Business & Economy

It’s the season of gift giving, and while some gifts may become cherished heirlooms, others will likely wind up at Goodwill not long after the holidays. Then what happens to them, and…

from Design and Architecture

November jobs numbers are out. Employers added more than 260,000 new jobs, and unemployment is now at 3.5%, the lowest it’s been since 1969.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

It is Christmas market season in Berlin, a favorite of residents and tourists alike. How safe are these markets three years after the attack at the Breitscheidplatz Christmas market?

How secure are Berlin's Christmas Markets?

It is Christmas market season in Berlin, a favorite of residents and tourists alike. How safe are these markets three years after the attack at the Breitscheidplatz Christmas market?

from Studio Berlin

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the busiest days of the year for Amazon.

Amazon’s impact on workers and the environment

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the busiest days of the year for Amazon.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The state’s legal cannabis market is on track to hit $3.1 billion in sales this year. But the unlicensed market is expected to be far larger, at an estimated $8.7 billion.

Understanding the growing unlicensed weed market at an LA ‘Sesh’

The state’s legal cannabis market is on track to hit $3.1 billion in sales this year. But the unlicensed market is expected to be far larger, at an estimated $8.7 billion.

from Greater LA

High taxes on licensed marijuana makes for a more expensive product. Starting January 1, 2020, that tax will go up.

California hikes up taxes on marijuana for 2020

High taxes on licensed marijuana makes for a more expensive product. Starting January 1, 2020, that tax will go up.

from Greater LA

In a class-action lawsuit, workers in California accused the fast-food chain of failing to pay them overtime and other wages.

McDonald's agrees to pay $26 million to settle accusations of wage theft

In a class-action lawsuit, workers in California accused the fast-food chain of failing to pay them overtime and other wages.

from NPR

Marijuana stocks were the hottest on the market just a few weeks ago. But now some of those companies are in a tailspin.

This Week in Weed: Has the bubble burst?

Marijuana stocks were the hottest on the market just a few weeks ago. But now some of those companies are in a tailspin.

from KCRW Features

It’s been seven months since Hollywood writers fired their agents. TV shows and movies are still being made. But the impasse between writers and agents continues.

Hollywood writers still feuding with big talent agencies; no resolution in sight

It’s been seven months since Hollywood writers fired their agents. TV shows and movies are still being made. But the impasse between writers and agents continues.

from Greater LA

Presidential candidates spend big money in California, and they fundraise big bucks too.

California as a piggy bank for presidential hopefuls

Presidential candidates spend big money in California, and they fundraise big bucks too.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Could it be one of the most important conversations of the modern era? This week on Studio Berlin, host Noah Barkin delves into the details of Germany’s 5G debate.

The Debate over 5G, Huawei, and Germany's digital future

Could it be one of the most important conversations of the modern era? This week on Studio Berlin, host Noah Barkin delves into the details of Germany’s 5G debate.

from Studio Berlin

Imagine that you’ve just had a baby. The baby is three months premature, and both of you have to spend time recovering in the hospital.

How one new mom got a $1.7 million bill after delivering her baby prematurely

Imagine that you’ve just had a baby. The baby is three months premature, and both of you have to spend time recovering in the hospital.

from Greater LA

How have East and West Germany grown together 30 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall?

Building a new Germany after the Fall of the Wall

How have East and West Germany grown together 30 years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall?

from Studio Berlin

Ever wonder why it seems like you’re always waiting forever on the phone to speak with someone at a store? Or why sometimes you can return items easily and sometimes you can’t?

Secret consumer scores influence whether you can return a purchase and more

Ever wonder why it seems like you’re always waiting forever on the phone to speak with someone at a store? Or why sometimes you can return items easily and sometimes you can’t?

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is suing Facebook. He wants them to turn over emails, documents, etc.

California sues Facebook for key info in privacy investigation

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is suing Facebook. He wants them to turn over emails, documents, etc.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Earlier this week, authorities confiscated $1.5 billion worth of illegal cannabis in the state.

Can Weedmaps stay in business by highlighting only legal shops?

Earlier this week, authorities confiscated $1.5 billion worth of illegal cannabis in the state.

from Greater LA

It’s been a while since many of us have been to a shopping mall. The convenience of online shopping has mall owners scrambling to stay relevant.

Malls are dying, but owners aren’t giving up

It’s been a while since many of us have been to a shopping mall. The convenience of online shopping has mall owners scrambling to stay relevant.

from Greater LA

Avid outdoorsman and President Teddy Roosevelt once said, "The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom."

Trump wants to allow Wi-Fi, Amazon deliveries, and food trucks in national parks

Avid outdoorsman and President Teddy Roosevelt once said, "The farther one gets into the wilderness, the greater is the attraction of its lonely freedom."

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Santa Ana winds are dying down, but fires throughout the state continue to rage. Many Californians are still without electricity as utilities preemptively shut off power.

The link between California’s housing crisis and catastrophic wildfires

The Santa Ana winds are dying down, but fires throughout the state continue to rage. Many Californians are still without electricity as utilities preemptively shut off power.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

On Friday, the United Auto Workers and its nearly 50,000 GM employees signaled an end to the six-week stalemate, voting to OK a deal that the labor union struck with the automaker earlier this month.

The strike is over: UAW members ratify deal with General Motors

On Friday, the United Auto Workers and its nearly 50,000 GM employees signaled an end to the six-week stalemate, voting to OK a deal that the labor union struck with the automaker earlier this month.

from NPR