In The Knockoff Economy, Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman say that in the world of fashion, copycats make styles go in and out of vogue faster. Copying breeds competition, Raustiala says, and that makes clothes cheaper for consumers.
Guest host Linda Wertheimer speaks with Rose Syracuse, the longest-serving employee in the history of the Macy's Department Store. Syracuse worked for Macy's flagship store in New York City for 73 years before retiring last week.
New tablets and smartphones (and rumors of more) have come so rapidly, it's been hard to keep up. The dilemma, when technology is concerned, has always been whether to buy now or wait for a better, perhaps cheaper, and shinier gadget to come along. So where does that leave you, the consumer?
The jobs report released Friday morning came in weaker than expected. Employers added 96,000 jobs to payrolls. The unemployment rate did fall to 8.1 percent, but that was because so many people left the workforce.
A revitalized H Street corridor has exploded in the past few years with bars and restaurants, but the area has a fascinating history. We explore the Greater H Street Heritage Trail, which opens this weekend.
Republicans cast the Labor Department report showing another month of sluggish economic growth as evidence that President Obama's policies have failed. Democrats said the recovery will take more time and that the partisan impasse in Congress has hampered progress. But analysts say the latest numbers likely won't change voters' minds.
The Labor Department reported that the economy added 96,000 jobs in August, far fewer than analysts had predicted. The unemployment rate fell from 8.3 percent to 8.1 percent, an indication that more people moved out of the workforce. Host Michel Martin discusses the latest unemployment numbers with NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax.
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