October 19, 2014 | NPR · It's not often that a book can mix machetes with hedge funds. Then again, few industries are as chaotic, and compelling, as debt collection — which Jake Halpern's book reveals in alarming detail.
October 18, 2014 | NPR · Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker recently returned from Ukraine and Turkey, and she heads next to Japan and South Korea. NPR's Scott Simon talks to her about practicing commercial diplomacy.
October 18, 2014 | NPR · Concerns in Europe over a slowdown in economic growth have been rattling global financial markets. NPR's Scott Simon talks with correspondent John Ydstie about the volatile week on Wall Street.
October 17, 2014 | NPR · Now that unemployment has slipped below 6 percent, there's renewed interest in what the Federal Reserve's target for joblessness should be. Some economists worry that inflation will resurface.
October 17, 2014 | NPR · Just a few years ago, authors were predicting production would soon hit a peak and then decline. But since then, supplies have surged. So are the forecasters now slapping themselves in the head?
October 17, 2014 | NPR · Gas prices are plunging and before it's all over, some experts say Americans will be paying a $1 a gallon less than a few months ago. That could mean $1,000 more per household in extra spending money.
October 17, 2014 | NPR · To examine the turn global stock markets took this week, Linda Wertheimer talks to David Wessel, director of the Hutchins Center at the Brookings Institution and a Wall Street Journal contributor.
October 17, 2014 | NPR · World Bank President Jim Kim believes the world has moved too slow in battling Ebola. And closing off travel from West Africa, he says, is not the answer.
October 16, 2014 | NPR · What do people up and down the income ladder do for work?
October 16, 2014 | NPR · Prices are down 25 percent since June, unleashing ripples around the globe that range from lower gas prices in the U.S. to budget problems in Russia to political pressures in the Middle East.