Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles
Shares of the burger chain shot up Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald's, which can't recast itself to fit the current trend.
Close Friend Of Putin Awarded Contract For Crimea Bridge
The span, to be built across a narrow strait that separates Russia from the newly annexed peninsula, is pegged at $3 billion and scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.
Is There A #PubRadioVoice That Sounds Like America?
Earlier this week, we hosted a Twitter chat that tackled questions about diversity in public radio and the pressure some journalists of color feel to sound "white."
Russia's Economic State Is A Reversal Of Fortune For Putin
Renee Montagne discusses the state of Russia's economy with Sergei Guriev, a former economic adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Guriev is now living in exile in Paris.
Media Outlets Partner With Snapchat To Appeal To Younger Users
As people disappear from the audiences of conventional news organizations, 11 media outlets have partnered with Snapchat in the U.S. to offer its younger users easily digested fare within the app.
Winning At Short Selling May Not Be A Reason To Celebrate
Our Planet Money team talks to a well-known short seller who tells the story of one stock he bet against. He made a bunch of money, betting against a stock a lot of people liked.
From Laundering To Profiteering, A Multitude Of Sins At The Vatican Bank
In God's Bankers Gerald Posner explores the history of money, power and the church. During World War II, he says, the Vatican made money off of the life insurance policies of Jews sent to death camps.
Russian Economic Woes Hit France's Ski Slopes
For the past decade, wealthy Russians have flocked to the fabled slopes in the French Alps. But the drop in the ruble is now keeping them away, and the region's economy is starting to feel the effect.
Some Businesses Say Immigrant Workers Are Harder To Find
The president's recent executive actions will allow millions of immigrants to stay in the U.S. But many businesses say those changes aren't enough to help them find and keep all the workers they need.
With 'Discover' Feature, Snapchat Bucks Social Trend In News
Snapchat says social media likes and shares aren't what makes a story important. The ephemeral messaging app has rolled out Discover, featuring multimedia articles from major news brands.
The Spicy History Of Short Selling Stocks
David Kestenbaum of NPR's Planet Money tells the story of the first stock ever shorted. It's a tale of intrigue, lies, sabotage and a life of exile.
What Fluctuations In Currency Mean For Car Interiors
Big fluctuations in currency — the dollar's up, the euro and yen are down — can seem abstract and meaningful only to traders and multinational corporations. But they have a tangible impact on where jobs are created and even the interiors of the cars we drive.
Food Industry Drags Its Heels On Recyclable And Compostable Packaging
A new report from two environmental groups reviewed the recyclability and compostability of packaging from 47 food companies. It found few examples of companies that have prioritized waste reduction.
Pro-ISIS Messages Create Dilemma For Social Media Companies
Facebook, YouTube and other sites are being asked to do more to stop terrorists. Yet they are also being asked to let some of the propaganda remain to help officials track jihadis.
Senate OKs Keystone XL Pipeline, Setting Up Fight With Obama
Nine Democrats joined 53 Republicans to pass the measure, which must be reconciled with a version passed by the House. The Senate vote is also not enough to override a threatened presidential veto.