Economy

The Two-Way
8:05 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Olbermann: 'I Screwed Up,' But Current TV Had Problems

Keith Olbermann.
Current TV

Essentially saying that he should have known better than to go to work for Current TV, Keith Olbermann said Tuesday night that he "screwed up" by taking the job last year.

But while Olbermann said "it's my fault that it didn't succeed," he also figuratively pointed his finger at Current for why things went wrong before he was dismissed last week.

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The Two-Way
4:32 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

After Two Test Flights, The Race Toward A Flying Car Is On

The PAL-V at a runway.
PalVco via Flickr

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The Two-Way
9:50 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Car Sales, Factory Orders Both Make Gains

In Glendale, Calif., last month, Allen Zimney and Leila Alvarez shopped for a Ford Edge.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 3, 2012 9:52 am

As the Census Bureau was reporting earlier this morning about a 1.3 percent gain in orders for manufactured goods in February from the month before, automakers were saying that March was perhaps their best month in almost four years, The Associated Press says:

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The Two-Way
9:15 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Murdoch Son Stepping Down From Post At BSkyB

James Murdoch, in July 2011.
Warren Allott AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 3, 2012 9:17 am

The hacking scandal that has ripped through Rupert Murdoch's newspapers in the U.K. has now led to son James Murdoch's decision to step down as chairman of the satellite broadcast giant BSkyB.

NPR's David Folkenflik tells our Newscast Desk that:

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Business
9:10 am
Tue April 3, 2012

How Much Would You Pay For A Flying Car?

Originally published on Wed April 4, 2012 1:01 pm

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

And that brings us to our last word in business, flying cars. Finally, they're here. Well, almost here. We're not exactly in Jetsons' territory quite yet. But a company in Massachusetts says its prototype flying car, called the Transition, completed its first flight and will be ready for sale within the next year.

The two-seat vehicle soared to 1,400 feet in its maiden voyage. The car - can we call it that - is expected to cost $279,000, and 100 buyers have already plunked down their deposits.

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The Two-Way
8:25 am
Tue April 3, 2012

What Happened In Vegas Costs Federal Properties Manager Her Job

The Las Vegas Strip: sometimes what happens there does come back to bite you.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

An inspector general's report about "excessive and wasteful" spending on a 2010 conference in Las Vegas hosted by the federal government's General Services Administration has cost GSA administrator Martha Johnson her job.

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All Tech Considered
7:30 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Mobile Gaming Powers Up: '99 Cents Is The New Quarter'

As mobile games gain popularity, some traditional game developers have taken note and created simpler games.
iStockphoto.com

Mobile gaming, or at least playing games on a cellphone, is nothing new. Just think of all the quick, sometimes mundane rounds of Snake you played if you were one of the lucky owners of that brick of a Nokia phone from the late '90s and early 2000s.

Yet as smartphones evolved in recent years, the number of games available on them grew rapidly, as well. It has become common to see users of Android phones and iPhones wrapped up in intense sessions of games like Angry Birds or Draw Something.

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Asia
6:03 am
Tue April 3, 2012

China Lifts Newly Imposed Internet Restrictions

Originally published on Wed April 4, 2012 1:01 pm

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Now a word about the media in China - it is heavily controlled by the government. That reality was clear on Saturday when new restrictions banning commenting were imposed on two Twitter-style websites. This followed online rumors about a military coup in Beijing. The government says the rumors aren't true. And today, the restrictions were finally lifted, but the government certainly made a point about who's in charge.

Business
3:00 am
Tue April 3, 2012

GSA Chief Resigns Over Agency's Extravagant Spending

Transcript

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

NPR's business news starts with what happens in Vegas...

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GREENE: What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas, especially if it involves taxpayer dollars.

The head of a federal agency has resigned after reports of inappropriate spending at a conference near Las Vegas. Martha Johnson led the General Services Administration, which manages the federal government's property.

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Central Standard
1:16 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Demystifying Public Relations, Player Engagement

On this Thursday's Central Standard, a look at the dark art of public relations.

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Central Standard
12:39 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Modern Monetary Theory

On this Tuesday's Central Standard, Modern Monetary Theory. It’s nowhere near as dull as it sounds.

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Central Standard
1:13 pm
Mon March 26, 2012

Computer Guys: Tech Tools For Entrepreneurs

Maurits Doetjes Flickr

On this Monday's Central Standard, a look at the technology tools available to help you launch your new business.

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Business & Tech
4:45 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

KC Region Tops Nation In Jobless Decline

Kansas City region scores highest jobless rate drop for metro cities in the nation.
Bill Anderson KCUR

The Kansas City metro area, both sides of state line, has shown a remarkable decline in its unemployment rate, better than any metro district in the nation.

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Space
4:09 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Spacecraft's Wild Ride To Mercury Yields Surprises

The Messenger spacecraft is depicted over the Calvino Crater on Mercury in this enhanced-color image of the planet's surface.
NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 5:40 pm

There's a small spacecraft called Messenger that's been orbiting the planet Mercury for a year. Today, at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Houston, astronomers revealed what they've learned about the innermost planet in our solar system, and some of the new knowledge is puzzling.

Maria Zuber, a planetary scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studied a large crater 900 miles across called Caloris.

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Central Standard
12:59 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Financial Advice: Investing In The New Normal

om5com flickr

On this Monday's Central Standard, we discuss investing strategies.

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Media
5:00 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Do Digital Gadgets Increase Our Appetite For News?

More tablets and smartphones mean more ways to consume news, a Pew study found. Last week the new iPad went on sale at the flagship Apple Store in New York City.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Mon March 19, 2012 9:24 am

One in every four Americans receives their news digitally from mobile devices, which are helping to expand the consumption of journalism across multiple sources, according to a new report released Monday.

The 2012 State of the News Media Report, conducted by Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, provides an in-depth examination of how Americans read news as their consumption habits transition from the printed form to the digital.

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Business & Tech
4:48 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

Gas Prices, Weather Help Fill KCATA Seats

kcata.org

The price of gasoline is a major factor in future popularity of riding a bus in the Kansas City area.   It may take months to measure the effect.

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Up to Date
11:51 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

The Techsperts: Google TV, iPad 3, Facebook Timeline

Last week Apple unveiled its 3rd generation iPad, the aptly-named "the new iPad." (a.k.a. "iPad 3.") Is it worth the upgrade?

Around the same time Google Fiber applied for permission to sell TV services in the Kansas City area; is this a sign that they'll offer up TV services to its Google Fiber customers - in direct competition with providers Time Warner, SureWest,  and AT&T? And will Google know what you want to watch before you've even turned on the TV? 

Probably.

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Up to Date
12:59 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

They're Going To Kansas City...Kansas City Here They Come

How is Kansas City doing when it comes to attracting conventions and tourists to town?

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Up to Date
1:07 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Something Troubling In Your Background?

It used to be when you applied for a job, employers checked your references and reviewed your experience and called you in if they liked what they found.

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Central Standard
1:00 pm
Mon February 27, 2012

Planning For Retirement In The New Normal

om5com flickr

On this Monday's Central Standard, we discuss retirement planning strategies for the new normal.

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Urban Renewal
12:00 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Brad Pitt Project Boosts Green Zone

Actor and Missouri native Brad Pitt in New Orleans where his Make it Right Foundation began. It will help fund a new Kansas City initiative.
nola.com

A mid-city school, abandoned for the last 12 years, will become the next most visible project in the urban-renewing Green Zone of Kansas City.

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The Two-Way
12:54 pm
Fri February 17, 2012

Murdoch Promises Sunday Edition At Besieged Sun Tabloid

News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch isn't backing down.

In an email to staff of the besieged Sun tabloid, where ten current and former senior staff have been arrested since November, the 81-year-old media tycoon promised to "build on the Sun's proud heritage by launching the Sun on Sunday very soon.

The email came as Murdoch visited the paper's U.K. headquarters for a meeting with staff. According to the BBC:

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Central Standard
3:16 pm
Mon February 13, 2012

Computer Guys: Cyber Security

In Russia, a worm called Koobface wiggled away with millions of dollars using social networks like Facebook.

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Central Standard
9:56 am
Mon February 6, 2012

The Best Superbowl Ads Of 2012

On this episode of Central Standard, let’s review the winners and losers in the big game of marketing.

The Super Bowl is over, and now it’s that special time of year. A time when you can turn on the tube and catch early season golf, meaningless regular season NHL, NBA, early NASCAR and the X-Games. Before we enter the 60-day deep winter doldrums for sports fans, let's delay the suffering a bit with a Superbowl postgame show, where we recap, yes, the commercials.

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Fracking
10:42 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Bill Would Give State Option To Write New Regulations For Fracking

A drilling rig tests for the possibility of extracting shale gas by the hydraulic fracturing technique, more commonly known as fracking.
KA geograph.org.uk

A committee in the Kansas House is considering legislation that would allow the state to write new rules regulating hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking. The process is used in oil and gas drilling.

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Business & Tech
3:45 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Plaza Lease Cements Long Term Ties

There is no guarantee of additional jobs, but owners of the Country Club Plaza District are assured the largest tenant of the Valencia Place Office Tower will be in the picture until February 2030.

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Central Standard
5:47 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Computer Guys: Who Controls the Net?

Last Wednesday, you might have headed to Wikipedia to look up Marlon Brando, the currency in Guam, or (random Wikipedia page). We’re not gonna ask. But, that Wednesday, visitors found a blackout protest, asking them to to imagine a world without free knowledge.

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Tracking NBAF
3:24 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Study Outlines Economic Impact Of NBAF Lab

A new report says NBAF -- the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility -- could create 1300 jobs during the construction phase alone.

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Business & Tech
6:53 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

Brownback Withholds Bioscience Funds

Governor Sam Brownback is withholding the payment of $22 million to the Kansas Bioscience Authority – that's about 2/3 of the agency's state funding.

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