Archive for the ‘Black / gray market’ Category

Lance Armstrong and the Business of Doping   Leave a comment

ap_lancearmstrong_webimage-c6dda44fa3de77fde1ceace1025a651fd9438ca5-s1600-c85.jfifLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2016/04/27/475929464/episode-417-lance-armstrong-and-the-business-of-doping

Summary: Back in the 2000’s, Lance Armstrong and the US Postal Service Cycling team were going all out to win the Tour de France.  After the doping scandal was uncovered, the business behind the team was discovered.  Planet Money discusses how professional cycling was dominated by doping, and how it was set up like a business.

Original Air Date: April 27, 2016

Length: 18 minutes 25 seconds

The Zoo Economy   Leave a comment

nocontestelephants-a8bada5851a464dbde9a4c9ba2c427149ae0c531-s1600-c85-jfifLink:   http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2016/09/09/493295430/episode-566-the-zoo-economy

Summary: Due to regulations and animal cruelty, the market for animals has almost disappeared over the years.  Planet Money discusses how zoos and aquariums use different methods to get their animals without having to pay a single dollar and avoiding a PR disaster.

Original Air Date: September 9, 2016

Length: 17 minutes 22 seconds

OMG TPP   Leave a comment

omg tppLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/11/06/455055023/episode-662-omg-tpp

Summary: In this podcast, the Planet Money team investigates the much anticipated Trans-Pacific Partnership and discusses some of the highlights in the bill’s nearly six thousand pages.

Original Air Date: November 7, 2015

Length: 22 minutes 9 seconds

The Invention Of ‘The Economy’   Leave a comment

They knew it was bad. But they didn't have any way to know just how bad it was.Link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/02/28/283477546/the-invention-of-the-economy

Summary: ‘The Economy’ is ever-present in today’s conversations but it was not always this way. This podcast describes the emergence of the phrase ‘The Economy’ and Gross Domestic Product.

Original Air Date: February 28, 2014

Length: 4 minutes 29 seconds

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

freak bitcoinLink: http://freakonomics.com/2014/03/27/why-everybody-who-doesnt-hate-bitcoin-loves-it-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/ 

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

Kid Rock vs. the Scalpers   Leave a comment

kid rockLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/06/25/195641030/episode-468-kid-rock-vs-the-scalpers

Summary:The Planet Money team interview Kid Rock on his strategies to combat after-market sales of concert tickets by scalpers.  Includes a discussion of changes in the concert industry, firm strategies to price differentiate and consumer views on such strategies.

Length: 19:05 min

Original air date: June 27, 2013

Why It’s Illegal To Braid Hair Without A License   2 comments

jestinaclaytonLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/06/22/155596305/episode-381-why-its-illegal-to-braid-hair-without-a-license

Summary: The podcast outlines the problems that small local businesses face when the state forces licensing restrictions on their practices. Jestina Clayton, a local hair braiding businesswomen in Centerville, Utah shares her experience with the limiting aspects that licensing places on the U.S. economy.

Original air date: June 22, 2012

Length: 12:53 min