NPR Business http://wfae.org en The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging http://wfae.org/post/weird-underappreciated-world-plastic-packaging Like it or not, plastic packaging has become an ingrained part of the food system.<p>While it's clearly wasteful to buy salad, sandwiches and chips encased in plastic and then promptly throw that plastic away, we take for granted how it keeps so much of what we eat fresh and portable.<p>And behind many of those packages that allow us to eat on the go or savor perishable cookies or fish imported from the other side of the globe is a whole lot of science and innovation.<p>The plastic revolution in food packaging began in the 1960s, says Aaron Brody, a food packaging consultant and an adjunct pro Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:30:00 +0000 editor 55592 at http://wfae.org The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers http://wfae.org/post/labor-conflict-may-lock-out-met-opera-workers The clock is ticking for the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The world's largest opera company may be headed for a shutdown. Most of the union contracts for the Met expire in a week. Yesterday, Met General Manager Peter Gelb sent a letter to the unions, warning them to prepare for a lockout if they don't come to terms.<p>For months now, the company and its unions have been at an impasse. Management has proposed cutting 16 percent of union members' compensation. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Jeff Lunden 55578 at http://wfae.org Labor Conflict May Lock Out Met Opera Workers 4 Theories About Why Wal-Mart Changed Its U.S. Chief http://wfae.org/post/four-theories-about-why-wal-mart-changed-its-us-chief Bill Simon, head of Wal-Mart's U.S. division, <a href="http://news.walmart.com/news-archive/2014/07/24/walmart-names-greg-foran-president-and-ceo-of-walmart-us">is leaving</a> the retail giant, the company said Thursday.<p>Any major shake-up at Wal-Mart is closely watched because the company is so important — it tops the Fortune 500 list with annual sales approaching a half-trillion dollars. So lots of people are speculating about what Simon's departure really means. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:33:00 +0000 Marilyn Geewax 55576 at http://wfae.org 4 Theories About Why Wal-Mart Changed Its U.S. Chief Book News: Amazon Exec Says Hachette Is Using Authors 'As Human Shields' http://wfae.org/post/book-news-amazon-exec-says-hachette-using-authors-human-shields <em>The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.</em><p><ul><p><li>Amid the ongoing dispute between Hachette and Amazon, Amazon executive Russ Grandinetti has proposed paying Hachette authors normal royalties while donating the e-book profits to charity, according to <em>Publishers Weekly. </em>Amazon's removal of the pre-order button on Hachette titles has been one of its most lethal weapons in the dispute, though it has raised the ire of authors. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:19:00 +0000 Annalisa Quinn 55542 at http://wfae.org Rural Startups, Often Overlooked, Are The Focus Of New Investment Programs http://wfae.org/post/rural-startups-often-overlooked-are-focus-new-investment-programs <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 North Country Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/">http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/</a>.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=Rural+Startups%2C+Often+Overlooked%2C+Are+The+Focus+Of+New+Investment+Programs&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA3OTAzNzgzMDEzMTIyMTYyODIxZDdjYg004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Brian Mann 55534 at http://wfae.org New Rules Proposed For Oil-Carrying Trains In Wake Of Fiery Crashes http://wfae.org/post/new-rules-proposed-oil-carrying-trains-wake-fiery-crashes <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.<img src="http://www.google-analytics.com/__utm.gif?utmac=UA-5828686-4&utmdt=New+Rules+Proposed+For+Oil-Carrying+Trains+In+Wake+Of+Fiery+Crashes&utme=8(APIKey)9(MDA1MTczMTM4MDEyNzM1OTUxMzg5ZDUyMw004)"/></div><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:39:00 +0000 Brian Naylor 55535 at http://wfae.org How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy http://wfae.org/post/how-high-debt-housing-collapse-still-stifles-our-economy "Foreclosure, foreclosure, foreclosure."<p>Real estate broker John Susani drives down a Paterson, N.J., street where every third house seems to be abandoned or boarded up. During the boom years, money flooded into Paterson.<p>"The banking industry allowed everyone to be a homeowner; they gave mortgages to people [just because they were] breathing," Susani says.<p>In some cases, he says, home prices jumped as much as 50 percent. The homes on these streets aren't worth nearly that much anymore.<p>Seven years after the subprime mortgage crisis, U.S. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:13:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 55521 at http://wfae.org How High Debt From The Housing Collapse Still Stifles Our Economy GM Recalls Nearly 718,000 Vehicles For 'Varying Safety Issues' http://wfae.org/post/gm-recalls-nearly-718000-vehicles-varying-safety-issues Announcing six different safety recalls Wednesday, GM said it needs to fix problems that range from a turn-signal bug to an unpredictable loss of power steering. The flaws were found in vehicles from model years 2011 to 2015.<p>GM says no deaths and only two crashes have been linked to the recalls, which come in a year that has already seen the Detroit carmaker recall nearly 30 million vehicles worldwide. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:13:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 55486 at http://wfae.org After Two Disasters, Can Malaysia Airlines Still Attract Passengers? http://wfae.org/post/after-two-disasters-can-malaysia-airlines-still-attract-passengers The year 2014 is well on its way to being Malaysia Airlines' <em>annus horribilis</em>. Flight 17, shot down last week over eastern Ukraine, is the second Boeing 777 the airline has lost in the past five months, after MH370 disappeared, it's believed, somewhere over the Indian Ocean.<p>But even before the double calamity, Malaysia's national carrier was struggling to adapt to momentous shifts in Asia's aviation industry.<p>It was expected to announce a restructuring plan even before MH17 was shot down. That plan is expected very soon. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:12:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 55484 at http://wfae.org After Two Disasters, Can Malaysia Airlines Still Attract Passengers? FAA Extends Ban On Flights To Tel Aviv For Another 24 Hours http://wfae.org/post/faa-extends-ban-flights-tel-aviv-another-24-hours The Federal Aviation Administration has extended its ban on U.S. flights to and from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel.<p><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/22/334054282/faa-prohibits-u-s-airlines-from-flying-to-tel-aviv">As we reported</a>, the agency first issued a ban Tuesday after a rocket landed about a mile from the airport. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:46:00 +0000 editor 55480 at http://wfae.org