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TV Networks Re-imagine Reruns While Keeping Traditional Viewers

A new digital platform called Simpson's World has all 25 years' worth of the show. FX says it is trying to cater to both old-fashioned TV fans and people who watch shows on other devices.

Morning Edition

Why Deflation Is Such A Big Worry For Europe

Some of the weakest countries, such as Spain and Italy, are experiencing a broad drop in incomes and asset values. Deflation is a painful process that can be hard to reverse once it starts.

All Things Considered

The Billionaire Who Remade Retirement Living On A Massive Scale

Gary Morse developed a mega retirement community called The Villages. His Florida haven for retirees grew to become the largest master-planned community in the country. Morse died Wednesday at 77.

All Things Considered

Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out, Writing He's 'Proud To Be Gay'

In Bloomberg Businessweek, Tim Cook, now the most prominent business executive to come out, writes that his desire for privacy had held him back from publicly disclosing his sexual orientation.

New Crash Test Dummy To Gain Pounds To Reflect Fatalities Among Obese

Obese occupants of a vehicle are up to 78 percent more likely to die in a car crash than someone of average weight, says the CEO of Humanetics, the world's largest maker of crash test dummies.

GDP Posts Strong 3.5 Percent Growth Rate In 3rd Quarter

The economy performed better than expected in the July-September period, after making a 4.6 percent jump in the second quarter of the year.

Apps Aim To Guide You On 'Sustainable Food' (Whatever That Means)

Consumers who care about how their food is produced have a growing number of apps they can turn to at the supermarket. The problem? Nailing down just what sustainability means when it comes to food.

Morning Edition

Apple's Tim Cook In Rare Company As Publicly Gay Chief Executive

In an essay for Bloomberg Businessweek, Cook comes out by saying he's proud to be gay and his silence was a matter of personal privacy. Two other publicly traded U.S. companies have publicly gay CEOs.

Moving Past The Password, But At What Cost?

Apps working with a new Twitter service would simply ask for your phone number instead of a password. In exchange, the company would get some of the most valuable information about you.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Comes Out As Gay

The head of the world's most iconic technology company says that although his sexual orientation has been no secret among friends and colleagues, now is the time to publicly acknowledge it.

Mass. Economic Growth Lags Nation’s In Q3

October 30, 2014

Economic growth in Massachusetts slowed in the third quarter to a 3.2 percent annualized rate. The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5 percent from July through September.

Thomas Menino, Boston’s Longest-Serving Mayor, Dies At 71

October 30, 2014
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino speaks at Faneuil Hall in 2013. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Menino passed away Thursday of cancer that had metastasized and spread to his liver and lymph nodes.

Wow Air Offering Flights To Europe For $99

October 30, 2014
Pictured is a Wow Air Airbus. (Aero Icarus)

A relatively new Icelandic airline called Wow Air is offering travelers flights at rates that seem almost too good to be true.

How Far Have We Come Since The Financial Crisis?

October 29, 2014
Michael Lewis, a financial journalist and author, is pictured at George Washington University on April 4, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

Or are we already going backwards? We ask Michael Lewis, author of books including “Flash Boys” and “Liar’s Poker.”

Fed Keeps Rate At Record Low, Ends Bond Buying

October 29, 2014
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is pictured testifying before the House Financial Services Committee on July 16, 2014. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

As expected, the Federal Reserve is ending a bond purchase program that was intended to keep long-term rates low.

Massachusetts Gas Tax Ballot Question Explained

October 28, 2014
Traffic on Interstate 91 south is detoured off the highway at Greenfield, Mass., Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. (AP)

A “no” vote keeps the tax the gas way it is, while a “yes” vote would decouple the tax from inflation adjustments over time.

Latest WBUR Poll Shows Gubernatorial Candidates In Tight Race

October 28, 2014
Mass. Republican nominee for governor Charlie Baker, left, shakes hands with Democratic nominee Martha Coakley following a candidates forum at Faneuil Hall on Sept. 24, 2014. (Charles Krupa/AP)

A new WBUR poll finds Republican Charlie Baker ahead of Democrat Martha Coakley by just one point.

Single-Family Home Sales Decline In Massachusetts

October 28, 2014

The number of single-family homes sold in Massachusetts was down last month when compared to September 2013, while median prices also showed a slowdown.

Why Are Electricity Prices Expected To Skyrocket In New England This Winter?

October 27, 2014
Peggy Udden, of Norwood, Mass., shovels her driveway in Norwood, Feb. 5, 2014. (Steven Senne/AP)

New England families planning their heating budget for the coming winter might be in for a cold shock.

Stressed European Banks Could Hinder U.S. Markets

October 27, 2014
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 8: A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during early trading on March 8, 2012 in New York City. The Dow Jones Industrial Average continues to rise with trading opening on a high note. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)

NPR’s Marilyn Geewax discusses how actions in Europe could have ripple effects on U.S. markets. She’ll also share the latest on gas prices.

Two Dozen European Banks Fail ‘Stress Test’

October 27, 2014
Eurogroup President and Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem reacts to the results of the comprehensive stress tests of European banks published by the ECB and the European European Banking Authority (EBA) at the Dutch Ministry of Finance in The Hague, The Netherlands, on October 26, 2014. (Koen van Weel/AFP/Getty Images)

Trading was suspended today in share trading for two Italian banks after they were among 24 banks that failed stress tests.

Opponents Of Boston’s Olympics Bid Appeal To U.S. Olympic Committee

October 27, 2014
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, right, is presented with a tee shirt by Ralph Cox, an organizer pursuing an Olympics bid, during an event held to generate public interest in a 2024 Olympics bid for Boston, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Boston. (Steven Senne/AP)

Activists from Boston opposed to the city’s bid for the 2024 summer games have written to the U.S. Olympic Committee to voice their opposition.

Casinos: A Losing Bet For Massachusetts

October 27, 2014
Donald M. Berwick: "We have a chance in our state to invest in a declining industry that will harm our economy, reduce property values, kill more jobs than it adds, lower incomes, injure public safety, reduce net government revenues, increase a major mental health burden and selectively harm the poor. Or, we can stop it." (Mait Jüriado/flickr)

We have a chance in our state to invest in a declining industry that will harm our economy, reduce property values, kill more jobs than it adds, lower incomes, injure public safety, reduce net government revenues, increase a major mental health burden and selectively harm the poor. Or, we can stop it.

As McDonald’s Prices Rise, Some Customers Go Elsewhere

October 24, 2014
A sign for the fast food chain McDonald's is pictured in Nampa, Idaho. (Roadsidepictures/Flickr)

With prices up about 3 percent over last year, some customers are turning to chains like IHOP, Denny’s and Chili’s instead.

One Voice Of The ‘New Boom’ In China

October 23, 2014
Apartment blocks form a symmetrical pattern in Hong Kong, on January 2, 2014. Home prices in the southern Chinese city have risen by 120 percent since 2008, and by more than 30 per cent from their previous peak in 1997, with prices in the luxury market being pushed up by wealthy buyers from mainland China. (Alex Ogle/AFP/Getty Images)

Yang Zhuo, a Chinese millennial who works as NPR’s news assistant in Shanghai, talks about about what life is like for him and his peers.

Two Perspectives On Question 3: To Repeal Casinos Or Not To Repeal?

October 22, 2014
A proposed resort casino on the banks of the Mystic River in Everett, Mass. (AP)

A “yes” vote on Question 3 means yes to repeal and no to casinos. A “no” vote would uphold the state’s gaming law.

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