Business

3:35am

Mon September 16, 2013
Parallels

With A Card Game, The Portuguese Get Back At Their Creditors

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 1:39 pm

Carlos Mesquita (left) and Filipe Preto invented Vem aí a Troika (Here Comes the Troika), a satirical card game that pokes fun at Portugal's economic crisis and its creditors.
Lauren Frayer

In a typical cafe in downtown Lisbon, old men play cards or dominoes over cups of milky coffee or cold glasses of vinho verde and commiserate about the economy.

One of their favorite ways to do this is through a new card game that's all the rage in Lisbon these days. Vem Aí a Troika, or Here Comes the Troika, is a satirical cross between Monopoly and Old Maid, in which players try to stash away savings in offshore accounts, win elections — and avoid the dreaded troika card.

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3:35am

Mon September 16, 2013
All Tech Considered

Dear Apple: Good Luck Against The Smartphone Black Market

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 2:09 pm

Apple's fingerprint technology is an effort to combat smartphone theft.
Ng Han Guan AP

Last week, Apple introduced two new iPhones with new features, including fingerprint recognition on one model, and extra password protections. But the new technology is up against a sophisticated black market that has had years to grow and adapt to meet the world's desire for smartphones.

To call smartphone-related crime an epidemic is not an exaggeration. By one estimate, more than 4,000 phones are stolen every day in the United States.

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3:21am

Mon September 16, 2013
Shots - Health News

Getting Personal With Your Health Insurance Exchange Questions

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 11:15 am

The final countdown: It's time to figure out how insurance through the health exchanges will work for you.
Katherine Streeter for NPR

With the launch of new health insurance exchanges just about two weeks away, many of the questions in this month's mailbag focused less on the big picture and more on exactly how the law will operate for individuals.

We can't answer every question we get. But here is a sampling of questions that were really popular, or that would apply to a lot of people.

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8:25pm

Sun September 15, 2013
The Two-Way

White House Takes Stock Of Financial Crisis Five Years Later

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 2:20 pm

Five years ago this week, Lehman Brothers collapsed, and America's financial crisis began. On Monday morning, President Obama will mark the anniversary with a speech in the White House Rose Garden. The White House released a new report ahead of the address, assessing how the government's efforts to stabilize the economy turned out.

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5:30pm

Sun September 15, 2013
The Two-Way

Summers Pulls Out Of Running To Be Federal Reserve Chief

Originally published on Mon September 16, 2013 11:01 am

Citing what he calls an "acrimonious" confirmation process, Lawrence Summers called President Obama to tell him of his decision not to seek the job of Federal Reserve Chairman Sunday.
AFP AFP/Getty Images

Larry Summers has removed his name from the running to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve. The former Treasury secretary informed President Obama of his decision in a phone call Sunday. The withdrawal was first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

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4:26pm

Sun September 15, 2013
Code Switch

Who's Really Left Out Of The CrossFit Circle

CrossFitters exercise at a gym in Travis, N.Y. A blog posted to CrossFit's Facebook page has opened up a discussion about diversity in the CrossFit community.
Anthony DePrimo Staten Island Advance /Landov

Last week, the headquarters for CrossFit, the popular — and polarizing — workout genre, shared an item on its Facebook page from a blog called Stuff Black People Don't Like.

And according to an entry from February on the Stuff Black People Don't Like blog, CrossFit is anti-black:

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2:28pm

Sat September 14, 2013
All Tech Considered

Will New iPhone Colors Create A Hierarchy Among Users?

The new iPhone 5c is displayed during an Apple product announcement Tuesday in Cupertino, Calif.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

After Apple's announcement this week, choosing which iPhone to buy won't be such a black-and-white decision.

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4:00pm

Fri September 13, 2013
Planet Money

Jobs, Debt And Home Prices Since The Crisis, In Five Charts

Quoctrung Bui / NPR

The housing bust started in 2006. The recession started in 2007. But it was in September, 2008 – five years ago this month – that the financial crisis hit its most intense moments. Here's a look at how U.S. households have fared since then.

Correction: The headline initially said "four charts." Thanks to the commenter who pointed out that there are, in fact, five charts in this post.

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12:52pm

Fri September 13, 2013
The Two-Way

NPR To Offer Voluntary Buyouts In Bid To Balance Budget

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 1:46 pm

NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Charles Dharapak AP

Saying that the goal is to balance its budget in fiscal year 2015, NPR announced late Friday morning that it will soon offer "a voluntary buyout plan across the organization that reduces staffing levels by approximately 10 percent."

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12:04pm

Fri September 13, 2013
Race

Are White Women Harder Hit By Poverty?

Originally published on Fri September 13, 2013 2:30 pm

Transcript

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