Economy

The Whole World Is Fat! And That Ends Up Costing $2 Trillion A Year

Nearly a third of us are overweight, and some of the worst rates of obesity are in the developing world. All this corpulence takes a huge economic toll.

All Things Considered

Takata Executive Apologizes To Consumers In Capitol Hill Testimony

An executive from the Takata Corporation was on Capitol Hill today, answering tough questions about the company's defective airbags, which have been linked to at least three deaths in the U.S. The airbags explode with too much force and send jagged metal fragments flying into passengers.

All Things Considered

How To Catch A Cattle Thief

Cattle theft has been making a major comeback. A drought in the West has meant higher beef prices, making cattle an attractive target for thieves.

Takata Quality Official Apologizes Over Air Bag Defect Linked To Deaths

Hiroshi Shimizu's remarks came in testimony to a Senate panel. U.S. regulators want the company to issue a nationwide vehicle recall. So far, the recall has been restricted to high-humidity areas.

Soda Companies Step Up Their Marketing To Black And Latino Kids

Black youth saw more than twice as many ads for sugary drinks on TV compared with white children and teens in 2013. Advertising for the drinks on Spanish-language TV also increased by 44 percent.

Morning Edition

Low Consumer Spending Hinders Japan's Economic Recovery

The ultimate aim of Japan's effort to revive the economy is to give consumers the confidence to start buying again. Weak consumer confidence has hit big-ticket purchases hardest.

Morning Edition

What The U.S. Could Learn From Japan's Latest Recession

Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel about what's gone wrong with Japan's economy. Wessel is director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and a contributor to The Wall Street Journal.

Morning Edition

Nielsen To Rate Streaming Services, Assault Allegations Haunt Cosby

Nielsen, the company that measures broadcast and cable ratings, will begin using its technology to calculate the viewership of streaming services like Netflix. Also, Bill Cosby projects are canceled.

Morning Edition

Despite Low Employment, Millennials Hold Key To Reviving South Texas

The McAllen metro area in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas has one of the country's lowest employment rates for millennials. Economists say they will be critical to bringing the area out of poverty.

Delinquent Mine Fines: 'Clearly Troubling ... More Can Be Done'

"We have tools in place to crack down on these scofflaws, but what's missing is a stronger commitment," says John Kline, a key House Republican.

Local Immigration Thinkers Respond To Obama’s Executive Action

November 20, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

We hear local reaction to President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform.

Saving Gamblers From Themselves

November 20, 2014
Renée Loth: "If the state really wants to discourage its residents from gambling away their paychecks and attract high-rolling outsiders instead, it might take a lesson from Singapore." (Julie Jacobson/AP)

If the state really wants to discourage its residents from gambling away their paychecks and attract high-rolling outsiders instead, it might take a lesson from Singapore.

Mass. Adds 1,200 Jobs In October; Unemployment Rate Stays At 6 Percent

November 20, 2014

The Massachusetts jobless rate is above the national level, which is currently 5.8 percent.

An 8-Year Car Loan Can Come Back To Haunt You

November 19, 2014
Natalie Pena (right) shows vehicles to Ruben Mendoza as he shops for vehicles at the Toyota of Deerfield dealership on October 2, 2014 in Deerfield Beach, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary explains why longer-term loans are risky, and how to figure out what you can afford.

Without Slavery, Would The U.S. Be The Leading Economic Power?

November 19, 2014
"A day's work ended," drawn by Matt Morgan, depicts African Americans bringing cotton in from a field in Alabama. The image was published in Frank Leslie's illustrated newspaper in 1887. (Wikimedia Commons)

Edward Baptist argues in his new book that slavery was integral to establishing the America as a world economic power.

Parents With Unusual Hours Seek Out ‘Extreme’ Day Care

November 18, 2014
A day care employee watches children in carts at a park in downtown Washington, D.C. on April 11, 2013. (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

With many people working odd hours to make ends meet, there is rising demand for day care centers that are open up to 24 hours a day.

Mass. Gas Prices Are At Lowest Level Since 2010

November 17, 2014
Dana Ripley, of Winthrop, fills the gas tank of his truck in Andover on Sept. 30. (Charles Krupa/AP)

This week’s 3-cent drop continues a months-long trend.

Scientists Try To Bring Back The Original New Mexico Chile

November 17, 2014
New Mexico green chiles are pictured at a farmer's market. (Farmanac/Flickr)

The state’s chile industry is in decline – suffering from drought and competition from China and other countries.

G20 Pledges Global Growth As Japan Slides Into Recession

November 17, 2014
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe waves as he arrives for the G20 Summit in Brisbane on November 15, 2014. Australia is hosted the leaders of the world's 20 biggest economies for the G20 summit in Brisbane on November 15 and 16. (Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s Marilyn Geewax discusses the meeting of the world’s 20 biggest economies, and Japan’s recession announcement.

Utah Businessman Welcomes New U.S.-China Trade Agreement

November 13, 2014
This is a photo of U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) after a joint press conference at the Great Hall of People on November 12, 2014 in Beijing, China. U.S. President Barack Obama pays a state visit to China after attending the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

The founder of an audio and video cable company in Ogden, Utah, discusses how the deal will affect him and other businesses.

With Aluminum Body, Ford’s New F-150 Is 700 Pounds Lighter

November 12, 2014
2015 Ford F-150 trucks move down the assembly line at the Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Mich., Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. The aluminum-sided F-150 could set a new industry standard — or cost the company its pickup truck crown.(/Paul Sancya/AP)

The truck’s aluminum body is much lighter, but will it be able to hold up as well as the older, heavier models?

Atlantic Fishermen Grapple With Cod Restrictions

November 12, 2014
Fishermen Ed Stewart, left, and Tannis Goodsen mend groundfishing nets on Merrill Wharf in Portland, Maine in 2013. The nets will be used to catch ground fish such as haddock, flounder and cod. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Fishermen say the new rules, expected to stay in place until May, will devastate them economically and force some out of business.

Fisherman Protest Cod Fishing Restrictions In Gulf Of Maine

November 11, 2014
Fishermen Ed Stewart, left, and Tannis Goodsen mend groundfishing nets on Merrill Wharf in Portland, Maine in 2013. The nets will be used to catch ground fish such as haddock, flounder and cod. (Robert F. Bukaty/AP)

Fishermen say the new restrictions, which effectively ban all commercial fishing of cod for the next six months — will put an end to their livelihoods. But federal regulators say the changes are necessary to prevent a complete collapse of the cod stock.

Alibaba Brings In $9 Billion On ‘Singles Day’

November 11, 2014
Alibaba Group signage is posted outside the New York Stock Exchange prior to the company's initial price offering (IPO) on September 19, 2014 in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The holiday celebrates single people in China and has become the biggest online shopping day in that country – and therefore the world.

Why Is Uber Worth Another Billion Dollars?

November 11, 2014
Uber is raising more money as it expands its business beyond having cars on call. (Uber)

Uber is raising more money as it expands its business beyond having cars on call. But it still faces legal challenges and stiff competition.

Poverty And Inequality In Massachusetts Today

November 10, 2014
President Lyndon B. Johnson delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, Jan. 8, 1964. Johnson said one of his aims was an "unconditional war on poverty in America." (AP Photo)

A new report from the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center finds that the poverty rate in this state is at its highest rate since the 1960’s, back when that war on poverty was first launched.

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