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Jan 19, 2021

Chinese Restaurant Is Appreciated For Unsparingly Honest Menu
Do you ever wish restaurant menus would play it straight? The owner of Cuisine AuntDai in Montreal offers his opinions of dishes. His brutally honest reviews have gone viral.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 19, 2021

Why Nations Fail, America Edition
We talk with the authors of Why Nations Fail about whether the Capitol insurrection is a sign our nation is failing, and, if so, if there's anything we can do about it.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 18, 2021

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Vision For Economic Justice
NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks with Michael Tubbs, Stockton, Calif., ex-mayor and founder of Mayors for a Guaranteed Income, on how Martin Luther King Jr. impacted the fight for universal basic income.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 18, 2021

China Says Its Economy, Recovering From The Pandemic, Grew 2.3% Last Year
China's is likely the only major economy to have expanded in 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic gripped the world.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 18, 2021

Biden Taps Veteran Financial Regulators To Lead SEC, CFPB
Selecting Gary Gensler for the Securities and Exchange Commission and Rohit Chopra for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a win for progressives who have pushed for aggressive oversight.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 18, 2021

Ski Down and Mask Up — Resorts Try To Stay Safe In Pandemic Skiing Boom
Ski areas are seeing record sales of season passes as people look for outdoor exercise this winter. Most are requiring masks, limiting lodge use, and making people put their boots on at their cars.

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Jan 17, 2021

Social Media Site Gab Is Surging, Even As Critics Blame It For Capitol Violence
As federal investigators begin to launch criminal cases against some of the perpetrators of the violence, a growing chorus advocates and lawmakers say tech companies bear some responsibility, too.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 15, 2021

New Chief's Ties Shock Radio Free Asia, While Pompeo Visit to VOA Stirs Outcry
The demotion of a Voice of America White House reporter led to an outcry. And the new head of sister network Radio Free Asia had registered as a lobbyist for Taiwan just days before taking over.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 15, 2021

Parler Executive Responds To Amazon Cutoff And Defends Approach To Moderation
Amazon took the social media platform Parler offline, saying Parler wasn't removing threats of violence. Parler Chief Policy Officer Amy Peikoff tells NPR the site's goal is freedom of speech.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 15, 2021

Biden To Call For Raising Federal Minimum Wage To $15 An Hour
President-elect Joe Biden will seek to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour as part of his relief bill. On Friday, workers across the U.S. staged protests to press him to keep the promise.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 15, 2021

COVID-19 Supply Deal Lets Vaccine Maker Earmark Doses For Employees And Their Families
Emergent BioSolutions is under contract with Operation Warp Speed to make COVID-19 vaccines, but the terms could allow employees and their families to get vaccinated ahead of schedule.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 15, 2021

Amazon Warehouse Workers To Decide Whether To Form Company's 1st U.S. Union
Although the company has unionized workers in Europe, it has held off organizing efforts here. About 6,000 workers at an Amazon facility in Alabama can cast a mail-in ballot starting Feb. 8.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 15, 2021

Amazon Warehouse Workers To Decide Whether To Form Company's First U.S. Union
Some 6,000 workers at Amazon's warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., will begin voting on Feb. 8 on a groundbreaking possibility: whether to form the first union in the company's U.S. history.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 15, 2021

Retail Spending Dips For 3rd Straight Month As Infections Surge
Restaurants and bars are reeling from persistent spikes of coronavirus cases. Earlier holiday sales also meant online shopping and electronics sales dipped in December. Retail sales fell 0.7%.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 15, 2021

Planet Money: Entrepreneurship Is On The Rise Despite Pandemic
The coronavirus has been responsible for massive business closures, but figures show Americans are still starting businesses at the fastest rate in more than a decade.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 14, 2021

$1,400 Checks And Help For The Jobless: What's In Biden's Plan To Rescue The Economy
President-elect Joe Biden is proposing a $1.9 trillion plan to address the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic crisis.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 14, 2021

U.S. Cities Are Trying To Figure Out Restaurant Week In The Pandemic
With the pandemic having closed nearly 20% of restaurants nationwide, the traditional version of restaurant week is at risk. So restaurants are either opting out or modifying their approach.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 14, 2021

U.S. Continues To Lag In COVID-19 Workplace Safety, Former OSHA Official Says
Ten months into the pandemic, the Trump administration is neglecting safety at meatpacking plants and other workplaces, a former top federal official says.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 14, 2021

U.S. Still Lags In COVID-19 Workplace Safety, Former OSHA Official Says
Ten months into the pandemic, the Trump administration is neglecting safety at meatpacking plants and other workplaces, a former top federal official says.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 14, 2021

Texas Customer's Call-In Order Helps LA Restaurant Pay It Forward
Brooke Williamson, a celebrity chef in Los Angeles, explains how an order for a meal that would never be picked up, has led to hundreds of other acts of kindness: food for people in need.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 14, 2021

'Artists, Weirdos, Hellriders And Homies:' Thrasher Magazine Turns 40
Thrasher magazine was founded 40 years ago in San Francisco to cover skateboarding. Over the next four decades, the black-and-white newsprint magazine grew into a full color cultural arbiter.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 14, 2021

Jack Dorsey Says Trump's Twitter Ban Was 'Right Decision' But Worries About Precedent
Twitter kicked President Trump off its site following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The CEO said major corporations have too much power and pose a risk to a "free" Internet.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 14, 2021

Twitter CEO Tweets About Banning Trump From Site
Twitter kicked President Donald Trump off of its site following the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. CEO Jack Dorsey said major corporations have too much power and pose a risk to a "free" Internet.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 13, 2021

FAA Cracks Down On Unruly Airline Passengers Ahead of Biden Inauguration
After incidents of Trump supporters engaging in threatening and disruptive behavior on flights to and from Washington, D.C., last week, the FAA enacts a "zero tolerance" policy.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 13, 2021

Amazon Says Parler Systematically Unwilling To Remove Violent Content
Parler sued Amazon Web Services after the cloud service booted it off public Internet.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 13, 2021

Airbnb Is Canceling All Reservations In Metro D.C. During Inauguration Week
The company also said it had banned "numerous individuals" that it found to be associated with hate groups or involved in criminal activity at the Capitol Building.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 13, 2021

New York City Cancels Contracts With Trump Organization
Mayor Bill de Blasio said President Trump "incited a rebellion" and New York City "will not be associated with those unforgivable acts in any shape, way or form."

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 13, 2021

Should The Government Pay People To Get Vaccinated? Some Economists Think So
Dr. Anthony Fauci says the country will likely need a vaccination level of between 70% and 90% to reach herd immunity. Right now, that math doesn't quite add up.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 13, 2021

After Deadly Capitol Riot, Fox News Stays Silent On Stars' Incendiary Rhetoric
Many Fox News hosts, commentators and guests helped stoke the pro-Trump protests that became an assault on Congress. Among those influenced was Ashli Babbitt, who died while storming the Capitol.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 13, 2021

YouTube Joins Twitter, Facebook In Taking Down Trump's Account After Capitol Siege
The move, which suspends the president's account for a week, comes after the video platform said a livestream of his remarks on Tuesday violated YouTube's community standards.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 13, 2021

Big Money Firms Abandon States For Ones With More Favorable Terms
In an exodus spurred by the pandemic, some high profile hedge funds, venture capital firms and tech companies are leaving New York and California for low-tax states, Florida and Texas.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 12, 2021

New York City Considers Cutting Business Ties With Trump
Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is examining its contracts with the Trump Organization to assess its options. Other companies known to do business with Trump are ending their relationships.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 12, 2021

Lack Of Computer Chips Trips Up Some Automakers
Computer chips are an essential component for new cars. But car production has recovered faster than expected, and competing demand for semiconductors has also been rising. Some plants are struggling.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 12, 2021

Auto Production Disrupted By Chip Shortages: A Dream Car May Be Hard To Find
Computer chips are an essential component for new cars. But car production has recovered faster than expected, and competing demand for semiconductors has also been rising. Some plants are struggling.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 12, 2021

Commercial Fishermen Sue Michigan Over New Restrictions
Many complain Michigan's new restrictions on commercial fishing would shut down their businesses. The state supplies much of the Great Lakes' whitefish, and there are warnings of looming shortages.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 12, 2021

Voice of America White House Reporter Reassigned After Questioning Pompeo
During Pompeo's visit to VOA, Journalist Patsy Widakuswara tried to ask him whether he regretted saying there would be a second Trump administration after Joe Biden's victory in November.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 12, 2021

Sheldon Adelson, Conservative Donor And Casino Titan, Dies At 87
Adelson built a casino empire that stretched from Las Vegas to Singapore. His huge donations to conservative causes in the U.S. and Israel helped shape politics in both countries.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 12, 2021

Should People Be Compensated For Getting A COVID-19 Vaccine?
With so many people wary of the COVID-19 vaccinations, should the government pay people to get the shots? Some economists and politicians think it might be necessary. Others say it could backfire.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 12, 2021

What 1919 Teaches Us About Pent-Up Demand
A hundred years ago, a world war and a pandemic wreaked havoc on baseball and other industries. But pent-up demand helped them come roaring back.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 12, 2021

Public Radio Stations Rebuke 'N.Y. Times' Over Actions In Correcting 'Caliphate'
In fresh fallout over the collapse of the 'Caliphate' podcast series, executives at 20 influential public radio stations rebuke The New York Times for perceived ethical failings.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 12, 2021

Public Radio Stations Rebuke 'Times' For Ethical Lapses Related To 'Caliphate' Podcast
In fresh fallout over the collapse of the 'Caliphate' podcast series, executives at 20 influential public radio stations rebuke The New York Times for perceived ethical failings.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 12, 2021

Indonesian Divers Recover Flight Data Recorder Amid Plane Crash Debris
Investigators in Indonesia are trying to determine what caused a Boeing 737 airplane to crash into the Java Sea over the weekend, killing 62 people. The plane was a Boeing 737-500.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 12, 2021

Indonesian Divers Search For Flight Recorders Amid Plane Crash Debris
Investigators in Indonesia are trying to determine what caused a Boeing 737 airplane to crash into the Java Sea over the weekend, killing 62 people. The plane was a Boeing 737-500.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 12, 2021

Coronavirus Pandemic Changes Detroit's Water Shut-Off Policy
The $900 billion coronavirus package includes funding for low-income households in need of water assistance. The issue is big in Detroit, where water had been turned off if a customer hasn't paid.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 11, 2021

Tech Giants Join Corporate Reckoning Over Political Spending
Money-in-politics groups welcomed this unusually wide-spread — and self-initiated — reckoning by corporations over their own role in contributing to the nation's current political state.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 11, 2021

Dr. Martens Footwear Brand Is Planning London IPO
The brand, which evolved into a symbol of rebellious youth culture and is worn by celebrities, has thrived during the pandemic. Dr. Martens sells over 11 million pairs a year in 60-plus countries.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 11, 2021

Parler Files Lawsuit Against Amazon, Seeking To Restore Web Service
Parler, the messaging app favored by far-right activists, is accusing Amazon Web Services of anti-trust and breach of contract.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 11, 2021

Parler Sues Amazon, Seeking To Restore Web Service
"Over the past several weeks, we've reported 98 examples to Parler of posts that clearly encourage and incite violence," Amazon Web Services said, according to court documents.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 11, 2021

Site That Traffics In Misinformation Fills Void Left By Struggling Newspaper
In Stockton, California, a controversial site is filling the gap as the local newspaper struggles to survive.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 11, 2021

Trump Regulator's Rule Would Force Banks To Lend To Gun-Makers And Oil Drillers
The Trump administration is trying to force banks to make loans to gun-makers and to finance payday lenders. Critics call the move bizarre. It's opposed by watchdog groups and banks.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 11, 2021

For Health Care Workers, The Pandemic Is Fueling Renewed Interest In Unions
Many front-line health workers who have faced a perpetual lack of PPE and inconsistent safety measures believe the government and their employers have failed to protect them from COVID-19.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 09, 2021

Amazon And Apple Drop Parler
Amazon said it was removing Parler from its web hosting service, while Apple said it suspended the social media app from its store. Both companies said Parler allowed violent threats to go unchecked.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 09, 2021

Indonesian Passenger Plane With 62 On Board Goes Missing Minutes After Takeoff
A search and rescue operation was underway for Sriwijaya Air Flight 182, which lost contact with air traffic controllers shortly after takeoff from Jakarta, according to transportation officials.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 09, 2021

Tattoo Shops Hit Hard By COVID-19 Pandemic
NPR's Scott Simon speaks to Tiffany Garcia-Mitchell, a tattoo shop owner in California, about the struggle to stay in business during the pandemic.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 08, 2021

Voice of America CEO Accused Of Fraud, Misuse of Office All In One Week
U.S. Agency for Global Media CEO Michael Pack faces accusations of fraud over his private documentary film company and separate allegations he's promoting propaganda at Voice of America.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 08, 2021

Twitter Bans President Trump, Citing 'Risk Of Further Incitement Of Violence'
Twitter has permanently blocked the @realDonaldTrump account after Trump posted a message that violated the company's rules.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 08, 2021

Twitter Permanently Suspends Trump, Citing 'Risk Of Further Incitement Of Violence'
Twitter has permanently blocked the @realDonaldTrump account after President Trump posted messages that violated the company's rules.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 08, 2021

Latest Relief Package May Not Save Some Small Businesses From Bankruptcy
The latest pandemic relief package includes hundreds of billions of dollars in funding for small businesses. But for many companies, the money hasn't targeted one of their biggest overheads: rent.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 08, 2021

Biden Administration's Plans For Improving U.S. Economy
NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Cecilia Rouse, President-elect Joe Biden's pick to head the Council of Economic Advisers, about the Biden administration's plans for boosting the U.S. economy.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 08, 2021

Pandemic Pricetag: U.S. Employers Cut 140,000 Jobs In December
The runaway pandemic put more pressure on the U.S. job market last month. Employers shed 140,000 jobs as the unemployment rate held steady at 6.7%.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 08, 2021

At Google, Hundreds Of Workers Formed A Labor Union. Why? 'To Protect Ourselves'
More than 500 Google workers have joined a union in a move that is a rarity in Silicon Valley. The group says it hopes to change both workplace culture and the company's role in society.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 08, 2021

Alibaba Founder Jack Ma Has Fallen Off The Radar. Here Are Some Clues Why
The billionaire founder of the Chinese Internet giant hasn't been seen in public in months after criticizing government regulators.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 08, 2021

Google Workers Speak Out About Why They Formed A Union: 'To Protect Ourselves'
More than 600 Google workers have joined a union in a move that is a rarity in Silicon Valley. The group says it hopes to change both workplace culture and the company's role in society.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 08, 2021

Experts Hope Pent-Up Demand Will Revive Pandemic-Hit Industries
After WWI and the flu epidemic, pent-up demand led to crowds of fans wanting to see baseball games. Now people wonder if pent-up demand will do something similar for industries hard hit by COVID-19.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 08, 2021

News Brief: 25th Amendment, Far-Right Extremists, Unemployment Data
Some lawmakers want Trump removed from office early. Federal prosecutors say they'll pursue those involved in the U.S. Capitol breach. The Labor Department releases a snapshot of the jobless rate.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 08, 2021

Boeing To Pay $2.5 Billion Settlement Over Deadly 737 Max Crashes
The airplane manufacturer admits to deceiving regulators about the safety of a flight control system blamed in two crashes that killed 346 people. Critics call the settlement "a slap on the wrist."

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 08, 2021

Publisher Cancels Book By Sen. Hawley, Citing His Role In Inciting Capitol Attack
Simon & Schuster says it has decided not to publish Hawley's forthcoming book The Tyranny of Big Tech, suggesting that the lawmaker helped foment Wednesday's violence.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 07, 2021

Boeing To Pay $2.5 Billion Over 737 Max Fraud, Faces No Other Charges
"Boeing's employees chose the path of profit over candor," Justice Department officials said, after reaching a deal with Boeing. Most of the funds will pay airlines whose planes were grounded.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 07, 2021

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo Is Biden's Commerce Secretary Pick
If confirmed, Gov. Gina Raimondo, the first woman to lead Rhode Island, would oversee the Census Bureau as it finishes a fraught national count that has been upended by COVID-19 and Trump officials.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 07, 2021

Why West Virginia's Winning The Race To Get COVID-19 Vaccine Into Arms
To get vaccine into long-term care facilities, West Virginia was the only state to opt out of a federal partnership with CVS and Walgreens. Instead, a network of smaller pharmacies got a jump start.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 07, 2021

Facebook Bans President Trump From Posting For The Rest Of His Presidency
The move is the most severe punishment any social media company has taken in response to Trump, who used online platforms to encourage the violent mob that stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 06, 2021

Twitter Locks Trump's Account, Warns of 'Permanent Suspension' If Violations Continue
Twitter on Wednesday put President Trump on notice: If he does not stop breaking the platform's rules, he will be permanently banned.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 06, 2021

West Coast Cargo Ports Overloaded
A traffic jam in a snowstorm — that's how people describe the scene at West Coast ports, where cargo ships are stacking up. This shipping bottleneck could have ripple effects across the U.S.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 06, 2021

Major Oil Companies Take A Pass On Controversial Lease Sale In Arctic Refuge
After a three-year push by the Trump administration, almost no oil companies offered bids. Analysts point to controversy, low oil prices and an incoming administration that opposes drilling.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 06, 2021

Germany Moves Toward Requiring Women On Large Companies' Executive Boards
Germany lags the U.S. and others in the number of women on boards at major companies. "[N]ot many changes are made voluntarily, and progress is very slow," said the federal minister for women.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 06, 2021

NYSE Reverses Itself Again, Moving To Delist 3 Large Chinese Telecoms
The reversal comes one day after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin reportedly criticized the New York Stock Exchange's decision not to delist the companies.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 06, 2021

Trump Administration Adds Tariffs To Some Merchandise Out Of France
The U.S. is slapping new tariffs on French handbags, cognac and other products. The import taxes are the latest weapons in trans-Atlantic trade disputes involving Internet companies and jet makers.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 06, 2021

Trump Orders Ban On Chinese Software Apps, Citing Potential Espionage
The order, which takes effect in 45 days, says the apps use "personal electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers" to "access and capture vast swaths of information from users."

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 05, 2021

Have You Been Evicted During The Pandemic, Or Afraid Of Losing Your Home?
NPR wants to hear from you if you have lost income and couldn't pay rent to your landlord or needed a mortgage forbearance.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 05, 2021

NYSE Will Not Delist 3 Chinese Telecoms Trump Administration Wanted Removed
The Trump administration has alleged that some Chinese companies funnel money to China's military. China had threatened to retaliate for the move.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 05, 2021

Hospitals Forced To Be More Transparent About Pricing. Will That Save You Money?
Under a rule that kicked in Jan. 1, hospitals must now make public the prices they negotiate with health insurers. But health policy experts have divergent views on what that will mean for patients.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 04, 2021

After Years Of Activism, More Than 200 Google Employees Form A Union
More than 200 Google employees have unionized to press grievances with management over pay, sexual harassment and corporate ethics. It's an escalation of activism by workers at the company.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 04, 2021

Google Workers Launch Union To Press Grievances With Executives
Over 200 engineers and others joined the Alphabet Workers Union, a big win for labor organizing in largely anti-union Silicon Valley. They are supported by the Communications Workers of America.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 03, 2021

Former Walmart Pharmacists Say Company Ignored Red Flags As Opioid Sales Boomed
The giant retailer shipped billions of opioid pills to pharmacies nationwide. An NPR investigation found employees warned company executives their stores were being used by "pill mill" doctors.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 02, 2021

The Rise Of Gig Work: Companies Turn To On-Demand CEOS
A combination of global crisis and business disruption has popularized gig work, even for leadership roles. Companies are turning to gig-working CEOs to navigate crises and transitions.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 01, 2021

In NYC, Waiting For A COVID-19 Test Is A Business Opportunity
A business that traditionally provided line standers for Broadway shows and other events, now serves people who don't want to wait hours outside a health clinic.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 01, 2021

Food Writer On The Future Of Black-Owned Restaurants In The Bay Area
NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Justin Phillips, a food writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, about the potential demise of many Black-owned restaurants in the Bay Area.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 01, 2021

Extended Paycheck Protection Program May Not Be Enough To Help Small Businesses
Many small businesses are hanging by a thread right now. Congress has approved another round of loans to help keep their doors open, but it won't be enough to help the hardest hit.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 01, 2021

News Brief: COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout, 2021 Economy, Brexit
The United States' COVID-19 vaccine rollout process has gotten off to a slow start. We look back and ahead at the economy. And, The UK officially departs from the EU.

NPR Topics: Business
Jan 01, 2021

What's Ahead For The Economy In 2021?
2021 could be a year of healing for both people and the economy. As the calendar turns over a new year, we'll look back at how the economy fared in 2020 and at what lies ahead.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 31, 2020

Group Behind Alleged Russia Hack Broke Into Microsoft's Internal Systems
Microsoft previously said it was among thousands of companies that discovered malware on its systems. But now, it is revealing the attack allowed hackers to access its closely-guarded source code.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 31, 2020

It Wasn't Just The Pandemic: Oil's Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Year
The coronavirus-induced collapse in oil demand stole all the headlines. But oil companies faced a myriad of other woes, too, from hurricanes to itchy investors — and, of course, climate change.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 31, 2020

This Year's Car Sales Exceeded Expectation Despite The Pandemic
Forecasts for new-car sales show that automakers are finishing this year strong. Retail sales have done far better than anticipated, and average car prices have climbed to record highs.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 31, 2020

The Fate Of Local Budgets Without Enough Money In The Relief Bill
NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Tracy Gordon, a senior fellow with the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, about how the pandemic continues to affect local government funding.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 31, 2020

Stocks 2020: A Stunning Crash, Then A Record Setting Boom Created Centibillionaires
The stock market meltdown made way to a stunning rebound that made the rich a lot richer. What happened?

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 31, 2020

Stocks 2020: A Stunning Crash, Then A Record-Setting Boom Created Centibillionaires
The stock market meltdown made way to a stunning rebound that made the rich a lot richer. What happened?

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 31, 2020

Yurts, Igloos And Pop-Up Domes: How Safe Is 'Outside' Restaurant Dining This Winter?
A quick pivot to outdoor dining helped many restaurants survive pandemic restrictions. Now some have added temporary shelters to accommodate winter weather. The safest don't have walls, experts say.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 30, 2020

Trump Appointee Seeks Lasting Control Over Radio Free Europe, Radio Free Asia
The CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media is seeking to retain control over Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty for at least two years — even though President-elect Biden has signaled he'll be replaced.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 30, 2020

There's A White House Clash Over Whether To Extend Freeze On Many Work Visas
In June, President Trump halted various temporary work visas, including H-1B, L-1 and certain J-1 visas. Advocates for an extension say it would tie the hands of President-elect Joe Biden.

NPR Topics: Business
Dec 30, 2020

Europe and China Approve Landmark Investment Treaty, Snubbing U.S.
The European Union concluded the deal with China after seven years of negotiations. Last week, the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden had urged the EU to wait.

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