#577: The Kansas Experiment10/23/14
Today on the show, a Republican governor lives the dream. He cuts taxes dramatically in his state, and he promises good times ahead. But the good times do not come. Now he's fighting for his political life. For more:http://n.pr/1pBNfq7
#577: The Kansas Experiment
Today on the show, a Republican governor lives the dream. He cuts taxes dramatically in his state, and he promises good times ahead. But the good times do not come. Now he's fighting for his political life.
#576: When Women Stopped Coding
Mark Zuckerberg. Bill Gates. Steve Jobs. Most of the big names in technology are men. But a lot of computing pioneers, the ones who programmed the first digital computers, were women. And for decades, the number of women in computer science was...
#381: Why It's Illegal To Braid Hair Without A License
Note: Today's show is a rerun. It originally ran inJune 2012.A few years ago, Jestina Clayton started a hair braiding business in her home in Centerville, Utah. The business let her stay home with her kids, and in good months, she made enough to pay...
#575: The Fondue Conspiracy
The popularity of fondue wasn't an accident. It was planned by a cartel of Swiss cheese makers, which ruled the Swiss economy for 80 years. On today's show: Swiss cheese. A story about what happens when well-meaning folks decide that the rules of...
#574: The Buffalo Talk-Off
Today's show is the story of a guy who tried to make something of himself by getting into a rough business: debt collection. It's also the story of the low-level, semi-legal debt-collection economy that sprung up in Buffalo, New York. And, in a small...
# 573: Why Textbook Prices Keep Climbing
Prices of new textbooks have been going up like crazy. Faster than clothing, food, cars, and even healthcare. Listeners have been asking for years why textbooks are getting so expensive. On today's show, we actually find an answer.
#572: Jewelers, Futurists And Whistleblowers
Today on the show: Stories about the secrets of jewelry stores, the problem with World's Fairs and a law signed by Abraham Lincoln that's being used today to go after the largest banks in the world.For more:n.pr/1prjqYP
#571: Why Raising Money For Ebola Is Hard
Charities raised $1.4 billion to help rebuild Haiti after the earthquake. After the tsunami in Asia in 2004, organizations raised $1.6 billion. But when something like Ebola happens, so far, people look the other way. On today's show: What does it...
#477: Waiting For Robot Nannies
Note: Today's show is a rerun. It originally ran inAugust 2013. More than half of all Japanese women quit their jobs after giving birth to their first child. That's more than double the rate in the U.S., and it's a problem for Japan's economy. If more...
#570: The Fine Print
On today's show, we read our homeowners insurance policy. The details are amazing. Lava! Vermin! Falling objects! And, hiding in all the fine print, the story of how insurance works — and what makes it break.
#569: How To Divide An Imaginary Pie
Alex Blumberg is starting a business, a podcasting business. And he's recording himself as he starts the company — he's making apodcastabout starting his podcasting company. Meta, right? But starting a business can be lonely. Alex wants a partner to...
Episode 568: Snoops, Hackers And Tin Foil Hats
An amazing amount of stuff on the internet is free — Facebook, Twitter and Gmail. Of course, it's not exactly free. We pay, with our data. And right now, we're kind of stuck trading our data, for all this free software. Today on the show: two people...
#567: Getting Unstuck
For years now, the economy has been kind of stuck. The unemployment rate is getting better, but slowly. Household incomes have actually been falling. It's easy to feel stuck. Today on the show, stories of two people trying to get unstuck.
#566: The Zoo Economy
Zoo animals are different than most possessions, because zoos follow a fundamental principle: You can't sell or buy the animals. It's unethical and illegal to put a price tag on an elephant's head.Today on the show: What do you do in a world where you...
#565: The Story Of Alibaba
A massive Chinese company, Alibaba, is about to have what could be the biggest public offering on planet earth.You can think of Alibaba like Amazon or Ebay, except you can buy way more — you can get a used747 airplane, or anoil tanker, or 500 million...
#564: The Signature
Some people write a squiggle. Others just write an initial. One person draws a dude surfing. Today on the show: the signature. It's supposed to say, "This is me." But where did the idea come from? And why are we still using it? We consult a rabbi, a...
#563: "I Was Wrong"
The world is full of people talking about how right they are. Today on the show, we try something different: We talk to smart, thoughtful people about times they got things really, really wrong. For more:http://n.pr/1lfnG0Y
#562: A Mall Divided
The Westfield Valley Fair Mall in California is like any other mall except for one thing: half of the mall is in the city of San Jose and the other half is in the city of Santa Clara. The boundary line runs right through the mall. For a long time,...
#485: What's Your Major?
Note: Today's show is a rerun. It originally ran inSeptember 2013. Sure, some college degrees lead to higher paying jobs than others. But what's shocking — at least, it was shocking to us — is just how big the gap can be. The most lucrative majors...
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