Michigan Radio: Niala Boodhoo http://wwno.org en Panera Sandwich Chain Explores 'Pay What You Want' Concept http://wwno.org/post/panera-sandwich-chain-explores-pay-what-you-want-concept The concept of "pay what you want" for goods and services is a nostalgic throwback to the days when people trusted one another just a little bit more, and it's something you expect to see at the occasional <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/06/11/154750001/the-psychology-of-the-honor-system-at-the-farm-stand">farm stand</a> or at a hip, independent <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7320290">coffee shop</a>.<p>But recently, the sandwich and coffee giant Panera decided to get into the business with Panera Cares, a nonprofit version of the national chain. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 07:22:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Niala Boodhoo 19506 at http://wwno.org For Manufacturing Jobs, Workers Brush Up On Math http://wwno.org/post/manufacturing-jobs-workers-brush-math Politicians have touted modern manufacturing as the solution for lifting the economy and providing good jobs.<p>But today's manufacturing work requires strong math skills — not just adding and subtracting, but a good grasp of fractions, decimals and basic trigonometry. Tue, 10 Jul 2012 07:16:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Niala Boodhoo 15397 at http://wwno.org Midwest Learns To Manufacture More With Less http://wwno.org/post/midwest-learns-manufacture-more-less CEO Eric Treiber walks out onto the factory floor of Chicago White Metal Casting. Workers are busy making aluminum, zinc and magnesium metal parts for cars, swimming pools and farm equipment.<p>The floor's a lot louder than it was a few years ago. At Chicago White Metal Casting, revenue is up 4 percent from 2010 — and that year was better than the one before.<p>Chicago White Metal Casting isn't alone: Most U.S. manufacturing came back strong this year. Nowhere was that more evident than across the Midwest. Sat, 31 Dec 2011 11:15:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Niala Boodhoo 1018 at http://wwno.org