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Caitlin Kenney

Caitlin Kenney appears in the following:

Mechanical Turk Workers: Secret Cogs In The Internet Marketplace

Friday, May 22, 2015

There are hundreds of thousands of people doing stuff to your Internet experience that you may think is the work of an algorithm. They're working from home doing tiny tasks computers can't quite do.

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Did You File Your Taxes?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's Tax Day. Have you filed yet? How honest were you? Caitlin Kenney, reporter and producer at NPR's Planet Money, talks about how tax collectors in the Philippines, Italy and the UK encourage people to file, and how it's done in the US.

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Why Didn't Those Gifts Arrive On Time? It's A Pricing Problem

Friday, December 27, 2013

Lots of angry customers took to Twitter this holiday season to express their frustration that packages containing gifts weren't delivered in time to be under the tree Wednesday.

While most of the angry messages were directed at UPS and FedEx, some retail analysts suggest there may be a different culprit ...

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Next Stop Bangladesh As We Follow Planet Money's T-Shirt

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Bangladesh is the cheapest place in the world to make a T-shirt. But this month, the minimum wage there will rise from $39 a month to $68 a month. That's got some factory owners nervous about whether Western retailers there will pull out. Our Planet Money team examines the future ...

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Two Sisters, A Small Room And The World Behind A T-Shirt

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Part of the Planet Money T-shirt Project

This is the story of how the garment industry is transforming life in Bangladesh, and the story of two sisters who made the Planet Money T-shirt.

Shumi and Minu work six days a week operating sewing machines at Deluxe Fashions Ltd. ...

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Airline Chart Calls Mergers 'The New Holy Grail'

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The government has filed suit to block the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. The Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice says the merger "would create the world's largest airline and leave just three legacy carriers remaining in the U.S. [which] would substantially lessen competition for commercial ...

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Kid Rock Takes On The Scalpers

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kid Rock is tired of scalpers taking tickets away from his biggest fans.

One way to stop that: Raise ticket prices. If Kid Rock charged more for his tickets, scalpers wouldn't be able to sell them at such a big markup.

But Kid Rock doesn't want to raise prices.

"I ...

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Freeway Rick Ross Has A New Business

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

In 2011, we talked to Freeway Rick Ross (pictured), about the economics of illegal drugs. Ross was one of the biggest crack dealers in LA in the '80s and '90s, and he confirmed for us what a lot of economists say about illegal drugs — making them illegal ...

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President Obama Wants To Tackle The Patent Problem

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

On this week's This American Life, we took a close look at a patent lawsuit involving the online backup company Carbonite. Carbonite was sued for patent infringement by a shell company called Oasis Research. According to Carbonite, Oasis was seeking $20 million in damages.

Carbonite and another company sued ...

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Another Reason To Watch What You Say On Facebook

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Credit bureaus are exploring using social media to suss out your creditworthiness. Bloomberg reports:

Users of Facebook, Pinterest Inc. and Twitter Inc. share personal details every day through public postings, status updates and location check-ins. That information is proving useful in validating identity, evaluating whether to make a ...

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Planet Money Gets Its Own Subreddit

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Planet Money fan @David_Rab just set up a new place on Reddit for Planet Money fans to discuss the show. Reddit is a link sharing site, which allows users to vote up or down content or comments. David created what's called a "subreddit" for Planet Money, a ...

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Does Microcredit Deliver On Its Promises?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The idea behind microcredit is that if you give poor people in developing countries access to credit, the ability to borrow, they will use that money to start or expand businesses which will eventually help them pull themselves out of poverty. But ever since these programs boomed in the early ...

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Episode 461: Lawyers, Guns And Money

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

On today's show: Three short stories from the far flung shores of New Zealand, Ireland and New Jersey.

First up, it's no secret that some Americans hide money offshore to avoid paying U.S. taxes. Over the past decade, some 39,000 people have come forward voluntarily to tell the IRS about ...

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Has The Cupcake Bubble Finally Popped?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Back in 2010, our own Jacob Goldstein called the cupcake craze a "bubble of historic proportions." He called it too early.

The following year, Crumbs Bake Shop went public, and Jacob began to doubt himself.

Maybe some broader trend is at work here, and cupcakes aren't just ...

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Whose MP3s Are They, Anyway?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

If you have a CD or book you don't want anymore, you can sell it. The law says that's perfectly legal. But what about an MP3 or an e-book? Can you legally resell your digital goods?

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Episode 448: Coney Island Back In Business

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

When Hurricane Sandy struck, it devastated businesses all over New York City. One area hit particularly hard was Coney Island, an iconic New York beach at the tip of South Brooklyn. At the time, we reported on the damage to a family-owned amusement park, Deno's Wonderwheel Amusement Park, ...

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Update: Is It Legal To Sell Your Old MP3s? Judge Says No.*

Monday, April 01, 2013

Last month, we reported on a company called ReDigi that's basically a digital version of a used record store. You can sell them your old mp3s, and you can buy "used" mp3s that other people have sold.

Capitol Records sued ReDigi for copyright infringement. Their complaint alleged ...

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How Did Samsung Win With Smartphones? 'The Great Phone Incineration of 1995'

Monday, April 01, 2013

Businessweek has a great piece describing how Samsung came to dominate the smartphone industry. One secret of their success — quality control:

    In 1995, Chairman Lee was dismayed to learn that cell phones he gave as New Year's gifts were found to be inoperable. He directed ...

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    Is It Legal To Sell Your Old MP3s?

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013

    Say you buy a textbook in another country, where textbooks are cheap. Then you bring the book back to the U.S. and sell it at a profit. Did you break the law?

    No, you didn't. In a ruling that came down yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of ...

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    Big College Merit Scholarships Are A Problem (If You Don't Get One)

    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    A bunch of private colleges have been in a financial aid arms race for years now, offering bigger and bigger merit scholarships to lure the best students.

    This is nice for the students who get big merit scholarships. But it's not so nice for everybody else. Colleges have to come ...

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