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Barbershop: Black Friday, Black Lives Matter And Social 'Cuffing'

The talk in the Barbershop this week is about Black Friday, Black Lives Matter and social "cuffing." Wesley Lowery, national reporter at The Washington Post, Katie Notopoulos, a senior editor at Buzzfeed, and Jozen Cummings, an editorial associate at Twitter, join the conversation.

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As Americans Increasingly Bypass Malls, What's To Become Of Black Friday?

Is Black Friday no longer a thing? Bloomberg retail columnist Shelly Banjo talks about Black Friday results and how shopping trends are changing.

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Smartphones Tame Black Friday Shopping Frenzy

Phones are becoming more shopping-friendly and more consumers are willing to wait for online deals. This year's online sales boost signals an era of mobile shopping as retailers race to keep up.

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Car Title Loan Borrowers Should Be Wary Of Requirements

Car title loans may sound like a good way to get some cash, using the title of your car as collateral, but they can include conditions that get borrowers into financial trouble.

End Of Medicare Bonuses Will Cut Pay To Primary Care Doctors

A 10 percent bump in pay under the Affordable Care Act will expire at year-end. The bonus was supposed to help balance the reimbursement discrepancies between primary care providers and specialists.

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Fantasy Sports As Day Job: Meet One Of The Industry's Top Winners

Is daily fantasy sports a game of skill or one of chance? Just ask one of the industry's top winners, a Bostonian who treats daily fantasy sports as his day job.

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Saying No To The Sales, Some Skip Shopping On Black Friday

This Black Friday, some people are choosing not to shop. NPR talks to a state park manager in Minnesota and people on a walking tour in Los Angeles about why they're opting out.

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How Long Can Florida's Citrus Industry Survive?

The USDA recently stunned growers when it projected the smallest orange harvest for Florida in more than 50 years. The culprit: A tiny insect that's killing off the state's trees — and industry.

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Smartphones Take Frenzy — And Some Profit — Out Of Black Friday

In malls around the country, the holiday shopping season has officially begun. But increasingly, Black Friday is less about lines at stores, and more about online stores.

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Live Long And Prosper: Reviving An Idea For Income In Old Age

Some financial experts want to bring back tontines, a retirement planning tool. People pool their cash to buy a bond that makes regular payments. The catch: You have to be alive to collect the payout.

Checking In On Greece’s Debt Crisis

November 27, 2015
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras talks to the media at the end of an Eurozone Summit over the Greek debt crisis in Brussels on July 13, 2015. Juncker said there was no longer any risk of Greece crashing out of the euro after Athens agreed a bailout deal with eurozone partners. (Theirry Charlier/Getty Images)

There has been good news for the Greek economy this week – $2 billion of good news. That was the latest infusion of bailout loans.

Bump In Holiday Sales Expected This Season

November 27, 2015

Retailers Association president Jon Hurst joined Morning Edition to talk about Black Friday sales in Massachusetts.

A Turkey Dinner Is Cheaper Than It Used To Be

November 26, 2015
The average price of a turkey dinner in America is $50. (Ian Westcott/Flickr)

According to the National Farm Bureau’s annual price survey, a traditional Thanksgiving meal for a family of 10 will cost you about $50.

The Curse Of Black Friday

November 25, 2015
Mere hours after giving thanks, Black Friday beckons us to cast aside our gratitude in favor of a greedy lust for more, more, more. In this photo, shoppers throng Brea Mall during Black Friday shopping on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, in Brea, Calif. (Jae C. Hong/ AP)

Mere hours after giving thanks, Black Friday beckons us to cast aside our gratitude in favor of a greedy lust for more, more, more.

Why Oil Prices Rose After Downing Of Russian Fighter Jet

November 24, 2015
Russia's President Vladimir Putin looks on while speaking with journalists in Itamaraty Palace in Brazilia, early on July 17, 2014. (Alexi Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images)

Ali Velshi of Al Jazeera America explains why oil prices rose on the news of the fighter jet being shot down by Turkey.

How The U.S. Ended Up With The Fed

November 23, 2015
The U.S. Federal Reserve building is pictured in Washington, D.C. in 2012. (derfussi/Flickr)

For more than 100 years, the U.S. resisted having a central bank, but finally in 1913, the Federal Reserve System was created.

Mass. Added 11,00 Jobs In Oct.; Jobless Rate Remains At 4.6 Percent

November 19, 2015

With October’s gains, Massachusetts has added an estimated 62,800 jobs so far this year, the state said.

Mass. AG Study: New England Doesn’t Need More Natural Gas Pipelines

November 18, 2015
Opponents of Kinder Morgan's proposed natural gas pipeline, which was originally outlined to snake through 45 Massachusetts communities, protest on Boston Common on July 30, 2014. (Charles Krupa/AP)

The report concludes that the region will be able to meet electricity needs through 2030 “with or without electric ratepayer investment in new natural gas pipeline capacity.”

Researchers: 1.5 Million U.S. Families Living On $2 A Day

November 18, 2015
Low-income families select free bread and produce at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey on August 28, 2015 in Egg Harbor, New Jersey. The food bank has seen an 11 percent increase in food distribution in Atlantic County since four of Atlantic City's major casinos closed in 2014, laying of 8,000 people. The closures brought Atlantic City's unemployment rate to more than 11 percent, double the national average. The mass unemployment has produced the highest foreclosure rate of any metropolitan U.S. area, with 1 out of 113 homes now in foreclosure in Atlantic County. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Where do these families live? How did they get so poor? Two researchers explore the answers in a new book.

Venture Capitalist Says China’s New Economy Is Not Slowing Down

November 18, 2015
Jenny Lee is a managing partner at GGV Capital. (

Jenny Lee has been investing in China for 15 years. She shares her strategies, and says that investing there is “not for everyone.”

Financial Markets Hold Steady After Paris Attacks

November 16, 2015
Traders observe a minute of silence on November 16, 2015, at the stock exchange in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany, to pay tribute to victims of the attacks in Paris claimed by Islamic State on November 13. (Arne Dedert/AFP/Getty Images)

European financial markets today opened for the first time since Friday’s attacks in Paris, and there was little reaction.

Week In Review: Housing, Fantasy Sports, Bay State Wind, And MCAS 2.0

November 13, 2015
Millennium Tower, at the old Filene’s basement site (Hadley Green for WBUR)

Our week in review panel, featuring Jim Stergios and John Carroll, goes beyond the headlines.

Searching For Solutions In The Student Debt Debate

November 13, 2015
A sea of graduation caps at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. (whatcouldgowrong/Flickr)

Wrapping up our series on student loan debt are two reporters who have covered the issue for years.

Report: Construction Costs Make It Prohibitive To Build Middle Class Housing Around Boston

November 13, 2015
The Watermark Seaport, a residential building, undergoes construction in July. (Hadley Green for WBUR)

Barry Bluestone, the report’s author, found that developers cannot build new housing in Greater Boston at reasonable price points.

Millions Are Living On $2 A Day — Yes, In The United States

November 13, 2015
Countless Americans are living on virtually no income. The shocking fact of these families and the complex strategies they use to survive is a national disgrace, says Renée Loth. In this photo, children play basketball at a park near blighted row houses in Baltimore, Monday, April 1, 2013. (Patrick Semansky/ AP)

Countless Americans are living on virtually no income. The shocking fact of these families and the complex strategies they use to survive is a national disgrace.

Paying For College In An Era Of Soaring Student Debt

November 12, 2015
A 2015 graduation cap. (Pixabay)

For many graduating high school students and their families, paying for college can be harder than getting in.

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