling. That's after a video of a Tesla Model S on fire went viral. The high-end carmaker has lost billions of dollars of in value in just a few days.

NPR's Sonari Glinton reports.

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5:06am

Fri October 4, 2013
Business

Shutdown Delays September Jobless Figures

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 10:36 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

NPR's business news begins with no new jobs report.

The Labor Department says it's not releasing the September employment report today as scheduled. The jobs report is almost always released on the first Friday of the month. Not this time. That's thanks to the shutdown, which is in its fourth day.

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5:06am

Fri October 4, 2013
Business

German Beer Festival Goes Vegan

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 10:36 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And today's last word in business: beer and a shot of vegan?

Munich's Oktoberfest - the Bavarian festival of beer - ends on Sunday. It normally brings in over $1 billion and draws some six million visitors to the German city.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Lots of bratwurst and chicken and of course beer get consumed. This year, festival goers have been treated to something else, thanks to the Lorenz Huckett(ph), a 21-year-old cook who took time from working in the kitchen of his father's festival tent to talk to us.

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5:06am

Fri October 4, 2013
Analysis

Ready Or Not, 'Obamacare' Rolls Out As Planned

Originally published on Fri October 4, 2013 10:36 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And all of that happened yesterday in what has been a charged week at the Capitol. Republicans in the House stuck to their demands to defund the Affordable Care Act and parts of the government remain shut down.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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