In western Michigan, there aren't enough apples to pick because bad weather decimated 85 to 90 percent of the crop. But Washington state has the opposite problem — there's an abundance of apples, but not enough pickers.
This should be the happiest, busiest time of year in Washington apple orchards. But now — just as the peak of apple harvest is coming on — Broetje Orchards manager Roger Bairstow is wincing.
I'm Celeste Headlee and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, style maven Stacy London tells us about the psychology of fashion and what messages you're sending with your choice of clothing. That's in a few minutes.
Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 10:34 am
A Tunisian protester holds a baguette while taking to riot police in January 2011.
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When French peasants stormed the Bastille on July 14, 1789, they weren't just revolting against the monarchy's policies. They were also hungry.
From the French Revolution to the Arab Spring, high food prices have been cited as a factor behind mass protest movements. But can food prices actually help predict when social unrest is likely to break out?
'Tis the season for new car buying. Fall is when automakers roll out their latest models - with new technologies and better fuel efficiency. And to talk about the latest trends, we reached Michelle Krebs in Detroit. She's a senior analyst at the auto information website Edmunds.com.
And here in the U.S., for retailers, the cost they pay for consumer fraud is going up. Merchants who sell their products using mobile devices or sell internationally are seeing their costs climbing higher still - almost 40 over last year.
NPR's business news starts with Iran's currency plunging.
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INSKEEP: Iran's money hit another record low today. Depending on who's trading, a single American dollar in Tehran can now cost around 38,000 Iranian rials.
Western sanctions, intensified this year by the Obama administration, have been wrecking Iran's economy. It's also harder for Iranians to get their hands on dollars, which are vital for international trade.
And that brings us to today's last word in business, which is Blossom One. Blossom One is not the name of a new car, though it's nearly as expensive as some.
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It's a coffee-maker, designed by some folks who've worked for the likes of BMW, Tesla Motors and NASA. Coming in at a little over $11,000, the coffee-maker does have the whiff of rocket science about it.
Housing continues to be a big issue for the economy, and for many voters. But so far it hasn't been a major issue in the presidential campaign. Perhaps that's because both sides agree that there's no easy fix for the problem of millions of troubled mortgages.
Cathy Busby and her husband co-owned a realty office in Denver when they bought their house in 2006. The next year, the market for houses dried up, leaving them with little income as their house lost value.
Now, she says, she considers herself "poverty level."