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Good morning. I'm David Greene. Last fall, a designer bag was featured at a fashion show. I think the best way to describe it may be grocery store chic.

As the Trump administration sees it, U.S. steel and aluminum industries are in crisis, rapidly losing ground to foreign competitors and hemorrhaging jobs along the way.

But proposed import tariffs and quotas have other manufacturers worried that they'll become less competitive in the global marketplace.

How the administration responds to the problem is something Mark Vaughn is watching very closely.

Some of the most inappropriate behaviors at the office, in Americans' minds, are also the most common — yet almost no one admits to them, in a new poll on workplace behavior from NPR and Ipsos.

It's been a painfully slow start to the ski season in the Western U.S. Some places have seen record warm temperatures and record low snowfall, prompting resorts to open late. Those that cranked out fake snow had trouble attracting avid skiers who prefer the real stuff. And all this means an economic hit.

Iran has announced its intent to establish a national cryptocurrency. In a tweet posted Wednesday, an Iranian official said that a test model for a "cloud-based digital currency" is being developed for submission to the Iranian banking system.

The official, Mohammad-Javad Azari Jahromi, heads Iran's Ministry of Information and Communications Technology. Jahromi made the announcement after a meeting with the state-owned Post Bank of Iran.

Explaining the craze in TV reboots

Feb 22, 2018

Every time you change the channel, it seems like a new reboot is popping up: Will & GraceMurphy BrownRoseanne. These are familiar names in TV, and they're having a come-back precisely because of that name recognition.

If you're a business that cultivates high-profile celebrity influencers, what do you do when one of them expresses displeasure to millions of followers? That's the position Snap finds itself in after Kylie Jenner tweeted that she doesn't open Snapchat anymore. Jenner, apparently, doesn't much like the app's new design, and neither do more than a million others who've signed a petition urging Snap to go back. That raises some questions about Snap's business model. 

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NPR's senior management and board members faced skepticism as they sought to rebuild trust with the network's workforce following the release of a report on the network's failure to curb inappropriate behavior by former top news executive Michael Oreskes.

On Thursday, NPR board members faced tough questions from NPR employees at an open Board of Directors meeting and then a tense all-staff meeting.

Updated on Feb. 23 at 10:22 a.m. ET

When Congress passed a sweeping tax overhaul last December, it lowered the corporate tax rate, and dozens of companies promised to share the good fortune with employees by offering raises or bonuses.

The Walt Disney Co. was among them, having logged a one-time windfall of $1.6 billion during its latest quarter, largely because of tax cuts. It announced to its workers in January that nonmanagement employees — about 125,000 workers in all — would receive a $1,000 bonus.

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Could kelp help mitigate ocean acidification?

Feb 22, 2018

The tide flat on Hood Canal is only exposed for a few hours a day, so tide is money at Baywater Shellfish farm west of Seattle.

“Here’s a good looking oyster for you. Nice deep cup. Hopefully this will be sitting on a platter in a restaurant ASAP,” said Baywater manager Caleb Davis as he flips and sorts through bags of shellfish. 

Caleb’s father, Joth Davis, founded Baywater back in the '90s. They farm clams, geoduck and oysters. His business is part of the Pacific Northwest’s $200 million shellfish industry.  

But this industry is in trouble.

02/22/2018: Remember when banking was boring?

Feb 22, 2018

Here we are, 10 years after the American financial system imploded, and something amazing has happened. President Donald Trump came into office saying he would "do a big number" on the "disaster" that was Dodd-Frank, but now his administration is keeping key parts of the legislation, like the rule letting the government liquidate a failing financial firm in a crisis. And you know what? Banks seem OK with that. We'll explain. Then: We spent some time last year talking about how the president can affect stock prices with a tweet, but he's not the only one.

A couple of weeks ago the biggest labor union in Germany negotiated a big new deal with hundreds of German companies. Workers didn't just get a raise, they also won the option of working just 28 hours a week for up to two years without losing ground in their careers.

We talked to Simon Kuper of the Financial Times about the increasing need for companies to consider flexible working arrangements, as employees work longer and our lives become more complicated.

About a year ago, Eddie Barrañón arrived in Mexico City. It was a place he hadn’t seen in half a lifetime and where the only relative he had was his estranged father.

Barrañón, a 27-year-old with the muscular build of a former high school wrestler, had been living in the U.S. illegally since his parents took him to Illinois when he was 14. He had returned voluntarily to Mexico after he “got into some trouble,” he said. Like many young immigrant returnees in Mexico City, Barrañón initially found work at a call center making less than $2 an hour.

SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon 9 rocket Thursday morning.

But the hard part came next: trying to catch the rocket's falling nose cone with a big net on a ship in the ocean.

Wait, what?