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How Singapore Became One Of The Richest Places On Earth

The founder of modern Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, used both free-market principles and strong central planning to transform the tiny former British colony into an economic powerhouse.

Weekend Edition Sunday

Cheez Whiz Helped Spread Processed Foods. Will It Be Squeezed Out?

Turns out, the history of Kraft's dull-orange cheese spread says a lot about the processed food industry — and where it might be headed as Kraft and Heinz merge.

All Things Considered

Not Just Sugary-Sweet, Hard Cider Makes A Comeback

Cider is the fastest-growing alcoholic beverage in the United States. Much of that growth is driven by big industrial producers, but smaller cider-makers are looking for a larger bite of the apple.

Yemen's Turmoil Sparks Big Swings In The Global Oil Market

Yemen is minor producer of crude oil but controls a strategic energy waterway. More than 3.8 million barrels a day pass through the Bab el-Mandeb Strait at the southern entrance to the Red Sea.

Did That Restaurant Pass Its Health Inspection? Now Yelp Will Tell You

You might not see health inspection information until you're opening a restaurant's door. But if you're in San Francisco and some other cities, you'll see it when you check out an eatery's Yelp page.

Airlines Worldwide Rush To Adopt '2-Person' Cockpit Rule

In the wake of the apparently deliberate crash of a German airliner, carriers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia say they will emulate a U.S. rule requiring two people in the cockpit at all times.

Morning Edition

Evaluating Whether It's Time To Cut The Cord

Several big media companies recently announced new ways to bring TV over the Internet. For example, HBO's streaming service, Sony's PlayStation Vue and a rumored service from Apple.

Morning Edition

Examining Right-To-Work Laws Impact On Income And Economic Growth

Last week, Morning Edition aired a piece about right-to-work laws in Kentucky. To clarify some assertions made in the piece, Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, of the Brookings Institution.

Morning Edition

Was Your Seafood Caught By Slaves? AP Uncovers Unsavory Trade

Some of the seafood that winds up in American grocery stores, in restaurants, even in cat food may have been caught by Burmese slaves, a yearlong investigation by The Associated Press finds.

Morning Edition

Police Departments Open Up 'Safe Lots' For Craigslist Transactions

Several crimes around the U.S. have been tied to the website's in-person transactions. So police departments are offering up their parking lots to provide a secure space for buying and selling stuff.

Group To Push For $15 An Hour Fast Food ‘Living Wage’

March 28, 2015

The group Raise Up Massachusetts is backing a bill that would require the companies to pay their employees at least $15 an hour by 2018.

New Law To Protect Domestic Workers To Take Effect This Week

March 28, 2015

The law requires people who hire nannies, caregivers and other domestic workers in Massachusetts to adhere to established labor standards and other worker protections.

Is Boston On Its Way To Becoming Kid-Free?

March 25, 2015
Children enjoying the 2014 Kids Pumpkin Festival on Boston Common. (Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism/Flickr)

Is Boston on its way to becoming kid-free? We speak to a co-authors of a CommonWealth Magazine article that explores the sharp decline in school-aged children in Boston.

Record Snow ‘Not Expected To Derail’ Mass. Economy, Board Says

March 24, 2015
Anthony Dimare, left, loses the items he is delivering in February in East Boston. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

But, the board of economists said, the weather will have “a disproportionate impact on low-income workers.”

Mass. Seeks Federal Disaster Aid For Snow

March 24, 2015
Pedestrians walk single file through snow banks on a Beacon Street sidewalk in Boston last month. (Elise Amendola/AP)

The request seeks 75 percent reimbursement to cities and towns and other government agencies for the costs of snow removal and other damage caused by the storms.

Boston 2024 Organizers To Pursue State-Wide Referendum

March 24, 2015
John Fish, chairman of Boston 2024, answers a councilman's question during the first meeting of the Boston City Council on the city's bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics on March 6. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Boston 2024, the privately funded group behind the Olympics bid, is now working to put a referendum on next year’s ballot.

Americans’ Love Of Diet Soda Fizzing Out

March 24, 2015
Diet Coke sales are down according to one firms research. (Niall Kennedy/Flickr Creative Commons)

Diet sodas hit peak sales in 2009. Sales are expected to decline by a third by 2019 from the 2009 peak.

Despite Snow, Mass. Home Sales Were Up In February

March 24, 2015

Single-family home sales in Massachusetts rose nearly 4 percent in February, a month that will go down in the history for its record snowfall totals.

Walsh And Mayors Tackle Inequality

March 23, 2015
Mayor Marty Walsh and The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) Cities of Opportunities Taskforce talk with reporters in Fanueil Hall, Marcvh 23, 2015. (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)

Despite a robust local economy and low unemployment, a study by the Brookings Institution found that Boston has the third highest rate of income inequality among the nation’s 50 largest cities. Among the findings: nearly half of Boston’s households don’t have enough savings to live above the poverty line for three months if they their source of income dried up.

Some Say They’re Left Behind By Detroit’s Comeback

March 23, 2015
The Majestic in Midtown is one of the older, trendier spots in Detroit. (Lester Graham/Michigan Radio)

Detroit is seeing more private investment and new businesses in its downtown areas. But some residents in the neighborhoods don’t see how they’re benefiting.

Week In Review: Tsarnaev Trial, Transparency In Public Records, Olympics Poll

March 20, 2015
The cell phone and other objects were presented to a jury during Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's trial this week. (Charles Krupa/AP)

We discuss the latest from the trial of admitted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tzarnaev, the call to update public records laws in Massachusetts and dwindling support for Boston 2024.

Home Values Rise As Borrowers Sink Deeper

March 20, 2015
A new report from real estate tracking firm Zillow finds in 21 out of the 50 largest U.S. cities -- the number of homeowners who owe more on their home than it is worth -- is increasing. (Michigan State Historic Preservation Office/Flickr)

A new report finds that in 21 of the 50 biggest U.S. cities, the number of homeowners who owe more on their home than it is worth, is increasing.

New Plan To Tackle Seafood Fraud Follows Fish From Ocean To Plate

March 19, 2015
Is food from Hong Kong making it to your plate? (McPig/Flickr)

Do you know where the seafood on your plate came from? The Obama administration’s new plan to combat seafood fraud might just help you out.

After Tough Winter, Economists Look For Economic Spring

March 19, 2015
Huge banks of snow hindered many potential homebuyers from getting to know neighborhoods and finding parking spaces around homes for sale. In this photo taken last month, icicles hang from homes buried in snow along Itasca Street in Mattapan. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

It was tough on realtors and manufacturers and others, but could the impending warm weather put a spring back in the economy’s step?

Mass. Unemployment Rate Drops Below 5 Percent

March 19, 2015

The good news is despite the fact that Massachusetts added just 800 jobs last month.

Report Highlights Boston’s Escalating Housing Crisis

March 18, 2015
New England Snow-Boston Record

Just how long can Boston’s urban renaissance and its housing crisis coexist before something has to give?

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