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Will The Fed Raise Rates, Or Keep The (Little) Economic Party Going?
Friday's decent but unspectacular jobs report didn't answer the question of whether the Fed is about to raise interest rates. But even if the Fed finally takes the plunge, it will do so very gradually.
These Are The People Who Haul Our Food Across America
Farmers, chefs and small-batch producers get a lot of praise these days. Truckers are rarely mentioned — yet most of the food that ends up on our dinner tables depends on their labor.
Mixed Jobs Report Adds Uncertainty To Fed Interest Rate Debate
The August jobs report boosted uncertainty about the Federal Reserve plan to raise interest rates. Employers added 173,000 jobs — fewer than expected — but the unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent.
New Film Asks: Were Steve Jobs' Flaws Uploaded To His Machines?
Alex Gibney's documentary joins a growing list of Steve Jobs biopics and biographies. The director's thesis seems to be that Jobs' flawed character was infused into the machines he made.
Unemployment Rate Dips To 5.1 Percent Amid 173,000 New Jobs In August
The latest job-creation figure fell short of economists' forecasts. But the reports from the Department of Labor added a total of 44,000 jobs to the tallies for June and July.
China's Economy Slows As Focus Shifts From Manufacturing To Consumer Spending
Steve Inskeep talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy at the Brookings Institution, about his trip to China and his observations about the country's economy.
'Planet Money' Explains Why We Sign For Things
Some people write a squiggle. Others just write an initial. Our Planet Money team takes a look at the history of the signature. (This piece initially aired on Sept. 14, 2014 on All Things Considered).
Nativism And Economic Anxiety Fuel Trump's Populist Appeal
Many Americans don't see either political party as offering real solutions. So Trump — with his anger at immigrants, trade, Wall Street and Washington elites — is filling the void.
August Jobless Data To Influence Fed's Decision On Hiking Interest Rates
The monthly jobs report could tip the balance for the Federal Reserve. Policymakers are weighing whether to raise the Fed's official interest rates later this month.
Image Of Dead Syrian Child Shakes Up Media Coverage Of Refugee Crisis
Photos of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, who drowned when his family was attempting to cross the Mediterranean into Greece, had many news outlets struggling with the decision to publish — or not publish.
Farmers Stage Massive Tractor Protest In Paris
More than 4,000 French farmers took to the streets over falling food prices. The protests are a fallout of EU's agricultural struggle to stay competitive globally.
How Big Egg Tried To Bring Down Little 'Mayo' (And Failed)
Newly released emails from the American Egg Board reveal embarrassing details about its fight against the vegan product Just Mayo. Industry critics say the board's antics may have broken the law.
Alleged 'Flash Crash' Trader Formally Indicted In U.S.
Federal prosecutors say that Navinder Singh Sarao used a computer program to "spoof" the markets, sending the Dow down 600 points in a matter of minutes in 2010.
How The Architect Of Netflix's Innovative Culture Lost Her Job To The System
Netflix is famous for pioneering a company culture that demands standout results from every employee. One of the architects of this philosophy ended up losing her job to the system she created.
Leon Gorman, Longtime CEO Of Outdoor Outfitter L.L. Bean, Dies
The longtime head of outdoor outfitter L.L. Bean has died. Leon Gorman was president of the company for 34 years. The grandson of L.L. Bean himself, Gorman grew the company from a struggling mail order outfit that catered to sportsmen to a $1.6 billion business.