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Introducing The Beyond Silicon Valley Podcast: Tell Us Your Story

Michael Goldberg | Posted 03.06.2017 | Business
Michael Goldberg

The Beyond Silicon Valley Podcast is live! This podcast is for anyone who wants to learn how to better support the growth of entrepreneurship in their...

GOP Denies Workers' Right to Unionize

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

Republicans believe, for example, that business should be free from the kind of government regulation that would prevent chemical companies from spewing poison into West Virginia drinking water. When it comes to freedom for workers, though, the GOP is all about squelching that.

NPR Reporter Chana Joffe-Walt Gets Disability Wrong

Lennard Davis | Posted 05.29.2013 | Media
Lennard Davis

Ms. Joffe-Walt, who is neither an economist nor a specialist on disability, is making a claim that in an economics class would be red penciled with the corrective -- "be very cautious when trying to provide simplistic explanations for data you've brought together."

Summertime... And The Conversation Ain’t Easy

The Huffington Post | Bianca Bosker | Posted 07.04.2012 | Technology

Ah, summer: the season of weddings, BBQs and interminable small talk with strangers. As someone deeply afraid of silence, I cram for conversations...

WATCH: Why Wedding Dresses Are So Expensive

Posted 04.03.2012 | Weddings

When Caitlin Kenney, producer of NPR's Planet Money, got married in May 2011, she paid more than $2,700 for her gown. That seemed expensive, so Ken...

Mr. Davidson's Planet: NPR/NYT Guru Adam Davidson's Discredited Economic Principles

Lynn Parramore | Posted 03.14.2012 | Business
Lynn Parramore

You'd be hard-pressed to find a discipline that shapes our world more than economics, and yet none has weaker foundations or more misguided evangelists, such as Adam Davidson.

Arianna's Thoughts On Money: Q&A With 'Planet Money' | Jacob Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In the coming months, we'll be talking to lots of different people about how money works in their lives. Today, we have our first two installments. ...

Do Business Schools See Why CDOs Are Compared to "Springtime for Hitler"?

David Fiderer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Fiderer

New reporting offers hard evidence that Magnetar, a hedge fund group based in Chicago, had designed a series of subprime mezzanine CDOs that were all but guaranteed to fail.

A Hedge Fund Show Tune: Ditty Lampoons Magnetar's 'Betting Against The American Dream' (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As part of their segment this week on the hedge fund Magnetar, This American Life and Planet Money asked Broadway composer Robert Lopez to write a sho...

ProPublica's (and NY Times') "Untold" Magnetar Story Creates Excuses for Wall Street and Washington

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

Contrary to recent reports, Magnetar wasn't a previously unknown hedge fund, it did not create the synthetic CDO structure, and the magnitude of its role in the subprime crisis has been overblown.

Financial Reform: It's the Derivatives, Stupid!

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Wall Streeters who get millions in bonuses to know better are still trading in derivatives. Nothing is preventing another financial collapse, when Wall Street will come crying to Washington for a new $700 billion

Jason Linkins

'Planet Money' Bought A Toxic Asset, Now You Can Watch It Slowly Die | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Way, way back in the go-go days of predatory lending, terrible mortgage companies were handing out terrible mortgages to just about anyone with a puls...

NPR's Planet Money Buys A Toxic Asset Just To Watch It Die | Nelson Hsu, Heather Murphy, David Kestenbaum, Chana Joffe-Walt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Remember those complicated bonds full of home mortgages? The ones that almost brought down the economy? A team of NPR reporters used $1,000 of their o...

Jason Linkins

"Planet Money" Reporter Paints Elizabeth Warren As Agenda-Driven | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Yesterday, CJR's Ryan Chittum posted a blistering critique of NPR's Adam Davidson's attempt at an interview with TARP overseer Elizabeth Warren on "Pl...