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Dial M For Money: Can Mobile Banking Lift People Out Of Poverty?

NPR | Dec. 09, 2016

We look at the remarkable findings from a new study of Kenya's M-PESA system, out in 'Science.'

U.S. Kids Far Less Likely To Out-Earn Their Parents, As Inequality Grows

NPR | Dec. 09, 2016

"It's basically a coin flip as to whether you'll do better than your parents," a Stanford economist says.

Blue Seal: The GI Ice Cream That Okinawans Made Their Own

NPR | Dec. 09, 2016

Blue Seal ice cream was launched after World War II for American soldiers stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Today, it's a fusion of American and Okinawan tastes that's loved by locals and tourists alike.

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Washington State Dairy Workers Challenge Their Exemption From Overtime Pay

NPR | Dec. 9, 2016 1:33 p.m.

The dairy industry runs 24/7, but federal law excludes its workers from overtime pay. A new class-action lawsuit in Washington state is the latest challenge to that law.

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Choice Of Scott Pruitt To Run EPA Frustrates Some Oregonians

OPB | Dec. 9, 2016 1:28 p.m. | Portland

President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has ruffled some feathers in Oregon.

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Obama Isn't Expected To Push Congress On Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal

NPR | Dec. 9, 2016 11:01 a.m.

Republicans have already said they won't consider it in the lame-duck session. The pact would eliminate many tariffs and support tough protections for things like copyrights and intellectual property.

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State Reminds Taxpayers To Look After Their Financial Details During The Giving Season

OPB | Dec. 9, 2016 10:23 a.m. | Portland

As people open their wallets for good causes this time of the year, the Oregon Department of Revenue is warning them to be security conscious.

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Trump Picks Fast-Food Executive Andrew Puzder As Labor Secretary

NPR | Dec. 8, 2016 6:34 p.m.

Puzder is CEO of CKE HOldings, the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr.'s, and is an outspoken critic of raising the minimum wage and increasing overtime and workplace safety regulations.

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Is College Worth It? Recent Grads Share Their Experiences

NPR | Dec. 8, 2016 4:38 p.m.

It turns out they're all satisfied customers. And among the most important subjects they report learning a lot about was themselves — reconciling their plans and dreams with real life.

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Episode 740: Burnout

NPR | Dec. 7, 2016 5:08 p.m.

All types of companies are struggling with burnout. Many try to fix it. Most of them fail. One exception: A 26-year-old call center manager, with stress balls and costumes in her arsenal.

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Oregon Governor Wants To Secure A Slimmed-Down Medicaid Waiver Before Trump Takes Office

OPB | Dec. 7, 2016 11:42 a.m. | Portland

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is trying to squeeze a new, slimmed-down health care waiver out of the federal government — before the Trump administration starts.

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Challenging D.C.'s Tradition Of Unpaid Government Internships

NPR | Dec. 7, 2016 11:17 a.m.

The White House and other government agencies are not required to follow the Fair Labor Standards Act when it comes to paying interns. Many interns struggle to survive in the nation's capital.

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Amazon To Open Convenience Store With No Lines

NPR | Dec. 6, 2016 2:59 p.m.

Instead, the company envisions customers at the store picking up whatever they want off the shelves – then simply walking out with it. The items are automatically billed to their Amazon accounts.