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Car Ride Service Puts Gender In The Driver's Seat

Car share programs are extremely popular, but so are concerns for safety. NPR's Tess Vigeland talks to Stella Mateo, founder of SheRides, which allows passengers to choose the gender of their driver.

All Things Considered

Fifty Years Later, A Look At How Harvard's Women MBAs Have Fared

It's the 50th anniversary of the admission of women to Harvard's MBA program. To commemorate, the Harvard Business Review conducted a survey of thousands of MBA graduates on their career and lives.

All Things Considered

Obama's Immigration Moves Do Little To Help Businesses, Groups Say

The actions do make it easier for people with work visas to move between jobs. But they don't address something employers have long pushed for: an increase in visas for low- and high-skilled workers.

All Things Considered

San Francisco Proposes Predictable Scheduling To Help Hourly Workers

The city is poised to pass legislation to make hourly workers' schedules more predictable. Large retailers will also have to offer more hours to part-time employees before hiring someone else

A Closer Look At Obama's Immigration Plan: What's In It, Who's Affected

The actions announced Thursday are complicated and will lead to many changes in immigration policy. Here we try to explain it plainly.

The Viagra Of The Himalayas Brings In Big Bucks And Big Problems

A fungus consumes a worm and sprouts out of its head. The resulting ... thing ... is deemed an aphrodisiac and sells for more than gold. How do you keep people from killing each other to harvest it?

TED Radio Hour

Why Do We Undervalue Introverts?

In a culture where being social and outgoing are celebrated, it can be difficult to be an introvert. Susan Cain argues introverts bring extraordinary talents to the world, and should be celebrated.

Still Reeling From Supreme Court Ruling, Aereo Files For Bankruptcy

The streaming company's founder said fallout from the court's decision in favor of TV networks proved "too difficult to overcome."

Morning Edition

Skiers Rejoice! Upstate New York Has Snow

Snow is a big part of the culture and the joy of life in Upstate New York. Because of this week's storm, some of the region's ski resorts are already open for business.

Morning Edition

Senate Panel Probes Fed's Oversight Of Commodity Trading

A Senate committee has accused major banks including Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase of manipulating commodity prices. Executives from several leading banks rejected the allegations on Thursday.

State Approves 29 Percent Rate Hike For WMECo

November 22, 2014

State regulators have approved a 29 percent rate increase sought by Western Massachusetts Electric Co., which serves about 200,000 customers in Western Massachusetts.

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.

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