Business

5:10pm

Mon August 26, 2013
The Two-Way

Which U.S. Agencies Have Taken The Most Furlough Days?

Originally published on Tue August 27, 2013 9:36 am

In May, the Housing and Urban Development agency closed for a day, as employees were placed on furlough. The HUD and other agencies were reportedly forced to take a fraction of the furlough days that had been threatened earlier in 2013.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

The threat of furloughs loomed large early in 2013, when mandatory budget cuts seemed certain to force federal workers to skip anywhere from 10 to 22 days of work without pay this year. A new tally by Federal News Radio shows that many agencies have taken fewer than half the days they had predicted.

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4:26pm

Mon August 26, 2013
All Tech Considered

Inside The 'Bossless' Office, Where The Team Takes Charge

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 2:44 pm

The headquarters of Menlo Innovations, a software design firm in Ann Arbor, Mich. At Menlo, there are no cubicles, few walls and no offices.
Elise Hu NPR

Cubicle culture can be so confining that it's become a cliche. A line from the cult film classic Office Space sums it up: "I have eight different bosses right now," grouses bleary-eyed tech company employee Peter Gibbons. "So that means when I make a mistake, I have eight different people coming by to tell me about it. That's my only real motivation. It's not to be hassled."

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4:51am

Mon August 26, 2013
Business

India's Currency Drops Following U.S. Fed Shift In Policy

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 6:06 am

The problems were triggered when the Federal Reserve said it would soon ease bond buying. Renee Montagne talks to Amy Kazmin, a correspondent for the Financial Times in New Delhi, about the troubles with India's economy.

4:51am

Mon August 26, 2013
Business

Fed Decision Sends Brazil's Currency Lower

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 5:40 am

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF THEME MUSIC)

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

We'll begin NPR's business news with collapsing currencies.

Over the past several months, the focus of financial markets has been the Federal Reserve's plan to phase out or taper some of the extraordinary measures it has taken to stimulate the economy.

Just the idea that the Fed might start dialing back on stimulus spending is rippling through financial markets overseas. For instance, investors who once poured money into emerging markets, like Brazil and India, are suddenly much more cautious.

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4:51am

Mon August 26, 2013
Around the Nation

Too Much Rain Washes Out Crops In The South

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 5:10 am

Parts of the South have seen record rainfall this year. After years of drought, you'd think all that rain would be a good thing. But too much of the wet stuff is bad for farmers' crops.

4:51am

Mon August 26, 2013
Business

First Female Member Of NYSE Muriel Siebert Dies At 80

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 7:02 am

Muriel "Mickie" Siebert bought a seat on the exchange in 1967 and was also the first woman to head one of its member firms. She died Saturday in New York at age 80. The cause was complications of cancer.

5:08pm

Sun August 25, 2013
Sports

Quitting Your Job For Fantasy Football

Originally published on Sun August 25, 2013 6:04 pm

Fantasy sports attract an estimated 36+ million players in the U.S. and Canada.
istockphoto.com

You may just call it late summer; for many die-hard sports fans, it's called fantasy football drafting season.

Fantasy sports is a huge business, with an estimated 36 million people in the U.S. and Canada picking teams and talkin' trash, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

And now we may be at a tipping point.

One man - Drew Dinkmeyer - actually left his job as an investment analyst to play fantasy sports full-time.

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5:26am

Sat August 24, 2013
The Salt

Wine Has Sommeliers. Now, Beer Has Cicerones

Originally published on Sat August 24, 2013 8:08 pm

Ray Daniels inspects a glass of beer. A Chicago brewer, Daniels started the Cicerone training program five years ago.
Johnny Knight Courtesy of Ray Daniels

If you've been to a fancy restaurant, you've probably seen a sommelier — those wine experts who make sure you get the best possible match for your meal. But what if you don't want a chardonnay or pinot? What if you want a nice cold beer?

A new program is working to bring this same level of knowledge to the world of malt and hops by turning out batches of certified beer experts known as Cicerones.

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6:27pm

Fri August 23, 2013
The Two-Way

ESPN Says It Backs Reporting As It Pulls Out Of NFL Series

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 7:12 pm

  • Sportswriter Stefan Fatsis Discusses ESPN's Decision On 'All Things Considered'

ESPN President John Skipper released a statement Friday defending the network's journalistic integrity after it pulled out of an investigation of the NFL.

ESPN had been a partner with PBS's Frontline on a forthcoming series about concussions in the National Football League. A trailer for the two-part investigation says Frontline "investigates what the NFL knew and when they knew it" regarding the lasting effects of head injuries.

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5:56pm

Fri August 23, 2013
The Two-Way

Discrimination Suit Dropped Against TV's Paula Deen

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 7:28 pm

Cooking show host Paula Deen in an appearance on Fox & Friends last December.
Slaven Vlasic Getty Images

An agreement has been reached to dismiss a sexual harassment and discrimination suit against Food Network personality Paula Deen and her brother.

The Associated Press reports that a document filed in U.S. District Court in Savannah, Ga., said the parties had reached agreement "without any award or fees to any party."

Lisa Jackson — a former employee of Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, a restaurant owned by Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers — charged that she suffered from sexual harassment and racial discrimination.

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