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Planet Money
1:33 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Planet Money: Business Secrets Of The Amish

Robert Smith / NPR

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 5:36 pm

Higher land prices have forced Amish off the farms and into business. There are thousands of Amish run firms out there making everything from plumbing supplies to furniture.

But running an Amish business poses unique challenges. Many Amish don't connect to the electrical grid. They don't drive cars. They prize modesty, meaning traditional advertising slogans like "best," "fastest," and "greatest" are out. An Amish company has to be creative about these things.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

A Tree Mendez RootSuit

Tree, Colin Grussing (in the bodysuit) and Peter Ricchiuti.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Peter’s guests on this edition of Out to Lunch are eccentric enough to earn the accolade, “Our most Only In New Orleans show ever.”

Colin Grussing is an otherwise perfectly normal person who dresses in fully body spandex, including masking his face, and sells what he calls his RootSuit to other eccentrics and rabid sports fans. A man named Tree (only), who came to lunch in a wooden bow tie, weaves a magical spell over tourists.

Planet Money
1:10 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Planet Money: An Economic Makeover For The Catholic Church

St. Peter's statue in front of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
Franco Origlia Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 9:08 pm

The Catholic Church is not a corporation. It's a religion, a cultural force, and a global power. Still, one of the things the new Pope will have to deal with is a classic business mess — a multi-billion dollar conglomerate that has stumbled and is losing money and relevance.

On today's show, experts (including a priest with a Harvard MBA) tell us what the church needs to do to turn things around.

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Planet Money
4:14 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Planet Money: Mavericks, Monopolies And Beer

Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Sat February 23, 2013 10:27 am

Two big companies have hatched a plan that could allegedly take money out of the pockets of ordinary Americans. And it's not just any money: it's our beer money.

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the biggest brewer in the world, wants to buy Grupo Modelo, the maker of Corona. The U.S. Department of Justice is suing to block the acquisition.

On today's show: The story behind the case, and what it says about monopolies, competition and government regulation.

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Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Miracle on Canal Street

Dr. Aline Betancourt of Wibi+Works.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

New Orleans is the birthplace of jazz, the cocktail, and now the cure for arthritis. Today on Out to Lunch, we're exploring all things health.

From an office in Canal Street's BioInnovation Center, Dr. Aline Betancourt's company Wibi+Works is pioneering a stem cell arthritis cure. From another office in the same building Billy Bosch is launching body and brain food ICONIC.

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Inspiration

Arman Sadeghour and Sean Simone.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Arman Sadeghpour came up with the idea of using chocolate to make toothpaste. Sean Simone figured out how to pack a 650,000 volt stun gun into an iPhone case.

Since this episode of Out to Lunch was recorded Sean’s cell phone stun gun idea has become a reality and Arman has launched a nationwide line of kids’ chocolate flavored toothapste. When big ideas become big money it’s worth looking back at the inspiration…

Planet Money
12:42 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Planet Money: Why Buying A Car Is So Awful

David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 12, 2013 8:48 pm

In survey after survey, people rank buying a car as one of their least favorite experiences.

Why hasn't anyone figured out a better way to sell cars? Why can't you just go to a car store and shop for cars from a bunch of different manufacturers? Why don't cars have real price tags — with real prices, that people actually pay?

Today on the show: Why car buying is so unpleasant, and what your local legislators may be doing to keep it that way.

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Out To Lunch
12:50 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Bust Out The Beads

Rick Delaup, Peter Ricchiuti and Anne Rolfes.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

In Out to Lunch’s first Annual Commander's 25-cent martini (x7) Mardi Gras business lunch, Peter Ricchiutti abandons all hope of a serious Mardi Gras conversation and goes for dancers and beads with Bustout Burlesque creator Rick Delaup and Zombeads founder Anne Rolfes.

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Another Great Idea for an App

Simon Marthinsen, Peter Ricchuiti and Neel Sus.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

With literally a billion apps available, how's your idea going to do?

New Orleans app builder Neel Sus from Touch Studios hears a lot of ideas for phone and tablet apps — is there one more great one out there? Simon Marthinsen's start-up Plebu is taking on the other great 21st century every-man tech challenge — build yourself a better website.

All on this week's Out to Lunch, with Peter Ricchiuti.

Business
3:39 pm
Sat February 2, 2013

Voodoo Music Festival Sold to SFX Entertainment

The Voodoo Music Experience has been bought by SFX Entertainment, a New York-based producer and promoter of concerts and other live entertainment, according to an article on Billboard Magazine's website.

Though SFX — a subsidiary of Clear Channel Communications — has recently been acquiring dance music properties, Robert F.X. Sillerman, the company's president, told Billboard the mutli-genre Voodoo festival is a great fit for them.

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