Business

12:20pm

Mon January 13, 2014
The Two-Way

Japan's Suntory To Buy Maker Of Jim Beam, Maker's Mark

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 1:59 pm

Three bourbon whiskeys.
Rick Wilking Reuters /Landov

A piece of legendary Americana will now be owned by a Japanese firm.

Beam Inc., the maker of the bourbons Jim Beam and Maker's Mark, will be sold to Japan's Suntory in a deal the companies say is worth $16 billion, including assumed debt.

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12:02pm

Mon January 13, 2014
Technology

From The Archives: 1984, The Year Of Online Shopping?

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 3:41 pm

In 1984, shopping online wasn't this easy.
Guy Erwood iStockphoto

Amazon.com was founded in 1994.

A decade earlier, in 1984, only 8.2 percent of households in the United States had computers, according to the U.S. Census.

But there were limited ways to shop via a computer in 1984. And Robert Krulwich, who was then NPR's business correspondent, decided he wanted to try it.

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11:28am

Mon January 13, 2014
All Tech Considered

Soft Launching In Nine Months? You'll Need A Social Strategy

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 9:07 am

Don't Forget Buzzfeed. 34 Signs That You're Expecting ... That You're Not Expecting.
iStockphoto

Editor's Note: If you can't tell from your own Facebook or Twitter feeds, many young couples these days are sharing news of their growing families by making pregnancy announcements via social media. So our social media team's Melody Kramer decided, if you can't beat 'em, improve 'em! Here's her humorous take on how to really think through the social media strategy of the baby to be, er, "product" you're about to "launch."

Dear Jackie and Jeff,

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11:09am

Mon January 13, 2014
The Salt

California's Pot Farms Could Leave Salmon Runs Truly Smoked

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 5:08 pm

This dead juvenile coho salmon was found in a tributary of California's South Fork Eel River. About 20 large-scale marijuana farms are located upstream from the watershed pictured. All of them divert water from the stream.
Courtesy Scott Bauer

For many users and advocates of marijuana, the boom in the West Coast growing industry may be all good and groovy. But in California, critics say the recent explosion of the marijuana industry along the state's North Coast — a region called the "emerald triangle" — could put a permanent buzz kill on struggling salmon populations.

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6:57am

Mon January 13, 2014
Business

Volkswagen To Invest $7 Billion In North American Operations

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 12:18 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a little German engineering.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSKEEP: Volkswagen has announced plans to invest $7 billion in its North American operations. It's part of an effort to boost sales in the United States, which slid 7 percent last year. A new seven-seat SUV designed specifically for the American market is a central part of the new investment plan.

It is believed the new vocal will be built at VW's plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

4:56am

Mon January 13, 2014
National Security

Surveillance Controversy: NSA Versus Tech Companies

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 12:18 pm

Transcript

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

President Obama is expected to announce Friday how he wants to reform surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency. Those previously secret programs were exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. American technology companies are among those pushing hardest for change. Having been caught up in the surveillance controversy, they are braced for battle. NPR's Tom Gjelten dubs that battle the NSA versus the techs.

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3:08am

Mon January 13, 2014
Economy

What Does Living In Poverty Really Mean?

Originally published on Mon January 13, 2014 12:18 pm

Elba Salsado walks with her groceries after receiving them from a food bank in Miami.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Financial writer Tim Harford, author of the new book The Undercover Economist Strikes Back, says the poverty line for a single American in 2012 was $30.52 per day. But Harford, talking with NPR's David Greene, says it's also about how people view themselves and how they're viewed by other people.


Interview Highlights

On defining and measuring poverty

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6:50pm

Sun January 12, 2014
All Tech Considered

Internet In America: An On Again, Off Again Relationship

Comcast is the largest cable company and home Internet service provider in the United States. A recent survey found that many Americans give Internet service providers low marks for satisfaction.
Matt Rourke AP

The American Customer Satisfaction Index surveys large swaths of consumers about various industries. And in last year's survey, Americans rated Internet service providers at the very bottom for satisfaction. That puts them below the postal service, health insurance and even airlines.

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5:33pm

Sun January 12, 2014
Television

Why Live Award Shows Have High Value, Even When We Hate Them

Originally published on Sun January 12, 2014 6:50 pm

Award shows are a booming business these days. Ratings have been climbing year by year, and networks are definitely paying attention — and packing their schedules to the brim.

There are at least 19 televised award shows airing between the start of the year and the broadcast of the Academy Awards on March 2.

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9:56am

Sun January 12, 2014
Music News

Insane Clown Posse Sues FBI For Targeting Fans

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 12:02 pm

Transcript

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

INSANE CLOWN POSSE: (Singing) If magic is all we've ever known, then it's easy to miss what really goes on.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

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