A boom in natural gas in the U.S. has driven prices to 10-year lows, threatening the viability of some producers. People needed less gas to heat their homes this winter, but at the same time a huge increase in gas production was made possible by new methods of coaxing gas out of shale rock formations.
On the campaign trail, Mitt Romney has accused President Obama of making the recession worse. Unemployment is still high, but the president's defenders say the economy would be worse off if not for measures taken by the administration.
To cope with the hard times, millions of families have pulled together — stacking two, three, even four generations on top of one another. An NPR series explores the lives of three multigenerational households struggling with issues of money, duty and love.
With Instagram sold to Facebook for $1 billion and Facebook itself expected to be valued at up to $100 billion in its initial public offering, some feel they're reliving the last tech bubble. But some analysts say this time is different. The new generation of tech entrepreneurs tends to reinvest its winnings in even more ideas.
A major expansion of the Panama Canal is fueling the tiny Central American country's economy. Last year, Panama's economy grew by more than 10 percent. But with roughly one-third of the country's people living in poverty, critics say the growth is primarily benefiting a small elite.
The World Bank has named Dr. Jim Yong Kim as its new president. Kim is a Korean-born American and currently the president of Dartmouth University. Kim is a health expert who doesn't have strong finance credentials. Audie Cornish talks with John Ydstie about Kim's appointment.
Foreclosure filings in March fell to their lowest level in four years. Some analysts see the market healing and turning around, yet others argue the next wave of foreclosures are just around the corner. NPR's Chris Arnold discusses how housing markets are faring across the nation.
As federal and state funds for higher education dry up, many universities are putting new emphasis on Tech Transfer -- patenting and licensing inventions made by faculty members. These inventions can be profitable, but critics warn there are pitfalls."
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