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Why the bad guys do it, how they succeed, and what happens to their victims. Plus: the trade war hits toys and why we do "The Numbers."

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The Big Book

The real reason our workplaces aren't getting more diverse

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Oct 22, 2019
Companies and institutions have invested billions in making themselves more diverse. So why isn't it working?
Though billions of dollars have been invested in expanding workplace diversity, those programs often fail. Above, an office building in Chicago, Illinois.
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Kai Explains

What do changes in the stock market actually mean?

by Andie Corban and Kai Ryssdal Oct 22, 2019
"It's not as simple as it might seem," said Andrea Eisfeldt of UCLA.
A trader exiting the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in April 2013.
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What I learned by chatting with Chinese robocallers

by Scott Tong Oct 22, 2019
Those Chinese-language phone scams are on the rise again.
Every robocall begins with a canned message.
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WeWork strikes a deal to save itself

by Bennett Purser and Kai Ryssdal Oct 22, 2019
Japanese conglomerate SoftBank will take control, ousting co-founder Adam Neumann.
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The Season

Hasbro's poor earnings report tells a trade war story

by Marielle Segarra Oct 22, 2019
Tariff-related uncertainty caused chaos on the cusp of the company's most important season.
Hasbro toys on display at a Target store in 2019 in San Rafael, California.
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McKinsey to banks: innovate or die

by Andy Uhler Oct 22, 2019
Traditional banks are ceding market share to new platforms.
IndyMac Bank failed during the last recession. Above, customers are allowed into a branch in Pasadena, California after the federal government seized the failing bank in 2008.
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