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Bobby Allyn

Alex Capano is a nurse practitioner in Philadelphia. Not too long ago, she was filling out a job application and was asked about her current salary. She answered reluctantly.

“Do they check up on this?" she wondered. "How honest do I have to be? Am I setting myself up for a low-ball offer?"

She got that job offer, but the salary seemed low, so she turned it down.

Some 20 million people are at risk of starvation in the next six months. This warning comes from the U.N.’s World Food Programme as it asks world governments for the highest level of humanitarian aid ever. 

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Home Depot has benefited from a strong housing market and demand from both professional contractors and do-it-yourself types. The company brought in an estimated $90 billion in revenue last year — without building a lot of new stores. 

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Seattle tries voucher system to reform campaign finance

Feb 21, 2017
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Anna Boiko-Weyrauch

The city of Seattle is trying out a campaign finance experiment in city elections using a voucher system to give money to candidates.

In January, residents received four $25 vouchers, paid for with taxpayer funds, that they can give to their candidates of choice for offices such as city council.

“It was like getting a little check from your grandma,” Seattle resident Dakota Solberg said of the dark blue slips of paper that arrived in his mailbox recently.

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About 20 million people are at risk of starvation within the next six months. We'll look at the four different food crises that are all happening at once. Next, we'll talk about Home Depot's earnings growth, despite a lack of new stores, and a Philadelphia law that prevents companies from asking job applicants about past salaries.

02/21/17: The electric-car economy

Feb 20, 2017
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A Volkswagen subsidiary will invest about $2 billion in electric cars over the next decade, as part of VW's settlement in the emissions cheating case.  We'll look at the challenges that an electric-car ecosystem faces. Next, attorney Jenny Afia will join us to talk about her role in rewriting apps' privacy policy for the British government.

 

 

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With the abundance of Yelp - and other - reviews on the Internet, it can take a lot of time and research to figure out where to grab Sunday brunch or drinks with friends. 

A new app created by Milwaukeeans Ben Bourgeois and Brian Kopp, aims to make this dining decision-making process easier. Called “MealSteals,” the app points users to local restaurants and bars based on their current discount offerings. 

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On Sunday, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler Rigetti published a post on her blog entitled "Reflecting On One Very, Very Strange Year At Uber." On her first day working on her new team at Uber, Rigetti says, her manager sent her a string of messages propositioning her on the company chat. She says she took screenshots of the conversations, and brought them to Uber's HR department, saying she expected the matter would be handled quickly and appropriately. And from her account, it was not.

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Joe Diaz

Kimberly Spires donates breast milk to mothers and babies who need it. It’s not always an easy thing to do when she’s on the job as a captain in the Texas National Guard. 

"I mean, I've had to pump in Humvees," said Spires. "That was the big one." 

Dressed in her fatigues, Spires said she donates her surplus milk for free because she has assisted in too many disasters and seen other moms lose their entire milk supply. But keeping her milk coming isn't always easy.

Walmart releases its quarterly results tomorrow, and they should be interesting. The world's largest brick-and-mortar retailer has been scrambling to take on another retail titan -- Amazon. Walmart recently lowered the minimum purchase amount for free two-day shipping to $35. And if you're willing to pick up your online order at the local Walmart store, there's no shipping charge at all. Will free two-day shipping be enough to take on Amazon?

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Sam Harnett

You have probably come across the phrase "wage hike" a lot lately, especially since 19 states increased the minimum wage in January.

It's used by journalists everywhere, and that's no surprise to Katherine Connor Martin, head of U.S. dictionaries at Oxford University Press, publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary. “‘Hike’ is a typical journalist word because it makes its copy punchier, it helps avoid redundancy, and it fits better in a headline,” she said.

02/20/17: An economics linguistic lesson

Feb 20, 2017
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Sam Harnett

When you read a story about minimum wage or hear a story about it on air, chances are we use the word "hike." It's short, it's punchy, but it also has some negative connotations attached to it. We take a look at the linguistics behind the word shaping our conversations about minimum wage. Also on today's show: New Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt takes control of the agency this week. What will his EPA look like?

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