Economy

Amazon's German Workers Push For Higher Wages, Union Contract

Amazon has thousands of workers in Germany and many are unhappy that they're classified as lower-paid logistics workers. The company says they're well compensated for unskilled labor.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Oklahoma Joe's Restaurant Comes Home

Oklahoma Joe's, in Kansas City, is changing its name after 17 years in business. It's time to claim the name of the city they are famous for.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Topping $11M, Coolest Cooler Breaks Kickstarter Record

NPR's Linda Wertheimer talks to Ryan Grepper, creator of a cooler named Coolest, which has set a new record as the highest-grossing Kickstarter campaign.

All Things Considered

Beware: Your Uber Ride May Come With A Side Of Oversharing

The "sharing economy" has created a lot of solutions for cheap rides and places to stay. In a piece for Ozy.com, Pooja Bhatia writes about one undesired byproduct: oversharing.

Travelling Books: Vintage Van Carries Literature Around Lisbon

A mobile bookstore, loaded with translations of Portuguese classics, drives around selling books to tourists and locals alike. The van, called Tell a Story, plans to start traveling throughout Europe.

Weekend Edition Saturday

The Abercrombie Logo Loses Its Luxe

Abercrombie & Fitch is shedding its traditional logo-focused apparel. That logo, and the clothes it was affixed to, made the brand one of the most sought-after among teens in the past two decades.

Can Oxfam Nudge Big Food Companies To Do Right?

Oxfam is scoring the 10 biggest food companies on a scale of 1 to 10 on a host of issues, from worker rights to climate change. But will promises translate into concrete changes?

Real Vanilla Isn't Plain. It Depends On (Dare We Say It) Terroir

There's no such thing as plain vanilla — at least if you're talking about beans from the vanilla orchid. Whether it's from Tahiti or Madagascar, vanilla can be creamy, spicy or even floral.

Morning Edition

Student Attendance Drops At College Football Games

Student attendance at games has gone down on average 7 percent since 2009, according to The Wall Street Journal. Rising ticket prices along with televised games are to blame.

Morning Edition

Retailers Entice Shoppers To Get Ready For New School Year

David Greene talks to branding expert Martin Lindstrom about the psychological tricks and ploys marketers and retailers use to entice shoppers into a back-to-school retail frenzy.

After Two Disasters, Malaysia Airlines To Cut 6,000 Jobs

August 29, 2014
A Malaysia Airlines plane prepares to land at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur on August 27. (Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images)

The airline has been losing ground for years, but the economic picture worsened in 2014 after two of its planes crashed in five months.

Arthur T. Demoulas Reinstated As CEO Of Market Basket

August 28, 2014
Market Basket employee Melbi Peraza, of Chelsea, restocks frozen shrimp at a Market Basket location in Chelsea Thursday. (Steven Senne/AP)

Workers spent much of Thursday loading up delivery trucks and getting food back into 71 New England Market Basket stores, following the remarkable conclusion of one of the most amazing stories in American business history.

Emigration Takes A Toll On Irish Island

August 25, 2014
On Achill Island in Ireland, the local Gaelic football club has lost 20 players - more than a team's worth - to emigration in the last few years, reports John Murphy. (@JohnMurphy1964/Twitter)

On Achill Island, the local Gaelic football club has lost 20 players to emigration in the last few years, reports John Murphy.

Yellen’s Signals On Interest Rates Still Unclear

August 22, 2014
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen arrives for a dinner during the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium at the Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park near Jackson, Wyo. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. (John Locher/AP)

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen spoke in Wyoming, today and offered no clear sign the Fed would raise interest rates this year.

From Steel To Beer: Revitalizing Pennsylvania

August 22, 2014
Ruckus Brewing Company plans to renovate the former Neuweiler Brewery in Allentown, Pa. into a contract brewing facility, brew pub, and commercial office space. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

People are hoping that one of America’s oldest industries can help revitalize some of the state’s post-industrial downtowns.

How Can Boston Improve Its Food Truck Scene?

August 22, 2014
Roxy's Grilled Cheese was one of the first to the Boston food truck scene. (Bing/Flickr)

James DiSabatino, the “chief cheese griller” at Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, shares his food truck wisdom.

MIT’s David Wilson On His Carbon Tax Proposal

August 19, 2014
An advocacy group in Massachusetts is proposing a revenue-neutral carbon tax that could potentially increase taxes on gas, but at the same time would reduce income and sales taxes. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

MIT Professor Emeritus David Wilson is credited with coming up with one of the earliest prototypes for a carbon tax.

Home Construction Jumps, Even As Housing Market Cools

August 19, 2014
A home is seen for sale on February 25, 2014, in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Cardiff Garcia of the Financial Times discusses the forces driving the housing ups and downs.

Abandoned Homes In Buffalo, N.Y. Selling For $1

August 19, 2014
Pictured is the home Mike Puma bought for $1 in Buffalo, before repairs began. (Mike Puma)

Instead of tearing the homes down, city officials are selling them for $1, as part of the “Urban Homestead Program.”

Week In Review: Market Basket, Income Inequality, Politics

August 15, 2014
Boston Red Sox greats Roger Clemens, Nomar Garciaparra and Pedro Martinez before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. (AP)

We’ll talk about Market Basket, the mayoral task force on income inequality, the race for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, and the sales tax holiday.

Panama Canal Turns 100

August 15, 2014
Tourists take pictures of Pedro Miguel Locks during a boat trip through the Panama Canal, on August 12. August 15 marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal, considered to be one of the 20th century's marvels of engineering and through which goes five percent of the maritime world trade.(Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images)

As the canal marks its centennial, we discuss its current expansion and potential competition from Nicaragua and Egypt.

What You Need To Know About This Weekend’s Sales Tax Holiday In Mass.

August 15, 2014
Sharon Squillace, center, and Glen Daly, right, both from Boston, wait in line after shopping tax free at IKEA in Stoughton, Mass. in 2007. (Lisa Poole/AP)

While there are some exceptions, most retail items under $2,500 are exempt from the state’s sales tax this weekend.

New Federal Reserve Study Reveals High Poverty Levels In New England’s Suburbs

August 14, 2014
A new study out from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston reveals stark levels of poverty in New England's suburbs. (Joe Dyndale/Flickr)

We examine the problem of suburban poverty.

Gov. Patrick Refiles Non-Compete, Liquor License Bills

August 14, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick has re-filed legislation intended to limit the use of so-called “non-compete agreements” in the private sector.

Mass. Jobs Jump In July; Unemployment Rate Ticks Up

August 14, 2014

The Massachusetts economy added 13,800 jobs in July, according to preliminary estimates, while the state unemployment rate ticked up to 5.6 percent.

Stewardship, Or Self-Interest? The Demoulas Family And Its Legacy

August 13, 2014
Paul G. Pustorino: "The Demoulas family has the ability to set an example that transcends their private issues. Their next step may be a defining moment in New England business history." Pictured: Protesters hold signs during a rally at Market Basket in Tewksbury, Mass., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. (Elise Amendola/AP)

The Demoulas family has the ability to set an example that transcends their private issues. Their next step may be a defining moment in New England business history.

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