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Weekend Edition Sunday

VW Camper Van Gets An Electric Makeover

Talk about a time warp! The iconic VW camper is getting a modern reboot. This time, it's electric.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Greece Risks Losing Future Bailout Funds

The question of what to do about Greece if it defaults on its debts is a topic at World Bank and IMF meetings in Washington this week.

It's Record Store Day – Here Are Pictures To Prove It

From new releases to vintage finds, people have been posting photos of their favorite albums and record stores Saturday.

How The Food Industry Relies On Scientists With Big Tobacco Ties

Critics of the system that ushers food products to market say it is rife with conflicts of interest. When scientists depend on food companies for work, they may be less likely to contest food safety.

All Things Considered

Hillary Clinton Supports Amendment To Get Hidden Money Out Of Politics

Clinton called campaign finance reform one of the "four big fights" of her campaign. But does this idea of a constitutional amendment to restrict or eliminate big money stand a chance?

As Ebola Cases Dwindle, West Africa Turns To Economic Recovery

International banks are promising nearly a billion dollars in aid to the three countries hardest hit by Ebola. The number of weekly cases has dropped below 40 — the lowest level since last May.

Solving The Vinyl Comeback's Big Problem, One Antique Machine At A Time

What's getting in the way of the much touted resurgence of vinyl albums? There are very few functioning record presses, and nobody's making new ones.

All Things Considered

Verizon Announces Changes To Its Cable TV Service

Starting next week, Verizon customers can choose from a slimmed-down menu of options for a lower price. It's a big change for the industry, which has resisted flexible pricing models for years.

All Things Considered

Actors' Equity Minimum Wage Proposal Could Threaten LA's Small Theaters

Actors' Equity Theater members are set to vote on whether to require small theaters in Los Angeles to pay equity minimum wage. But some actors say this could force cash-strapped theaters to close.

Why A Blockbuster Of A Trade Deal With Asia Matters

Congress is giving President Obama new powers to help seal the deal on an ambitious Asia-Pacific free trade agreement, a move that angers many Democrats and unions.

Communities Already Spending Money Trickling In From Casinos

April 18, 2015

Fifteen communities have received roughly $5 million from the state’s three licensed casino operators as part of compensation agreements negotiated with the companies.

Republicans Support Obama’s Fast-Track Authority For Asian Trade Deal

April 17, 2015
U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (third from right) talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (third from right) on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other issues at the start of talks at the latter's official residence in Tokyo in Tokyo on February 19, 2015. (Kimimasa Mayama/AFP/Getty Images)

The support from Republicans puts the president in an awkward situation. Many Democrats say the deal would hurt American workers.

Rand Paul, Bitcoin And A New Frontier In Campaign Finance Loopholes

April 17, 2015
Presidential candidate Rand Paul's decision to accept bitcoin speaks to his hip, edgy, libertarian side -- but it also raises important concerns because the virtual currency is untraceable. Paul is pictured here on April 11, 2015, in Las Vegas. (John Locher/AP)

Presidential candidate Rand Paul’s decision to accept bitcoin speaks to his hip, edgy, libertarian side — but it also raises important concerns because the virtual currency is untraceable.

Open The Books: Why Pay Secrecy Needs To End

April 17, 2015
There are many reasons two people working at the same job might be paid differently, but to understand what those reasons are begins with transparency. MariusBoatca/flickr)

There are many reasons two people working at the same job might be paid differently, but to understand what those reasons are begins with transparency.

Mass. Adds 10,500 Jobs In March; Unemployment Rate Down To 4.8 Percent

April 16, 2015

Massachusetts’ strong job growth occurred in a month in which national jobs figures fell short of expectations.

Reporters’ Notebook: The Business Stories We Should Be Thinking About

April 15, 2015
The Empire State building and the skyline of Manhattan is viewed from one of the top floors of the newly built Four Seasons private residences at 30 Park Place on January 21, 2015 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

CNN’s Maggie Lake, CBS’s Jill Schlesinger and The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson discuss the most important stories they’re covering.

The Biggest Smallest Tax: Or, Making The Case For A ‘Robin Hood Tax’

April 15, 2015
Advocates say a Financial Transaction Tax could raise $300 billion annually from U.S. markets. So why aren't we doing it? In this photo, an activist gestures to his pin during a demonstration calling for a "Robin Hood" tax on financial transactions in front of the former Stock Exchange building in Paris, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. (Francois Mori/AP)

Advocates say a Financial Transaction Tax could raise $300 billion annually from U.S. markets. So why aren’t we doing it?

Marchers Seek Higher Wages, ‘Fight For $15′ In Boston Rally

April 14, 2015
Protesters display placards and chant slogans during a rally, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Boston. Organizers of the event are calling for the nation's lowest paid workers to earn at least $15 per hour. (Steven Senne/AP)

Several hundred people, including college students, fast-food restaurant employees and other workers gathered for a rally to hike wages for the nation’s lowest paid workers to at least $15 per hour on Tuesday afternoon at Forsyth Park near Northeastern University.

The Gender Wage Gap Is Much More Troubling Than We Thought

April 14, 2015
New research indicates that men are earning significantly more even in traditionally female-dominated professions like nursing. (COMSALUD/flickr)

New research indicates that men are earning significantly more even in traditionally female-dominated professions like nursing.

Study: Majority Receiving Public Assistance Are Working Poor

April 13, 2015
Nelson Mejia, who began as a full time employee two weeks ago, works at the food court in a Target on August 5, 2011 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The report says low-wage jobs have left taxpayers holding the tab for higher medicaid, food stamp and child subsidy payouts.

Cuba Eyes Economic Gain With Thaw In U.S. Relations

April 13, 2015
Cuba's President Raul Castro speaks during a meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas at the ATLAPA Convention center on April 11, 2015 in Panama City. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama and Cuban leader Raul Castro made history this weekend when they sat down together in Panama.

The One-Hour Freelancer

April 13, 2015

For people looking for work, online services can connect them with freelance jobs. But there’s a catch: the job may last only an hour.

Gov. Baker’s 2016 Budget Will Hurt The State’s Poorest Children And Schools

April 13, 2015
Mary Battenfeld: "Budgets contain more than numbers. They tell the story of who we are and what we care about. Right now, the story features inadequate funding for 200,000 Massachusetts children who live in poverty. " Pictured: Gov. Charlie Baker smiles as he unveils his 2016 budget proposal during a news conference at the State House in Boston, March 4, 2015. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Budgets contain more than numbers. They tell the story of who we are and what we care about. Right now, the story features inadequate funding for 200,000 Massachusetts children who live in poverty. 

Obama And Raul Castro Speak By Phone

April 10, 2015
Cuban President Raul Castro listens to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (not in frame), during the ALBA Summit at the Miraflores Palace, in Caracas on March 17, 2015. (Federico Parra/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s just the second time in more than 50 years that the leaders of the U.S. and Cuba are known to have spoken.

New Report Discusses How To Get The MBTA ‘Back On Track’

April 9, 2015
An MBTA Employee walks along the platform next to an idle transit train at the Leachmere T station in Cambridge on Feb. 10, 2015. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

We discuss a new report that describes how to transform the MBTA.

As Price Of Oil Falls, Drilling Rigs In Colorado Feel The Pinch

April 9, 2015
A disassembled rig sits in a field east of Greeley, Colo. (Grace Hood/Colorado Public Radio)

Half of Colorado’s drill rigs have gone idle since the end of October. The decline is directly tied to the low price of oil.

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