A 19th-Century Novel Explains Quantitative Easing

NPR |Oct. 31, 2014 3:34 p.m.

This week, the Federal Reserve ended the quantitative easing program. Author John Lanchester says Anthony Trollope's 19th-century novel, The Way We Live Now, clarifies the current financial situation.

Amid The Chaos Of Debt Collection, 'Bad Paper' Offers A Riveting Roadmap

NPR |Oct. 19, 2014 2:32 a.m.

It's not often that a book can mix machetes with hedge funds. Then again, few industries are as chaotic, and compelling, as debt collection — which Jake Halpern's book reveals in alarming detail.

Food Is Cheap, At Least Compared To Four Years Ago

NPR |Sept. 12, 2014 6:07 a.m.

Global food prices are at a four-year low because of good harvests in the U.S., Europe and China. But food still costs more than it did in the 1990s, even accounting for inflation.

Why Food Pilgrims Will Wait Four Hours For A Taste Of The Sublime

NPR |Sept. 09, 2014 12:13 p.m.

Psychology tells us that waiting for an experience can boost our happiness, as can talking about the experience afterward. That's one reason food pilgrims seem to be queuing up and Instagramming it.

The 'Greening' Of Florida Citrus Means Less Green In Growers' Pockets

NPR |Aug. 26, 2014 6:15 a.m.

Orange juice sales are at their lowest point in 10 years. Florida's citrus industry is reeling from a disease called "greening," while consumers face dozens of other choices in the supermarket aisle.

Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing

NPR |Aug. 25, 2014 8:53 a.m.

Grocers are hoping to entice young consumers and their parents to eat more vegetables by creating kid-focused produce. They're borrowing tactics from the soda and snack industries to win them over.

More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries

NPR |Aug. 18, 2014 7:58 a.m.

A survey by Feeding America, a network of U.S. food banks, found that one quarter of all U.S. military households used a food pantry in 2013. But service members are often reluctant to seek such help.

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

NPR |July 25, 2014 12:51 p.m.

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

When Do Chefs And Doctors Buy Generic?

NPR |July 25, 2014 9:41 a.m.

Experts are more likely than the general public to buy generic products — but not always. Here's a breakdown of which foods and drugs experts buy generic.

Economists Say Inflation Is Tame; Consumers Aren't Buying It

NPR |July 11, 2014 6:15 a.m.

On paper, inflation has been low this year. But consumers buying food or fuel may disagree. Prices for beef, eggs, fresh fruit and many other foods are much higher than overall inflation.

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