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Banks Come Under Fire For Filling In The Payday Loan Gap

Federal regulators are cracking down on banks that are offering services called deposit advances. Many argue that the service is the same as payday loans and could lead consumers into a cycle of debt.

Pressure Mounts On Fast-Food Industry To Pay Workers More

Workers and advocates for higher minimum wages will be staging protests at fast-food restaurants and major retailers on Thursday. They want these companies to significantly raise the wages for their lowest paid workers. So what would happen, if for example, McDonald's raised its lowest wage to $15 an hour? In some cases, that would double the pay workers get now.

Temp Worker Writes Of 'Belly Of The Online Shopping Beast'

David Greene talks to writer Gabriel Thompson about his experiences as a holiday temp worker at a fulfillment center warehouse. Thompson wrote about his experience for the magazine The Nation.
NPR Now Allows Window Shopping, And A Do-Over

Probably the best feature of the retooled website is that you can actually use it. People are now able to get a customized list of plans and prices, and click through to see an insurer's provider directory. Still, better though it is, it's clearly not 100 percent.

Help-Wanted Ad Shows Depths Of Spain's Unemployment Problem

Having trouble wrapping your head around southern Europe's staggering unemployment problem? This week, Ikea advertised for 400 jobs in a new megastore on Spain's Mediterranean coast. It got more than 20,000 online applicants in 48 hours, before the retailer's computer servers crashed.

Nixon And Kimchi: How The Garment Industry Came To Bangladesh

The business that transformed the nation is the product of an obscure but hugely influential trade deal — and a cultural struggle over Korean food.

Pipeline On Wheels: Trains Are Winning Big Off U.S. Oil

Railroads are increasingly becoming the preferred means of shipping the masses of oil being produced in North Dakota and surrounding states. The railroad industry is eager to fill in for the lack of pipeline capacity. But some say the train growth needs to slow down.
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The Push To Raise The Minimum Wage For All Americans

President Barack Obama said he will focus his last three years in office on reducing income inequality in America. The pros and cons of one of the president's key proposals: raising the federal minimum wage.


'Our Industry Follows Poverty': Success Threatens A T-Shirt Business

Colombia's economy has been growing, and wages have been rising. That's good for the country as a whole, but it may wind up driving away the T-shirt industry.

Shopping With Your Values In Mind

Shopping is on everyone's mind during the holiday season — not just what to buy, but where you buy it. Host Michel Martin speaks with columnists David Sirota and Mario Loyola about shopping with your values in mind.