Archive for the ‘Planet Money’ Category

Whistleblower Protection Program   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2022/03/29/1089572956/whistleblower-protection-program

This episode of the Indicator discusses the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the ways in which it regulates businesses. Whistleblowers, the ones who are brave enough to stand up against malpractice in the company, are valuable to the SEC but are often too scared to come forward. Jordan Thomas, a former SEC employee, decided he would make a firm that protected these whistleblowers and made sure they are compensated for the risks they are taking.

Original Air Date: March 29, 2022

Length: 10 minutes 5 seconds

You Should Probably Get You Plane Tickets Soon   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2022/04/25/1094706897/you-should-probably-get-your-plane-tickets-soon

The Indicator this week discusses what is happening in the airline industry. After hard hits from COVID-19 they are finally expecting to make profits this year, but there are many factors that could crush those expectations. Limited staffing and picketing from fatigued pilots and higher jet fuel prices due to the limited supply of oil are just some of the major problems facing these airline companies. Ticket prices will go up as consumers bear the brunt of the oil shortage. Airlines are also cutting different flight paths as there is not enough incentive to keep servicing certain routes. The biggest take away is to book your tickets early and be prepared for rising prices.

Original Air Date: April 25, 2022

Length: 10 minutes 17 seconds

How Manatees Got Into Hot Water   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2022/04/08/1091736131/how-manatees-got-into-hot-water

Back in the 1970’s, manatees were close to extinction because of ruined habitats and speedboats. Over time power companies started to notice that groups of manatees were congregating around their power plants due to the warm water they produce. This episode of Planet Money discusses the unlikely partnership between environmentalists and power companies to conserve the manatee and how they make that possible. Conservation policies needed to adapt the idea that to save the manatees, the power plants also need to be saved. The warm water keeps the manatees alive but what happens when we move to more renewable energy resources? Pat Rose, a conservationist known as the “manatee man”, joins the show to explain what is going on in the manatee world today and what the future looks like.

Original Air Date: April 8, 2022

Length: 24 minutes 2 seconds

A locked door, a secret meeting and the birth of the Fed (Classic)   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/12/01/1060610393/a-locked-door-a-secret-meeting-and-the-birth-of-the-fed-classic

On this episode from Planet Money, they discuss the events and people that led the creation of the Fed, relevant in 2022 in light of the pressure the Fed is facing in as inflation continues to rise. A quick guide to J.P. Morgan’ s influence and help with founding the Fed so big bailouts no longer had to fall on his pockets.

Original Air Date: December 20, 2013

Length: 17 minutes 10 seconds

Risk & Disaster   Leave a comment

Economists Justin Wolfers and Betsey Stevenson discuss insurance and risk and how it is related to economics.

Original Air Date: August 26, 2020

Length: 27 Minutes 27 Seconds

Posted January 11, 2022 by fiorinio in macroeconomics, Planet Money

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Bitcoin Losers (Classic)   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2020/12/30/951460511/bitcoin-losers-classic

The people who lose their passkey to bitcoin have no way of accessing their possible fortune. Find out what this means for all the lost or untouched bitcoin.

Original Air Date: January 1, 2021

Length: 23 Minutes 29 Seconds

Posted January 4, 2022 by fiorinio in Currency, Finance, Planet Money

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Bonds & Becky With The Good Yield   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/08/12/1027086991/planet-money-summer-school-4-bonds-becky-with-the-good-yield

Cornell Professor Vicki Bogan describes what a bond is, how it is different from a stock, and how they help companies grow. Also, learn what happens when you purchase a junk bond.

Discussion Prompt: From your listening (and additional research if you wish), briefly explain the difference between stocks and bonds. What do you think are the pros and cons of investing more in stocks or more in bonds, or a portfolio of both?

Original Air Date: August 18, 2021

Length: 33 Minutes 34 Seconds

Posted December 28, 2021 by fiorinio in Finance, Planet Money

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Bubbles, Bikes, and Biases   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/08/23/1030276615/planet-money-summer-school-5-bubbles-bikes-biases

Learn from Planet Money’s Summer School what causes financial bubbles with examples such as the dotcom bubble and the Great British bicycle bubble. Also, hear about how behavioral biases, greater fools theory, and herd behavior make bubbles much worse.

Original Air Date: August 25, 2021

Length: 29 Minutes 57 Seconds

Keep Calm, It’s Just The Bullwhip Effect   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/10/20/1047777081/keep-calm-its-just-the-bullwhip-effect

As we already know, the whole world is struggling to get items shipped to distributors because of supply chain issues. The Beergame App, created by logistics expert Mathais Le Scaon, uses the demand of cases of beer to demonstrate the bullwhip effect, where small fluctuations in demand at the retail level cause increasing larger fluctuations up the supply chain. After participating in the game, members of tPlanet Money’s indicator team find that fixing the supply chain is no simple task.

Original Air Date: October 20, 2021

Length: 9 minutes 52 seconds

The Even More Minimum Wage   Leave a comment

Link: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/12/976465414/the-even-more-minimum-wage

This podcast discusses the history and the impact of low wages received by restaurant workers. The federal “tipped” minimum wage has remained stagnant for almost 30 years, while the standard minimum wage has been increased 5 times throughout that time. Policy makers in Washington DC are now proposing the Raise the Wage Act, which, if enacted, would raise the federal minimum wage incrementally to $15 an hour for all workers in all industries, including tipped workers.

Original Air Date: March 17, 2021

Length: 21 minutes and 22 seconds