Economy

Property Owners Throw Cold Water On N.J. Shore Protective Dunes Plan

State officials have met with stiff resistance from property owners worried about losing their ocean views or claim to their beachfront land.

With Live Video Apps Like Periscope, Life Becomes Even Less Private

Video cameras are everywhere — from those in smartphones to security cams. And just when you thought it couldn't get harder to hide, live-streaming video apps are raising new questions about privacy.

Don't Write Off Paper Just Yet

In today's digital age it's easy to forget about paper, but as one paper pusher says, "a paperless society is about as plausible as a paperless bathroom."

All Things Considered

Oil Boom Brings Diversity To States Out West

Wyoming has long been one of the whitest states in the country, but over the last few years its black population has more than doubled. African-Americans still make up a tiny percentage of the state's population, but the substantial shift is largely a result of the oil boom of the last few years. But with oil prices so low, layoffs are looming.

All Things Considered

FEMA To Allow Superstorm Sandy Victims To Reopen Flood Claims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is allowing more than 140,000 victims to reopen claims if they feel insurance companies short-changed them.

Reports: Charter Communications To Buy Time Warner Cable For $55B

The deal would make the combined company a major rival to Comcast Corp. Comcast last month abandoned its own bid for Time Warner following concerns raised by the Justice Department.

Morning Edition

Multiple Sclerosis Patients Stressed Out By Soaring Drug Costs

The cost of medication to treat multiple sclerosis has risen much faster than inflation, even for older drugs. Patients and insurers say manufacturers' subsidy programs have helped, but not enough.

Greece Warns That It Will Probably Miss Next Month's Debt Payment

Interior Minister Nikos Voutsis says a $1.76 billion payment due next month "will not be given and is not there to be given."

Weekend Edition Sunday

Online Art Sites Aim To Fill Gap Between Etsy And Sotheby's

Let's say you're not a millionaire but you're still interested in buying affordable art from the comfort of your living room. There's now a burgeoning business of selling mid-priced art online.

No Resume? Criminal Background? No Problem At This Yonkers Bakery

Social justice is part of the recipe at New York's Greyston Bakery. The firm, whose clients include Ben & Jerry's, hires locals whose legal status or work history might otherwise make them unhirable.

Oregon Looks To Raise Wages For People With Intellectual Disabilities

May 22, 2015
Workers with All Seasons Grounds Care at the City of McMinnville Water Reclamation Facility. (Chris Lehman/Northwest News Network)

Some adults in Oregon with developmental disabilities are paid as little as 25 cents an hour – well below the minimum wage.

The Problem With Libertarianism

May 22, 2015
The political philosophy is great for back-benching, but not for governing, says Rich Barlow. Pictured: Rand Paul, left, with his father, Ron Paul, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010.  (Ed Reinke/AP)

The political philosophy is great for back-benching, but not for governing.

Mass. Adds 10,100 Jobs In April; Jobless Rate Ticks Down To 4.7 Percent

May 21, 2015

The jobless rate was last at 4.7 percent in January 2008, the state labor department reported.

One Young Greek Explains Why So Many Are Leaving

May 20, 2015
Alkistis Anagnostopoulou-Merkouri, 20, hopes to leave Greece for good. (LinkedIn)

Alkistis Anagnostopoulou-Merkouri, a 20-year-old college student, talks about her life in Athens and why she wants to leave for good.

A Grim Outlook As Greece Struggles To Repay Its Debts

May 20, 2015
Greek and E.U. flags flutter in front of the prime minister's office in Athens during his meeting with top ministers on May 13, 2015. (Louisa Gouliamaki/AFP/Getty Images)

A government official says Greece won’t be able to make an upcoming debt repayment unless a deal is reached to unlock bailout funds.

Life Skills 101: The Case For Teaching Dollars And Sense In All Mass. Classrooms

May 20, 2015
A recent study of schools in all 50 states ranks Massachusetts among just 11 that get a failing grade for the financial literacy of its students. It's time to stop short-changing our kids. (Bearden/flickr)

A recent study of schools in all 50 states ranks Massachusetts among just 11 that get a failing grade for the financial literacy of its students. It’s time to stop short-changing our kids.

Report: At Mass. Minimum Wage, 110 Work Hours Needed To Afford 2-Bedroom Apartment

May 19, 2015
(Courtesy of National Low Income Housing Coalition)

A minimum wage earner in Massachusetts making $9 an hour would have to work 110 hours a week to reasonably afford an average two-bedroom apartment in the state.

Supreme Court Adds Protections For 401(k) Investors

May 19, 2015
The US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, November 6, 2013. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

The Supreme Court ruling on Monday is expected to better protect people invested in 401(k) retirement plans.

U.S. Airlines Prepare For Record Number Of Passengers This Summer

May 18, 2015
American Airline planes are seen at the Miami International Airport on February 7, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Airlines in the U.S. are expected to see 4.5 percent more passengers than last year – a record number, according to Airlines for America.

Senate Paving Clear Path For Trade Deal

May 14, 2015
View of the U.S. Capitol from the street in Washington, D.C. (Zoe Rudisill/Flickr)

The debate over the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership seems to be settling down on Capitol Hill.

Pennies From Heaven: Is ‘Helicopter Money’ A Viable Economic Policy?

May 13, 2015
If you want to cure poverty, give people money, right? It's not that simple, says Rich Barlow. Pictured: A sheet of uncut $100 bills is inspected during the printing process at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth, Texas on September 24, 2014. (LM Otero/AP)

If you want to cure poverty, give people money, right? It’s not that simple, says Rich Barlow.

Why Has It Taken 40 Years To Build A Tennessee Nuclear Power Plant?

May 12, 2015
In this April 29, 2015 photo, cooling towers for Unit 1, right, and Unit 2, left, are shown at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant near Spring City, Tenn. (Mark Zaleski/AP)

Associated Press reporter Ray Henry says the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant serves as a cautionary tale for America’s nuclear power industry.

From Model To Mess: Massachusetts’ Health Connector Website

May 11, 2015
Part of the website for HealthCare.gov as photographed in Washington. (Jon Elswick/AP)

We talk to the author of a new report detailing what went wrong with the Massachusetts Health Connector website.

Gas Up Another 4 Cents Per Gallon In Massachusetts

May 11, 2015

AAA Northeast reports Monday that the average cost of a gallon of self-serve, regular is now $2.64.

Two Big Banks To Erase ‘Zombie Debt’ From Credit Reports

May 8, 2015
Credit cards (Sean MacEntee/Flickr)

Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase have agreed to erase debts on credit reports that legally should have been eliminated in bankruptcy.

Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.4 Percent, Lowest Since May 2008

May 8, 2015

U.S. employers added 223,000 jobs in April, but March’s job gains were revised down to just 85,000 from 126,000.

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