Archive for the ‘Ethics’ Category

Should We Be Able to Access Academic Articles Without Paywalls?   Leave a comment

library_3Link: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/04252017-mtech

Summary: Students in college can attest that credible sources needed for a research paper are often hard to find, especially the free ones.  Marketplace introduces a new website that is the latest form of “hacktivism”, and is releasing research papers for free.  Marketplace also introduces the competition between YouTube and Twitch.

Original Air Date: April 25, 2017

Length: 7 minutes

Cat Scam   Leave a comment

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Summary: The internet was supposed to eliminate middlemen, creating an area where consumers can buy directly from the manufacturers.  However, the internet is filled with middlemen to the point that middlemen are worried about other middlemen.  Planet Money discusses how the biggest companies on the internet (eBay and Amazon) are middlemen.

Original Air Date: September 14, 2016

Length: 21 minutes 5 seconds

Delicious Cake Futures   Leave a comment

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Summary: An elementary lunch room has more economics involved then one would think.  Snacks are the currency, and the trading is of the food.  In this story, Planet Money discusses how one kid developed a derivative for a cake, by trading for snacks now for a piece of the cake later.

Original Air Date: March 9, 2009

Length: 15 minutes 16 seconds

Amy and Steve vs. Facebook   Leave a comment

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Summary: When social media was beginning to explode in the mid 2000’s, Steve had an idea that would eliminate having to login into three different sites with different usernames and passwords.  One problem: Facebook sued, causing a lengthy legal battle that impacts everyone.  Planet Money investigates how Steve and a $55 per hour lawyer took on Facebook and their $1000 per hour lawyers.

Original Air Date: December 9, 2016

Length: 18 minutes 9 seconds

The Bees go to California   Leave a comment

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Summary: Bee stings hurt, but without bees, fruits and nuts wouldn’t be possible.  Every year, millions of bees travel from the east to California to pollinate fields.  Planet Money researches this unique business and how efficient trucking bees from Louisiana to California really is.

Original Air Date: February 24, 2017

Length: 22 minutes 54 seconds

Lance Armstrong and the Business of Doping   Leave a comment

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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

Chuck E. Cheese’s: Where a Kid Can Learn Price Theory   Leave a comment

untitledLink: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/chuck-e-cheeses-kid-can-learn-price-theory/

Summary: Chuck E. Cheese’s has a reputation for offering family fun events at an affordable cost.  However, is the affordable cost the reason why infamous brawls between parents appear on YouTube? Freakonomics researches Chuck E. Cheese’s price strategy to find out what effect it has on disputes involving police.

Original Air Date: March 8, 2017

Length: 31 minutes 19 seconds

Why Do We Tip?   Leave a comment

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Summary: Tipping has become a staple in many industries in today’s society.  The common belief is that with better service results in a better tip.  Planet Money discusses whether a tip really is an incentive to give better service, or if it is now expected regardless of service.

Original Air Date: January 20, 2016

Length: 17 minutes 36 seconds

Discussion Question: Is it unethical to not give a tip if good service was given? Or is it unethical to expect a tip given it is a loss for the consumer? Discuss the incentives and utility for both the consumer and employee regarding tips.

The Zoo Economy   Leave a comment

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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

Project Eavesdrop   Leave a comment

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Summary: New technology has been a great benefit to the global economy, but privacy could be at an all-time low.  Planet Money discusses the NSA and Edward Snowden in part 1 and investigates how secure you really are, and whether this is a problem for technology companies in part 2.

Original Air Date: June 10, 2014

Length: Part 1: 7 minutes 47 seconds Part 2: 7 minutes 47 seconds

Posted March 21, 2017 by jamezweb in Economic growth, Efficiency, Ethics, Planet Money, Technology, Utility

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