The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging
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.
Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers
If no contract deal is reached by July 31, Metropolitan Opera General Manager Peter Gelb has warned union workers to plan for a work stoppage the next day.
4 Theories About Why Wal-Mart Changed Its U.S. Chief
Wal-Mart, the nation's biggest company, affects the lives of millions of workers and shoppers. So its U.S. leadership change is attracting lots of interest. Here are some theories about what happened.
Book News: Amazon Exec Says Hachette Is Using Authors 'As Human Shields'
Also: President Obama will give the 2013 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal to 21 artists, writers, academics and journalists; Katie Crouch on Sylvia Plath.
Rural Startups, Often Overlooked, Are The Focus Of New Investment Programs
Small-town startups often struggle to attract serious investors. But efforts are under way to help entrepreneurs outside the urban beltway find financing.
New Rules Proposed For Oil-Carrying Trains In Wake Of Fiery Crashes
The Obama administration is proposing new safety rules for railroad oil tank cars, after a series of fiery derailments. The rules would phase out thousands of older cars in two years.
How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy
Seven years after the subprime mortgage crisis, the U.S. economy has not yet fully recovered. Now two economists have come up with new evidence about what's holding the economy back.
GM Recalls Nearly 718,000 Vehicles For 'Varying Safety Issues'
GM says no deaths and only two crashes have been linked to the recalls. While many of the vehicles have relatively minor issues, thousands of others have potential problems with their steering.
After Two Disasters, Can Malaysia Airlines Still Attract Passengers?
Even before the double calamity of its two downed flights, Malaysia Airlines was trying to adapt to momentous shifts in Asia's aviation industry. Now, it faces either bankruptcy or privatization.
FAA Extends Ban On Flights To Tel Aviv For Another 24 Hours
The Federal Aviation Administration banned flights to the region on Tuesday after a rocket landed about a mile from Ben Gurion International Airport.
Part-Time Work, Unpredictable Schedules: What's The Fix?
Many part-time workers have to manage unpredictable hours and schedules, which can take a toll on employees. Host Michel Martin learns about how some government officials are addressing the concern.
A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We're Gone
In the digital age, our online accounts don't die with us. A proposed law might determine what does happen to them. But the tech industry warns the measure could threaten the privacy of the deceased.
Don't Make Me Come Back There: Toyota's New Parent-Friendly Options
The new Sienna minivan has an optional pull-down mirror to allow better surveillance of the backseat, and a "Driver Easy Speak" feature that lets you speak to the kids without shouting.
Atlantic City's Casino Crisis: A Cautionary Tale
With the announcements of the planned closures of the Showboat and Trump Plaza casinos, the New Jersey town that once had the monopoly on gaming in the northeast is at a crucial turning point.
Airlines Cancel Service To Israel Amid Heightened Aviation Safety Concerns
A number of major airlines have suspended service to and from Tel Aviv as the fighting between Israel and Hamas in Gaza intensifies. That's leaving passengers to find other arrangements.