Economy
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Don't Mind The Markets, Experts Say — Economy Not Entering Recession

Stock markets rallied on Friday, but it was not enough to erase the losses from earlier in the week. Investors are fretting that the recent market turmoil could mean another recession.

Weekend Edition Saturday

The Carpet Weaver Of Shiraz

A carpet weaver in the ancient city of Shiraz continues her family tradition, but doesn't earn enough to support her large family. Will the easing of economic sanctions on Iran make a difference?

Dinner With A Side Of I Do's: For Restaurants, Proposals Are Good Business

Marriage proposals are pretty routine at America's high-end restaurants. They can lift the mood in the entire dining room, boost tips and create lifelong customers. Unless the answer is "no," that is.

Next Week U.S., Cuba Will Agree To Re-Establish Commercial Air Travel

The U.S. and Cuba will sign a civil aviation agreement on Tuesday, formalizing an arrangement reached in December that allows for some U.S. flights to Cuba. Flights will begin later this year.

All Things Considered

Colonialism Comment Puts Facebook Under Scrutiny

A Facebook board member lambasted a decision by regulators in India, the social network's second-largest market. He thereby sparked new scrutiny of Facebook's intentions in that country.

What The Heck Is Natural Wine? Here's A Taste

Natural wines can be off-putting at first: perhaps darker than usual, a little fizzy or cloudy. Some find them charming, others unsophisticated. Here's a guide to this trending, quirky style of wine.

Morning Edition

Why The Contradiction? Stocks Fall While Unemployment Claims Are Down

David Greene talks to economist Mohamed El-Erian, chairman of President Obama's Global Development Council, about recent turmoil in the stock market despite good employment numbers.

Morning Edition

How Bernie Sanders' Wall Street Tax Would Work

His proposed "speculation tax" — a small levy on every stock, bond or derivative sold in the U.S. — would fund higher education. Estimates of how much revenue it might raise vary greatly.

All Things Considered

At Many Workplaces, Training For A New Threat: Active Shooters

More companies are offering employees training to deal with shooting threats at work. But it presents a dilemma: "How do you create awareness, without creating paranoia?" one expert says.

All Things Considered

North Dakota Residents Weather Downturn In Commodity Prices

North Dakota's fortunes have taken an abrupt turn for the worse. The state was recently a destination for thousands of people seeking a better life and high paying jobs in the Bakken oil field. But oil prices have fallen nearly 70 percent, along with agriculture prices. NPR reports on how residents are handling the sudden downturn.

How Negative Interest Rates Work

February 12, 2016
Federal Reserve Board Chairwoman, Janet Yellen looks over her papers during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, February 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. Ms. Yellen is delivering the Federal Reserve's semi-annual Monetary Policy Report to the House Committee. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Negative interest rates are in place in Sweden and Japan. Even Fed Chair Janet Yellen said it’s something U.S. policymakers have considered.

Fact-Checking Trump’s ’42 Percent Unemployment’ Claim

February 11, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks after Primary day at his election night watch party at the Executive Court Banquet facility on February 9, 2016 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Trump was projected the Republican winner shortly after the polls closed. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

In his New Hampshire victory speech, Donald Trump claimed the unemployment rate was much higher than the official 4.9 percent.

$10-A-Barrel Oil Tax Could Add $3.50 To Average Fill-Up

February 11, 2016
This is a photograph of a man pumping gas. (Hoe Raedle/Getty Images)

President Obama’s proposed budget includes an oil tax to pay for higher spending on “clean transportation infrastructure.”

Yellen: Slower Rate Hikes If Economy Disappoints

February 10, 2016
U.S. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen testifies before the House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on February 10, 2016. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen warned that the US economy faces risks from tightening domestic financial conditions as well as global economic turmoil. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

While the Fed expects to raise interest rates gradually, they are not on any preset course, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said.

Congrats, N.H. Winners — Now, Some Questions

February 10, 2016
Left, Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., reacts to the cheering crowd at his primary night rally in Manchester, N.H. Right, Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a primary night rally in Manchester, N.H. (Both photos, AP)

Here’s hoping the candidates address such questions. The answers will affect us all.

Baker, Walsh Announce Joint Redevelopment Effort In Boston

February 9, 2016
The area in red, on Kneeland Street in Boston, is slated for redevelopment, as a result of the city-state partnership. (Courtesy of the governor's office)

The venture is designed to pave the way for new housing and businesses in downtown Boston.

Chesapeake Energy’s Losses Rattle Oklahoma Economy

February 9, 2016
A sign stands in front of the Chesapeake Energy Corp. campus in Oklahoma City, Friday, June 8, 2012, where the annual shareholders meeting is taking place. Chesapeake Energy Corp. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

As the second-largest natural gas extractor in the U.S. and a major employer, the plummeting stock is raising concern.

How The Sharing Economy Works On The Farm

February 8, 2016
Boyd Brodie of Key Cooperative in Roland, Iowa, hopes exchanging equipment with other owners will help him better meet the needs of local farmers while also recouping some of Key’s investment in expensive machinery. (Amy Mayer/Harvest Public Media)

When times are tough for farmers, they can’t invest in new machines. To compensate, farming equipment has entered the sharing economy.

Lessons From Flint's Water Crisis

February 8, 2016
In this Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 photo, a Flint resident carries free water being distributed at the Lincoln Park United Methodist Church in Flint, Mich. Since the financially struggling city broke away from the Detroit water system in April 2014, residents have been unhappy with the smell, taste and appearance of water from the city's river as they await the completion of a pipe to Lake Huron. They also have raised health concerns, reporting rashes, hair loss and other problems. (Paul Sancya/AP)

Flint is a cautionary reminder of just how essential water is for life.

U.S. Economy Adds 151,000 Jobs In January

February 5, 2016
Trader Fred DeMarco, left, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016. Stocks moved moderately lower in early trading Friday after a report showed that U.S. job creation slowed last month. (Richard Drew/AP)

The job growth wasn’t as strong as it was at the end of last year, but it was enough to bring unemployment down to 4.9 percent.

China Makes A $43 Billion Bid For Syngenta

February 3, 2016
Chinese Ren Jianxin (Left), Chairman of ChemChina gestures next to Michel Demare, Chairman of Swiss farm chemicals giant Syngenta during a press conference to present Syngenta's annual results at the company's headquarters in Basel on February 3, 2016 State-owned China National Chemical Corp on February 3, 2016 offered $43 billion in an agreed takeover for Swiss pesticide and seed giant Syngenta, in what would be by far the biggest-ever overseas acquisition by a Chinese firm. ( MICHAEL BUHOLZER/AFP/Getty Images)

ChemChina, China’s state-owned chemical corporation, is making an offer on the Swiss seeds and pesticides company.

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 Super-Wealthy VC Behind The Fight For A $15 Minimum Wage

February 2, 2016
Nick Hanauer, a venture capitalist, is fighting to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. (nickhanauer.com)

Tech entrepreneur and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer believes a higher minimum is good business and the right moral choice.

Cost Of Investing Falls As Companies Try To Attract New Investors

February 1, 2016

The number of funds that cost $10 or less for every $10,000 invested has more than doubled in recent years, according to Morningstar.

The Coming Sea Change In Meeting New England’s Energy Needs

February 1, 2016
Fred Hewett: "The compelling logic of offshore wind makes you wonder what took us so long to catch on." Pictured: A lobster boat passes the country's first floating wind turbine off the coast of Castine, Maine, which has been generating power since the summer of 2013. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

The compelling logic of offshore wind makes you wonder what took us so long to catch on.

Baker Outlines Economic Development Legislation

January 28, 2016
Gov. Charlie Baker speaks to WBUR in his State House office in December. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

The bill would invest up to $918 million in capital funding.

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