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Today โ€” January 29th 2020NPR Business

Indoor Vertical Farm In Cincinnati Will Be Fully Automated

By Ann Thompson

This year is expected to be a big one for autonomous farming where robots plant, nurture and harvest leafy greens indoors. One such farm is under construction in Ohio.

  • January 29th 2020 at 11:09

Why The Cost Of Air Ambulances Is Rising

By Cardiff Garcia

Air ambulances used to be operated primarily by hospitals but now many private companies provide this service. Despite the increased competition, the cost of taking an air ambulance has soared.

  • January 29th 2020 at 11:09

Why Wet Markets Are The Perfect Place To Spread Disease

By Jason Beaubien

The coronavirus sweeping through China is believed to have started at a wet market, where fish, poultry and other animals are slaughtered on the premises. We visit a wet market in Hong Kong.

  • January 29th 2020 at 11:09

Atari Gaming System Is The Inspiration For New Hotel Chain

Atari, the company that popularized home video gaming in the 1970s and 80s, is partnering with a group developing a series of hotels to cater to the gaming crowd.

  • January 29th 2020 at 11:09

Starbucks Closes More Than 2,000 Stores In China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

By Alina Selyukh
In a photo taken in May, customers enjoy their drinks at a Starbucks in Beijing. The U.S.-based coffee chain has decided to close more than half its stores in mainland China due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The coffee chain has temporarily closed the stores locations to limit the spread of the coronavirus that has sickened more than 4,500 people.

(Image credit: Ng Han Guan/AP)

  • January 29th 2020 at 01:28

Due To New California Law, Uber Allows Some Drivers To Set Their Own Rates

By Scott Rodd
Travelers wait at the ride-share pickup location at Sacramento International Airport. Uber is allowing drivers at three California airports to set their own fares.

The experiment underway at three airports comes in reaction to a recent state law that makes it harder to classify people as contract workers rather than as employees.

(Image credit: Scott Rodd/Capital Public Radio)

  • January 28th 2020 at 22:18
Yesterday โ€” January 28th 2020NPR Business

To Circumvent New California Law, Uber Allows Some Drivers To Set Their Own Rates

By Scott Rodd
Travelers wait at the ride-share pickup location at Sacramento International Airport. Uber is allowing drivers at three California airports to set their own fares.

The experiment underway at three airports comes in reaction to a recent state law that makes it harder to classify people as contract workers rather than as employees.

(Image credit: Scott Rodd/Capital Public Radio)

  • January 28th 2020 at 22:18

I Can't Work With You! How Political Fights Leave Workplaces Divided

By Yuki Noguchi
Amid impeachment and the 2020 election, surveys show political fevers running high at work, undercutting trust and productivity. And workers and employers are bracing for those dynamics to get worse.

Amid impeachment and the 2020 election, surveys show political fevers running high at work, undercutting trust and productivity. And workers and employers are bracing for those dynamics to get worse.

(Image credit: John M Lund Photography Inc/Getty Images)

  • January 28th 2020 at 19:00

Kobe Bryant's Death Puts A Focus On Helicopter Safety

By Camila Domonoske
A helicopter flies in Brazil in 2014. Some helicopter trips — like personal or private helicopter rides — are more likely than others to end in a fatal accident.

Some helicopter trips — like personal or private helicopter rides — are more likely than others to end in a fatal accident. A crash killed the former NBA star and eight other people on Sunday.

(Image credit: Warren Little/Getty Images)

  • January 28th 2020 at 18:55

Boeing Faces Financial Pressures After Grounding Of 737 Max

By Jim Zarroli

If Boeing were a normal company, it could be facing questions about bankruptcy after losing billions of dollars over the grounding of the 737 Max. But is it too big to fail?

  • January 28th 2020 at 13:20

The Erie Canal As A Model Of How To Build Big Projects Again

By Greg Rosalsky
DeWitt Clinton pours water from Lake Erie into the Atlantic Ocean after completion of the Erie Canal.

The federal government said no. But New Yorkers rallied anyway and got the job done.

(Image credit: Philip Meeder (1826)/New York Public Library)

  • January 28th 2020 at 12:31

2020 Political Campaigns Are Trying To Avoid A 2016-Style Hack

By Shannon Bond
Security experts are urging U.S. political candidates to focus more on cybersecurity to avoid embarrassing or damaging hacks.

Four years after Russians hacked the Clinton campaign's emails, political candidates are scrambling to beef up their defenses against cyberattacks. Many politicians haven't updated their security.

(Image credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

  • January 28th 2020 at 11:04
Before yesterdayNPR Business

'Fresh Air' Remembers 'PBS NewsHour' Host Jim Lehrer

By Terry Gross

Lehrer, who died Jan. 23, was a nightly figure on PBS news for more than three decades, and moderated presidential debates in every election from 1988 through 2012. Originally broadcast in 1988.

  • January 27th 2020 at 19:18

Hopi Tribal Members Face Lack Of Reliable, Affordable Fuel

By Melissa Sevigny

Many are cheering the closure of a giant coal strip mine in Arizona, but thousands of Native Americans who burn coal for heat are scrambling. Alternative heat sources are scarce and expensive.

  • January 27th 2020 at 11:05

Canada Wins, U.S. Loses In Global Fight For High-Tech Workers

By Joel Rose
U.S. immigration policy has been a boon for the tech industry in Canada.

If there is a global war for tech talent, right now Canada is winning. And U.S. immigration policies are part of the reason.

(Image credit: Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images)

  • January 27th 2020 at 11:00

'Franchise' Tracks The Rise And Role Of Fast Food In Black America

By Michel Martin
Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, by Marcia Chatelain

History professor Marcia Chatelain's new book tracks what she calls the hidden history of the relationships between the struggle for civil rights and the expansion of the fast food industry.

(Image credit: Liveright)

  • January 25th 2020 at 23:24

'Chicago Tribune' Reporters Raise Alarm Over New Hedge Fund Owner

By Scott Simon

Veteran Chicago Tribune reporter Gary Marx talks to NPR's Scott Simon about a hedge fund's efforts to reduce staffing in the newsroom by offering buyouts.

  • January 25th 2020 at 13:53

A Shortage In Tech Workers Drives Some U.S. Companies To Canada

By Joel Rose

Canada's tech industry is booming. At the same time, the Trump administration is making it harder to hire international workers, so U.S. companies are setting up shop north of the border.

  • January 25th 2020 at 13:53

At Least 2 People Killed In Massive Industrial Explosion In Houston

By Merrit Kennedy
Emergency personnel work the scene of the early morning explosion that Houston Fire Chief Samuel Peña said caused significant damage to nearby homes and even knocked some off their foundations.

The blast was felt more than 30 miles away, knocking homes off their foundations and casting debris about half a mile. A criminal probe is underway, though it's not clear what caused the explosion.

(Image credit: Collin Eaton/Reuters)

  • January 24th 2020 at 17:36

Tech Companies Take A Leading Role In Warning Of Foreign Cyber Threats

By Greg Myre
Sandra Joyce, the head of global intelligence at the cybersecurity firm FireEye, speaks at the company

U.S. cybersecurity firms are making headlines with reports of online attacks by Russia and other foreign actors. Why are tech companies taking the lead, rather than the U.S. government?

(Image credit: Courtesy of FireEye)

  • January 23rd 2020 at 22:22
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