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As Health Apps Hop On The Apple Watch, Privacy Will Be Key

The notion of receiving nutrition advice from artificial intelligence on your wrist may seem like science fiction. But health developers are betting this kind of behavior will become the norm.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Who, Or What, Crashed The Market In A Flash In 2010?

The cause of Wall Street's flash crash has been debated ever since it happened. Officials arrested a lone trader working in his parents' London home, but some question whether he was really to blame.

All Things Considered

Comcast Drops $45 Billion Bid For Time Warner Cable

Comcast called off its pending merger with Time Warner Cable Friday morning. Regulators were concerned that a combined company would control too much of the market for broadband Internet service.

Fake Medicines Do Real Damage: Thousands Die, Superbugs Get Stronger

In tests of anti-malarial pills and antibiotics, 9 to 41 percent didn't meet quality standards. And the world does a crummy job chasing criminals who reap $75 billion a year from counterfeit meds.

Morning Edition

2 Years After Garment Factory Collapse, Are Workers Any Safer?

At the site of the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh, families gathered to remember their loved ones and call for better working conditions. Changes have been made, but there's a long way to go.

Morning Edition

Comcast Calls Off Merger With Time Warner

Comcast is abandoning its $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable. For more details, Steve Inskeep speaks with NPR's Yuki Noguchi.

Comcast Cuts The Cord On Deal With Time Warner Cable

The Justice Department had raised concerns over the proposed $45.2 billion merger, which would have brought nearly 30 percent of TV and about 55 percent of broadband subscribers under one roof.

TED Radio Hour

What Happens When You Run a Company With (Almost) No Rules?

When Ricardo Semler became the CEO of his father's company, he reorganized it with the belief that less management and more flexibility meant a better workplace and bigger profits.

Morning Edition

A Look At 'Blackbird,' The First Film On The New 'Black Netflix'

The Urban Movie Channel, created by BET founder Robert L. Johnson, is being touted as the black Netflix. Its first original movie, Blackbird, is about a gay interracial romance in the Deep South.

Morning Edition

Will Apple's Newest Gadget Ignite A Smart Watch Movement?

As Apple's smart watch goes on sale, there are some big questions about the whole idea of the wrist watch as a computer, including whether consumers come to see them as a luxury or a necessity.

Comcast Ends $45.2 Billion Bid To Acquire Time Warner Cable

April 24, 2015
Comcast dropped a bid to buy Time Warner Cable after it learned the government was mobilizing to block the deal. (Dave Winer/Flickr)

The cable giant abandoned the deal after meetings with federal regulators revealed the government was mobilizing to block the merger.

Should The Ban On U.S. Oil Exports Be Lifted?

April 24, 2015
An oil well owned an operated by Apache Corporation in the Permian Basin are viewed on February 5, 2015 in Garden City, Texas. The well produces about 55-70 barrels of oil per day. As crude oil prices have fallen nearly 60 percent globally, many American communities that became dependent on oil revenue are preparing for hard times. Texas, which benefited from hydraulic fracturing and the shale drilling revolution, tripled its production of oil in the last five years. The Texan economy saw hundreds of billions of dollars come into the state before the global plunge in prices. Across the state drilling budgets are being slashed and companies are notifying workers of upcoming layoffs. According to federal labor statistics, around 300,000 people work in the Texas oil and gas industry, 50 percent more than four years ago. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

America’s oil industry is calling for the 1970s ban to be lifted. We take a look at the reason for the ban and what lifting it would do.

Proposal To Close Loophole Looks At Who Is A Farmer

April 23, 2015
Farmer Levi Greuel spends a sunny Saturday afternoon fixing up his farm equipment and tearing down an old wooden barn in preparation for planting season. (Abby Wendle/Harvest Public Media)

Big farms are collecting taxpayer dollars that they haven’t necessarily earned, by taking advantage of a loophole in government subsidy rules.

Anti-Tobacco Advocates Back Healey’s E-Cigs Regulations While Retailers Seek Changes

April 23, 2015
An electronic cigarette, or e-cig, as they are more commonly called. (AP)

Proposed restrictions on free samples of e-cigarettes for adults would harm retailers ability help smokers quit, “vaping” advocates argued today to the attorney general’s office.

Service Not Included – But Should It Be?

April 23, 2015
In this file photo, Waiter Spencer Meline serves a customer at Ivar's Acres of Clams restaurant on the Seattle waterfront Wednesday, May 14, 2014.  Seattle's minimum wage will rise to $15 an hour by August 2015. (AP)

The tipping economy in America. It’s huge. It’s being challenged. It may be changing.

Financial Stories In Court: Flash Trader And AIG

April 22, 2015
Traders shout orders in the S&P 500 futures pit at the CME Group in Chicago near the close of trading, Thursday, May 6, 2010. The stock market had one of its most turbulent days ever with the Dow Jones industrials plunging nearly 1,000 points in half an hour before recovering two-thirds of its losses. (Kiichiro Sato/AP)

Closing arguments are being delivered in the AIG trial, and Navinder Sarao is making an initial court appearance.

Democrats Battle Over Obama’s Trade Initiatives

April 22, 2015
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is welcomed to the stage by United Steel Workers International President Leo Gerard (L) during the Good Jobs Green Jobs National Conference at the Washington Hilton April 13, 2015 in Washington, DC. Sponsored by a varied coalition including lightweight metals producer Alcoa, the United Steelworks union, the Sierra Club and various other labor, industry and telecommunications leaders, the conference promotes the use of efficient and renewable energy and cooperation in updating the country's energy infrastructure. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are among those sparring with the president over his Asia-Pacific trade agreement.

Uber CPO: Don’t Just Talk to Strangers, Split An Uber

April 22, 2015
The Uber app is shown as cars drive by in Washington, D.C. on March 25, 2015. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

The car-for-hire company’s new uberPOOL feature lets users split rides with strangers. How successful has it been? And how safe?

Bird Flu Flare-Up On Midwest Farms; Big Blue Bell Recall

April 22, 2015
In this Nov. 16, 2009 file photo, chickens stand in their cages at a farm near Stuart, Iowa. Discovery of the bird flu on an Iowa turkey farm has raised serious concerns that the bird killer could find its way into chicken barns in the nation’s top egg-producing state and rapidly decimate the flocks that provide the U.S. with its breakfast staple.  (AP)

A major American outbreak of bird flu. Millions of hens and turkeys are being destroyed in the Midwest to stop the spread. We’ll look at what’s at stake. Plus: the latest in a big recall for Blue Bell Creamery

High Court Rules Against Boston Cab Drivers

April 22, 2015

The state’s highest court has ruled that Boston cab drivers are independent contractors and not employees, meaning they are not covered by state overtime and wage laws.

Blue Bell Recalls All Products Following Deadly Listeria Outbreak

April 21, 2015
Blue Bell is voluntarily recalling all of its products after the bacteria listeria was found in two cartons of Blue Bell ice cream in March. (Randy OHC/Flickr Creative Commons)

Listeria bacteria found in Blue Bell ice cream has been linked to three deaths. Five others in Kansas and Texas were sickened.

Cuba’s New Reality: A Need For MBAs

April 21, 2015
Guennady Rodriguez shows off his Cuban MBA degree at his Miami home. (Tim Padgett / WLRN.org)

Scores of Cubans have earned MBAs, making them the little-known vanguard of Cuba’s newest revolution: learning business.

Bird Flu Spreads; Millions Of Iowa Chickens To Be Killed

April 21, 2015
Fresh brown eggs sit in a carton August 26, 2010, in San Rafael, California. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The deadly bird flu strain H5N2 is plaguing poultry farms across the Midwest, including a major commercial operation in Iowa.

Lessons From India’s Tech Industry

April 21, 2015
The famous clock tower located in the middle of the old city in Allahabad is pictured on March 4, 2015. The roads are clogged with traffic, the pavements overflow with rubbish and power cuts are a fact of life. But Allahabad, an ancient settlement on the banks of the Ganges, is hoping to become one of India's first tech-savvy 'smart cities' under ambitious plans being piloted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)

Jason Del Rey of Re/code traveled overseas to the India Internet Day conference and spent a week checking out India’s tech scene.

A Fast Track For The Trans-Pacific Partnership

April 21, 2015
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., third right, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, leading a delegation of U.S. lawmakers, talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, third left, at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. (AP)

TPP. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is headed onto the fast track for a vote now. We’ll look at the big trade-pact and big debate around it. Plus, the latest on the boat migrant crisis in Europe.

Millions Of ‘Boomerang Buyers’ Could Reshape Housing Market

April 20, 2015
Signs are seen outside a foreclosed home and a house for sale February 24, 2009 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The first wave of millions of homeowners who lost their home to foreclosure may soon get back into buying real estate.

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