Business & Technology

Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Download Dollars

Reid Wick, of the Bucktown All Stars.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Jim McCormick and Reid Wick join Peter Ricchuiti on Out to Lunch to discuss the changing face of the music business. McCormick, a New Orleans songwriter and music professor, had two chart-topping, number-one hit songs in 2012. ​Wick, a guitar player for the Bucktown All Stars, also moonlights as an executive with the Grammy organization's The Recording Academy.

Planet Money
7:33 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Planet Money: LeBron James Is Underpaid

Ronald Martinez Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 4:10 pm

LeBron James, the best basketball player in the NBA, makes $17.5 million a year. He is the most underpaid professional athlete in the world today.

On today's show, we explain why LeBron is getting hosed — and why that's probably a good thing for NBA fans, team owners, other pro players, and even LeBron himself.

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All Tech Considered
5:08 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Tech Idea List: 5 Nerds To Watch In 2013

Gina Bianchini speaks during a conference in Palm Desert, Calif., in 2010. She is founder of Mightybell, a company she hopes will unlock social media's power by helping small groups organize easily and quickly in the real world.
Francis Specker Landov

Originally published on Thu January 3, 2013 11:32 am

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Planet Money
12:59 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Planet Money: A Big Bridge In The Wrong Place

The Tappan Zee Bridge in New York
Stuart Ramson AP

Originally published on Tue January 15, 2013 5:05 pm

This episode was originally released in August, 2011.

You would never look at a map of the Hudson River, point to the spot where the Tappan Zee Bridge is, and say, "Put the bridge here!"

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Business & Technology
1:56 am
Tue January 1, 2013

Rift With China Clouds Solar Industry's Future

Solar panels come off the line at SunPower's solar manufacturing plant near San Jose, Calif.
Lauren Sommer for NPR

Originally published on Tue January 1, 2013 8:44 am

It's been a banner year for solar energy. The United States is on track to install a record number of solar power systems — thanks in large part to low-cost solar panels from China. That's been challenging for American manufacturers, and federal officials have put trade tariffs on Chinese panels.

Things look busy at the SunPower solar manufacturing plant in Silicon Valley. Workers are screwing frames onto shiny, 6-foot solar panels as they come off the line.

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Out To Lunch
1:14 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Out to Lunch — All Natural

Billy Bosch, Benardett Jno-Finn and Peter Ricchuiti.
Grant Morris It's New Orleans

Peter Ricchuiti ushers in 2013 on Out to Lunch with a healthy start. Lunch guest Billy Bosch brought us Monster energy drink; now he's launching his own brew, Iconic. Benardett Jno-Finn creates Sénica natural hair & body products.

Business
4:17 pm
Sat December 29, 2012

Hollywood Writer's Gongs Still Going Strong

Comedy writer Andrew Borakove left California for Lincoln, Neb., to sell gongs.
Guy Raz

Originally published on Sat December 29, 2012 5:33 pm

Andrew Borakove was a television comedy writer in Hollywood when he realized he had to make a life change.

"A vision of a gong appeared before me, and I said a gong? I've never thought of that," he says. "And I started doing research and I said, 'Yep, I could maybe sell gongs for a living.' "

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Business & Technology
10:06 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Textron: Slidell Lease Extension for 1 to 3 Years

Textron Marine & Land Systems' offices will remain in Slidell for at least another year.

The Textron Inc. division said Wednesday that it has a lease extension through May 31, 2014, with two one-year options, pending approval by the Slidell City Council. The current lease ends in May.

The division makes and supports military vehicles, ships and boats. It has leased offices from Slidell since 2007. Its factory is in eastern New Orleans; it has an assembly plant and a warehouse in Slidell.

Terms of the extension were not disclosed in the company's news release.

Planet Money
12:43 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Planet Money: Making Christmas More Joyful, And More Efficient

Originally published on Tue December 25, 2012 2:40 pm

This episode was originally released on December 21, 2010.

Gift-giving makes economists crazy. It's so inefficient!

So we wondered: Is there a way to make the holiday season both more efficient and more joyful?

On today's Planet Money, we try to answer that question by conducting a wildly unscientific experiment. We go into a seventh-grade classroom and give a bunch of kids some small gifts — candy, raisins, fig newtons.

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All Tech Considered
3:15 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Put The Gadgets Down: Finding Time To Leave Technology Behind

iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Sat December 22, 2012 4:50 pm

About 20 people walked into the room, sat down and slid their phones, iPads and other devices toward the center of the table. It was the last session of the conference, and the rules were simple.

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