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Infomercials Still Tell, And Sell, Product Stories

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

The infomercial industry is predicted to hit $250 billion — 1 percent of U.S. GDP. Host Scott Simon speaks with business writer Jon Nathanson about the economics and enduring strength of infomercials.

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Party Like It’s 1799: Traditional Cider Makes A Comeback

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Cider is still a small part of the overall alcohol market, but it’s growing faster than any other category — and not just the hot mulled stuff that steams up your kitchen. This cider is more like sparkling wine. Some of it is made with the same apple varieties, and in the same style, as the cider bottled by Thomas Jefferson.

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Theater Chains Upgrade To Attract Homebodies

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Movie theater seats are getting more deluxe. A couple chains are installing recliners in the latest effort to give movie goers more of the comforts of home.

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HealthCare.gov Team Working Through Holiday To Meet Deadline

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Workers on the “tech surge” to fix the error-riddled website have just days to meet the Obama administration’s self-imposed deadline for a functioning site. Public confidence in HealthCare.gov has already taken the kind of hit that may be hard to overcome.

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U.S. delays online health insurance enrollment for small businesses

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Wednesday postponed online health insurance enrollment for small businesses under Obamacare for one year, a move quickly seized upon by critics as…

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