Planet Money: #780: On Second Thought

A compendium of short stories connected by a single unifying theme…and I swear I’ve heard them all before on this very podcast. But it’s not a repeat. Is there word for podcast-centric deja vu?

 

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Planet Money

#774: Unspeakable Trademark
Fri 1:17 PM
web:http://www.npr.org/planetmoney
Media: https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510289/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510289/media/anon.npr-mp3/npr/pmoney/2017/05/20170526_pmoney_pmpod774.mp3?orgId=1&d=1256&p=510289&story=530256348&t=podcast&e=530256348&ft=pod&f=510289
You can name your business whatever you want. But the government won’t register it as a trademark if it thinks it’s offensive. It gets weird when you try to decide what is too offensive to trademark.
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Eric’s Thoughts:

Interesting episode…until you realize they never once consider the ramifications of the N-word. It’s a lot more cut & dry than the terms that do get covered here — and A LOT harder to defend in the same contexts. Maybe that’s why they left it out? Because it’s too indefensible? 

Planet Money

#772: Small Change
May 19, 2:27 PM
web:http://www.npr.org/planetmoney
Media: https://play.podtrac.com/npr-510289/npr.mc.tritondigital.com/NPR_510289/media/anon.npr-mp3/npr/pmoney/2017/05/20170519_pmoney_pmpod772.mp3?orgId=1&d=1277&p=510289&story=529183404&t=podcast&e=529183404&ft=pod&f=510289
How fast is the world really changing? The answer has implications for everything from how the next generation will live to whether robots really will take all our jobs.
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Eric’s Thoughts:

Spoiler alert: Episode focuses on a theory that the world is actually barely changing at all these days — that things are changing too slowly, not too quickly, and that’s the root of many of our troubles. File this away in “not sure I believe it yet, but want to hear more.”

Planet Money #767: Georgetown, Louisiana, Part Two

https://overcast.fm/+BP5-5rydc

In the previous episode — which is about the descendants of slaved once owned by Georgetown University, who were sold to a Southern plantation in order to keep the school float — I had some serious issues with Georgetown’s plan to offer “semi-legacy status” to the teenage descendants applying to the school today as a apologetic gesture. It felt like, well, an empty gesture, especially considering how crucial those slaves were to the school’s very existence.  This episode digs into an entirely different way to compensate the descendants…Reparations. And, boy, is it a complex issue.  Planet Money does a pretty good laying out all the complexities.