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Not Just Patriotic, U.S. Manufacturing May Be Smart

The incentives are stacking up in favor of making things at home. As General Electric discovered in its Appliance Park in Louisville, Ky., big things can happen when marketers and designers talk to assembly line operators. Collaboration is one piece of how U.S. factories are becoming more efficient — and enticing.
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Hoodie Company Put U.S. Manufacturing In Style

When Bayard Winthrop founded American Giant, he set up manufacturing in San Francisco. The sweatshirt company focuses on the details and skips over the distributors. Winthrop tells host Guy Raz how making the clothing in America actually helps his bottom line.
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Sign Of The Times: Labor Strikes May Make Comeback

Once a mainstay of the labor arsenal, strikes have largely fallen off since the early 1980s. So a recent spate of high-profile disruptions has labor experts wondering if we're seeing a resurgence. They say worker frustrations over stagnant wages and reduced benefits may have finally hit a tipping point.
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Mystery On Fifth Avenue: A Constant Line Outside Abercrombie & Fitch

For years, shoppers in Manhattan's Fifth Avenue have lined up in front the store everyday before it opens. The question is why.
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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.
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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.

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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.'

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