Economy & Business

5:02 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Mickelson Says He's Done Nothing Wrong In Trading Probe

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 6:48 am



NPR's Business News starts with a hazard on the green. If you're like me, you heard this story and your first reaction was - what? The FBI and the Securities Exchange Commission are investing golf pro Phil Mickelson over allegations of insider trading. What's going on here? NPR's Sam Sanders reports.

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4:18 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Commodities Traders: 'The Secret Club That Runs That World'

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 8:42 am

David Greene talks to reporter Kate Kelly about her new book, The Secret Club that Runs the World: Inside the Fraternity of Commodity Traders. The commodities market is a high-stakes place to invest.

The Two-Way
8:56 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Co-Owner Of 'Philadelphia Inquirer' Among 7 Killed In Plane Crash

Businessman Lewis Katz was among the seven people killed in a plane crash in Massachusetts on Saturday.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 11:57 am

The co-owner of the Philadelphia Inquirer was among seven people killed in a plane crash on Saturday in Massachusetts.

Inquirer editor Bill Marimow told his newspaper that 72-year-old Lewis Katz was on board the Gulfstream IV private jet headed for Atlantic City.

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4:21 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Sad Men: How Advertisers Are Selling With Emotion

A screenshot of the well-known public service announcement from the 1970s about litter, which features a crying Iron Eyes Cody.

Originally published on Sun June 1, 2014 1:45 pm

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4:04 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Is There A Driverless Car In Your Future?

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 5:20 pm

Earlier this week, Google debuted a fully functional driverless car — one built without a steering wheel or brake pedals. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Brad Templeton, who's advised Google on its car program, about what a future without drivers might look like.

4:04 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Searching For Something New And Different? Here Are Products To Watch

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 6:20 pm

Quixey, a search engine for apps, hopes to challenge Google's place as King of the Internet Search.'s Carlos Watson discusses that service and why you should keep an eye on Black & Sexy TV.

12:22 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Regulators And Airlines Fight Over Fares, Fees And Fairness

The government wants airlines to be more up front with passengers about the total cost of tickets.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

This week, the Department of Transportation hit Southwest Airlines with a $200,000 fine for touting a fare that did not exist. The carrier had said in a TV ad that customers in Atlanta could fly to New York, Chicago or Los Angeles for just $59. But the bargain fare turned out to be too good to be true.

Southwest, which paid a fine for a similar problem last year, says the ad was a mistake. The airline pulled it as soon as the error was discovered.

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All Tech Considered
9:23 am
Sat May 31, 2014

With Beats, Apple Buys A Quick Start On Smart Headphones

Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks wears Beats headphones before a preseason football game last August.
John Froschauer AP

Originally published on Mon June 2, 2014 2:39 pm

Apple's purchase of headphone maker Beats By Dre for $3 billion is a big payday for Beats founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre. But what's in it for Apple?

Beats By Dre headphones are flashy, cool, a fashion statement. One critic called them the Air Jordans of headwear. Most reviewers, however, say Beats headphones aren't actually that good.

"Every time I've listened to them, I think, 'Oh, right, I really don't like these,' " says Whitson Gordon, editor-in-chief of

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Simon Says
7:29 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Adman Was King Of The One-Liners, But Knew Where To Draw The Line

David Abbott brought strong opinions and a way with words to the advertising industry.
Courtesy of Julian Hanford

Originally published on Sat May 31, 2014 5:29 pm

George Orwell once referred to advertising as "the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket."

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All Tech Considered
4:20 am
Sat May 31, 2014

Tech Week: C-E-Bros, Diversity Numbers And The Beats Deal

Rapper Dr. Dre is an executive at Apple, now.
Chelsea Lauren Getty Images for BET

The evidence of a lack of gender parity in technology keeps stacking up; this week we saw the fraternity-day emails of Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel and the diversity and gender breakdowns that Google's been reluctant to share. Let's get right into your week in review:

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