Business

5:15am

Tue September 3, 2013
Business

Lava Lamp Turns 50

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 10:54 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK. Our last word in business has to be said just the right way. The word is: Groovy. But you have to say it this way - groovy baby.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Groovy...

(LAUGHTER)

MONTAGNE: ...baby. Well, in the '60s, the grooviest thing around was the Lava Lamp. And we're mentioning it just now because it turns 50 today.

INSKEEP: Groovy. The fluorescent lamp, with its hypnotic moving liquid blob center, helped to define the psychedelic era. It first hit stores in Britain on this day in 1963.

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7:02pm

Mon September 2, 2013
The Two-Way

Time Warner And CBS Reach Deal To End Programming Blackout

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 10:07 am

Time Warner Cable announced Monday that the company has reached a deal with CBS over a contract dispute that had left several major cities blacked out from CBS programming since Aug. 2.

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4:45am

Mon September 2, 2013
Around the Nation

In Maine, Even With A GPS, You Can't Get There From Here

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 10:58 am

If you're planning that last summer road trip, you might want to pull those maps out of the attic.
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Once a standard fixture at every gas station, good old fashioned paper maps have all but folded in the digital age. But, there are places that can baffle your high tech gadgets.

Getting yourself lost in a rural state is an easy thing to do. Pavement turns into dirt track, and before you know it, you're driving through miles of woods and boulders, and your GPS isn't helping.

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4:45am

Mon September 2, 2013
Business

One Direction Heats Up Labor Day Box Office

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 1:40 am

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: boy band. Because what's better than one teenage heartthrob? Five of them. In 3-D.

The Irish-English pop group One Direction helped Hollywood break a Labor Day weekend record. Their 3-D concert film "One Direction: This is Us" grossed $17 million in its first three days to top the weekend box office. That's a nice take for the Morgan Spurlock music documentary, which cost a modest $10 million to make.

(SOUNDBITE OF MOVIE, ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US")

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4:45am

Mon September 2, 2013
Business

Verizon Poised To Gain Full Control Of Wireless Business

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 6:32 am

Verizon and Vodafone are joint owners of the nation's No. 1 wireless provider Verizon Wireless. Over the weekend, the two companies were in talks to finalize the terms of a $130 billion deal. That's how much Vodafone is asking for its 45 percent stake in the company.

3:23am

Mon September 2, 2013
U.S.

Cincinnati's Airport: Best In The U.S.?

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 4:45 am

A passenger rides an escalator to Terminal A at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in Erlanger, Ky.
Paul Sancya AP

In the grand days of railroad travel, passengers arrived in monumental terminals. There was grandeur, style and comfort — qualities that today's equivalent for long-distance travel, the airport, mostly lack. Especially in the United States.

In a survey of international travelers by the British firm Skytrax, not a single U.S. airport ranked anywhere near the top of the list. Singapore got top honors, while the best the United States could do was Cincinnati's airport — which came in at No. 30.

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3:21am

Mon September 2, 2013
Planet Money

Ecuador To World: Pay Up To Save The Rainforest. World To Ecuador: Meh.

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 7:04 pm

An aerial view of the Yasuni National Park, in Ecuador's northeastern jungle.
Dolores Ochoa AP

The government of Ecuador has abandoned a plan that would have kept part of the Amazonian rainforest off limits to oil drilling. The initiative was an unusual one: Ecuador was promising to keep the oil in the ground, but it wanted to be paid for doing so.

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3:20am

Mon September 2, 2013
Business

Trucker Shortage Worsens As Energy Sector Booms

Originally published on Mon September 2, 2013 4:45 am

Keith Ceynar transfers oil from his truck into a tank at a facility outside Alexander, N.D. An increasing amount of oil is being delivered by trucks.
Matthew Staver Landov

When goods arrive in Houston, they may come in containers stacked high on huge ships or strung out on long lines of rail cars. But to get to the customer, those goods need to be put on trucks and driven to their final destinations.

And now with the oil and gas sectors booming, the demand for truckers is soaring. The U.S. Energy Information Administration says oil delivered to refineries by trucks shot up 38 percent between 2011 and 2012.

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5:41pm

Sun September 1, 2013
Business

When Stress Takes Over, Employee Burnout Can Set In

Originally published on Sun September 1, 2013 7:16 pm

Pushing workers only goes so far, says one long-time human resources manager.
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As Labor Day honors American workers, stress weighs on many. A changing world — and therefore a changing workplace — has many employees on the job and staring at screens for hours upon hours. Some have reached a breaking point.

John Challenger, CEO of workplace consulting company Challenger, Gray & Christmas, diagnoses burnout. He tells NPR's Jacki Lyden stress can manifest emotionally, mentally or physically. "It can be combined with doubts about your confidence or the value of the work you do," he says.

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9:14am

Sun September 1, 2013
Economy

Making It On Minimum Wage

Originally published on Sun September 1, 2013 11:23 am

Joanna Cruz, a New Jersey mother of three who works as a cook at a convenience store, wrote in an online essay that "too often, people think that individuals on public assistance programs are lazy. I would like for them to spend one day in my shoes." She shares what it's like to support a family on minimum wage with guest host Wade Goodwyn.

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