North Korea’s Capitalists   Leave a comment

This photo taken on July 28, 2013 shows customers shopping at a supermarket in Pyongyang. Chinese yuan, US dollars, euros and tea bags. Money can come in many forms in North Korea, but as a foreign visitor you'll probably never even see a local banknote, let alone use one. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)Link:

Summary: Learn about a little group in North Korea, called the ‘donju.’ The economic prosperity that they developed went on to support the country’s nuclear program and contributed to the growth of their economy. This was all made possible when Kim Jong Un began allowing consultants from overseas to educate  North Korean entrepreneurs on accounting, trade, and management. They did this without daring to actually call it a spread of capitalism, as North Korea still remains a strict socialist country.

Original Air Date: October 13, 2017

Length: 24 minutes 25 seconds

Discussion prompt (1): Having listened to this podcast, what type of economic system do you think North Korea has? What impact do you think this system has on people, businesses and the government. Use specific examples from the podcast to support your answer.

Discussion Prompt (2): The podcast points out that in N Korea’s economic system “the state technically owns everything.” How does this impact the ‘Donju’?  Think particularly how it impacts the incentives they face to start and grow a business (contributing to economic development).

Discussion Prompt (3): Why would entrepreneurship not be something typically observed in a Centrally Planned/Socialist country? How are the economic incentives of this system related to this lack of entrepreneurship? According to this podcast, how did the economic actions of the Donju contribute to economic growth in N. Korea?


What LinkedIn Tells Us About the Economy   Leave a comment


Summary: Who says the Labor Department is the only thing that can measure the U.S. economy? LinkedIn keeps track of the U.S. workforce by viewing trends that they see on their members’ profiles and extracting specific data to construct monthly reports. From tracking skills to receiving live updates on when individuals get new jobs, LinkedIn can track certain data that the government cannot.

Original Air Date: October 9, 2017

Length: 6 minutes 24 seconds


Organic Industry Sues USDA To Push For Animal Welfare Rules   Leave a comment



Summary: There is a thoughtful process behind the eggs that a consumer purchases from the grocery store. In this podcast, organic industries argue that meeting the basic needs of birds is crucial. This includes providing chickens the access to the outdoors where they can freely roam. As it is in everybody’s interest to shop for organic eggs from chickens that are “cage-free”, the organic industry demands the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement new rules regarding animal welfare.

Original Air Date: September 13, 2017

Length: 2 minutes 32 seconds

We Shouldn’t Stick Our Heads In The Sand, But We Do It Anyway   Leave a comment

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Summary: We all have experienced information aversion when it comes to information that provokes psychological pain. When the stock market crashes, do you continue to frequently check your portfolio, or ignore it completely since you anticipate future losses? If you chose to put your portfolio to the side, this exemplifies “the ostrich effect”. This term comes from not birds, but investors. Hidden Brain discusses how information aversion is associated with people avoiding information that is unpleasant. While we know that ignorance can be bliss, knowledge is power.

Original Air Date: September 18, 2017

Length: 26 minutes 41 seconds



How the Minimum Wage Affects Restaurant Hygiene   Leave a comment

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Summary: Cities across the U.S. have been making efforts to increase the minimum wage, which would impact restaurant workers. However, this move results to unexpected side effects due to the higher costs that restaurants will have to face, leading them to cut back on some services. This story discusses how the effects on increasing the minimum wage ties with the hygiene of restaurants and suggests potential steps that the restaurants can take to minimize their health violations.

Original Air Date: September 13, 2017

Length: 3 minutes 35 seconds

Fed’s Departing Vice Chair On Stocks, The Federal Debt And Transparency   Leave a comment


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

Why can’t small businesses find qualified employees?   Leave a comment


Summary: Small businesses are struggling to find qualified workers to fill vacant positions, especially in the manufacturing sector. The vacancies in these positions are forcing businesses to consider new hiring approaches that come at a high price for owners.

Original Air Date: April 8, 2016

Length: Article