Archive for the ‘Government’ Category

Cost of military transgender care in the spotlight   Leave a comment

39-year-old transgender veteran Ashley Register stands outside her Dover, Delaware home.  Link:

Summary: In light of the cost of transgender health care, President Trump has advised the Department of Defense to eliminate transition-related care for veterans and active duty transgender troops due to potential high costs that the U.S. can face. Though, in this podcast, one argues that the actual expenses will come from firing perfectly competent transgender troops and training future armed forces. Morality, gender issues, and politics are factors that clash together in this podcast.

Original Air Date: October 10, 2017

Length: 2 minutes 35 seconds

The latest jobs report reveals hurricanes Harvey, Irma’s economic costs   Leave a comment

Screenshot-2017-10-30 The latest jobs report reveals hurricanes Harvey, Irma_s economic costsLink:

Summary: With significant damages caused by two major hurricanes that recently took place, it is no surprise that the road to recovery will be a long and an expensive one for the affected areas. This podcast considers the statements of President Trump and his stance on Puerto Rico’s debt, as well as Janet Yellen’s view on regulation. In addition, consider concerns whether the financial system of the U.S. itself has been stable and transparent.

Original Air Date: October 6, 2017

Length: 5 minutes 53 seconds

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


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

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:

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

Discussion prompt (1): Having listened to this podcast, what type of economic system do you think North Korea has? What impact do you think this system has on people, businesses and the government. Use specific examples from the podcast to support your answer.

Discussion Prompt (2): The podcast points out that in N Korea’s economic system “the state technically owns everything.” How does this impact the ‘Donju’?  Think particularly how it impacts the incentives they face to start and grow a business (contributing to economic development).

Discussion Prompt (3): Why would entrepreneurship not be something typically observed in a Centrally Planned/Socialist country? How are the economic incentives of this system related to this lack of entrepreneurship? According to this podcast, how did the economic actions of the Donju contribute to economic growth in N. Korea?


What LinkedIn Tells Us About the Economy   Leave a comment


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



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

How the Minimum Wage Affects Restaurant Hygiene   Leave a comment

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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