Archive for the ‘Planet Money’ Category

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

Budget Time   Leave a comment

budget timeLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2017/07/07/535987825/episode-782-budget-time 

Summary: The Planet Money team uses a ten minute block of time to demonstrate the allocation of the U.S. federal budget. Each program gets the same percent of ten minutes as the percentage it makes up of the total budget.

Original Air Date:July 7, 2017

Length: 15:49

The Hydrox Resurrection   Leave a comment

hydroxLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2017/08/23/545546014/episode-652-the-hydrox-resurrection 

Summary: Planet Money tells the tale of a man trying to bring back the forgotten Hydrox brand.  Discussion includes close substitutes, trademarks, patents, brands, and what they communicate to consumers.

Original Air Date: September 18, 2015

Length: 19:46

Special thanks to twitter@TiemesEsther for recommending this podcast

 

Posted September 5, 2017 by audioecon in Patent, Planet Money, Utility

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Self Checkout   Leave a comment

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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

 

Cat Scam   Leave a comment

cat-picture-f5c39c93daa03f62c6eda4f68f3106dc0ff6d7cb-s1600-c85.jfifLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2016/09/14/493810206/episode-724-cat-scam

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

Pub In A Box   Leave a comment

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Summary: Irish Pubs are everywhere, even in places like Hong Kong and the Ivory Coast.  One architecture student from Ireland, Mel McNally, began selling the Irish Pub to other areas.  Planet Money discusses how the Irish Pub is shipped in a box all over the world, and people will flock to it.

Original Air Date: April 12, 2017

Length: 17 minutes 19 seconds

Discussion Question: Who are Mel’s competitors in the market if he has control of the Irish Pub concept? What is the market structure?

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