Economy

Image Of Dead Syrian Child Shakes Up Media Coverage Of Refugee Crisis

Photos of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, who drowned when his family was attempting to cross the Mediterranean into Greece, had many news outlets struggling with the decision to publish — or not publish.

Farmers Stage Massive Tractor Protest In Paris

Over 4,000 French farmers took to the streets over falling food prices. The protests are a fallout of EU's agricultural struggle to stay competitive globally.

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How Big Egg Tried To Bring Down Little 'Mayo' (And Failed)

Newly released emails from the American Egg Board reveal embarrassing details about its fight against the vegan product Just Mayo. Industry critics say the board's antics may have broken the law.

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How The Architect Of Netflix's Innovative Culture Lost Her Job To The System

Netflix is famous for pioneering a company culture that demands standout results from every employee. One of the architects of this philosophy ended up losing her job to the system she created.

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Leon Gorman, Longtime CEO Of Outdoor Outfitter L.L. Bean, Dies

The longtime head of outdoor outfitter L.L. Bean has died. Leon Gorman was president of the company for 34 years. The grandson of L.L. Bean himself, Gorman grew the company from a struggling mail order outfit that catered to sportsmen to a $1.6 billion business.

Most Health Savings Account Owners Stick With Conservative Options

People who have had health savings accounts open longer are more likely to invest their contributions. But only about 5 percent of all account holders do so.

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School Districts Squeezed By Pennsylvania's Budget Impasse

Due to lack of a state budget, teachers are working without pay in the Chester-Upland school system. The district says it can't afford to pay them until it gets the money it is due from the state.

Morning Edition

Manufacturers Notice Uptick In Sales Of Small Pickup Trucks

Truck sales are a key economic indicator. While Wall Street worries about China, sales of pickup trucks are through the roof. We examine what that means for the auto industry and the U.S. economy.

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Fears Of Marijuana 'Monopoly' In Ohio Undercut Support For Legalization

Ohio will vote this fall on whether to legalize marijuana. The measure allows 10 growing sites; 10 groups of big investors already have dibs. Some would-be pot proponents are crying foul.

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For A Baltimore Boutique Owner, A 'Joyous' Reopening After The Riots

Baltimore clothing shop Flawless Damsels is one of the more than 400 businesses damaged in last spring's riots. The shop recently reopened and was bustling, though that's not the case everywhere.

A Peek At New England’s Long History Of Ingenuity

September 3, 2015
In Boston, what started as a colony has become a hub of international innovation. (Emmanuel Huybrechts/Flickr)

The region is famous for more than just Sam Adams beer and the Patriots.

How Healthy Is The U.S. Economy?

September 3, 2015
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on the morning of August 26, 2015 in New York City. After a volatile week of fluctuations, the Dow Jones opened 400 points higher this morning. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

The health of the American economy will be at the heart of the Fed’s much-anticipated decision about whether to raise interest rates.

ConocoPhillips To Slash 10 Percent Of Global Workforce

September 2, 2015
A truck drives into the ConocoPhillips refinery, Tuesday, May 1, 2012, in Trainer, Pa. Delta Air Lines Inc. Monday, said it will buy the refinery as part of an unprecedented deal that it hopes will cut its jet fuel bill. (Matt Rourke/AP)

The Houston-based oil giant is cutting 1,800 jobs – most in North America – as the industry struggles to weather a downturn in oil prices.

In Corporate America, Public Scrutiny’s Protective Bubble

September 2, 2015
Compared to mistreated workers at under-the-radar small businesses, it can be argued that the threat of bad publicity insulates some corporate employees. In this Nov. 11, 2010 file photo, Ricardo Sandoval places packages in the right shipping boxes at an Amazon.com fulfillment center, in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin/ AP)

Compared to mistreated workers at under-the-radar small businesses, it can be argued that the threat of bad publicity insulates some corporate employees.

Former PIMCO CEO Mohamed El-Erian On The Wild Week In Markets

August 28, 2015
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on August 24, 2015 in New York City. As the global economy continues to react from events in China, markets dropped significantly around the world on Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average briefly dropped over 1000 points in morning trading. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The chair of President Obama’s Global Development Council discusses the Fed and China’s economic impact on the U.S.

Global Turmoil Spurs Decline In Commodities

August 27, 2015
The large copper mining operation covers several hillside digs at the Phelps Dodge copper mining facility Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007 in Morenci, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Key commodities like oil and copper continue to slide, and could have big implications on domestic and world markets.

How Insulated Is U.S. Economy From Volatility In China?

August 26, 2015
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on the morning of August 26, 2015 in New York City. After a volatile week of fluctuations, the Dow Jones opened 400 points higher this morning. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

China’s main index closed down again today, in what has been a very turbulent week for markets in that country and around the world.

Small Investors Try To Stomach Big Roller Coaster Stock Market

August 26, 2015
A specialist working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange watches U.S. stocks Tuesday. (Richard Drew/AP)

As stocks continue their tumble, people in Boston said they were having a hard time keeping their eyes off the slide. Some even said they felt anxious and sick about it, worried their retirement investments might suffer dramatically.

Amazon Exposé Shines A Light On Corporate Nature Vs. Nurture

August 26, 2015
In this June 16, 2014, file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks onstage for the launch of the new Amazon Fire Phone, in Seattle. A New York Times article portrayed Amazon’s work culture as “bruising” and “Darwinian” in part because of the way it uses data to manage its staff. Amazon’s CEO said in a memo to staff on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, that the article doesn’t accurately describe the company culture he knows. (Ted S. Warren/ AP)

The New York Times’ controversial feature begs the question of how business values drive business valuation.

What China’s Stock Market Crash Means For The Tech Industry

August 25, 2015
A sign is posted on the exterior of the Twitter headquarters on February 5, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Investors have cautioned young startups that there could be changes coming – like valuing profits more than growth.

Even If U.S. Economy Weathers Chinese Downturn, Emerging Markets May Get Hit

August 25, 2015
An investor gestures in front of screens showing share prices at a securities firm in Hangzhou, in eastern China's Zhejiang province on August 24, 2015. Shanghai shares nosedived 8.49 percent on August 24 as Beijing's latest market intervention failed to restore confidence, with concern mounting about the stalling economy (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Indonesia, South Africa and Brazil are a few of the countries that depend on Chinese demand for cheap goods and commodities.

Mass. Home Sales Soar In July

August 25, 2015

Home sales jumped about 20 percent, when compared with the same month last year.

How You Should Respond To A Stock Market Plunge

August 24, 2015
Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on August 24, 2015 in New York City. As the global economy continues to react from events in China, markets dropped significantly around the world on Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average briefly dropped over 1000 points in morning trading. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Business analyst Jill Schlesinger looks at what’s happening with the markets, and how individuals with investments should respond.

The Original ‘Black Monday’ And Other Stock Market Crashes In History

August 24, 2015
A picture taken on October 19, 1987, shows a trader holding his head on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange when the Dow Jones dropped over 500 points, as panic selling swept Wall Street. (Maria Bastone/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid a massive sell-off in stock markets around the world, we look at other stock market crashes in history, including 1987 and 1929.

China’s ‘Black Monday’ Sends Global Stock Markets Tumbling

August 24, 2015
An investor gestures in front of screens showing share prices at a securities firm in Hangzhou, in eastern China's Zhejiang province on August 24, 2015. Shanghai shares nosedived 8.49 percent on August 24 as Beijing's latest market intervention failed to restore confidence, with concern mounting about the stalling economy (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Financial, discusses the stock market plunge and whether there’s an end in sight.

Direct Flights To Logan Credited With Boosting International Travel To Boston

August 22, 2015
The view ofaA view of Boston before landing at Logan Airport. (Amy Gorel/WBUR) Boston before landing at Logan Airport. (Amy Gorel/WBUR)

More than 1.4 million overseas visitors came to explore Boston in 2014, a 10.1 percent boost over the previous year, according to the GBCVB.

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