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Maryland's tax-free school shopping holiday is underway this week.


America, Are You Tough Enough To Drink Real Russian Kvas?

Russians have been drinking kvas, a barely alcoholic fermented grain drink, for centuries. But the version sold commercially in the U.S.? It's largely just a wimpy, watered-down, sugary version, say aficionados. Now some new kvas makers are hoping Americans will embrace traditional, hard-core versions of the drink and its tangy, sour goodness.

The Tricky Business Of Predicting Where Media Will Go Next

One of journalism's most recognizable mastheads, The Washington Post, is entering a new era with a new owner. In 1992, the paper's managing editor urged it to get at the forefront of the upcoming digital revolution, but it so far has fallen short in a world of fast-paced BuzzFeeds.

Rise Of The New American Barons

Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post, Sergay Brin funded test tube beef burgers — all in one week. It begs the question: Are we seeing a new rise of influential U.S. moguls? Guest host Celeste Headlee talks with Daniel Alef, author and publisher of the "Titans of Fortune" series, about the parallels between now and the Gilded Age.

Housing Market Shows More Signs Of Life

New reports showed that home sales and prices are rising despite the recent rise in interest rates. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to NPR's Chris Arnold about the housing market and and proposed changes for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

Russian Vodka (Made In Latvia) And Other 'National' Products

Levi's jeans made in Asia; Honda Civics made in America. What other iconic national products have pulled the old switcheroo?

Bocce Ball: From Old-World Sport To New-School Phenomenon

Bocce ball bars are popping up all over the country, integrating an ancient Roman sport with a young crowd of drinking socializers. While originally a sport for old Italian men, bocce is being played more by people between the ages of 20 and 40.

ITC Says Samsung Infringed On Apple Patents

The decision is the latest in a tit-for-tat legal battle between the two electronics giants matched only by their heated competition in the smartphone market.

Did Tyson Ban Doping Cows With Zilmax To Boost Foreign Sales?

Tyson Foods said it will stop using the controversial drug, which fattens cattle, because of potential animal welfare issues. But many in the beef industry say the company is just interested in boosting exports to countries like China and the European Union, where growth-promoting drugs for meat production are banned.

The Raisin Outlaw Of Kerman, Calif.

In most industries, competitors getting together and conspiring to control supply of a product is illegal. But in the raisin world, the law actually says competitors have to work together. It's going against your competitors that can get you in trouble.