Business http://publicradiodelmarva.net en Pop Stars Are Sippin' On Patron, And Teens Are Bingeing http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/pop-stars-are-sippin-patron-and-teens-are-bingeing Ke$ha says that to start the day she'll brush her teeth with a bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey. Nicki Minaj likes to "have a drink, have a clink" of Bud Light. And the party-rockin' hip-hop duo LMFAO like Ciroc, and they love Patron. "Shots, shots, shots, shots everybody!"<p>All that name-checking of alcohol brands encourages teens to drink, researchers say. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:57:00 +0000 editor 52283 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Pop Stars Are Sippin' On Patron, And Teens Are Bingeing In Turnaround, More Moms Are Staying Home, Study Says http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/turnaround-more-moms-are-staying-home-study-says After decades on the decline, the number of "stay at home" moms in the U.S. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:42:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 52273 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Will Disclosing Employee Information Make Wages More Equal? http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/will-disclosing-employee-information-make-wages-more-equal Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We'd like to start the program today by talking about an issue that's been a hot topic on Capitol Hill lately. That issue is pay equity. The Democrats have been trying to push legislation through Congress to address what they say is a gender wage gap where women earn less than men for the same work. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:54:00 +0000 editor 52267 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net With Free Tuition, Mich. Students Hear 'You Are Going To College' http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/free-tuition-mich-students-hear-you-are-going-college Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. This spring, we're joining our colleagues at Morning Edition to take a closer look at paying for college. So far in this series, we've talked about navigating the mountains of paperwork, whether working during school is a good idea, and if so, how much is too much. And we've also talked about the huge debt that many students face after graduation. But imagine if all those worries went away.<p>What if the city you lived in footed the bill for college? Kalamazoo, Michigan is doing that. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:54:00 +0000 editor 52268 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/states-lawmakers-want-feds-use-new-math-fema-calculations It's no question the weather's been brutal for some communities, including Washington, Ill., a town of 15,000 in the central part of the state. When a tornado <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/17/245817868/tornadoes-in-illinois-cause-severe-damage" target="_blank">ripped through the area</a> last November three people died and more than a thousand homes were damaged.<p>Displaced residents recently filled the pews at a local church for a town meeting. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:49:00 +0000 Cheryl Corley 52240 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net States, Lawmakers Want Feds To Use New Math For FEMA Calculations Lessons Learned For 2015 From This Year's Obamacare Sign-Ups http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/lessons-learned-2015-years-obamacare-sign-ups President Obama was thrilled last week when he was able to announce that more than 7 million people have signed up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.<p>"This law is doing what it's supposed to do," the president <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/04/01/remarks-president-affordable-care-act">said in the Rose Garden</a>. "It's working."<p>But that's not to say it couldn't work better. Among those suggesting ways to help is the consumer group <a href="http://familiesusa.org/">Families USA</a>. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:33:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 52245 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Lessons Learned For 2015 From This Year's Obamacare Sign-Ups GM At Odds With Feds Over Recall-Related Documents http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/gm-odds-feds-over-recall-related-documents General Motors says it has "fully cooperated" with federal authorities in connection with the recall of 2.6 million cars for defective ignition switches and other problems.<p>But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration disagrees and says it will fine the automaker $7,000 for each day it misses a deadline to answer 107 questions that passed on April 4.<p>"We will continue to provide responses and facts as soon as they become available and hope to go about this in a constructive manner," GM's statement said. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:51:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 52236 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net GM At Odds With Feds Over Recall-Related Documents New Rules Force Big Banks To Keep A Bigger Cushion http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/new-rules-force-big-banks-keep-bigger-cushion Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Five and a half years after the financial crisis that devastated the global economy, U.S. officials are taking steps to strengthen the nation's banking system. Today, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation approved tough new rules that require banks to hold a lot more capital on their books. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 52209 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net The Politics Of Equal Pay: It's More Than A Women's Issue http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/politics-equal-pay-its-more-womens-issue The pay equity issue, which President Obama and Democrats are making a central theme of the 2014 midterm election campaign, is often framed as a women's issue. But Democrats are expecting it will also have crossover appeal to men.<p>For many men, it's a matter of self-interest: Two-income families are part of a long-term trend, as many families find two paychecks essential to cover the bills in an era of rising prices and stagnant, if not falling, wages.<p><a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/famee.nr0.htm">U.S. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:56:00 +0000 Frank James 52210 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net The Politics Of Equal Pay: It's More Than A Women's Issue Prepaid Debit Cards Not As Simple As They Seem http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/prepaid-debit-cards-not-simple-they-seem Transcript <p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for our money coach conversation. That's the part of the program where we talk about the economy and personal finance.<p>Today, we want to talk about debit cards, specifically prepaid debit cards because more and more people are using them - some to avoid traditional banking institutions, some to have more control over their spending and to avoid debt. But not all of these cards are the same, especially when it comes to the fees they charge. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:36:00 +0000 editor 52189 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Earned Income Tax Credit Helps Lift Workers Out Of Poverty http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/earned-income-tax-credit-helps-lift-workers-out-poverty Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>It is that time of year, millions of Americans are scrambling to file their tax returns before April 15th. Some owe money. Some who had too much withheld from paychecks will get refunds. And some workers will actually get money from the government. Not a refund - hard cash, in the form of the Earned Income Tax Credit - one of the government's major anti-poverty programs. You might have heard about it. You might even qualify for it.<p>To explain how it works, we turn to David Wessel. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:21:00 +0000 editor 52172 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Obama's Executive Orders Take On Unequal Pay For Women http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/obamas-executive-orders-take-unequal-pay-women Transcript <p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>Today is Equal Pay Day, according to the U.S. Labor Department. The government calculates the average pay of men and women.<p>GREENE: A woman would've had to work all last year, then all the way until today in order to match what the average man made just last year.<p>INSKEEP: She needed more than 15 months to match what the man made in 12.<p>GREENE: We're also nearing tax day. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Scott Horsley 52168 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Why Women Don't Ask For More Money http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/why-women-dont-ask-more-money When Emily Amanatullah was a graduate student studying management, she couldn't help noticing that a lot of the classic advice in the field was aimed more at men than women. Negotiation tactics in particular seemed tougher for women to master.<p>"You realize they're pretty at odds with how women comport themselves and how they're expected to comport themselves," she says.<p>She started to talk to other women and to examine her own behavior. All the women she spoke to said they hated advocating for themselves at work. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 07:40:00 +0000 Ashley Milne-Tyte 52164 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Why Women Don't Ask For More Money How A Regulation Helped Ease Way For Stock Market's 'Flash Boys' http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/how-regulation-helped-ease-way-stock-markets-flash-boys Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish. In recent years, high speed computers have drastically altered the way the stock market operates. What's called high frequency trading has been getting renewed attention thanks to "Flash Boys," the latest book from Michael Lewis. In that book, he argues the changes have created a lot of new problems.<p>We're going to take a look now at why. The surge in high frequency trading has its roots in regulation passed in 2005. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:23:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 52138 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Tech News Site Re/code Creates Buzz In Silicon Valley http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/tech-news-site-recode-creates-buzz-silicon-valley Re/code is a new tech site that doesn't charge its readers or expect to make much from ads. Instead, it has a successful conference business. Other media also see potential profits in conferences. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:24:00 +0000 David Folkenflik 52109 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Former Bank Executive: Women, Ask For A Raise! http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/former-bank-executive-women-ask-raise It's not an exaggeration to say most of America's financial sector is run by men. In the securities and investment banking industries, men hold more than 80 percent of executive positions. And women hold only 17 percent of the board seats on Fortune 500 companies.<p>Sallie Krawcheck bucked the odds.<p>As former president of global wealth and investment management for Bank of America, she oversaw more than $2 trillion in assets. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 07:22:00 +0000 editor 52105 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Former Bank Executive: Women, Ask For A Raise! The Growing Industry Of Marijuana Advertising http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/growing-industry-marijuana-advertising In Humboldt County, radio stations broadcast gardening ads geared toward the Emerald Triangle's most lucrative — but still federally illegal — industry: marijuana. NPR's Kelly McEvers speaks with broadcast lawyer Harry Cole about the legality of advertising pot and related growing products. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 20:59:00 +0000 editor 52097 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Student Debt Weighs Down Women More. Blame The Wage Gap http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/student-debt-weighs-down-women-more-blame-wage-gap When Kristine Leighton graduated from a private college five years ago with a degree in hospitality, she owed $75,000 on student loans. Each month, she paid the minimum amount of $450 and lived at home with her parents on Long Island, N.Y.<p>At first, she was working at a hotel for $10 an hour; money was tight. Even after she got a job in Manhattan making $75,000 a year, she still couldn't afford to move out. She funneled her earnings into car payments, credit card bills<strong> </strong>and debt, and a monthly commuter train pass. Sun, 06 Apr 2014 09:18:00 +0000 Jessica Glazer 52075 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Student Debt Weighs Down Women More. Blame The Wage Gap Americans Are On The Move, But In The Wrong Direction http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/americans-are-move-wrong-direction Jamika lives in a two-story apartment complex surrounded by a 10-foot-high security gate in San Bernardino, Calif. The yellow paint on the buildings' outside walls is peeling.<p>She doesn't want to use her full name. She doesn't want too many people to know about her situation.<p>Jamika and her siblings had to leave the house her family was renting in South Central L.A. when the property went into foreclosure. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 23:05:00 +0000 NPR Staff 52073 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Americans Are On The Move, But In The Wrong Direction Ban On Stores' Late Hours Is Lawful, French Court Says http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/ban-stores-late-hours-lawful-french-court-says France's ban keeping stores from being open late at night does not run afoul of the country's constitution, a top court has ruled. Cosmetics retailer Sephora had hoped to keep its flagship Paris store open until midnight. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 16:29:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 52062 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Ban On Stores' Late Hours Is Lawful, French Court Says Money Might Change Your Wallet — And Your Very Nature http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/money-might-change-your-wallet-and-your-very-nature Having money can make you callous and uncaring. For the TED Radio Hour, University of California Berkeley psychologist Paul Piff explains the research to back up this conclusion. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 11:42:00 +0000 editor 52049 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Expecting A Spring Thaw, Shops And Restaurants Warm To Hiring http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/expecting-spring-thaw-shops-and-restaurants-warm-hiring As winter loosens its grip, employers are taking on more help.<p>Hotels, bars and restaurants added 33,000 workers, while retailers tacked on 21,000 jobs in March, the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm">Labor Department said Friday</a>. Economists say those increases suggest employers are growing more confident that Americans will be spending more this year.<p>"Consumers still have the wherewithal to make discretionary purchases and were just waiting for the snow to be plowed and the temperatures to rise to resume spending," IHS Global Insight chief U.S. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 52036 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Expecting A Spring Thaw, Shops And Restaurants Warm To Hiring Mystery Of Mounting Inequality Might Find Answer In Brand-New Tome http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/mystery-mounting-inequality-might-find-answer-brand-new-tome Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>A few decades ago, inequality started rising in countries around the world. That came as a shock to many economists who originally thought inequality tended to go down overtime. They wondered how inequality could rise in so many different places at once. Well, now a new book by one of the world's leading experts on the topic suggests an answer to that mystery. Jacob Goldstein of our Planet Money team reports.<p>JACOB GOLDSTEIN, BYLINE: The book is called "Capital in the Twenty-First Century." Here's the author.<p>THOMAS PIKETTY: My name is Thomas Piketty. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:45:00 +0000 editor 52028 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net In March Jobs Report, Market Awakens From A Winter Swoon http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/march-jobs-report-market-awakens-winter-swoon The U.S. economy added 192,000 jobs in March, according to data released this morning. The unemployment rate refused to budge, though, holding steady at 6.7 percent. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:45:00 +0000 John Ydstie 52029 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Life Without Jobless Benefits: Watching, Searching And Praying http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/without-unemployment-benefits-jobless-woman-watches-searches-and-prays There's a small frame hanging on the wall near the computer Josie Maisano uses to search for work. Inside there's a picture of her at this year's State of the Union address and a blue ribbon that Democrats wore that night to highlight the plight of people like Maisano, whose unemployment benefits stopped at the end of December.<p>"Oh, my God. It was just a once-in-a-lifetime experience," says Maisano. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:45:00 +0000 Tamara Keith 52030 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Life Without Jobless Benefits: Watching, Searching And Praying It's Complicated: When A CEO's Personal Position Becomes Public http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/its-complicated-when-ceos-personal-position-becomes-public The Mozilla controversy that played out over the past two weeks bursts with ironies. And this one is perhaps the most prominent: The free speech that Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich <a href="http://tillschneidereit.net/2014/04/03/on-brendans-success/">spent his life's work</a> defending and enabling — and an open-Web revolution Eich helped lead — drove his unseating. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:46:00 +0000 Elise Hu 52022 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net It's Complicated: When A CEO's Personal Position Becomes Public Jobless Rate Holds Steady As Employers Add 192,000 Jobs http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/unemployment-rate-likely-dipped-last-month <h6>This post has been updated.</h6><p>The nation's unemployment rate was unchanged at 6.7 percent in March, the <a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm" target="_blank">Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday</a>.<p>Meanwhile, there were 192,000 more jobs on public and private payrolls last month — a bit under the 200,000 or so economists had expected but still above the average growth in previous months.<p>Also, BLS revised up the job growth in February. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 51996 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Jobless Rate Holds Steady As Employers Add 192,000 Jobs March Unemployment Rate Unchanged At 6.7 Percent http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/economists-predict-monthly-unemployment-rate-will-fall The Labor Department said U.S. employers added 192,000 jobs in March, which is seen as a sign that the economy is rebounding. The unemployment rate remained steady at 6.7 percent. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:39:00 +0000 John Ydstie 51990 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/twitch-boosts-new-pro-category-video-game-player It may not surprise you that Netflix uses more bandwidth at peak hours than any other company, followed by Google and Apple. No. 4 on the list, though, is Twitch.tv.<p><a href="http://www.twitch.tv/" target="_blank">Twitch</a> is a company devoted to live interactive broadcasting of people playing video games. It's helping to launch a new type of broadcast professional.<p>"I make a living attempting to beat video games on my show, and people watch," says Jayson Love. His stage name is Man, and his show is <a href="http://www.twitch.tv/manvsgame">Man vs. Game</a>. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 07:14:00 +0000 Laura Sydell 51985 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net Twitch Boosts A New Pro Category: Video Game Player One More Speed Bump For Your Retirement Fund: Basic Human Impulse http://publicradiodelmarva.net/post/one-more-speed-bump-your-retirement-fund-basic-human-impulse Saving for retirement is a challenge facing most Americans. Research shows the challenge is made harder by our basic human impulses. We know we should be saving. But we don't. We consistently make bad financial decisions.<p>One thing that leads us astray is what behavioral economists call "loss aversion." In other words, we hate losing. And that gets in the way of us winning — if winning is making smart financial decisions.<p><strong>How A Smashed Car Is Like A Smashed Nest Egg</strong><p>A few months ago I got rear-ended and my Jeep Cherokee was totaled. It's the first new car I ever bought. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Chris Arnold 51980 at http://publicradiodelmarva.net One More Speed Bump For Your Retirement Fund: Basic Human Impulse