Go beyond the headlines and economic jargon for a look at what’s happening in the business world and in the workplace – and why it matters in your life.
Go beyond the headlines and economic jargon for a look at what’s happening in the business world and in the workplace – and why it matters in your life.
Elizabeth Kolbert: We have locked in centuries of climate change. Elizabeth Kolbert covers climate change for the New Yorker. She's the Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Sixth Extinction. And she recently wrote a paragraph I can't stop thinking about. "The problem with global warming—and the reason it continues to resist illustration, even as the streets flood and the forests die and the mussels rot on the shores—is that experience is an inadequate guide to what’s going on. The climate operates on a time delay. When carbon dioxide is added to the atmosphere, it takes decades—in a technical sense, millennia—for the earth to equilibrate. This summer’s fish kill was a product of warming that had become inevitable twenty or thirty years ago, and the warming that’s being locked in today won’t be fully felt until today’s toddlers reach middle age. In effect, we are living in the climate of the past, but already we’ve determined the climate’s future."Kolbert lives, to an unusual degree, in the planet's future. She travels to the places around the world where the climate of tomorrow is visible today. She has watched glaciers melting, and seen species dying. And she is able to convey both the science and the cost with a rare lucidity. Talking with Kolbert left me with an unnerving thought. We look back on past eras in human history and judge them morally failed. We think of the Spanish Inquisition or the Mongol hordes and believe ourselves civilized, rational, moral in a way our ancestors weren't. But if the science is right, and we do unto our descendants what the data says we are doing to them, we will be judged monsters. And it will be all the worse because we knew what we were doing and we knew how to stop, but we decided it was easier to disbelieve the science or ignore the consequences. Kolbert and I talk about the consequences, but also about what would be necessary to stabilize the climate and back off the mass extinction event that is currently underway. We discuss geoengineering, political will, the environmental cost of meat, and what individuals can and can't do. We talk about Trump's cabinet, about whether technological innovation will save us, and if pricing carbon is enough. We talk about whether hope remains a realistic emotion when it comes to our environmental future.Books:-Edward Abbe’s “Desert Solitaire”-Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring”-David G. Haskell’s “The Forest Unseen”-Bill McKibben’s “The End of Nature”Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
#877 - Jordan Peterson. Jordan Peterson is a clinical psychologist and tenured professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. https://www.youtube.com/user/JordanPetersonVideos http://www.selfauthoring.com/ 100% off the Future Authoring Program code: "ChangeYourself" - The offer is valid until the end of Nov 30th.
#12 Jesse. Four years ago, Jesse was hit by a car and nearly died. Now he wants to find the driver. And thank him.CreditsHeavyweight is hosted and produced by Jonathan Goldstein.This episode was also produced by Kalila Holt. The senior producer is Kaitlin Roberts.Editing by Jorge Just, Alex Blumberg, and Wendy Dorr.Special thanks to Emily Condon, Saidu Tejan-Thomas, and Jackie Cohen.The show was mixed by Kate Bilinski. Music by Christine Fellows, John K Samson, and Edwin, with additional music by Chris Zabriskie, Blue Dot Sessions, Michael Charles Smith, Visager, Graham Barton, and Katie Mullins. Our theme song is by The Weakerthans courtesy of Epitaph Records, and our ad music is by Haley Shaw.
83- Heyoon. Growing up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Alex Goldman was a misfit. Bored and disaffected and angry, he longed for a place to escape to. And then he found Heyoon. The only way to find out about Heyoon for someone to … Continue reading →
Rank #1: Batman v Hollywood. They said it couldn't be done: Making superheroes into movie stars. Forty years ago, Hollywood told 27-year-old Michael Uslan a Batman movie would never succeed. More than a dozen big-budget superhero movies will hit the big screen in the next few years. Holy impossibility, Batman!
Rank #2: Space Internet. They said it couldn't be done: Internet in space. The dream of a totally connected world is still out of reach. Companies like OneWeb and SpaceX think a global swarm of satellites is the answer. The idea failed before — does it stand a chance today?
Rank #1: Welfare's role in alternative to abortion programs.. This August will present a milestone: 20 years since welfare reform. The federal government overhauled the cash assistance program for poor families, replacing it with a new system called Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF.Among the biggest changes, states now control their welfare spending out of a set amount received from the federal government each year. Krissy Clark from our Wealth and Poverty Desk has been on a road trip of sorts for our new podcast, the Uncertain Hour, to see just how states across the country use their welfare block grants.Today's stop is Indiana. In 2015, Governor Mike Pence authorized $3.5 million in federal TANF funds for the support of crisis pregnancy centers. These organizations provide information and services like free ultrasounds and counseling to pregnant women. Brandi David, 26, had seen a billboard hundreds of times in her life, a picture of a concerned-looking woman over a bright pink background that read, "Pregnant? We Can Help." One day about two years ago, she found herself pregnant and looking for help, and called the number listed. Brandi was seeking an abortion, but did not know until she was inside the organization that advertised by the highway — Women's Care Center — that she would neither get much information or a referral there. To hear the full story, including a tour of Women's Care Center and the story of a woman seeking help who decided to keep her child, listen to The Uncertain Hour.
Rank #2: Welcome to Wise County. It’s the deadliest drug epidemic our country has ever faced. We go to ground zero, where “nothing changes except for the drug.”
Rank #1: Meet me at the mall, it’s goin’ down. Forever 21 is expected to close 100 stores as part of a bankruptcy filing. Big anchor stores like Sears have been struggling for a long time, so what’s left? The American mall looks pretty different these days. Plus: The federal deficit has passed $1 trillion for the first time since 2012, and the latest in our “Adventures in Housing” series.
Rank #2: When regulations meet market forces. President Donald Trump plans to revoke California’s ability to set its own fuel efficiency standards. But what happens when many consumers want lower emissions? Plus: What you need to know about the rate cut and an update on the GM strike.
Rank #1: Graduating into the economy. We’re diving into the economics of being a recent grad this week, from building credit, to finding the right job, to saving for a home (or simply paying the rent). Also, Marketplace staff lay out the graduation advice they wish they received but never got. And we look into just why “Pomp and Circumstance” is at every graduation. Plus, Linda Cardellini of “Freaks and Geeks” takes the Marketplace Quiz. (06/08/2017)
Rank #2: Welfare, tax day and how to be an umpire. What happens when welfare is tied to work? We discuss the issue with experts. Plus, a primer on Russian internet usage, the questions your accountant gets the most (and answers, too) and a look at the ins and outs of being a major league umpire.
Rank #1: Liberal, conservative or something else. This past election has us wondering whether our political parties make sense anymore. We asked you to come up with new terms to describe your politics, and boy, did you deliver. Kai and Andrea talk to two listeners who are trying to break free from left vs. right and do something radical — listen.
Rank #2: What's the big deal about Goldman Sachs?. President-elect Donald Trump names Goldman Sachs exec Gary Cohn as the head of the White House National Economic Council. Is banking experience an asset or a detriment when it comes to economic policy? Plus, Kai and Andrea discuss Trump taking aim at Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet costs. Got a question about economics over the next four years? Send them over to @marketplace, @KaiRyssdal and @radiobabe.
Rank #1: Just Walk Out. Josh and Linette dive into Amazon's brick and mortar store, and whether it will change the way people shop or face the same problems Walmart experienced when it reduced staff. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #2: The First Apple Store (with Mike Fisher). Josh and Linette are joined by Mike Fisher (www.myknyc.com), former Senior Creative Director at Apple, to talk about the concept, design, and opening of the very first Apple stores. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rank #1: How Parents Can Help Their Kids by Doing Less . Author Michele Hutchison joins Moneyish's Catey Hill and MarketWatch's Quentin Fottrell to discuss the book, "How Dutch Parents Help Their Kids (and Themselves) by Doing Less," and why less can often be more when it comes to our kids. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rank #2: Adulting: When Did You Finally Grow Up? . With a study finding that most people didn't feel they had officially entered adulthood until the age of 29, MarketWatch's Trey Williams and Maria LaMagna talk the key moments when people leave adolescence behind.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rank #1: Skinny Jeans Are Killing the Fashion Industry. Skinny jeans have dominated the denim world for 10 long years and the fashion industry has had enough. Apparel companies are eager for pant styles to change, prompting customers to spend more on updating their entire wardrobe. Yet the skinny silhouette has serious staying power, according to Nancy Zhang, chief operating officer of New York boutique chain Otte. Sid and Ann Mashburn, who own a retail chain, describe how skinny became a style staple, from denim to athletic apparel to menswear. And Bloomberg's Matt Townsend bets the time has come for skinnies to meet their end. Are trends finally starting to show signs of change?
Rank #2: Movie Theaters Want You Back, So They're Rushing to Modernize. For many people, going to movies in the theater is more of a hassle than a joy -- why sit in an uncomfortable chair and spend upwards of $10 to get a ticket, plus the cost of popcorn and a drink? As the number of shows on television and subscription services surges and home theater systems improve, it takes a lot to get customers to leave their homes. Lindsey Rupp and Jenny Kaplan talk with Anousha Sakoui, who covers the cinema and film industry for Bloomberg, about how the movie theaters industry got into this mess and the challenges that face them in regaining media dominance. Some startups, like MoviePass, which allows subscribers to see a movie every day for a month for $9.95 per month, are trying to getting customers to go to more films by offering them “bad-movie insurance,” says Chief Executive Officer Mitch Lowe. Cinemark, the third-largest movie chain, is also offering a subscription service and upgrading its theaters so customers can enjoy nicer seats and even perks like food and alcohol. Will these efforts to modernize be enough to win back consumers?Every other week, hosts Jenny Kaplan and Lindsey Rupp guided you through the consumer universe, breaking down what's going on with all the things people buy. This will be the last episode of Material World.
Rank #1: Melinda Gates on Keeping Women in the Workforce. Melinda Gates is the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. As head of one of the world's largest philanthropic organizations, she pushes to save lives and speak out on the developing world's toughest challenges. We spoke with Melinda late last month in Seattle, ahead of the release of the foundation's annual letter, and talked about how important it is to improve access to contraception, how to keep more women in science and technology, and the unique relationship she and her husband have with legendary investor Warren Buffett.
Rank #2: HBO’s CEO on Growth, Sexual Harassment, and Life After Game of Thrones. Richard Plepler, a quarter-century veteran of the network, talks to Bloomberg Businessweek Editor Megan Murphy about what’s next.
Rank #1: #232 This Company Wants To Buy your Home—Now. Inside the company flipping America. Plus: Your vanishing $125 from Equifax, and how ClassPass finally found a sturdy business model. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rank #2: #54: Hackers Are Coming For Your W-2s. The Inc. team talks about this year's tax fraud epidemic and how hackers are stealing tens of thousands of W-2s through email phishing scams. They also discuss how Casper and other mattress manufacturing startups are going after Sleepy's and 1-800-Mattress, and how a Bronx-based pharmacy turned into a $70 million business selling everyday items on Amazon. Write us: email@example.comVisit: www.inc.com/inc-uncensoredInc. Uncensored is brought to you by Go To Webinar. With GoToWebinar, you can present to hundreds with confidence. Whether you're a start-up or a company operating worldwide, GoToWebinar will help you connect with, captivate and convert your target audience. Just visit GoToWebinar.com to start your free 30-day trial. And by Squarespace. Start building your website today at Squarespace.com. Enter offer code Uncensored at checkout to get 10% off.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Rank #1: How to Get Dressed for Work. We'd like to think that what we wear to work doesn't matter, but tons of research has found that it does. Yes, people judge you based on your outfit choices. The right work wear can also make us feel good and enhance our performance. One study found that participants dressed in suits negotiated for more money; another found that formal wear facilitates creative thinking. This week on Game Plan, Rebecca and Francesca learn how to dress well for work. Chris Rovzar, the editorial director of Bloomberg Pursuits, our luxury and lifestyle vertical, joins the show to answer all their work fashion questions.
Rank #2: Productivity Hacks Are Dumb. Try This Instead. Most people wish they were more productive at work. To feed this never-ending desire for increased efficiency, an entire industry peddles so-called productivity hacks that promise quick fixes to snuff out procrastination and boost output. Unfortunately, most of this advice amounts to snake oil.This week on Game Plan, Sam and Rebecca take a novel path to solving their productivity problems: The subconscious. Gary Latham, an organizational psychologist at the University of Toronto, joins them to discuss his decades of research into how subtle influences to our psyches can help us get more done at work. Productivity here we come!
Rank #1: Full Show: Life Hacks. What were pregnancy tests like in the 1940s? Well, they involved cutting up rabbits. How the science of hormones changed pregnancy, diabetes, and so much more. If you want to track down the first telecommunications hack, you have to go back in time. All the way to the 1830s. America is aging. And so are the people who control our money. How that’s going to upend our economy.
Rank #2: The Difference Between Pleasure And Happiness. In the last few decades, Americans have become fat, sick, stupid, broke, depressed, addicted, and most decidedly unhappy. At least, that’s according to physician Robert Lustig, author of the book, “The Hacking of the American Mind. The Science Behind the Corporate Takeover of Our Bodies and Brains. He says that we’re facing four big crises in our country: a health care crisis, a social security crisis, an opioid crisis, and a depression crisis. And he argues that while these crises might seem different, they’re really all about the confusion of pleasure with happiness.
Rank #1: Bloomberg Studio 1.0 - Nikesh Arora. Former SoftBank President Nikesh Arora-- and once tapped heir apparent of the Softbank empire -- joins Emily Chang for an exclusive interview on SoftBank's investment strategy in ride-hailing companies, Uber's leadership, and his departure from SoftBank.
Rank #2: Studio 1.0 - Peter Thiel. (Bloomberg) -- This week on Bloomberg Studio 1.0: Hosts Emily Chang and Brad Stone hear from Peter Thiel, the legendary investor and entrepreneur. Co-founder of Paypal and Palantir, and backer of Elon Musk, we hear what Thiel's watching next.
Rank #1: EF3: Marketplace Design and Strategy w/ Greg Lewis. Show notes: http://ide.mit.edu/news-events-media/podcasts/ef3-marketplace-design-and-strategy-w-greg-lewisThis podcast is about economic issues related to online marketplaces and platforms. We are joined by Greg Lewis, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research, who is one of the leading experts in this new and growing field. Why have companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and eBay been hiring a lot of economists? We discuss the unique perspective that industrial organization economists have in using data to make strategic and market design decisions. We then discuss how the search ranking algorithm and other platform policies can be used as strategic tools to incentivize platform participants. Next, we talk about why it's difficult to measure the effects of changes to a platform even when experiments are possible. We then move on to a conversation about platform fees and the chicken and egg problem in platforms. Lastly, we discuss emerging issues such as competition in cloud computing.
Rank #2: EF8: Digital Labor Markets and Information Systems with Sonny Tambe. Show notes: ide.mit.edu/news-events-media?type_1=podcastIn this podcast we discuss how data from labor platforms like LinkedIn allows us to understand the economy in new ways and how labor and technology intersect more broadly. Our guest is Prasanna (Sonny) Tambe of NYU's Stern School of Business. Sonny's specialty is in using new data to study how workers and technologies spread across firms. We start this conversation by discussing the Workshop on Information Systems and Economics (WISE), the conference we were both attending. Next, we move on to a discussion the advantages of platform data over administrative and survey data in labor economics. We then discuss several of Sonny's papers. These include a paper on the importance of geography for collaboration in open source and the factors affecting agglomeration economies in the technology sector. We then discuss worker training, coding bootcamps, and information systems degrees at business schools. Lastly, Sonny speculates on the unanswered questions in the field and on the potential effects of AI.