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

Northern California Wildfires Destroy Thousands Of Businesses   Leave a comment

4971832860_8c25345e37_zLink: http://www.npr.org/2017/10/12/557444669/northern-california-wildfires-destroy-thousands-of-businesses

Summary: There are many factors that can damage businesses, but not all businesses can say that mother nature is a leading factor in disrupting their operations. Winery businesses located in Sonoma and Napa counties are the main focus of this podcast, discussing how Northern California wildfires have made business owners realize just how detrimental they are to not only the future of their businesses, but to them and their employees as well.

Original Air Date: October 12, 2017

Length: 3 minutes 34 seconds

Equifax Hack Brings Renewed Attention To The Credit Reporting Industry   Leave a comment

6777771283_63d40646df_oLink: http://www.npr.org/2017/10/13/557628589/equifax-hack-brings-renewed-attention-to-the-credit-reporting-industry

Summary: There are hundreds of millions of consumers who receive their credit reports from Equifax, but with the recent announcement of a cyber-security breach caused by hackers, what does that now mean for the agency? In this podcast, the Planet Money team discusses the roots of how the multi-billion-dollar industry came to be. One may think that the large hack will only pose a threat to individuals’ identities, but think about how it can negatively impact the economy as well.

Original Air Date: October 13, 2017

Length: 3 minutes 37 seconds

Episode 800: North Korea’s Capitalists   Leave a comment

This photo taken on July 28, 2013 shows customers shopping at a supermarket in Pyongyang. Chinese yuan, US dollars, euros and tea bags. Money can come in many forms in North Korea, but as a foreign visitor you'll probably never even see a local banknote, let alone use one. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2017/10/13/557645729/episode-800-north-koreas-capitalists?utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=bufferffd48&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Summary: Learn about a little group in North Korea, called the ‘donju.’ The economic prosperity that they developed went on to support the country’s nuclear program and contributed to the growth of their economy. This was all made possible when Kim Jong Un began allowing consultants from overseas to educate  North Korean entrepreneurs on accounting, trade, and management. They did this without daring to actually call it a spread of capitalism, as North Korea still remains a strict socialist country.

Original Air Date: October 13, 2017

Length: 24 minutes 25 seconds

 

What LinkedIn Tells Us About the Economy   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.marketplace.org/2017/10/09/tech/what-linkedin-tells-us-about-economy

Summary: Who says the Labor Department is the only thing that can measure the U.S. economy? LinkedIn keeps track of the U.S. workforce by viewing trends that they see on their members’ profiles and extracting specific data to construct monthly reports. From tracking skills to receiving live updates on when individuals get new jobs, LinkedIn can track certain data that the government cannot.

Original Air Date: October 9, 2017

Length: 6 minutes 24 seconds

 

Organic Industry Sues USDA To Push For Animal Welfare Rules   Leave a comment

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Link: http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/09/13/550607440/organic-industry-sues-to-push-animal-welfare-rules

Summary: There is a thoughtful process behind the eggs that a consumer purchases from the grocery store. In this podcast, organic industries argue that meeting the basic needs of birds is crucial. This includes providing chickens the access to the outdoors where they can freely roam. As it is in everybody’s interest to shop for organic eggs from chickens that are “cage-free”, the organic industry demands the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement new rules regarding animal welfare.

Original Air Date: September 13, 2017

Length: 2 minutes 32 seconds

We Shouldn’t Stick Our Heads In The Sand, But We Do It Anyway   Leave a comment

ostrich effectLink: http://www.npr.org/2017/09/18/551901221/we-shouldn-t-stick-our-heads-in-the-sand-but-we-do-it-anyway

Summary: We all have experienced information aversion when it comes to information that provokes psychological pain. When the stock market crashes, do you continue to frequently check your portfolio, or ignore it completely since you anticipate future losses? If you chose to put your portfolio to the side, this exemplifies “the ostrich effect”. This term comes from not birds, but investors. Hidden Brain discusses how information aversion is associated with people avoiding information that is unpleasant. While we know that ignorance can be bliss, knowledge is power.

Original Air Date: September 18, 2017

Length: 26 minutes 41 seconds

 

 

How the Minimum Wage Affects Restaurant Hygiene   Leave a comment

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Link: http://www.npr.org/2017/09/13/550607377/how-the-minimum-wage-affects-restaurant-hygiene

Summary: Cities across the U.S. have been making efforts to increase the minimum wage, which would impact restaurant workers. However, this move results to unexpected side effects due to the higher costs that restaurants will have to face, leading them to cut back on some services. This story discusses how the effects on increasing the minimum wage ties with the hygiene of restaurants and suggests potential steps that the restaurants can take to minimize their health violations.

Original Air Date: September 13, 2017

Length: 3 minutes 35 seconds