Audioecon will be at the National Economics Teaching Association Conference 2016   Leave a comment

I’ll be presentingIMG_1136 at the NETA 2016 conference in Tampa on Thursday October 27th. I’ll be focusing on Using to foster critical thinking through online discussion boards. I hope to see you there!

Comments on how you use or ways I could make the site more helpful to you are always welcome! Leave your comments here.

Posted October 22, 2016 by audioecon in Teaching Ideas

Welcome to audioecon!   1 comment

This site is a curated library of economics-themed podcasts, primarily from Planet Money, but also from Freakonomics, EconTalk, This American Life and others. The site is designed for economics instructors with searchable categories created with the instructor in mind, as well as  suggestions for podcast-related assignments they might incorporate into course instruction.  Audioecon will also be of interest to anyone who enjoys  learning more about economics. Audioecon and related assignments is featured in the Journal of Economics Education article Podcasts as a Tool for Teaching Economics  Vol.45, Iss.3, 2014.

I hope you find this site useful and interesting, and welcome your feedback!

I wish you smart listening!

Posted June 27, 2012 by audioecon in Utility

GMO acreage falls — along with commodity prices   Leave a comment


Summary: Due to falling commodity prices, the number of acres across the globe containing genetically modified crops has fallen for the first time in 20 years.

Original Air Date: April 13, 2016

Length: 2 minutes 4 seconds

Posted October 21, 2016 by cherokeebelval in Environmental economics, Production costs

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Tax preparers prey on low-income filers, study finds   Leave a comment


Summary: A 2016 study finds brand name tax branches targeting areas with a concentrated population of people receiving the income earned tax credit.

Original Air Date: April 15, 2016

Length: 1 minute 32 seconds

Posted October 14, 2016 by cherokeebelval in Ethics, Inequality, Taxes

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While major U.S. banks are cleaning up their books, the shadow banking system is dirtying its hands   Leave a comment


Summary: Marketplace looks at the shadow banking system of providers of personal, auto and some mortgage loans,and the role these non banks have played  since the financial crisis of 2008.

Original Air Date: April 12, 2016

Length: 1 minute 25 seconds

Utility companies to stockpile $8 million spare parts in case of disaster   Leave a comment


Summary: Several major utility companies are pooling their resources to create a company called Grid Assurance. Grid Assurance is designed to stockpile repair parts to protect against the chances of a grid disaster.

Original Air Date: April , 2016

Length: 2 minutes 6 seconds

Posted October 1, 2016 by cherokeebelval in Oligopoly, Politics & economics, Technology

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Brave’s new browser sets newspaper publishers on edge   Leave a comment


Summary: Marketplace explores the consequences Brave software’s ad blocking browser has on websites, specifically newspaper outlets that depends on ads for revenue.

Original Air Date: April 8, 2016

Length: 2 minutes 15 seconds

Posted September 28, 2016 by cherokeebelval in Ethics, Technology

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Happy Saudi cows eat California alfalfa   Leave a comment

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Summary: A Saudi dairy company, Almarai, bought a total of 14,000 acres of land across Arizona and California with the intentions of growing alfalfa, a water intensive crop.  Almarai plans to export the U.S. grown alfalfa back to Saudi Arabia to be used as fodder.

Original Air Date: April 6, 2016

Length: 2 minutes 22 seconds