with Kai Ryssdal

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Public radio's only national series about the global economy and finance takes a broad view of business, covering any story related to money — most of the world's stories are. Hosted by Kai Ryssdal.

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Full interview: Volvo America CEO on driverless cars
The company says that we'll have autonomous technology fully in place by 2021. (09/29/2016)

Whole Foods experiment in Chicago aims to foster local businesses
A local development group hosted workshops for business owners so they could learn how to make labels and meet quality standards. (09/29/2016)

Did Trump break the Cuba embargo?
A Newsweek investigation alleges the businessman and presidential candidate’s former company illegally did business in Cuba in the 1990s. (09/29/2016)

Viacom and CBS — a media re-merger?
A decade after they were split apart, the media parent company controlled by Sumner and Shari Redstone suggests CBS and Viacom should come back together. (09/29/2016)

FCC delays voting on set top boxes

American cable television watchers have to wait a bit longer to unload the burden of their set top boxes.

The Federal Communications Commission was supposed to vote today on a proposal allowing cable subscribers to access TV through a free app, much like other media content. Minutes before the meeting, however, they removed the vote from the agenda. 

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler hasn't been able to get consensus on a proposal that would oblige cable operators to provide content through a device other than the set top box. 

The delay comes as good news to the set top box business, which brings in more than $20 billion a year in rental fees, according to the Wall Street Journal. The average cost to consumers is $231 a year.



Even with a break from two bad fire years, Methow Valley businesses still struggle
Insurance companies are making individual home inspections and are demanding fire improvements from homeowners. Some residents in the area are having difficulty getting insured at all. (09/29/2016)

Policing the streets with military hardware
Craig Atkinson's documentary "Do Not Resist" looks at the militarization of American law enforcement. (09/29/2016)

Wells Fargo CEO grilled by angry House committee
Stumpf now says sales quotas will go away this week, rather than next year. (09/29/2016)

Why Spotify buying SoundCloud makes music sense
The streaming-music platforms are different but complement each other. (09/29/2016)

Aleppo bombings continue, as aid grows scarce
Before the war, Aleppo was Syria's largest city with its commercial center, thus an important and symbolic city. (09/29/2016)

2020 Summer Olympic games could cost up to $30 billion
New GDP numbers, a push from the FCC's chairman to get rid of cable boxes, how drones can help the insurance industry, and the high cost of the next Summer Olympics. (09/29/2016)

RIP Blackberry phones, you will be missed (kinda)
Good riddance? Best work phone ever? (09/29/2016)

OPEC agrees to agree on oil limits, but outlook still shaky
We might have to say goodbye to cheaper gas. (09/29/2016)

Insurance industry sees drones taking claims work to new heights
Instead of climbing ladders to check for roof damage, or walking through a disaster area, insurance adjusters may be able to deploy drones. (09/29/2016)

FCC set to rule on cable 'set-top boxes'
The FCC vote could pave the way for app-based streaming of all cable programming. (09/29/2016)

Will Costco lose its valuable members to Amazon Prime?
Costco's membership fees are a big part of its business. (09/29/2016)

Anita Sarkeesian on 'Ordinary Women'
The critic Anita Sarkeesian has a new web series that will look at the contributions women have made throughout history. (09/29/2016)

The “deep, dark secret” that changes how you shop for groceries
Food companies pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in shelving fees to get their products prime placement at your local store. (09/28/2016)

California treasury severs ties to Wells Fargo for a year
Yet more fallout from the bank's fake accounts scandal. (09/28/2016)

Who failed at overseeing Wells Fargo?
The board, for starters. And regulators could have stepped up too. (09/28/2016)

AB InBev and SABMiller combine into one mega-brewery
The $100 billion merger will create the world's largest beer company. (09/28/2016)

How to solve a plane crash
Christine Negroni's new book, "The Crash Detectives" details how investigations work and what they find. (09/28/2016)

No government rescue for Germany's Deutsche Bank
A drop in the price of U.S. groceries, a Whole Foods opening in a Chicago food desert, news that Wells Fargo's CEO is forfeiting $41 million, and Germany's decision not to bail out Deutsche Bank. (09/28/2016)

Tech Intervention: driverless chairs
Do we really need to be buzzed around on chairs? (09/28/2016)

Coming soon: cap-and-trade carbon plan for airlines
The agreement to limit carbon emissions by jetplanes will apply to international flights. (09/28/2016)

Wells Fargo to claw back $41 million over false account scandal
The bank's executive heads are going to the House on Thursday for another grilling. (09/28/2016)

Food prices are insanely cheap right now
Grocery prices are on track for the longest stretch of falling prices in 50 years. (09/28/2016)

Whole Foods opens a store in Chicago 'food desert'
But how will residents in a place with 21 percent unemployment afford to shop here? (09/28/2016)

How 'free' changes college
For more than a century, New York's Cooper Union charged no tuition. (09/28/2016)

Racial bias in preschool
A new study shows teachers watch and discipline black and white kids differently. (09/28/2016)

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