The world's soil is in trouble. Ecologists say without dramatic changes to how we manage land, vast swathes of grassland are at risk of turning into hard-packed desert. To make sure that doesn't happen, researchers are testing out innovative ways to keep moisture in the soil.
Commuters can rest a little easier — another threatened strike at the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit system has been avoided, at least temporarily. California Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed a board of investigators to look into the contract dispute that had threatened to shut down the system.
2013 is the first year in which Americans will spend more time on digital online devices like laptops, smartphones and tablets than viewing traditional TV. Still, households that subscribe to Netflix watch about the same amount of traditional TV as non-Netflix households.
The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Justice Department have both delivered big crackdowns on Wall Street players in recent weeks. New York Times business columnist Joe Nocera talks with guest host Linda Wertheimer about whether the government is taking a tougher stand on financial crimes.
The first legal medical marijuana dispensary opened in the District last week, under some of the strictest oversight rules anywhere in the country. We explore what the District might learn from regulation around the country.
While the number of jobs did increase last month, the hiring pace was slower than in the spring, marking a setback for unemployed Americans. "The labor market begins the second half of 2013 with a fizzle," says economist Heidi Shierholz, with the Economic Policy Institute.
New jobs numbers may show that 162,000 jobs have been added, but wages haven't risen much in the last several years. Host Michel Martin speaks with NPR's Marilyn Geewax and Roben Farzad, contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek, about what the latest numbers mean for your wallet.
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