Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

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

Bell Wars   Leave a comment

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Summary: Bells are heard every year at Christmas time, but you would have a hard time distinguishing the difference between the two main companies who make them.  Planet Money investigates how two bell companies were at war for decades over who’s bell sounded best.  As the war affected the sales, engineering, and legal sides of the business, this fierce competition has an unlikely result.

Original Air Date: December 14, 2016

Length: 19 minutes 28 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

Farmers Hack Their Equipment to Evade Tractor Company Policies   Leave a comment

Statewide Drought Forces Californians To Take Drastic Measures For Water ConversationLink: https://www.marketplace.org/2017/03/27/tech/farmers-hack-their-equipment-evade-tractor-company-policies

Summary: Farmers are hacking into their own tractors in order to fix them, rather than pay for a dealer to fix it for them.  Marketplace introduces this situation and explains why tractor owners aren’t satisfied with this developing market concentration in the repair market and what they hope to do about it. .

Original Air Date: March 27, 2017

Length: 3 minutes 2 seconds

Discussion Question: What impact does forcing tractor owners to go through dealers for repairs do for competition in the market? Who benefits from this system more, the owner or the dealer?

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

The New Telenovela   Leave a comment

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Summary: The fourth most watched network in the United States is Telemundo, partly because of its widely successful Telenovelas.  Planet Money discusses how one Telenovela changed TV, implemented strong women characters and had a connection to the Mexican drug ring that helped bring down the infamous El Chapo.

Original Air Date: August 31, 2016

Length: 20 minutes 32 seconds

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

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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