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Global Plan To Streamline 'Use By' Food Labels Aims To Cut Food Waste

Confusion over "sell by" and "use by" dates is one reason why billions of tons of food are tossed each year. A new global initiative of food giants, including Walmart and Nestle, aims to tackle that.

Quantity Of 'Skills' Doesn't Mean Quality In Amazon Echo's Alexa

Amazon Echo's Alexa has helped people do all sorts of tasks. Although Alexa now has more than 15,000 so-called "skills," critics say that many of Amazon's skills are low-quality.

Who Controls Think Tanks? Shift In Funding Highlights Changes In The Industry

Increasingly, wealthy business people are funding think tanks. As one political scientist notes, they tend to "want to know exactly what they're getting for their dollars' worth."

Eyeing Toys R Us' Future, Analyst Suggests Hands-On Displays

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Jim Silver, toy expert and CEO of TTPM , a website that reviews toys. They talk about Toys R Us' bankruptcy declaration and the state of the toy industry.

The Dollar Is Weaker, But That Might Not Be A Bad Thing

The dollar is down nearly 10 percent since the beginning of the year. That's bad news if you're a tourist traveling to Europe but great news if your U.S. company sells goods overseas.

Ahead Of The Holiday Season, Toys 'R' Us Files For Bankruptcy Protection

The largest U.S. toy chain filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late Monday. Toys 'R' Us plans to use $3 billion in bankruptcy financing to buy merchandise from vendors and fund operations.

'Rolling Stone' Magazine Is Put Up For Sale

Wenner Media, the company founded by Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, cites a desire "to best position the brand for future growth."

Houston's Tight Rental Market Makes It Tough For Low-Income Hurricane Victims

Even before Harvey, Houston had an affordable housing crisis. Prices are rising for apartments that weren't damaged, forcing some to stay in flood-damaged apartments, while others face eviction.

Restoring VW Beetles, Buses ... And Dreams

Bob Cook and his colleagues make dreams happen in their Maryland auto body shop. They work exclusively on VW Beetles and buses from another era, carefully bringing them back to life for their owners.

What It Might Take To Stop The Data Breaches

NPR's Scott Simon talks to technology writer and professor Zeynep Tufekci about what she describes as Equifax's unaccountability after a massive data breach.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Chief Responds To Equifax Hack

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, about the recent Equifax hack that leaked personal information of 143 million consumers.

After Equifax Hack, Consumers Are On Their Own. Here Are 6 Tips To Protect Your Data

The credit-rating company last week said it was hacked, leaving 143 million consumers' personal information exposed. Equifax now faces lawsuits and investigations. Read tips on safeguarding your data.

No NAFTA Deal Will Be Reached In 2017, Castaneda Speculates

Rachel Martin talks to former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which has become a major irritant in U.S.-Mexico relations.

Episode 647: Hard Work Is Irrelevant

Patty McCord helped create a workplace at Netflix that runs more like a professional sports team than a family. If you're not up to scratch, you're off the team. Is this the future of work?

Pacific Northwest Winemakers Worry Wildfire Smoke Could Ruin Harvest

The smoke and ash hanging in the air from the still-burning Eagle Creek Fire in the Columbia River Gorge could easily transfer to the grapes, potentially changing the quality of the wine.

FDA Moves To Rein In Drugmakers' Abuse Of Orphan Drug Law

Following an investigation by Kaiser Health News and NPR, the Food and Drug Administration has moved to close a loophole that lets drugmakers skip pediatric testing of drugs to treat rare diseases.