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From A Frequent Flier To SkyMall, Thanks For The Memory Foams

NPR's Scott Simon remembers the many hours he has spent at 30,000 feet paging through the in-flight catalog SkyMall. SkyMall filed for bankruptcy this week.

Will Environmentalists Fall For Faux Fish Made From Plants?

A handful of chefs and food companies are experimenting with fish-like alternatives to seafood. But the market is still a few steps behind plant-based products for meat and dairy.

All Things Considered

Auto Loan Surge Fuels Fears Of Another Subprime Crisis

Dealers are extending loans to a growing number of people with weak credit, and more of them are having trouble making payments. The situation is evoking comparisons to the subprime mortgage boom.

Morning Edition

Flexible Income Opportunity Helps Cities Warm To Uber, Study Says

Renee Montagne talks to former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe about his new job as vice president of strategy and policy for the ride-hailing service Uber.

To Keep Planes From Disappearing, NTSB Urges Constant Tracking

The agency wants every-minute updates on the locations of planes that fly over water, as well as longer-lasting batteries for black-box beacons, following the disappearance of a Malaysian jet.

Investment Fund Pours Cash Into Cleaner, Greener Fish Farming

Aqua-Spark is the world's first investment fund for sustainable aquaculture. So far it has bet on an alternative fish feed that could take pressure off the oceans and a tilapia farm in Mozambique.

All Things Considered

Family Dollar Shareholders Approve Takeover By Dollar Tree

Two of the biggest dollar stores are merging. Family Dollar shareholders agreed to an $8.7 billion takeover Thursday, choosing not to accept a bigger offer from Dollar General due to antitrust fears.

All Things Considered

Google Could Provide Relief To Sprint, T-Mobile With Wireless Deal

Google plans to enter the wireless phone business, according to published reports. By purchasing capacity on the T-Mobile and Sprint networks, Google could sell mobile service directly to customers, a move that would shake up the wireless industry.

Morning Edition

Obama's Big Bid To Change Sick-Leave Laws May Hinge On Small Business

The president's call for mandatory paid sick days starred in his State of the Union address. But forget the big speech: It may be small businesses — and state lawmakers — that decide this debate.

Debate: Is Amazon The Reader's Friend?

Two teams of editors and writers, including best-selling author Scott Turow, face off over Amazon's influence over the publishing industry, in the latest debate from Intelligence Squared U.S.

Boyish Engineer-Turned-Protester Could Be Next Greek Prime Minister

January 23, 2015
Opposition leader and head of radical leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras leaves a news conference in Athens January 23, 2015. (MIlos Bicanski/Getty Images)

Greeks will elect a new government on Sunday, and the new prime minister could be a charismatic leftist named Alexis Tsipras.

Lawrence Lessig On Citizens United, 5 Years Later

January 22, 2015
People hold signs during a gathering on the anniversary of the Citizens United decision in Montpelier, Vt. (Toby Talbot/AP)

At the Supreme Court Wednesday, shouts of protest and the clatter of overturned chairs disrupted the usual calm and formality of the nation’s highest court. They were protesting the court’s 2010 decision on campaign finance, which was issued five years ago.

European Central Bank Announces New Stimulus Plan

January 22, 2015
Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, addresses the media during a press conference following the meeting of the Governing Council in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, on January 22, 2015. (Daniel Roland/AFP/Getty Images)

The bond-buying program is more massive than many analysts had expected, and is an attempt to reverse economic stagnation.

Mass. Adds 10,900 Jobs In December; Unemployment Rate Down To 5.5 Percent

January 22, 2015

Massachusetts added an estimated 60,900 jobs last year. That’s the state’s strongest year for job growth since 2000.

New Details Out About Boston 2024 Summer Olympics Bid

January 21, 2015
Reporters view a video display of the sites of the potential Olympic stadium, athlete's villages and media centers during a news conference by organizers of Boston's campaign for the 2024 Summer Olympics. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Imagine Dorchester Avenue transformed into an Olympic Boulevard, stretching all the way to South Station. That, it turns out, was just one feature of the presentation given to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Obama’s Proposal On Inequality: Is It Enough?

January 21, 2015
President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech before members of Congress in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol January 20, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz offers his take on the president’s plan and whether it goes too far or not far enough.

China’s Economy Grows At Slowest Rate In 24 Years

January 20, 2015
A Chinese customer rests as he stands in a store in a shopping district on January 20, 2014 in central Beijing, China. China's economy is still growing, but at its weakest rate in 24 years. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Most countries would welcome a 7.3 percent growth rate for the last quarter of 2014, but for China it represents a slowdown.

Davos 2015: World Economic Forum Preview

January 20, 2015
A general view of the ski resort of Davos on the eve of the World Economic Forum annual meeting on January 20, 2015 in Davos. World leaders including France's Francois Hollande, Germany's Angela Merkel and China's Li Keqiang will gather at the annual Davos forum, seeking to chart a path away from fundamentalism towards solidarity. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Bloomberg editor Tom Keene says recent developments in Europe make it a particularly exciting event.

Making Paternity Leave Pay

January 20, 2015
Will Generation Y be the first to make paternity leave a sound investment for families and businesses, alike? (instantvantage/flickr)

Will Generation Y be the first to make paternity leave a sound investment for families and businesses, alike?

What's The State Of The Union, Six Years Into Obama’s Presidency?

January 19, 2015
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (Charles Dharapak/AFP/Getty Images)

NPR’s Marilyn Geewax discusses how the economy has changed, and what we might hear about that in the State of the Union address.

Nicaragua's Bottom-Up Rural Electrification

January 19, 2015
Thirty years ago, El Cuá was home to just 3,000 people. Since electrification, it has thrived: around 40,000 people live there now and they enjoy a higher standard of living. (Lucas Laursen)

A group of engineers has been transforming the region of El Cuá by building small hydroelectric plants.

Obama’s Address To Pitch Tax Proposals To Help Middle Class

January 18, 2015

President Barack Obama is turning to his biggest television audience of the year to pitch tax increases on the wealthiest Americans and put the new Republican Congress in the position of defending top income earners over the middle class.

Cheap Gas And Innovation Bring Optimism To Detroit Auto Show

January 16, 2015
Toyota shows off its FT-1 concept car during the media preview at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) on January 13, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Spirits are high as automakers prepare for this weekend’s public opening of the 2015 North American International Auto Show.

Swiss Franc Way Up, Euro Down After Switzerland Removes Currency Cap

January 16, 2015
Lines wrapped around city blocks as people waited to change their Swiss francs at a currency exchange office on January 15, 2015 in Geneva.

Within minutes of the announcement, the Swiss franc jumped 30 percent against the euro, and many traders suffered huge losses.

Corn And Soy Farmers May Not Benefit From Bumper Crops

January 16, 2015
Corn and soy crop production soared in 2014 , but good news in the fields might mean bad news in the markets.

While the farmers saw record harvests in 2014, they’re selling the crops at a lower price. An agricultural economist joins us.

Caesars Unit Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

January 15, 2015
A man takes pictures of Caesars Palace hotel and casino on Jan. 12, 2015 in Las Vegas. A cash-strapped division of casino giant Caesars Entertainment Corp. said early Thursday Jan. 15, 2015 that it filed for bankruptcy protection in Chicago, hoping the court agrees to its plan to get out from under $18.4 billion of debt. (John Locher/AP)

One of the world’s largest gambling giants, Caesar’s Entertainment, has put its largest unit under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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