Archive for the ‘Shortage’ Category

The Last Euro in Greece   Leave a comment

last euroLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/07/08/421228146/episode-637-the-last-euro-in-greece

Summary: The Planet Money team discusses the role the banks played in the Greek debt crisis and how it affected the Greek people.

Original Air Date: July 8, 2015

Length: 13 minutes 38 seconds

The Curse of the Black Lotus   Leave a comment

blacklotusLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2015/03/11/392381112/episode-609-the-curse-of-the-black-lotus

Summary: Using common goods like magic cards, the NPR team demonstrates market bubbles and how they work as well as how one company deflated theirs.

Original Air Date: March 11, 2015

Length: 16 minutes 56 seconds

Episode 576: When Women Stopped Coding   Leave a comment

coding womenLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/10/17/356944145/episode-576-when-women-stopped-coding

Summary: How did women go from being the pioneers of the coding industry to… the sidelines? The answer directly relates to the number of women studying computer science, and what happened in 1984 to change everything. A factor, as it turns out, is the marketing ploys aimed at women.

Original Air Date: October 17, 2014

Length: 17 minutes 12 seconds

 

The Chocolate Curse   Leave a comment

A new breed of cocoa: CCN-51

Link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2015/02/04/383830776/episode-601-the-chocolate-curse

Summary: This podcast explores the shortage in supply of cocoa around the world, as well as one man’s solution to the crisis.  However, this solution comes at a price.

Original Air Date: February 5, 2015

Length: 18 minutes 12 seconds

How The Tough Economy Changes Young People’s Lives   Leave a comment

tough economy changes youngLink: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/wealth-poverty/how-tough-economy-changes-young-peoples-lives

Summary: Many people are still feeling the after-effects of the Great Recession, especially young adults. Young adults still have a higher than average unemployment rate, and are not hitting traditional milestones–such as living alone, starting careers, buying their first home–and have been described as a generation that has “failed to launch” due to the poor economy. Everything that is happening to this generation is happening later in life as they work to launch themselves as independent, self-supporting adults in the harsh economic environment.

Original Air Date: September 16, 2014

Length: 4 minutes 36 seconds

The Boom-and-Bust Story of a Crop Called Guar   Leave a comment

guarLink: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/sustainability/boom-and-bust-story-crop-called-guar

Summary: Guar is a small bean, and it had a recent rise and fall in the marketplace. Besides being an additive to thicken many foods, it’s also used in fracking. When fracking took off, the price of guar rose. As the price increased, Texas farmers started growing a lot of it, until Pakistan and India–which grow 98% of the guar combined–caught up to the demand. As a result, oil companies stopped hoarding it, and the prices dropped. The Texas farmers were left without buyers, and caused a chain reaction of bankruptcy.

Original Air Date: October 9, 2014

Length: 2 minutes 47 seconds

What Could Slow U.S.’s Surging Oil Output? Low Prices.   Leave a comment

Link: http://www.marketplace.org/topics/sustainability/what-could-slow-uss-surging-oil-output-low-prices

Summary: The oil the United States has been pumping has been getting less and less profitable. In North America, oil comes from fracking shale, and after the first initial output, oil companies have to drill deeper and deeper to get to the oil, causing it to be more expensive to access. However, the price of oil is dropping worldwide, and that could mean that the United States could be out of the oil industry, simply because it costs too much to produce.

Original Air Date: October 10, 2014

Length: 2 minutes