Money Talking

Corner Office to Oval Office; Apple After Steve Jobs

Friday, June 01, 2012

With unemployment rising again and U.S. growth slowing, the economy will continue to dominate the presidential race. Mitt Romney argues his business experience has prepared him to turn these indicators around. But how does skill at running a company translate into skill at running a country?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

He Put the "i" in iPod

Monday, April 30, 2012

Ken Segall, former creative director for NeXT and Apple, discusses his new book Insanely Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple's Success.

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The Takeaway

Department of Justice Sues Apple Over the Price of E-Books

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Yesterday the U.S. Department of Justice sued Apple and five major publishers on antitrust grounds, alleging they fixed prices of e-books throughout 2010. According to the Department, consumers may have been paying as much as $5 too much for e-books. Three of the publishers have settled. Joe Nocera is an Op-Ed Columnist at the New York Times, and joins us to talk about how book pricing works, and what yesterday's legal actions mean for the future pricing of e-books.

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The Takeaway

Foxconn Pledges to Improve Working Conditions

Friday, March 30, 2012

After a comprehensive inspection by the Fair Labor Association, Chinese factory Foxconn has agreed to cut worker's hours and increase their wages. Apple, whose products are manufactured at Foxconn, cheer the promises of reform. If implemented, these changes could prompt an overhaul of Chinese labor laws. Charles Duhigg is a New York Times business reporter.


It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Boycott ZTE for Helping Iran Oppress Its People

Monday, March 26, 2012

Despite tough sanctions on the Iranian government, they still were able to get embargoed American technology that has helped them track down and arrest—and then assuredly torture and otherwise harm—critics of the regime.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, Live in Los Angeles Edition

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

In this week's special live Culture Gabfest, our critics debate the controversy surrounding This American Life’s retraction of Mike Daisey’s popular monologue, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs. Next, Gabfesters ponder the princess of quirk, Zoo


The Takeaway

Apple Announces Plans for 100 Billion Dollar Stockpile

Monday, March 19, 2012

This morning, investors found out Apple's plans for its stockpile of almost 100 billion dollars in cash. Apple says it will use some of its money to pay a dividend to shareholders and buy back some of its shares. 


The Brian Lehrer Show

Mike Daisey's This American Life

Monday, March 19, 2012

Rob Schmitz, China correspondent for Martketplace, talks about his reporting on This American Life, fact-checking Mike Daisey's story about factory conditions in China. On The Media host Brooke Gladstone joins the conversation.

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The Takeaway

Apple Announces Independent Inspectors for Chinese Suppliers' Factories

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Recent reporting by our partner The New York Times raised fresh concerns over the safety and well-being of the workers that staff Apple's supplier factories in China. Apple now says that it has requested an independent labor group to audit the conditions at its suppliers' factories, with the first inspections under way starting yesterday.


The Takeaway

Ken Auletta on Apple's Labor Scrutiny

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Millions of people love their iPhones, iPads, and refuse to be separated from their iPods. But lately our relationship with our Apple technology has been tainted by guilt after a story from our partner The New York Times revealed significant safety concerns for workers at some of Apple's overseas factories in China. Stories of long, abusive hours and horrifying conditions came to light. Now Apple is trying to allay concerns. The company has asked an independent labor group to audit the working conditions at its suppliers' factories.  


The Brian Lehrer Show

Is There an Ethical Gadget?

Monday, January 30, 2012

Alex Pasternack, editor of Motherboard, Vice's science and tech site, and a correspondent for Discovery's, follows up on our conversation last week about Apple's labor and manufacturing practices.

How much of an "ethics-premium" would you pay to know that your gadget was manufactured responsibly? 50%, 100%, less or more? Let us know!

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On The Media

A Good (and Bad) Week For Apple

Friday, January 27, 2012

For Apple, the last two weeks have been filled with praise and scrutiny. Steve Jobs was held-up as the best American business has to offer in Tuesday's State of the Union address while the New York Times reported worrying work conditions at Chinese factories that produce Apple products. Bob speaks with Wired's Steven Levy who says the bad news won't immediately change public opinion of Apple.

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The Takeaway

Charges of Abuse at Apple's iPad Factories

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Millions of Americans love their Apple products: from iPods to MacBooks to iPads. But there's a story behind the beloved devices. How do they get made and what price is paid? Our partner The New York Times has been investigating and this morning's story is a riveting read, in particular the safely problems at a Chinese factory that makes iPads.

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Apple Launches Textbook App

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Apple is hoping to put an end to the days of students weighed down with a backpack full of textbooks. The tech company said it's aiming to change the way students use textbooks with a free app for downloading those schoolbooks to an iPad.

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On The Media

Who owns your image after you die?

Friday, January 13, 2012

A Chinese toy maker is set to release a Steve Jobs action figure next month, but Apple is hoping to halt the sales of the doll by threatening legal action against the manufacturer.  Apple successfully stopped a similar doll from being sold back in 2010, but the rules this time around might be different.  Brooke speaks to legal writer Jeff Roberts, who says the rules protecting personality rights don't carry on after death in most places.


Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: Texting While Driving Up 50%, House To Hold Hearing on CA Bullet Trains

Monday, December 12, 2011

Top stories on TN:

What Cuomo's tax bill says about transit. (Link)
And: Cuomo says he'll include transit in his infrastructure fund. (Link)
Bloomberg is still optimistic that the governor will sign the taxi bill. (Link)

Waiting for a bus in L.A. (photo by Laurie Avocado via Flickr)

A federal audit says Los Angeles's transit agency failed to fully research its impacts on riders and communities, especially when eliminating bus lines, adding service or changing fares. (Los Angeles Times)

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing this week on California's high-speed rail project this week. (Link)

The pre-tax commuter benefit rewards drivers more than transit riders. (New York Times)

And: if Congress doesn't act before the end of the year, the benefit expires. (Washington Post)

New Jersey's Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit program has become popular that it may be expanding to other types of communities -- diluting the original intent of the program. (NJ Spotlight)

Texting by drivers is up 50%, even as states pass laws against it. And what’s more, many drivers don’t think it’s dangerous when they do it — only when others do. (AP via Washington Post)

Ford kills a line of small pickup trucks, says demand is for full-size. (Marketplace)

The new Apple store at Grand Central Terminal is a good deal for New York's transit agency. (NY Daily News)

Deaths on Caltrain tracks are increasing--horrifying train engineers, who are the last people to see the victims alive. (Bay Citizen)

More on Rick Perry's Trans-Texas Corridor problem. (New York Times)

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The Takeaway

Walter Isaacson on the iPod's 10th Anniversary

Thursday, November 10, 2011

It was a decade ago today that Apple's first iPod digital music player was released, forever changing the world's relationship to music. No longer would people on the move have to choose their favorite handful of CDs for their commute to work or trip to the gym. Entire record collections could suddenly be jammed into one's back pocket. The iPod would go on to be recognized as one of the crowning achievements of Apple founder Steve Jobs.


Studio 360

Steve Jobs, Forever Young

Friday, October 28, 2011

Every time a new Apple product is rumored, a fraction of the country goes into a frenzy. Every bit of new information is pored over by millions of Apple cultists. A new release is earning that kind of excitement right now, but it’s an old-fashioned book — a handsome, hardcover biography of Steve Jobs ...

Bonus Track: Kurt's extended conversation with Walter Isaacson


The Takeaway

New Book Explores the Legacy of Steve Jobs

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Walter Isaacson's highly anticipated new biography on Steve Jobs hit book shelves this week and reveals layers of a man most of us never knew. The book has kept Jobs in the global conversation and Howard Rheingold, visiting lecturer in Stanford University's Department of Communications and author of the book, "Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution," shares with us what he believes is missing from the conversation about Steve Jobs that all of us should know.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mike Daisey on “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs”

Friday, October 21, 2011

Mike Daisey, creator and star of “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” talks about his admiration for Steve Jobs and what led him to create a critical two-hour monologue that explores the human cost of Apple's global supply chain, and the ultimate price of the iPhones, iPads, and iPods so many people have. “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” is playing at the Public Theater through November 13.

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