Archive for the ‘Efficiency’ Category

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

 

Fed’s Departing Vice Chair On Stocks, The Federal Debt And Transparency   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.npr.org/2017/10/11/556973877/fed-s-departing-vice-chair-on-stocks-the-federal-debt-and-transparency

Summary: In this podcast, economics meets finance. We learn how Stanley Fischer, the departing vice chair of the Fed, connects interest rates to the stock market, how he views the level of transparency of the Fed, and we learn his input on how the country’s economy has been functioning as a whole.

Original Air Date: October 11, 2017

Length: 5 minutes 28 seconds

How The Internet Got Ruined   Leave a comment

Chaos Computer Club Annual CongressLink: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/041917-mtech

Summary: “Move Fast and Break Things” is a newly released book about the monopolistic market structure of the internet.  Marketplace interviews Jonathan Taplin, the author of the book, who is the tour manager for Bob Dylan.  They discuss how the monopoly structure set up by the technology companies has ruined the communal nature of the internet. Also discussed is one silicon valley entrepreneur who left San Francisco for Minneapolis.

Original Air Date: April 19, 2017

Length: 7 minutes 35 seconds

Is Hacktivism a Force for Good…or Chaos?   Leave a comment

hacktivismLink: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/04262017-mtech

Summary: Hacktivism is a topic for debate with the latest flurry of activity on the internet.  Marketplace interviews a former hacktivist, who served time, but now is at a security firm.  They discuss the value of hacktivism, and how technology’s role affects government.  Also discussed is Phoenix’s rise as a technology hub, with autonomous cars being tested in Arizona.

Original Air Date: April 26, 2017

Length: 7 minutes 25 seconds

The Evolution of the Show “Archer”   Leave a comment

archer2Link: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/04202017-mtech

Summary: “Archer” debuted when the internet was taking off. Marketplace interviews the show’s technical director and actress about the role the internet plays in the success of the show.  Marketplace also introduces Philadelphia’s reaction to Silicon Valley, and the recruitment of tech workers to the city.

Original Air Date: April 20, 2017

Length: 7 minutes 13 seconds

Self Checkout   Leave a comment

self-checkout-936a66b9e1191573547895056746862815fc30b3-s1600-c85-jfifLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2016/10/19/498571623/episode-730-self-checkout

Summary: Self checkout has become a staple in grocery stores, but back in 1992 they were considered a laughing stock.  Planet Money discusses self checkout with their creator, and considers what impact automation has on service and employment.

Original Air Date: October 19, 2016

Length: 20 minutes 27 seconds

 

Google is big. Is that bad?   Leave a comment

google bigLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2017/08/04/541643346/episode-787-google-is-big-is-that-bad 

Summary: The Planet Money team focus on the recent European Commission decision that Google violated anti trust rules. They discuss the context of the seven year consideration of the question whether Google has too much power over the Internet. Includes consideration of how the question is viewed differently in the U.S. and how this specific case helps us think generally about issues of competition.

Original Air Date: August 4, 2017

Length: 16:42