Economy

Obama Administration Proposes Opening Up Atlantic To Drilling

At the same time, a new Interior Department plan designated nearly 10 million acres in Alaska as off-limits to any future oil and gas leasing. Reaction has been mixed to the draft plan.

Morning Edition

Greece Looks To Renegotiate Bailout Terms

The newly elected leadership in Greece is against budget cuts imposed by the European economic zone in return for bailing it out. Renee Montagne talks to Tom Nuttall of The Economist.

All Things Considered

Obama's Arctic Refuge Drill Ban Won't Change Much, For Now

Oil industry representatives are criticizing the decision, but analysts say the shale revolution will buy the industry time to develop safe technology in the threatened environment.

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.

Greece's Left-Wing Prime Minister Takes Charge

Alexis Tsipras, who led Syriza to a momentous win in the parliamentary election, was sworn in today amid fears about what his win means for the country's bailout agreements with the European Union.

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.

Weekend Edition Saturday

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.

From Cancellations To Closures: The Storm’s Economic Impact

January 27, 2015
A library employee works to clear the sidewalks in front of the main branch of the Boston Public Library in the Back Bay neighborhood during a blizzard on January 27, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Kayana Szymczak/Getty Images)

We take a look at the effect of travel bans, flight cancellations and office closures on the economy.

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.

What’s The Future Of The Euro In Greece?

January 26, 2015
Newly elected Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has vowed to end austerity policies and renegotiate the country's debt, triggering questions about whether Greece will continue to use the Euro. (Danial Roland/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s Marilyn Geewax discusses the future of the euro in Greece and why the country would consider a different currency.

Friends, Not Jobs, Bring Millennials Back To Small N.H. City

January 26, 2015
"Paul Goodwin's 25 birthday - April 2013," writes Maddie DeSantis. "That's who we usually talk about when we refer to the Hill kids from our year. That's Pat Jackman up front left, then James Thompson in back, then Paul Goodwin, then Emmett, Aaron Wysocki, Me, and Leigh Messier is in front. At the time of that picture, only James wasn't living in Somo'" (Courtesy of Maddie DeSantis)

Emily Corwin of New Hampshire Public Radio brings us the story of young people returning home to Somersworth, New Hampshire.

Mass. Gas Prices Drop Another 7 Cents Per Gallon

January 26, 2015

AAA Northeast reports Monday that self-serve, regular has dropped in the past week to an average of $2.08 per gallon.

Boyish Engineer-Turned-Protester Could Be Next Greek Prime Minister

January 23, 2015
Opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras leaves a news conference in Athens January 23, 2015. (MIlos Bicanski/Getty Images)

Greeks will elect a new government on Sunday, and the new prime minister could be a charismatic leftist named Alexis Tsipras.

Lawrence Lessig On Citizens United, 5 Years Later

January 22, 2015
People hold signs during a gathering on the anniversary of the Citizens United decision in Montpelier, Vt. (Toby Talbot/AP)

At the Supreme Court Wednesday, shouts of protest and the clatter of overturned chairs disrupted the usual calm and formality of the nation’s highest court. They were protesting the court’s 2010 decision on campaign finance, which was issued five years ago.

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.

Mass. Adds 10,900 Jobs In December; Unemployment Rate Down To 5.5 Percent

January 22, 2015

Massachusetts added an estimated 60,900 jobs last year. That’s the state’s strongest year for job growth since 2000.

New Details Out About Boston 2024 Summer Olympics Bid

January 21, 2015
Reporters view a video display of the sites of the potential Olympic stadium, athlete's villages and media centers during a news conference by organizers of Boston's campaign for the 2024 Summer Olympics. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Imagine Dorchester Avenue transformed into an Olympic Boulevard, stretching all the way to South Station. That, it turns out, was just one feature of the presentation given to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

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.

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.

Davos 2015: World Economic Forum Preview

January 20, 2015
A general view of the ski resort of Davos on the eve of the World Economic Forum annual meeting on January 20, 2015 in Davos. World leaders including France's Francois Hollande, Germany's Angela Merkel and China's Li Keqiang will gather at the annual Davos forum, seeking to chart a path away from fundamentalism towards solidarity. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Bloomberg editor Tom Keene says recent developments in Europe make it a particularly exciting event.

Making Paternity Leave Pay

January 20, 2015
Will Generation Y be the first to make paternity leave a sound investment for families and businesses, alike? (instantvantage/flickr)

Will Generation Y be the first to make paternity leave a sound investment for families and businesses, alike?

What's The State Of The Union, Six Years Into Obama’s Presidency?

January 19, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (Charles Dharapak/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s Marilyn Geewax discusses how the economy has changed, and what we might hear about that in the State of the Union address.

Nicaragua's Bottom-Up Rural Electrification

January 19, 2015
Thirty years ago, El Cuá was home to just 3,000 people. Since electrification, it has thrived: around 40,000 people live there now and they enjoy a higher standard of living. (Lucas Laursen)

A group of engineers has been transforming the region of El Cuá by building small hydroelectric plants.

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