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Dixie's Tupperware Party Is Not Your Grandma's Tupperware Party

A Tupperware party in Fort Worth, Texas, drew quite a crowd the other day: 250 people. This wasn't your average Tupperware party — it was part improv, part satire and part drag show.

Morning Edition

Where Poor Kids Grow Up Makes A Huge Difference

Poor kids who moved to neighborhoods with less poverty did much better than those who didn't move.

All Things Considered

Casinos Trading Slot Machines For Games Requiring Skill

Some casinos are trying to attract players by switching out games based on luck for games relying on skill. This story originally aired on All Things Considered on April 29, 2015.

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Not My Job: Designer Jonathan Adler Gets Quizzed On New Coke

Thirty years ago the Coca Cola company introduced New Coke, which is legendary as both the most disastrous, and most successful product launches of all time.

Weekend Edition Saturday

For Advertisers, Baby Boomers Are A Market Hiding In Plain Sight

Baby boomers account for about half of all consumer spending, yet only 10 percent of marketing dollars are aimed their way. Correspondent Ina Jaffe talks advertising strategy with NPR's Scott Simon.

All Things Considered

U.S., Canada Announce New Safety Standards For Oil Trains

Safety advocates say the regulations — which require a sturdier tank car design and a new brake system, among other changes — don't do enough to protect people who live near railways from derailments.

All Things Considered

The Annual Shareholders' Meeting Will Now Come To Order Online

The tradition of the annual meeting is gradually changing. Some firms have replaced the face-to-face meeting with a virtual one. But some investors still want to look the CEO in the eye.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk Unveils Home Battery; Is $3,000 Cheap Enough?

With a sleek surface and a depth of only about 7 inches, the Powerwall can be mounted on a garage wall or another surface, indoors or outside.

What's Inside A 'Derby Pie'? Maybe A Lawsuit Waiting To Happen

Around Louisville, "derby pie" is de rigueur fare for the Kentucky Derby. But the pie's creators are real sticklers about what can be called a "derby pie" — and they're not afraid to sue over it.

Brand-Name Medicines Dominate Medicare's $103 Billion Drug Bill

Federal officials released prescription histories of hundreds of thousands of doctors and identified the most common and costly drugs. Medicare spent the most on a purple pill for heartburn.

The Walls Around Freddie Gray, And Us

May 1, 2015
Real talk about what's happening in Baltimore -- and why it's different from what we're seeing on TV. In this photo, protesters link arms while marching toward City Hall to demonstrate the death of Freddie Gray, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Baltimore. (David Goldman/AP)

Real talk about what’s happening in Baltimore — and why it’s different from what we’re seeing on TV.

Week In Review: Tsarnaev, Baltimore Riots, Economic Development

May 1, 2015
This undated photo released Wednesday, April 29, 2015, by the Federal Public Defender Office, brothers Dzhokhar, left, and Tamerlan Tsarnaev sit together at an unknown location. (AP/Federal Public Defender Office)

We discuss the week’s top stories, from the ongoing Tsarnaev trial to the riots in Baltimore.

When Inflation Is Low, Where Should You Put Your Money?

May 1, 2015
Piggy bank on top of dollar bills (401(K) 2012/Flickr)

With low inflation and low interest rates until further notice, what’s the best personal finance strategy? We ask Jonathan Clements.

A Misguided Trade Tantrum: Some Thoughts On The Trans-Pacific Partnership

May 1, 2015
Rich Barlow: Progressives are denouncing President Obama's pending Pacific trade deal. The deal may be dumb. So is much of the criticism. In this March 5, 2015 photo, Mike Drury retrieves a pallet at the Hardware Sales Inc. warehouse in Ferndale, Wash. Officials say the company's e-commerce division could benefit from streamlined customs regulations if 12 Pacific Rim countries agree to a massive trade deal called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Critics say the deal doesn’t do enough to protect American jobs. (Manuel Valdes/AP)

Progressives are denouncing President Obama’s pending Pacific trade deal. The deal may be dumb. So is much of the criticism.

Report: Mass. Economic Growth Slowed In Q1

April 29, 2015

Massachusetts’ real gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 0.9 percent during January, February and March.

New Rules Make It Harder To Apply For Reverse Mortgages

April 27, 2015
The Federal Housing Administration is imposing new rules that will make it harder to apply for a reverse mortgage. (aag.com/Flickr Creative Commons)

Starting today, the Federal Housing Administration is imposing new rules related to reverse mortgage applications.

Japanese PM Visits U.S. To Talk Security With Obama

April 27, 2015
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, center left, waves, as he and wife Akie, center, greet Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, second from right, after placing a wreath at the site of one of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings Monday, April 27, 2015, in Boston. Abe met with Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday, and planned visits to Harvard and MIT later in the morning. On Wednesday, he will become the first Japanese leader to address a joint session of Congress. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be the first Japanese leader to address a joint session of Congress.

Can A New Fiscal Board Save The T?

April 22, 2015
The green line suffered all during the last Boston winter. (James Wang/Flickr)

Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Baker proposed new legislation overhauling control of the T — including a new fiscal control board that will claim financial oversight of the MBTA.

Democrats Battle Over Obama’s Trade Initiatives

April 22, 2015
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) is welcomed to the stage by United Steel Workers International President Leo Gerard (L) during the Good Jobs Green Jobs National Conference at the Washington Hilton April 13, 2015 in Washington, DC. Sponsored by a varied coalition including lightweight metals producer Alcoa, the United Steelworks union, the Sierra Club and various other labor, industry and telecommunications leaders, the conference promotes the use of efficient and renewable energy and cooperation in updating the country's energy infrastructure. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are among those sparring with the president over his Asia-Pacific trade agreement.

Blue Bell Recalls All Products Following Deadly Listeria Outbreak

April 21, 2015
Blue Bell is voluntarily recalling all of its products after the bacteria listeria was found in two cartons of Blue Bell ice cream in March. (Randy OHC/Flickr Creative Commons)

Listeria bacteria found in Blue Bell ice cream has been linked to three deaths. Five others in Kansas and Texas were sickened.

Cuba’s New Reality: A Need For MBAs

April 21, 2015
Guennady Rodriguez shows off his Cuban MBA degree at his Miami home. (Tim Padgett / WLRN.org)

Scores of Cubans have earned MBAs, making them the little-known vanguard of Cuba’s newest revolution: learning business.

Millions Of ‘Boomerang Buyers’ Could Reshape Housing Market

April 20, 2015
Signs are seen outside a foreclosed home and a house for sale February 24, 2009 in North Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The first wave of millions of homeowners who lost their home to foreclosure may soon get back into buying real estate.

Drought Won’t Mean More Expensive Peaches

April 20, 2015
Peaches (alicehenneman/Flickr)

Agricultural economist Dan Sumner explains why the current drought in California will not increase produce prices.

Republicans Support Obama’s Fast-Track Authority For Asian Trade Deal

April 17, 2015
U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (third from right) talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (third from right) on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other issues at the start of talks at the latter's official residence in Tokyo in Tokyo on February 19, 2015. (Kimimasa Mayama/AFP/Getty Images)

The support from Republicans puts the president in an awkward situation. Many Democrats say the deal would hurt American workers.

Rand Paul, Bitcoin And A New Frontier In Campaign Finance Loopholes

April 17, 2015
Presidential candidate Rand Paul's decision to accept bitcoin speaks to his hip, edgy, libertarian side -- but it also raises important concerns because the virtual currency is untraceable. Paul is pictured here on April 11, 2015, in Las Vegas. (John Locher/AP)

Presidential candidate Rand Paul’s decision to accept bitcoin speaks to his hip, edgy, libertarian side — but it also raises important concerns because the virtual currency is untraceable.

Open The Books: Why Pay Secrecy Needs To End

April 17, 2015
There are many reasons two people working at the same job might be paid differently, but to understand what those reasons are begins with transparency. MariusBoatca/flickr)

There are many reasons two people working at the same job might be paid differently, but to understand what those reasons are begins with transparency.

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