Archive for the ‘Utility’ Category

How The Internet Got Ruined   Leave a comment

Chaos Computer Club Annual CongressLink: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/041917-mtech

Summary: “Move Fast and Break Things” is a newly released book about the monopolistic market structure of the internet.  Marketplace interviews Jonathan Taplin, the author of the book, who is the tour manager for Bob Dylan.  They discuss how the monopoly structure set up by the technology companies has ruined the communal nature of the internet. Also discussed is one silicon valley entrepreneur who left San Francisco for Minneapolis.

Original Air Date: April 19, 2017

Length: 7 minutes 35 seconds

The Evolution of the Show “Archer”   Leave a comment

archer2Link: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/04202017-mtech

Summary: “Archer” debuted when the internet was taking off. Marketplace interviews the show’s technical director and actress about the role the internet plays in the success of the show.  Marketplace also introduces Philadelphia’s reaction to Silicon Valley, and the recruitment of tech workers to the city.

Original Air Date: April 20, 2017

Length: 7 minutes 13 seconds

Should We Be Able to Access Academic Articles Without Paywalls?   Leave a comment

library_3Link: https://www.marketplace.org/shows/marketplace-tech/04252017-mtech

Summary: Students in college can attest that credible sources needed for a research paper are often hard to find, especially the free ones.  Marketplace introduces a new website that is the latest form of “hacktivism”, and is releasing research papers for free.  Marketplace also introduces the competition between YouTube and Twitch.

Original Air Date: April 25, 2017

Length: 7 minutes

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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Eagles vs. Chickens   Leave a comment

white-oak-pastures-bald-eagles-3-2--8a659fb85864863fa192f7d90300cd9bfecde5b2-s1600-c85.jfifLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2017/02/03/513302816/episode-752-eagles-vs-chickens

Summary: One farmer had what seemed like a great environmentally conscious plan to fertilize his soil.  However, Eagles threw his plan of offering Whole foods consumers organic chicken into disarray.  Planet Money discusses how the unintended consequences impacted farmer’s plan.

Original Air Date: February 3, 2017

Length: 17 minutes 28 seconds

Discussion Question: What were the unintended consequences of the farmer’s choice to use chickens to fertilize the soil? Explain how unintended consequences are important to economics.

A New 3-D Pen Lets Kids Create Their Own Toys   Leave a comment

3DoodlerSeaLink: https://www.marketplace.org/2017/02/22/tech/3d-pen-kids-wins-best-toy-award-toy-fair-2017

Summary: Educational technology toys are a hot new trend in the toy market.  One company, Bogue, introduced a new concept allowing kids to create their own toys through a 3-D printer.  Marketplace introduces how Bogue is competing with giant toy companies.

Original Air Date: February 22, 2017

Length: 3 minutes 15 seconds

Discussion Question: What are some of the advantages and disadvantages Bogue has with creating a new category in the market? How does this impact competition?

Lance Armstrong and the Business of Doping   Leave a comment

ap_lancearmstrong_webimage-c6dda44fa3de77fde1ceace1025a651fd9438ca5-s1600-c85.jfifLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2016/04/27/475929464/episode-417-lance-armstrong-and-the-business-of-doping

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