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About That Microloan Mention In 'Crazy Rich Asians' ...

By Nurith Aizenman
In the movie Crazy Rich Asians, Princess Intan (Kris Aquino, left) and economist Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) meet at a wedding in Singapore and have a little tete-a-tete about, of all things, microloans.

In one scene, Rachel Chu, the fictional lead character in the rom-com, chats with a princess about how small loans are helping women. But do they really?

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  • August 17th 2018 at 17:41

Hanna Rosin: Data Shows Women Have Progressed. But What's Next?

By NPR/TED Staff
Hanna Rosin on the TED stage.

Post-recession, journalist Hanna Rosin noticed an economic shift: jobs dominated by men were on the decline, jobs dominated by women were on the rise. But does that data signify meaningful progress?

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  • August 17th 2018 at 16:03

Michael Green: What Does GDP Not Tell Us?

By NPR/TED Staff
Michael Green on the TED stage.

To fully understand progress, economist Michael Green says we must weigh social well-being and wealth. But by using this new measurement, he noticed something striking — the U.S. falls far behind.

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  • August 17th 2018 at 16:03

Paul Gilding: How Do We Continue To Grow If The Earth Has Reached Its Limit?

By NPR/TED Staff
Paul Gilding on TED Stage.

Environmental activist Paul Gilding says the world has been growing too fast for too long. And now...the Earth is full. The only solution, he says, is to radically change the way we consume.

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  • August 17th 2018 at 16:03

The Future Of For-Profit Colleges

How are for-profit colleges regulated?

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  • August 16th 2018 at 16:06

Are Job Ads Targeting Young Workers Breaking The Law?

By Yuki Noguchi
Workplace civil rights law prohibits discrimination against workers 40 and older. Yet worker advocates say recruiters sometimes exclude older workers by narrowing how and where they look for candidates.

Many employers use online ads to attract younger workers. Several pending lawsuits are testing whether employers using highly targeted recruitment ads can be sued for age discrimination.

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  • August 16th 2018 at 13:13

Farmers Swept Up In Trade Wars Remember '80s Grain Embargo

By Frank Morris

Farmers have worked for decades to lock in global customers. One Kansas farmer says U.S. trade wars threaten that, and remind him of the Soviet grain embargo nearly 40 years ago.

  • August 16th 2018 at 11:08

Turkey Counterpunches By Raising Tariffs On U.S. Goods

By Colin Dwyer
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a news conference Tuesday at the presidential palace in Ankara.

Ankara has increased tariffs on U.S. products ranging from liquor to automobiles to beauty products, in some cases more than tripling them.

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  • August 15th 2018 at 19:37

After Trump Tariffs, Relations With Turkey Are At A Low Point

David Greene talks Amanda Sloat of the Brookings Institution about President Trump's recent hard-line stance with Turkey which sparked an economic crisis for the country.

  • August 15th 2018 at 11:06

U.S.-China Tariff Fight Keeps Some Cargo Ships Circling Destinations

Steve Inskeep talks to Mark Szokyoni, executive editor of The Journal of Commerce about how the tariff spat between China and the U.S. affects cross-ocean shipping and logistics.

  • August 15th 2018 at 11:06

Turkey's President Calls For A Boycott Of American Electronic Products

By Jim Zarroli

The move follows President Trump's decision to double tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the country. All this threatens to worsen Turkey's ongoing economic crisis.

  • August 15th 2018 at 11:06

Romancing With Cheese: Wisconsin Cheesemakers Hope For Access To New Markets

By Maayan Silver
Gene Graf (right) and David Kochendorfer (left) of Barron County Cheese behind their cheese table at a Wisconsin event promoting cheese for export.

Wisconsin cheesemakers are courting new markets for their cheese after tariffs of up to 25 percent have been slapped on U.S. dairy exports to China and Mexico.

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  • August 14th 2018 at 22:12

What's In Your Shopping Cart? A Battleground For Global Trade

By Alina Selyukh
Andrea Conyers and her daughter Aviana, 7, went back-to-school shopping in Hinesville, Ga., earlier this month.

As a trade war brews between the U.S. and its major trading partners, we looked into the carts of back-to-school shoppers to see how global trade might show up in their baskets

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  • August 14th 2018 at 11:03

What's The Deal With The Deepening Dispute Between U.S. And Turkey?

By Colin Dwyer
President Trump speaks with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a tour of the new NATO headquarters last month in Brussels, Belgium. Despite their alliance, the U.S. and Turkey have experienced escalating friction in recent weeks.

With the tariffs, sanctions and insults, these longtime allies are looking like anything but. As the Turkish lira falls, you may wonder what's going on here — and why it matters. We have answers.

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  • August 13th 2018 at 23:28

Fears Of Global Ripple Effects Grow As Turkey's Financial Problems Continue

The Turkish Lira plummeted over the weekend, hitting a record low against the dollar. NPR's Audie Cornish speaks to economist Eswar Prasad about the fall and the larger effects on the global economy.

  • August 13th 2018 at 22:32

How Are Tariffs Affecting You?

By Alina Selyukh
The Trump administration has imposed tariffs on hundreds of products. China, Canada, Mexico and the European Union have retaliated. We

Are you noticing any effects from the tariffs in your daily life or work? Are you paying less or more for products you buy at the supermarket or for your business? NPR wants to hear from you.

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  • August 13th 2018 at 21:14

Required Reading: Julie Schumacher's New Novel Satirizes Academia

Requiring college students to study Shakespeare might not be hilarious, but a new novel centering on a battle over The Bard is being described as such.

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  • August 13th 2018 at 17:40

Fact-Checking Trump's Tweets On The Economy

David Greene checks in with David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution, for context and comment on President Trump's latest tweets on trade and the economy.

  • August 13th 2018 at 11:06

Trump Tariffs Strain Relations Between U.S. And Turkey

Noel King talks to Elmira Bayrasli — who served in the State Department during the Clinton administration, and now teaches international affairs at Bard College — about the tariffs.

  • August 13th 2018 at 11:06

We Asked: How Is The Homeownership Crisis Affecting You?

By Kirk Siegler
New homes are being built in the suburbs outside Boise, Idaho. The demand for new homes in Boise is nearly 10 times the number that are actually being built.

More than 450 people responded to our callout on social media that asked our NPR audience what they've experienced while trying to buy a home in today's market. Here's what they told us.

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  • August 11th 2018 at 23:40
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