Long lines and huge crowds can make holiday shopping stressful. But more people are turning to smart phones and tablets to ease the pain with apps that let you scan bar codes and compare prices on the fly. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with NPR's Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax about the mobile shopping revolution.
Illinois is facing a massive pension problem with an estimated $96 billion unfunded liability for its public workers. The legislature has been unable to reach a plan to overhaul the pension system. So Governor Pat Quinn has unveiled a marketing strategy hoping to start a grassroots discussion on pension reform. The effort includes a video and a mascot, Squeezy the Pension Python. Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish tell us the snake is getting a mixed receptions from the people of Illinois.
Shoppers are more likely to be the victims of muggers during the holiday season. To counter this, Montgomery County will have extra police at shopping districts and have offered tips to avoid becoming a victim.
Labor issues are hitting some big-name companies, including Hostess cakes where a strike could shut down operations permanently. We explore the strategies of companies and workers, and whether labor movements are gaining traction after years of being on the defensive.
Like many other brick-and-mortar retailers, Wal-Mart is trying new strategies to serve customers whenever they want to buy. In one new experiment in four select markets, the retail giant is promising to deliver eligible items ordered online in just a few hours.
Fewer than 20 percent of Americans now say they're interested in buying stocks. That's according to a survey conducted by the site Bankrate.com. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to Roben Farzad, contributor for Bloomberg BusinessWeek about what this could mean for the market's future.
Many of the nation's historically black colleges and universities are facing financial problems, and some have had to shut down altogether. Guest host Celeste Headlee discusses the issue with Dillard University President Walter Kimbrough and Professor Marybeth Gasman of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.
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