Listen

News 88.9 KNPR
Classical 89.7 KCNV
'Jazz'

member station

Subscribe to Business Story of the Day

Business Story of the Day

NPR
Economy

In His Post-Fed Life, Bernanke Talks Taxes, Trump And Partisan Perceptions

May 01, 2017
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke discusses the contradictory partisan divide in people's views of the economy, the economy's health and the problem of those left behind by economic change.
NPR
Parallels

Portugal Basks In Post-Bailout Economic Revival

Apr 26, 2017
Portugal's economy has rebounded dramatically since its European Union bailout in 2011. Wages are up and unemployment down. What's surprising is that this happened only as austerity was canceled.
NPR
Business

Wells Fargo Fake Bank Accounts Scandal Haunts Shareholder Elections

Apr 25, 2017
On Tuesday, Wells Fargo shareholders will vote on whether to fire the vast majority of the bank's board members. That would be an extremely rare event in corporate America.
NPR
Politics

Some Tax-Cut Backers Urge Trump To Drop Full Overhaul, Go For Quick Win

Apr 20, 2017

Nearly 100 days into Trump's presidency, there are still big questions about what his proposed tax overhaul will include — and whether the large changes he had envisioned are even possible.

NPR
Law

Playground Case Could Breach Barrier Between Tax Coffers, Religious Schools

Apr 19, 2017
The Supreme Court hears arguments today on whether Missouri should provide a grant to a church preschool, or if that violates the state's constitution. The state's new governor has abandoned the rule.
NPR
Business

Its Survival In Doubt, Sears Struggles To Transform Once Again

Apr 18, 2017
More than a century ago, Sears was the Amazon of its time — a dominant name in retail. Sears has been in a long and painful decline, but executives say they have a plan to turn the company around.
NPR
Business

At Intel, A Retirement Perk That Can Kick Off A New Career As A Paid Fellow

Apr 17, 2017
The tech company pays retirement-age employees a stipend to transition to jobs with mission-driven nonprofits. And for some, the fellowship can turn into a second act.
NPR
Animals

'Brave New Workers': Ex-Construction Worker Builds A New Life Grooming Cats

Apr 16, 2017
"Brave New Workers" tells stories of Americans adapting to a changing economy. This week: a former contractor who lost his business when the housing bubble burst found a new livelihood grooming cats.
NPR
All Tech Considered

Has Apple Lost Its Innovation Mojo?

Apr 10, 2017
Apple was once considered the most innovative company in the tech sector. But by some accounts, it's being shown up by products from Amazon, Microsoft and now Samsung.
NPR
The Two-Way

Taser Changes Its Name To Axon And Offers Free Body Cameras For Police

Apr 07, 2017
Axon, which is the name of the company's line of body cameras, says it will send law enforcement agencies one body camera per sworn officer to use for a year.
NPR
All Tech Considered

Yahoo And AOL Move In Together Under 'Oath,' Verizon's New Digital Arm

Apr 05, 2017
The digital content mashup of Internet oldsters will be led by Tim Armstrong, AOL's CEO. Though the Yahoo deal was widely panned, it gives Verizon a vast subscriber base appealing to advertisers.
NPR
U.S.

New York's Solitary Confinement Overhaul Gets Pushback From Union

Apr 04, 2017
Several states across the U.S. are curbing their use of solitary confinements in prison. But in New York, corrections officers say it's a necessary tool to keep the guards and prisons safe.
NPR
All Tech Considered

Self-Driving Cars Raise Questions About Who Carries Insurance

Apr 03, 2017
Currently, insurance rates are calculated based on drivers' claims histories and driving records. Driverless cars are expected to shift the liability toward carmakers. But it won't happen all at once.
NPR
Business

'Democrats Are Good For Gun Sales': Guess What Happened After Trump's Election

Mar 31, 2017
Donald Trump won the backing of the NRA and many gun owners by opposing limits to the Second Amendment's right to bear arms, but his election hasn't been good for the gun business.
NPR
All Tech Considered

Can Arianna Huffington Save Uber?

Mar 24, 2017
While Uber wades through crisis after crisis, media mogul Arianna Huffington, the sole woman on its board, is emerging as chief of culture change.
NPR
Politics

Among Trump Supporters, Conflicts Of Interest Aren't A Top Concern

Mar 21, 2017
President Trump's decision to hold onto his many businesses while in office has generated criticism from ethics experts. But among his supporters, the issue doesn't seem to be registering much so far.
NPR
Your Money

New 'Basic Economy' Airfares May Not Be As Cheap As You Think

Mar 20, 2017
All three of the biggest U.S. airlines now offer no-frills, discounted fares called "basic economy." Now there's evidence that it's not any cheaper, but is a way to raise standard economy fares.
NPR
Around the Nation

Kentucky Community Hopes Trump Infrastructure Plan Will Fix Water System

Mar 13, 2017
In Martin County, the drinking water comes from a river contaminated by sewage and years of coal and gas extraction. Residents hope a new federal focus on infrastructure will help them fix the system.
NPR
All Tech Considered

Energy Savings Can Be Fun, But No Need To Turn Off All The Lights

Mar 07, 2017
From counting steps to hours of sleep, many people are tracking aspects of their lives. Now one company is merging energy saving with the interest in quantifying — making lowering electricity a game.
NPR
Parallels

These Days, Business Travel By Trump's Sons Is Costly And Complicated

Mar 06, 2017
With the Trump family "so involved in international business, the logistical issues, costs and security risks are more substantial than we're used to seeing," says an expert in presidential travel.
NPR
Shots - Health News

This CEO's Small Insurance Firm Mostly Turned A Profit Under Obamacare. Here's How

Feb 28, 2017
The health law just needs a tuneup, says the CEO of Molina Healthcare, which operates in 12 states and Puerto Rico. The California-based insurer has seen profits, while Humana and Aetna struggled.
NPR
All Tech Considered

How The Media Are Using Encryption Tools To Collect Anonymous Tips

Feb 27, 2017
Technology has made for more ways to leak scoops to the press than ever before. And newsrooms across the country are taking advantage of that.
NPR
Business

Mattress No Longer Delegated To Bottom Of Shopping List

Feb 20, 2017
While a new mattress was often a purchase put off as long as possible, consumers today are replacing their mattresses more often.
NPR
All Tech Considered

Self-Driving Cars Could Ease Our Commutes, But That'll Take A While

Feb 10, 2017
One of the promises of autonomous vehicles is that they'll reduce traffic jams. Self-driving cars will bring many changes, but traffic flows won't improve until enough human drivers are off the roads.
NPR
Parallels

What Can India Teach Us About Abolishing High-Value Currency?

Feb 09, 2017
The idea of eliminating big bank notes is gaining traction in advanced economies, as governments look for ways to disrupt $2 trillion in illegal money flowing through the global economy every year.

Pages