Thursday, July 24, 2014
A trend is catching hold among large corporations in the United Sates and it's consequences could be devastating for the corporate tax base. U.S. companies are increasingly deciding to relocate overseas to cut their tax bills.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Christine Bader talks about the “Corporate Idealists” inside the world’s biggest and best-known companies, who push for safer and more responsible practices. was one of those people at BP—until a string of fatal BP accidents, CEO John Browne’s abrupt resignation under a cloud of scandal, and the start of Tony Hayward’s tenure as chief executive, which would end with the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist: Girl Meets Oil is based on Bader’s experience with BP and then with a United Nations effort to prevent and address human rights abuses linked to business.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
The chemical spill that polluted the drinking water in Charleston, West Virginia, last month raised a lot of questions about the failures to prevent such an accident and protect the public. Nicholas Freudenberg argues that as the influence of corporations has grown, regulations have been weakened and consumer and environmental protection has been undermined. His book Lethal but Legal: Corporations, Consumption, and Protecting Public Health examines how corporations have impacted public health over the last century.
Tuesday, March 05, 2013
They’re called “qualified private activity bonds,” and they’re intended to encourage public works through a tax break. In reality, though, they often go to subsidize private projects—everything from a winery in North Carolina to a golf resort in Puerto Rico to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and the offices of Goldman Sachs in New York. Louise Story, investigative reporter for The New York Times explains how this loophole gets used.
Thursday, January 03, 2013
By Daniel P. Tucker : Associate Producer, WNYC News
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is suing Qualcomm in an attempt to compel the wireless technology company to disclose the details of its political spending.
Friday, September 21, 2012
David Cay Johnston explains the ways corporations hide sneaky stipulations in contract, often with government permission. In The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind, he deciphers the jargon used in things like utility bills that cost you money, and he points out what’s missing—all the contractually binding clauses that companies hide but still enforce. Johnston shares solutions you can use to fight back against these devious practices.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
By Justin Krebs : IAFC Blogger
I don't want a businessman president. Businesses aren't run like countries. Corporations focus on financial profit. Nations need to trade in social profit as well. CEOs, too often, value short-term gains. I want elected leaders who, too rarely, invest in our long-term well-being.
Friday, July 06, 2012
This week on ABC News Governor Chris Christie talked about his weight problem. At the same time, the soda industry began firing back against Mayor Bloomberg’s beverage size regulations. Is YOUR weight problem purely personal, or does the never-ending barrage of corporate temptation have something to do with it? Phones will be open for your stories about controlling temptation in a supersized world. Give us a call at 212-433-9692 or post here!
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Monday, November 22, 2010
Business journalist Hardy Green talks about how company towns have shaped the American economy. In The Company Town: The Industrial Edens and Satanic Mills That Shaped the American Economy he looks at company towns from the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, to the R&D labs of Corning, New York; from coal mines to corporate campuses of today’s major tech companies, and explores the different strands of capitalism that company towns represent.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
We shine the spotlight on a few smaller issues that were affected significantly by the results of last Tuesday's election. Siva Vaidhyanathan, associate professor of media studies and law at the University of Virginia, talks about the midterm elections, and what they will mean for net neutrality; also, Sara Horowitz, executive director of Working Today Freelancer's Union, talks about the midterm elections, and what they will mean for freelancers; then, Tariq Malik, Managing Editor for SPACE.com, talks about the midterm elections, and what they will mean for NASA and the American Space program.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Two years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, its directors remain in high demand in corporate America. In fact, rather than face the public outrage and scrutiny that marred the reputations of their CEOs, sitting board members of many of Wall Streets' troubled firms, including AIG, Bear Stearns and Wachovia, still play an active role in the daily operations of corporate America.
Monday, March 15, 2010
- FINANCIAL TAKEOUT: There has been a lot of talk about financial reform, but today, there will be some action. Connecticut's Senator Chris Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, unveils a new broad financial reform bill today. But will it be enough, and will it have support it needs to pass? New York Times financial reporter Louise Story takes a look.
- SPORTS TAKEOUT: The NCAA Tournament brackets have been set, and Kansas University is the number one overall seed. Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin talks college basketball, and helps us understand the major players at this stage in the game.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
- Washington Takeout: The Takeaway's Washington correspondent, Todd Zwilich, explains the surprisingly staunch and early stance from Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) against the Democratic health reform bill ... in particular on the inclusion of a public option.
- Business Takeout: Louise Story, finance reporter for The New York Times, brings us word of yet another government bailout with the hope of preventing another Lehman Brothers–style collapse.
- Listener Takeout: We hear from listeners arguing whether or not women are more obsessed about cleaning than men.