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Episode 721: Unbuilding A City

Why is it so hard to knock down 17 vacant houses in a shrinking city?

After Hurricane Sandy, Many Chose To Move Rather Than Rebuild

After catastrophic flooding, it might make sense not to rebuild and insure homes that were damaged. Some neighborhoods have retreated rather than rebuilt and insured. That has a lot of advantages, ...

After Losing Steam In Smartphones, Chinese Firm Turns To Smart Rice Cookers

One of China's most valuable tech startups, smartphone maker Xiaomi, is getting into networked appliances, in a bid to innovate its way out of trouble, as its core business falls flat.

Examining The Effectiveness Of The Trade Adjustment Assistance Program

There's a part of trade agreements that deals with how to help people in the U.S. who are harmed when jobs move abroad because of trade. It's called Trade Adjustment Assistance. Does it work?

Top Fed Officials Field Questions From Activists Unhappy Over Monetary Policy

At a "listening session" at the Fed conference in Jackson Hole, liberal groups warn about the impact on poor and minority communities of raising interest rates too quickly.

Oil #5: Imagine A World Without Oil

Last of five episodes. We follow the Planet Money oil to a gas station. And we ask: What would our world look like if there were no fossil fuels?

Rental Car Companies Face Challenges In Age Of Ride-Sharing Services

As more business travelers opt for services like Uber and Lyft, traditional car rental companies are facing new challenges. But companies are fighting back.

20 Years Since Welfare's Overhaul, Results Are Mixed

The new program did work for millions of families. The idea was that people would be encouraged to find work if they knew their monthly checks would end, but instead, some have been left high and dry.

The Financial Trials Of Child Care For Working Families

It can be a major budget item for families. Rachel Martin talks to Rebecca Resman, a mother of two, who after trying out several different child care options, decided she couldn't afford to work.

Hopping On Hashtag Bandwagon, Host Rachel Martin Recounts Her #FirstSevenJobs

Social media feeds have been peppered with the hashtag #firstsevenjobs for the past few weeks. NPR's Rachel Martin shares her list, from store window mannequin to English teacher in Japan.