Business

5:51pm

Thu April 4, 2013
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

Dear Netflix, We Can't Hear You! Signed, 50 Million Americans

Originally published on Tue April 9, 2013 3:35 pm

Netflix was ordered to close-caption all its films by next year.
Justin Lane EPA /Landov

Addicted, that's what we are: My husband and I are addicted to BBC television shows. We watch BBC series via Netflix streaming, the "instant" option available to Netflix customers.

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2:48pm

Thu April 4, 2013
The Salt

Hello, My Name Is Porterhouse Chop. I Used To Be 'Pork Chop'

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 11:33 pm

The name may be new, but we've been cutting the "porterhouse chop" for quite a long time
iStockphoto.com

Pork's most popular cuts don't have snazzy names. At least, not until now.

Coming soon to a grocery store near you are the New York chop, the porterhouse chop and the sirloin chop. Yes, pork is borrowing some of the nomenclature of beef cuts. Why?

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2:20pm

Thu April 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Enron's Jeffrey Skilling May Be Negotiating An Early Release

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 6:43 pm

Former Enron Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling outside of the Bob Casey United States Court House in Houston in 2006.
Johnny Hanson Getty Images

Jeffrey Skilling, the former Enron executive serving a 24-year prison sentence for his role in the energy company's collapse, may receive a shorter prison term.

According to Reuters, the United States Department of Justice notified victims of Enron's fraud that they are currently in negotiation with Skilling.

Reuters adds:

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1:55pm

Thu April 4, 2013
Social Entrepreneurs: Taking On World Problems

New Mortgage Program Helps Cambodia's Poor Find Better Homes

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 8:20 pm

Sriv Keng (right) and her husband, Vet Vong, dish up bowls of rice for customers at her roadside food stall, which is situated in a garment manufacturing district.
Will Baxter for NPR

If you've applied for a mortgage recently, you know how hard it can be. The bank demands all kinds of obscure documents and wants proof of almost every asset you own. But an innovative mortgage program halfway around the world will evaluate your application without any extra documentation — and if you're approved, it will give you a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage. There's just one catch: The mortgages are only for low-income people in Cambodia. The program is a throwback to the days when bankers got to know their customers — and trusted them.

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11:22am

Thu April 4, 2013
Planet Money

50 Years Of Potato Chip Innovation, In 5 Animated GIFS

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 1:02 pm

Lam Thuy Vo NPR

For more, watch our video: Secrets From A Potato Chip Factory.

Americans spend less on groceries than they did a few decades ago. That's partly because of new machines and technology that have made it much cheaper to produce food.

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9:07am

Thu April 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Lululemon's Product Chief To Depart; See-Through Pants Have Been A Problem

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 12:03 pm

Lululemon clothes at a store in Pasadena, Calif.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Two weeks after being embarrassed by the news that some of its yoga pants were way too sheer, there's word from Lululemon that chief product officer Sheree Waterson will be leaving the company April 15.

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8:46am

Thu April 4, 2013
The Two-Way

Jobless Claims Rise; Employment Report Likely To Show Slow Job Growth

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 10:24 am

Will there be more signs like this? An automotive service shop in El Cerrito, Calif., was looking for workers last month.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

There were 385,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance last week, up by 28,000 from the week before, the Employment and Training Administration says.

The news follows Wednesday's report of slower-than-expected job growth in the private sector: The ADP National Employment Report estimated that businesses added just 158,000 jobs last month.

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5:26am

Thu April 4, 2013
Television

NBC Has More Problems Than Just 'Tonight Show' Hosts

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

OK. So Frommer's guidebooks will stay the same. "The Tonight Show" is changing. This is a long-running television network drama - the saga of NBC easing Jay Leno out of the chair. As NPR's David Folkenflik reports, Leno will be replaced next year by Jimmy Fallon, in a show based in New York City.

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5:11am

Thu April 4, 2013
Business

Business News

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 6:48 am

After buying the company last year, Google decided to stop printing Frommer's travel guides. The founder of the brand now says Google has agreed to sell the company back to him. Arthur Frommer says he will continue to print the travel guides — in addition to publishing them electronically.

5:11am

Thu April 4, 2013
Economy

Looking Ahead To Friday's Unemployment Report

Originally published on Thu April 4, 2013 6:37 am

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, economics editor of The Wall Street Journal, for a preview of what Friday's jobs report is likely to say about the U.S. economy. The stock market is setting records and though profits are up, wages are stagnant.

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