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Brynjolfsson on the Second Machine Age   Leave a comment


Summary: Erick Brynjolfsson, Professor of Management at MIT, talks about the new age of economic development and activities that will be dominated by intelligent machines and computers.

Original Air Date: February 3, 2014

Length: 59 min

What’s A Penny Worth   Leave a comment

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Summary: Planet Money explains the history of the penny through three perspectives: its worth, its potential in the internet age, and who is betting on the government killing it.

Original Air Date: May 16, 2014

Length: 19 min

The Future Of Work Looks Like A UPS Truck   Leave a comment

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Summary: This podcast outlines how information technology is being used to measure efficiency in certain markets, such as the United Parcel Service (UPS). Whether you are inside a truck driving or in an office, information technology can track almost everything you do.

Original Air Date: May 2, 2014

Length: 14 min

Why Everybody Who Doesn’t Hate Bitcoin Loves It: A New Freakonomics Radio Podcast   Leave a comment

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Summary: Freakonomics explains the new digital currency Bitcoin and its potential capabilities as well as its shortcomings. Economists and internet pioneers such as Marc Andreeseen and Susan Athey provide their opinions on  this emerging currency.

Original Air Date: March 27, 2014

Length: 36 min

If Mayors Ruled the World   Leave a comment

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Summary: Stepher Dubner from Freakonomics Radio interviews Benjamin Barber, author of If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfanctional Nations, Rising Cities, who outlines why good governance  is more efficient in cities compared to nation states.

Original Air Date: April 10, 2014

Length: 32 min

The Birth Of The Minimum Wage   Leave a comment

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Summary: Planet Money takes us back through time to when the U.S. first set a minimum wage. Historically, the U.S. had rejected any attempts at a minimum wage law, considering them unconstitutional.  But things changed after Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938.

Original Air Date: January 17, 2014

Length: 17 min

Rule Breakers   Leave a comment

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Summary: Planet Money presents three stories that revolve around the theme of ‘Rule Breaking.’ This three episode mash-up considers how people in Indonesia navigate  horrendous traffic, how the U.S. illegally subsidizes cotton farmers and how banks decide to accumulate huge risks.

Original Air Date: January 22, 2014

Length: 16 min

Will A Computer Decide Whether You Get Your Next Job?   Leave a comment

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Summary: Planet Money asks what the hiring process of the future might look like. This podcast takes a look at  hiring tests that could determine your next position without you even been present for an interview.

Original Air Date: January 15, 2014

Length: 19 min

A Bet, Five Metals And The Future Of The Planet   Leave a comment

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Summary: A bet between a biologist and an economist over population growth. This Planet Money Podcast reports on a wager between biologist Paul Ehrlich and economist Julian Simon on the affect of population boom to our environment.

Original Air Date: January 2, 2014

Length: 7 minutes

Why Bad Environmentalism Is Such an Easy Sell   Leave a comment

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Summary: Ed Glaeser, University of Harvard professor sheds light on why it is easy for politicians and marketers to sell green.

Original Air Date: October 24, 2013

Length: 25 min