Business | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

Business

RSS Feed
NPR

Big Brother Is In Your Pocket (But You Get A Discount)

Customer loyalty programs offering discounts in exchange for a bit of personal information are nothing new. But now Verizon and AT&T are launching programs allowing customers to receive rewards based on information their smartphones share with the carriers. Not surprisingly, privacy advocates are alarmed.
WAMU 88.5

Bankruptcy Sale Of Maryland's Only Ski Resort Approved

The sale of the Wisp ski resort, the only one in the state of Maryland, has been approved by a bankruptcy court to the tune of $23 million.

NPR

Crunching The Job Numbers

Host Michel Martin is joined by NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax to look at the latest jobs numbers. They talk about why businesses big and small aren't ready to make major hiring decisions yet — and whether that will change if politicians avert the so-called 'fiscal cliff.'
NPR

A Good Jobs Report Might Be Bad For The Jobless

An unexpected boost in hiring, with employers adding 146,000 jobs last month, might make it more difficult for Democrats to argue in favor of renewing benefits for the long-term unemployed. More than 2 million people who get extended jobless benefits may lose them in January if Congress doesn't act as part of discussions on the fiscal cliff.
NPR

FCC Head Asks FAA To Loosen E-Reader Rules

Ever wonder why you have to turn off your e-reader or tablet before a plane takes off and lands? The Hill newspaper obtained a letter written by the head of the Federal Communications Commission to the Federal Aviation Administration. Julius Genachowski has asked for the FAA to loosen the rules on those devices.
NPR

Jobless Rate Drops In First Post-Election Report

The Labor Department reported Friday that the nation's unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent in November as employers added 146,000 jobs. In October, the jobless rate was 7.9 percent. Analysts had predicted weaker numbers for November, partly because of the storm's aftermath.
NPR

Michigan Likely To Become A Right-To-Work State

The Michigan House and Senate have passed the legislation in different versions, and may take final action on the bills next week. Michigan could become the 24th state to say workers cannot be forced to pay union dues even if they work for a business or government employer with union representation.
NPR

Why A 'Fiscal Cliff' Failure Could Help The Economy

If President Obama and Congress can't make a deal this month, the economy could fall into recession while tax bills go up for nearly every American. On the other hand, it would do a lot to erase the nation's deficit.

Pages