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4 Fed Chairs Talk Publically For The First Time About The Job

One of the most powerful and controversial jobs is head of the Federal Reserve. What the Fed chair does has an impact not just in the United States but around the world.

The View From Here: Peoria, Ill., Home To Caterpillar

Caterpillar is one of the world's largest heavy machinery manufacturers. If you ask anyone in Peoria if they have confidence in the economy, you may as well ask if they have confidence in Caterpillar.

Is Samoa's Obesity Epidemic A Harbinger For Other Developing Nations?

Obesity and Type 2 diabetes are becoming more common all over the world. But the tiny Samoan islands now have the highest rates. An epidemiologist blames changes in diet brought on by globalization.

Panama Papers Reveal Off-Shore Accounts Held By Chinese Elites

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Alexa Olesen, a reporter with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, about the Chinese elite off-shore accounts revealed in the Panama Papers.

A Silver Lining In The Panama Papers

Why Africans are breathing a quiet sigh of relief in the wake of the scandal. And one man's dream of what he would do with $2 billion. It involves cocoa.
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New Rules To Discourage Corporate Inversions

Two major drug companies scrap a multibillion-dollar merger after the Treasury Department announces new federal tax rules. New efforts to discourage U.S. companies from moving their headquarters overseas for lower tax rates.


For Nontraditional Families, The Tax Code Can Be Especially Confusing

Tax Day falls three days later than usual this year, on April 18. Some families may need that extra time. Experts say changing family demographics are making filing taxes more complicated.

New White House Rule Protects Retirement Savers From Bad Investment Advice

The Obama administration issued a new rule designed to safeguard retirement savings from costly and misguided investment advice. Some parts of the financial industry worked hard to block the rule, but it survived.

Encore: Planet Money Sets Up An Offshore Company In A Tax Haven

The Panama Papers highlighted the world of offshore tax havens. Planet Money wondered how hard these shell companies are to set-up. This story originally aired on July 27, 2012 on Morning Edition.

Puerto Rico Passes Law That Freezes The Island's Debt Payments

The measure delays payments on Puerto Rico's debt load, which is now more than $70 billion, until January 2017. Creditors say the measure violates prior agreements and the island's constitution.