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Intended For Millennials, Dish's Sling TV Is A Cord Cutter's Dream

Dish Network soon debuts its Sling TV streaming service, with a small group of cable channels for $20 a month. NPR TV critic Eric Deggans tried it and says Sling TV is a welcome challenge to cable.

2015 Will Continue Streak Of Shrinking U.S. Budget Deficit

The federal budget deficit will fall in 2015, the sixth consecutive year of decreases relative to the overall economy, according to new figures by the Congressional Budget Office.

Just Plane Sad: A Show Of Support For SkyMall

News last week that SkyMall's parent company has filed for bankruptcy protection inspired an outpouring of odes to the kitschy in-flight catalog.

Morning Edition

Sling TV Could Be Cable-Cutter's Dream

Sling TV launches in a few weeks. That's the new streaming service from Dish that allows viewers to stream content previously only available through cable.

Morning Edition

Greek Voters Usher Leftist Party Into Office

Greece's radical left Syriza party is the first anti-austerity party to win elections in Europe, throwing into doubt whether the troubled country stays the course on an international austerity plan.

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From A Frequent Flier To SkyMall, Thanks For The Memory Foams

NPR's Scott Simon remembers the many hours he has spent at 30,000 feet paging through the in-flight catalog SkyMall. SkyMall filed for bankruptcy this week.

Will Environmentalists Fall For Faux Fish Made From Plants?

A handful of chefs and food companies are experimenting with fish-like alternatives to seafood. But the market is still a few steps behind plant-based products for meat and dairy.

All Things Considered

Auto Loan Surge Fuels Fears Of Another Subprime Crisis

Dealers are extending loans to a growing number of people with weak credit, and more of them are having trouble making payments. The situation is evoking comparisons to the subprime mortgage boom.

All Things Considered

Goodbye, Garden Yeti: In-Flight Catalog SkyMall Files For Bankruptcy

The kitschy catalog fell victim to online shopping and the growing ubiquity of in-flight Wi-Fi, according to the company's Chapter 11 filing.

Morning Edition

Flexible Income Opportunity Helps Cities Warm To Uber, Study Says

Renee Montagne talks to former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe about his new job as vice president of strategy and policy for the ride-hailing service Uber.

Building A Smarter Team

January 27, 2015
As any ant knows, building a reliable team can be hard. (Flickr / Guildmn20)

From Silicon Valley to your office, some teams work better – and smarter – than others. We’ll look at the surprising reasons why.

Anti-Austerity Gains Steam In Europe

January 27, 2015
Leader of Syriza left-wing party Alexis Tsipras speaks to his supporters outside Athens University Headquarters, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. A triumphant Alexis Tsipras told Greeks that his radical left Syriza party's win in Sunday's early general election meant an end to austerity and humiliation and that the country's regular and often fraught debt inspections were a thing of the past. (AP)

A leftist victory in Greece, and anti-austerity pushback across Europe. We’ll ask where this goes.

Suffolk Law Professor Says Intellectual Property Law Founded On ‘Eureka Myth’

January 26, 2015
The late Apple CEO Steve Jobs demonstrates the new iPhone during his keynote address at MacWorld Conference in 2011. (Paul Sakuma/AP)

Professor Jessica Silbey argues most inventions are more collaborative and rely on a foundation of work done by many others, which is why intellectual property law can be so tricky.

Fuel Is Cheap, So Why Are Airfares High?

January 26, 2015
A U.S. Airways Airbus A320 airplane takes off from a runway at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, September 23, 2013. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s a great time for road trips, with oil prices at the lowest levels in years. It seems the same should be true for air travel. Not so.

Singled Out: The Cultural Bias Against Single People

January 26, 2015
Twenty percent of Americans over 25 are single. So why, over and over again, are singles told in ways both tacit and explicit that we are different, not normal? (Ryan McGuire/flickr)

Twenty percent of Americans over 25 are single. So why, over and over again, are singles told in ways both tacit and explicit that we are different, not normal?

After Hacking Attack, Sony Delays Earnings Announcement

January 23, 2015
A general view shows Sony's headquarters in Tokyo on September 18, 2014. (Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

The company said Sony Pictures had to shut down its entire computer network, and that many programs were still not up and running.

Week In The News: State Of The Union, Yemen Crisis, 'DeflateGate'

January 23, 2015
A Cuban flag and an American flag stand in the press room during the second day of talks between U.S. and Cuban officials, in Havana, Cuba, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP)

President Obama comes out swinging in his State of the Union. High level talks in Cuba. Japanese hostages. “American Sniper” controversy. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

European Central Bank Announces New Stimulus Plan

January 22, 2015
Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, addresses the media during a press conference following the meeting of the Governing Council in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on January 22, 2015. (Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images)

The bond-buying program is more massive than many analysts had expected, and is an attempt to reverse economic stagnation.

Wynn Unveils New Design For Everett Casino

January 22, 2015
A new rendering of the proposed Wynn casino complex in Everett (Courtesy of Wynn Everett)

Wynn Resorts released a new design of its planned casino in Everett, featuring a bronze glass look similar to its existing casinos in Las Vegas.

Wynn Resorts To Unveil Redesign Of Everett Casino

January 22, 2015

Wynn Resorts has proposed a $1.6 billion resort, casino, hotel and entertainment complex for roughly 33 acres on the Everett waterfront overlooking Boston. But the state’s gaming commission said the proposal’s hotel tower was too generic.

Co-Founder Of Harvard Negotiation Program: ‘Get To Yes With Yourself’

January 21, 2015
Delegations of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and former EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton, sit around the negotiations table during their talks on Iran in Vienna, Austria Nov. 24, 2014. (Joe Klamar/AP)

Negotiation is likely a part of your daily life. Whether it’s with your spouse or your children, your boss or your colleagues — we all deal with conflict. So, what could get you to win-win solutions?

Wal-Mart To Issue Cash Tax Refunds In Stores

January 21, 2015
A worker pulls a line of shopping carts toward a Walmart store in North Kingstown, R.I. in November 2012. (Steven Senne/AP)

Wal-Mart says the offer is for customer convenience, but of course it also means customers conveniently in Wal-Mart with cash in hand.

Obama’s Proposal On Inequality: Is It Enough?

January 21, 2015
President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech before members of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol January 20, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz offers his take on the president’s plan and whether it goes too far or not far enough.

Mohegan Sun Joins Boston Casino Lawsuit

January 21, 2015

Mohegan Sun is suing Massachusetts gambling regulators over their decision to award the Boston-area casino license to a rival.

Beauty, Art And Millions Of Dollars: The Life And Power Of Helena Rubinstein

January 21, 2015
Helena Rubinstein holding one of her masks from the Ivory Coast, 1934. Photograph by George Maillard Kesslere.
Helena Rubinstein Foundation Archives, Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY, Gladys Marcus Library, Special Collections

Cosmetics pioneer Helena Rubinstein, and her story of women, beauty, wealth and power.

China’s Economy Grows At Slowest Rate In 24 Years

January 20, 2015
A Chinese customer rests as he stands in a store in a shopping district on January 20, 2014 in central Beijing, China. China's economy is still growing, but at its weakest rate in 24 years. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Most countries would welcome a 7.3 percent growth rate for the last quarter of 2014, but for China it represents a slowdown.

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