Economy
All Things Considered

Why Your 'Small-Batch' Whiskey Might Taste A Lot Like The Others

A food blogger says dozens of distilleries are buying rye whiskey from a factory in Indiana and using it in bottles labeled "artisan."

Job Worries Linger, But The Economy Is Looking Good

Both the Commerce Department and the Federal Reserve gave the economy good marks after years of slack performance. The Fed still frets about jobs but generally is upbeat, predicting "moderate" growth.

All Things Considered

Why Are Theater Tickets Cheaper On The West End Than On Broadway?

In London, a matinee ticket for Matilda costs about $60; in New York, it's $137. What's going on? The West End has weaker unions and subsidized theater, while Broadway has amenities.

Judge Orders Bank Of America To Pay $1.3 Billion Fine

A jury had found the bank liable for fraud related to mortgages sold by its Countrywide Financial unit last October. Bank of America may appeal.

Fresh Air

Can Pinterest Compete With Google's Search?

Pinterest has created a database of things that matter to humans. And with a programming team that's largely been hired away from Google, the company has begun offering what it calls "guided search."

Fed Continues To Scale Back Economic Stimulus

The Fed announced modest cuts in its bond-buying program and noted that inflation is becoming an issue. But with room to grow in the labor market, the bank is not ready to raise interest rates.

Some Loyal Foursquare Users Are Checking Out After Swarm Spinoff

The company's move to break its app in two is costing it the users who loved Foursquare the most. "Why do I need two apps when I had one that provided both services?" asked one user.

U.S. Economy Rebounds In Spring With GDP Expanding At 4 Percent Rate

The news from the Commerce Department comes after the economy shrank at a 2.1 percent rate in the first quarter of the year. The numbers raise hope for continued growth in the second half of 2014.

Morning Edition

France's Nude Models Threaten To Strike

The models say they have no job security or vacation pay and aren't allowed to collect tips. Organizers have said "not just anyone can take their clothes off and hold a pose."

Morning Edition

NCAA Head-Injury Settlement Includes $70 Million Medical Fund

The NCAA has settled a class-action lawsuit over its head injury policies, pending approval. Supporters laud a $70 million fund for medical monitoring; others say there's no money for injured players.

At 4.9 Percent, Mass. Economic Growth Outpaces U.S. In 2nd Quarter

July 30, 2014

The state economy grew at an estimated annual rate of 4.9 percent from April to June, topping the nation’s 4 percent expansion over the same period.

Argentina Scrambles To Avoid Default

July 30, 2014
Retired citizens await the opening of the Banco Provincia bank headquarters in the financial district near Plaza de Mayo square to collect their pensions, in Buenos Aires on July 30, 2014. Last-ditch talks aimed at averting Argentina's second default in 13 years were to resume Wednesday in New York, after Tuesday's marathon session failed to reach a deal. (Daniel Garcia/AFP/Getty Images)

An American judge has ordered Argentina to make debt payments of $1.5 billion to American creditors. But time is running out.

Older Poor Americans And Their Search For Work

July 30, 2014
"Workampers" travel across the country in RVs, often performing seasonal work or even working part-time in huge Amazon warehouses. (Curtis Perry/Flickr)

Some who can’t afford to retire turn to “workamping,” living in an RV and finding work across the country.

GDP, Fed And Jobs Report: Economists Watching A Big Week In Money

July 30, 2014
Construction workers build a commercial complex in Springfield, Ill., July 17, 2014. (Seth Perlman/AP)

The U.S. economy grew by a strong 4 percent annual rate in the second quarter, rebounding after a disappointing winter.

A Better Way To Deal With Student Loans

July 30, 2014
Steven Trumble: "The U. S. has created an unsustainable model by which students are trading debt for a diploma." (aluedtke/Flickr)

The U. S. has created an unsustainable model by which students are trading debt for a diploma.

Patrick Signs $1B Convention Center Upgrade

July 29, 2014

Supporters say the upgrade will increase the center’s operating space by more than 50 percent and help Boston compete for the world’s largest and most lucrative conventions.

Has Britain’s Economy Fully Recovered?

July 29, 2014
Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney delivers the Bank of England Financial Stability Report to reporters in London on June 26, 2014. (John Stillwell/AFP/Getty Images)

Much of the growth is based on advances in the service sector. Still, officials say the British economy is now growing faster than Germany’s.

35 Percent Of Americans Have Debt In Collections

July 29, 2014
More than a third of Americans have unpaid debt that's been reported to a collection agency. (Morgan/Flickr)

That’s according to a study out today from The Urban Institute. The debt could be anything from hospital bills to an unpaid gym membership.

Tensions High As Patrick Offers Temporary Housing To Unaccompanied Minors

July 28, 2014
A young boy is is helped down from the top of a freight car, as Central Americans board a northbound freight train in Ixtepec, Mexico. (Eduardo Verdugo/AP)

Gov. Deval Patrick has offered temporary housing to approximately 1,000 Central American unaccompanied immigrant children who’ve recently crossed the border and are currently in federal custody.

Big Money In Dollar Tree’s Acquisition Of Family Dollar

July 28, 2014
A Dollar Tree store is seen on July 28, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Dollar Tree announced it will buy Family Dollar Stores for about $8.5 billion in cash and stock. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

We take a look at the $8.5 billion deal, and how the business of dollar stores has adapted as the economy has improved.

What The Latest Corporate Earnings Say About The Economy

July 25, 2014

We take a look at which industries and sectors are doing well and which are not – and what that says about the U.S. economy.

‘Send Them The Hell Back’: Emotions High On Housing Immigrant Children In Mass.

July 24, 2014
Christian Gonzalez, 9, of Lynn, Mass., displays a placard during a rally, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, on the steps of City Hall, in Lynn, held to protest what organizers describe as the scapegoating of immigrants for problems in the city. The mayor of Lynn and education officials complain their schools are being overwhelmed by young Guatemalans who speak neither English or Spanish as their first language. Gonzalez, a U.S. citizen, was born in Boston. (AP)

We look at the backlash against Governor Patrick’s plan to temporarily house unaccompanied children from Central America in Massachusetts.

Why Don’t We Eat Our Own Fish?

July 24, 2014
The seafood counter at Whole Foods Market in Hillsboro, Ore. is pictured Sept. 10, 2010. (Rick Bowmer/AP)

Most of the fish Americans eat is imported – about 90 percent. At the same time, the U.S. is exporting about one-third of its catch.

How One UMass Economist Would Set A Boston Area Minimum Wage

July 23, 2014
Pedro Rodriguez, right, talks with Andrus Reyes at a Burger King in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood in December, as part of nationwide protests in support of higher wages for workers in the fast-food industry and other minimum-wage jobs. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Using Arin Dube’s calculations, the Boston metro could have a have a wage floor of $12.85 an hour.

Fishing On The Cape

July 22, 2014
Handline fishing at dusk. (Flickr)

A recent government assessment put the Cod population at less than one fifth of what scientists say is necessary to maintain a healthy population. To protect the dwindling species, two years ago the feds cut the quota for cod fishing by roughly 80 percent.

Another Facet Of The Jobs Debate: Baby Boomers

July 21, 2014
Participation in the workforce has dropped significantly since 2007, and economists say more than half of the dropouts may never return. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

The U.S. labor force has been shrinking since 2007. Some say this is because baby boomers are retiring, but critics disagree.

Most Popular