Business & Education

The Salt
2:48 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Howard Buffett Battles Hunger, Armed With Money And Science

Buffett in a pinto bean field on the Arizona farm, where he grew 60,000 pounds of beans for a Tucson food bank in 2012. Another goal of Buffett's research farm is to find better crops for poor subsistence farmers.
Nick Oza for NPR

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 10:12 am

Get Howard Buffett into the cab of a big ole' farm tractor and he's like a kid — albeit a 58-year-old, gray-haired one. He's especially excited when it comes to the tractor's elaborate GPS system, which he describes as "very cool."

"I'm driving hands-free," says Buffett, the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

He says that the tractor has been automatically set to plant 16 perfect rows of seeds, "so it makes everything more efficient. And it's going to give you a better crop in the end."

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All Tech Considered
2:41 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

See The 10 States With The Fastest Internet Connections

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 3:15 pm

Vermont, New Hampshire and Delaware get a notable benefit of being small: faster Internet connections. In the latest Akamai State of the Internet Report, they top the list of states with the fastest average connection speeds, and make the top 10 states with fastest peak connection speeds, too.

Check out the rankings, which include download speeds measured in megabits per second, and the year-on-year change for those numbers.

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Your Money
11:09 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Budgeting 101

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 11:18 am

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Coming up, it's the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. And wouldn't you know, there's an app for that. Our regular contributor Arsalan Iftikhar, founder of the blog TheMuslimGuy.com, will tell us more about them in just a few minutes. But first, to matters of personal finance. You might remember that last week we talked about how the summertime is a good time to do a mid-year check-in on your personal finances.

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Economy
11:09 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Part-Time Work On The Rise, But Is That A Good Thing?

The number of part-time workers has roughly doubled in the last few years. For most of those employees, that means short hours, erratic schedules and low pay. Host Michel Martin talks with NPR's Marilyn Geewax, and fast-food worker Amere Graham, about the high costs of part-time work.

Business
4:38 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Ahead Of The Curve: LG Takes Orders For OLED TVs

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 6:37 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And for our last word in business today, the world is not flat and neither are some new TVs.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

That's right. LG is taking preorders in the United States for its new 55-inch TVs. They're not flat, they're curved. Samsung already sells something like this in South Korea.

MONTAGNE: The screens bend away from the viewer. Apparently, what's known as OLED technology allows for super-thin, flexible screens and vibrant colors.

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Business
4:38 am
Tue July 23, 2013

'Arrested Development' Boosts Netflix Earnings

Originally published on Tue July 23, 2013 6:37 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with a streaming success.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

Gadsen State President
4:43 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Change In President Made At Gadsden State

After a vote of no confidence the president of Gadsden State Community College is out on paid administrative leave and an interim president is taking over.
Credit blog.al.com

The president of Gadsden State Community College is out on paid administrative leave and an interim president is taking over.

The chancellor of the Alabama Community College System, Mark Heinrich, announced Monday that President Ray Staats was placed on paid administrative leave. Heinrich named William Blow acting president.

Blow is a retired executive from the Alabama Commission on Higher Education. He served as interim president at Gadsden State before Staats was hired in 2011. His appointment is effective Aug. 1.

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Business
3:28 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Residents Forced To Live Without Landlines

Saltaire is one of the vacation villages on New York's Fire Island where Verizon has replaced copper landlines with home wireless connections.
Dan Bobkoff NPR

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 8:02 pm

Last fall, Hurricane Sandy damaged homes, buckled boardwalks and ruined much of the infrastructure of the small vacation spot of Fire Island, just off the coast of New York. The storm also destroyed many of the island's copper phone lines. But the island's only traditional phone company has no plans to replace them. Instead, Verizon is offering customers a little white box with an antenna it calls Voice Link.

"It has all the problems of a cellphone system, but none of the advantages," says Pat Briody, who has had a house on Fire Island for 40 years.

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Business
2:59 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

GlaxoSmithKline Embroiled In Bribery Scandal In China

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 8:02 pm

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And I'm Robert Siegel. Britain's largest drug maker GlaxoSmithKline said today that some of its senior executives may have broken the law in China. The company faces allegations that it bribed Chinese doctors and hospitals to buy its drugs. NPR's Jim Zarroli has the story.

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The Salt
1:38 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

How An Ethiopian Bean Became The Cinderella Of Coffee

Haleuya Habagaro says she always knew her coffee was exquisite. "When I roast the coffee, people come to ask where that strong fruity smell is coming from."
Gregory Warner NPR

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 12:17 pm

As we reported during Coffee Week in April, coffee aficionados pay top dollar for single-origin roasts.

The professional prospectors working for specialty coffee companies will travel far and wide, Marco Polo-style, to discover that next champion bean.

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Parallels
8:54 am
Mon July 22, 2013

As Cambodian Factories Expand, Conditions Are Criticized

Cambodian rescuers at the site of a factory collapse near Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on May 16. Two workers were killed in the collapse. The garment industry has expanded rapidly in Cambodia, but last week, a new report pointed to a deterioration in working conditions in the country.
Heng Sinith AP

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 10:14 am

We've been looking at working conditions in Bangladesh where the collapse in April of a building that housed garment factories killed more than 1,000 people.

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Business
4:21 am
Mon July 22, 2013

London Bookseller Forgoes Big Profit On J.K. Rowling Book

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 6:30 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Speaking of pouring a drink, how about raising a glass to this bookseller. Today's last word in business is one generous retailer.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

We learned last week that J.K. Rowling - of Harry Potter fame - was also the hidden author of the crime novel "The Cuckoo's Calling." She had released it under the nom de plume, Robert Galbraith.

GREENE: After that was revealed, the price of a signed first edition immediately jumped to more than $1,500 on sites like eBay.

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Business
4:21 am
Mon July 22, 2013

GlaxoSmithKline Says Executives May Have Broken Chinese Laws

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 6:30 am

GlaxoSmithKline says that some of its executives appear to have violated Chinese laws. In response, the company is pledging changes in the way it operates — which would bring down the prices of some of its drugs in China. Chinese authorities accuse the company of bribing doctors and officials to boost sales and raise the price of medicines.

All Tech Considered
5:21 am
Sun July 21, 2013

High-End Stores Use Facial Recognition Tools To Spot VIPs

Hey, isn't that ...? New facial recognition software is designed to help store employees recognize celebrities like Mindy Kaling — and other bold-faced names.
Chelsea Lauren Getty Images

Originally published on Sun July 21, 2013 2:33 pm

When a young Indian-American woman walked into the funky L.A. jewelry boutique Tarina Tarantino, store manager Lauren Twisselman thought she was just like any other customer. She didn't realize the woman was actress and writer Mindy Kaling.

"I hadn't watched The Office," Twisselman says. Kaling both wrote and appeared in the NBC hit.

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Business
4:34 pm
Sat July 20, 2013

What A Bankrupt Detroit Means For The Auto Industry

Detroit this week became the largest American city ever to file for bankruptcy. Host Jacki Lyden talks with NPR business reporter Sonari Glinton about what Detroit's fiscal woes means for the nation's auto industry, which is famously linked to the city.

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