Weekend Edition Saturday

After Cruz Win, How Important Is Candidate Stance On Ethanol?

Ted Cruz won the Iowa Republican Caucuses on a platform that included opposing ethanol, a key Iowa industry. Does this mean future presidential candidates won't have to support the corn fuel?

Weekend Edition Saturday

After Introducing Changes, Keurig Sales Continue To Fall

Despite America's high coffee consumption, Keurig reported disappointing sales this week. Even during its popular holiday selling period, the numbers haven't perked up in recent years.

Weekend Edition Saturday

States Not Waiting To Close Gender Wage Gap

Efforts to close the pay gap between men and women have gone nowhere in Congress, but states are forging ahead with a string of equal pay laws. And new proposals are being debated in two dozen states.

All Things Considered

Unemployment May Be Dropping, But It's Still Twice As High For Blacks

The jobless rate fell is at an eight-year low, the government reported today. But for blacks, the rate is still 8.8 percent — a bit lower than worst unemployment whites experienced in the recession.

High Costs For Drugs Used By A Few Are Starting To Add Up

A cystic fibrosis drug that is expected to be taken by only a few hundred people may drain almost $36 million from California's general fund over two fiscal years.

Obama Celebrates 'Durable Economy' As Unemployment Drops Below 5 Percent

The January jobs report indicated unemployment was at 4.9 percent, the lowest rate since the recession. But the U.S. only added 151,000 jobs, missing economists' expectations of 190,000 new jobs.

Morning Edition

Rental Property Shortages Contribute To Record High Rents

A new report from the Commerce Department finds that rents have hit historic highs. Mary Louise Kelly talks to Redfin CEO Glenn Kelman about the state of the rental market.

Morning Edition

Jobless Rate Dipped To 4.9 Percent In January

After a hiring spree in the final three months of 2015, U.S. employers added just 151,000 jobs last month.

With Oil Prices Languishing, Shell Reports 80 Percent Drop In Earnings

The company is the latest industry giant to report huge drops in earnings from 2014 to 2015. BP, Exxon and Chevron have also seen their revenues fall steeply.

All Things Considered

House Hearing Probes The Mystery Of High Drug Prices That 'Nobody Pays'

After controversial pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli left the hearing on Capitol Hill, the representatives' attention turned to why prices for some drugs are rising so steeply.

American Rents Through The Roof

February 8, 2016
Sign stands outside property for rent Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, in south Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

If it feels like rents are sky-high, you’re right. Some now paying more than half their income on rent. Some say crisis. We’ll dig in.

The Meaning Of The Super Bowl

February 6, 2016
Pictured, an official game ball for the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game. The Denver Broncos will play the Carolina Panthers on Feb. 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, CA. (Rick Osentoski/ AP)

A dizzying but hi-def vision of what we’ve become as a nation and a people.

Taunton Group Sues Over Tribal Casino

February 5, 2016

The federal government last September approved transfer of about 170 acres of land in Mashpee and about 151 acres of land in Taunton into federal trust.

Week In The News: Cruz Wins Iowa, Clinton Edges Sanders, Zika 'Emergency'

February 5, 2016
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas mingles at a campaign event at Robie's Country Store, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Hooksett, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Ted Cruz, Clinton and Sanders out of Iowa. Zika panic. Syrian peace talks fall apart. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

#TheDollEvolves: What Barbie’s New Body Can — And Cannot — Do For Our Girls’ Body Image

February 5, 2016
Sarah Kiser: "Our children need to see us smile at our own reflection and at the shape of our natural figures." Pictured: A group of new Barbie dolls introduced in January 2016. Mattel, the maker of the famous plastic doll, said it will start selling Barbies in three new body types: tall, curvy and petite. She’ll also come in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles. (AP/Mattel)

Our children need to see us smile at our own reflection and at the shape of our natural figures.

Gaming Commission Approves Deal, Ending Legal Dispute Between Boston, Wynn

February 4, 2016
Contractors work on the land where the Wynn Casino in Everett will be built. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Final approval of the deal means Wynn will pay Boston more than initially agreed upon and the two sides will drop lawsuits against each other.

How Much Does Your Personal Trainer Make?

February 4, 2016
Lifting weights at the gym. (Pixabay)

U.S. health clubs are a more than $24 billion industry, but it’s not the fitness trainers that are raking in the dough.

Who’s On First Bar Near Fenway To Close For Good Months After Fatal Thanksgiving Shooting

February 4, 2016

This week, the Red Sox announced the closure of Who’s on First, a popular bar near that’s been the site of several violent incidents, including a fatal shooting in November.

Richard Dreyfuss On Life And Bernie Madoff

February 4, 2016
Richard Dreyfuss as financier and Ponzi-schemer Bernie Madoff in a scene from the ABC mini-series “Madoff,."Eva Kaminsky/ABC)

Actor Richard Dreyfuss joins us on his new role as Ponzi scheme villain Bernie Madoff and a career of being Dreyfuss.

Mayor Walsh To Appeal Federal Regulators’ Decision On West Roxbury Pipeline

February 4, 2016

The city will appeal a decision by federal energy regulators to allow the controversial 5-mile-long pipeline through West Roxbury to move forward.

Is American Growth Over?

February 4, 2016
Although technological development appears to have rapidly increased in the last fifty years, the gap between the invention of the incandescent light bulb and the Apple iPhone was not as dramatically innovative as it might have been. (WikiCommons / Associated Press)

Is the golden age of American growth and innovation over? Gone for good? Big economist Robert Gordon says so. We’ll listen, and challenge.

With New Body Types, Mattel Expands Barbie’s Bottom — And Its Bottom Line

February 4, 2016
Judy Bolton-Fasman: Today, as ever, Barbie reminds us that women will always find something wrong with their bodies. Mattel Inc., the maker of the famous plastic Barbie doll, pictured here, says it will start selling Barbie's in three new body types: tall, curvy and petite. She'll also come in seven skin tones, 22 eye colors and 24 hairstyles. The El Segundo, Calif., toy company will also continue to sell the original Barbie. (Mark Lennihan/AP)

Today, as ever, Barbie reminds us that women will always find something wrong with their bodies.

What Makes A Good Logo?

February 3, 2016
Few are praising Uber's new logo.

The ride-hailing company Uber released a new logo and app icon, to much criticism. A graphic designer shares his thoughts.

Energy-Producing States Cope With Falling Oil Tax Revenue

February 3, 2016
A truck on I-10 in Colorado County, Texas, hauls drilling pipe in 2013, (Dave Fehling/Houston Public Media)

Oil tax money pays for everything from roads to education in Texas. With prices slumping badly, how bad could it get?

The Power Of 'Presence'

February 3, 2016
Author and Harvard Business School social psychologist Amy Cuddy. (Photo by Bob O'Connor / Courtesy The Author)

Strike a power pose. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy on the power of presence when you’re ready to act and win.

Should Quarterly Earnings Reports Matter?

February 2, 2016
A picture shows the logo of British energy giant BP during the World Gas Conference exhibition in Paris on June 2, 2015. (Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images)

Laurence Fink, head of the world’s largest investing company, would like the public to put less emphasis on quarterly earnings.

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