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#651: The Salmon Taboo

  • over 3 years ago

Today on the show: How hard could it be to get a nation of sushi lovers to try raw salmon?

#650: The Scariest Thing In Hollywood

  • over 3 years ago

One Hollywood director leaves the world of big budget blockbusters for something even more lucrative: low budget Hollywood.

#647: Hard Work Is Irrelevant

  • over 3 years ago

Patty McCord helped create a workplace at Netflix that runs more like a professional sports team than a family. If you're not up to scratch, you're off the team. Is this the future of work?

#643: The Taxi King

  • 9 months ago

Gene Freidman built a taxi empire. We visited him before he was in legal trouble.

#640: The Bottom Of The Well

  • 10 months ago

Today on the show: the economics of drought, and why the rational thing to do in California right now is use more water.

#632: The Chicken Tax

  • over 3 years ago

How the American auto industry is built on a trade dispute over frozen chicken parts.

#603: A Rose On Any Other Day

  • about 4 years ago

Red roses are a unique product — a commodity worth double the price for a very short, 24-hour period: Valentine's Day.To cash in on this demand, flower growers have to figure out how to make millions of roses bloom exactly the right amount, at exactly the right moment, in the middle of February — get them from farms in Africa and South America to your doorstep.On today's show: the logistical miracles and wild risks behind getting red roses to your Valentine.

#601: The Chocolate Curse

  • about 4 years ago

The world is running out of chocolate.  Cocoa is in short supply. Demand is way up, thanks to China and India developing a taste for the sweet stuff. And producing more cocoa isn't so easy. Cocoa is a fussy plant. It doesn't grow in very many places and it gets diseases really easily.  Today on the show, we learn about one man in Ecuador who came up with an answer to the global cocoa shortage. A warning here: if you're a die-hard chocolate lover, you might not like it.  For more: http://n.pr/1Dg2r5C

#576: When Women Stopped Coding

  • over 2 years ago

A lot of computing pioneers were women. For decades, the number of women in computer science was growing. But in 1984, something changed.

#562: A Mall Divided

  • almost 3 years ago

A California mall straddles the border between two cities — and the minimum wage is higher on one side.

#485: What's Your Major?

  • over 4 years ago

Note: Today's show is a rerun. It originally ran in September 2013. Sure, some college degrees lead to higher paying jobs than others. But what's shocking — at least, it was shocking to us — is just how big the gap can be. The most lucrative majors typically lead to jobs with salaries over $100,000 a year. The least lucrative lead to salaries of around $30,000. On today's show, we run the numbers. We talk to people who majored in the most- and least-lucrative subjects. And we hear from an economist who says, when it comes to income, choosing a major is more important than choosing a college.

The Real Price Of College

  • over 4 years ago

Note: Today's show is a rerun. It originally ran on May 11th, 2012. You can find more recent data on college costs here. On today's show, we visit beautiful Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Price of one year at Lafayette: $55,688. Up 63 percent from the price a decade ago. At least, that's the sticker price — the price you get if you add up tuition, room and board, and all the fees listed on the school's website. But there's a huge gap between the sticker price and what the average student actually pays after figuring in grants and scholarships. That's true at private colleges around the country. Nationwide, the average sticker price is more than twice as high as the price students actually pay, and the gap is getting wider. It turns out, it makes economic sense to have a high sticker price and offer lots of discounts. On the show today, we explain why.

#538: Is A Stradivarius Just A Violin?

  • over 2 years ago

How much of a brand is real? How much is in our heads?

Oil #1: We Buy Oil

  • over 2 years ago

First of five episodes. We're getting into the oil business. We go to Kansas, and negotiate with a preacher to buy 100 barrels of crude.

Oil #2: The Price Of Oil

  • over 2 years ago

Second of five episodes. Oil is priced down to the penny, and the price changes every day. Who sets that price?

Oil #3: How Fracking Changed the World

  • over 2 years ago

Third of five episodes. The Planet Money oil faces a test, we sell it, and we meet the man who set off the fracking boom in America.

Oil #4: How Oil Got Into Everything

  • over 2 years ago

Fourth of five episodes. Oil is in our sneakers, our clothes, and the computer or phone you're using right now. On today's show: The story of the man who made it happen.

Oil #5: Imagine A World Without Oil

  • over 2 years ago

Last of five episodes. We follow the Planet Money oil to a gas station. And we ask: What would our world look like if there were no fossil fuels?