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How NAFTA Changed American (And Mexican) Food Forever

NPR | Feb. 13, 2015 8:19 a.m.

The trade agreement has helped the U.S., Mexico and Canada to sell a lot more food to one another. That's meant more seasonal produce for the U.S. and more processed food and supermarkets for Mexico.

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Like Yelp For Labor Rights: This App Rates How Restaurants Treat Workers

NPR | Feb. 12, 2015 1:45 p.m.

Want to know if your favorite restaurant pays its servers a living wage? An app encourages diners to ask before they dig in.

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If Apple Made iMilk And Nike Sold Fruit: Designer Groceries As Art

NPR | Feb. 9, 2015 3:04 p.m.

A designer has reimagined a host of everyday edibles as high-end grocery items. It's a project that explores how branding influences our purchases — and where the ethical boundaries lie for designers.

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In 'Red Notice,' Success Draws Treachery, Tragedy In Putin's Russia

NPR | Feb. 5, 2015 3:23 p.m.

Robert Siegal talks to Bill Browder, an American financier who was expelled from post-Soviet Russia, and saw an attempt to claim his company devolve into a deadly bureaucratic and legal farce.

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Are Danes Really That Happy? The Myth Of The Scandinavian Utopia

NPR | Feb. 1, 2015 8:39 a.m.

Are the Nordic countries really the utopias they're cracked up to be? NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with Michael Booth about his new book that attempts to answer that question.

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Markets May Stumble Or Skyrocket, But This Economist Says Hold On Tight

NPR | Jan. 19, 2015 3:24 p.m.

It's been more than four decades since Burton Malkiel published A Random Walk Down Wall Street. Twelve editions later, Malkiel hasn't wavered in his mantra of patience and broad investing.

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Nonprofit Fights Illiteracy By Getting Books To Kids Who Need Them

NPR | Dec. 29, 2014 12:02 p.m.

For kids to be exposed to reading, families have to have books to read to them, which isn't a given — especially in low-income areas. First Book works to get quality literature into those communities.

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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.

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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.

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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.