Zoe Chace

Zoe Chace appears in the following:

When Everyone Wants To Watch 'House Of Cards,' Who Pays?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Netflix has a problem: So many people want to watch the series, there isn't enough capacity to let everyone watch at once, uninterrupted. And someone has to pay to keep the content running smoothly.


Will Economic Sanctions Impact Russia?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It's not easy for the U.S. to put effective sanctions on Russia. But even Russians need to use U.S. financial institutions, and you pressure a country by limiting access to dollars and world markets.


Behind Ukraine's Political Strife: One Big Utility Bill

Friday, March 07, 2014

Ukraine pays most of its citizens' gas bills. That's become hugely expensive for the government — and it's central to the country's conflict with Russia.


An Old Law, A Snowy Winter, And A Modern-Day Salt Shortage

Friday, February 28, 2014

The Jones Act, which dates back to World War I, is part of the reason New Jersey ran short of salt this winter.


Nixon And Kimchi: How The Garment Industry Came To Bangladesh

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Bangladesh was created out of chaos in the early 1970s, at a moment when millions in the country were dying from a combination of war and famine. The future looked exceedingly bleak.

Abdul Majid Chowdhury and Noorul Quader were Bangladeshi businessmen who wanted to help their country. "We asked ourselves, ...


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 ...


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. ...


Chips, Beer, Tweets: Why TV Is Key To Twitter's Prospects

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

One thing Twitter has that other social networks don't: Users who talk about the world in real time. In practice, this largely means one thing. Millions of people use Twitter while they're watching TV.

Those people often use hashtags to let other fans find their tweets (#BreakingBad, #NFL). More importantly, ...


Robin Thicke's Song Sounds Like Marvin Gaye. So He's Suing Gaye's Family.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Thicke wants the court to rule that his song, "Blurred Lines," doesn't infringe on Marvin Gaye's "Got to Give It Up."

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The Raisin Outlaw Of Kerman, Calif.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Meet Marvin Horne, raisin farmer. Horne has been farming raisins on a vineyard in Kerman, Calif., for decades. But a couple of years ago, he did something that made a lot of the other raisin farmers out here in California really angry. So angry that they hired a private investigator ...


Stamps, Jeans, Beer: What Americans Want From North Korea

Friday, July 26, 2013

U.S. sanctions mean that any citizen or business wanting to buy stuff from North Korea has to send a letter to the U.S. government asking for special permission. A few months back, we submitted a Freedom of Information Act request, asking for those letters.

Our request was granted: We recently ...


The 'Ask Your Uncle' Approach To Economics

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Beige Book is weird. It's an economic report released by the Federal Reserve every few months, but it doesn't have many numbers in it. Mostly, it's a bunch of stories gathered by talking to businesses around the country. A Fed economist once described it as the "Ask Your Uncle" ...


How To Spend $442 On A 15-Minute Cab Ride

Friday, July 05, 2013

Say you're in Midtown Manhattan at rush hour. You need to go a mile uptown, and you can't find a cab. A pedicab, a taxi-bicycle hybrid (like the one in the picture) may not be a bad option.

Riding through the middle of Manhattan on the back of a bike, ...


U.S. Punishes the Wrong Bangladeshi Export: Golf Clubs

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The White House announced today that it was revoking special trade status for Bangladesh, a move apparently meant to send a message to the Bangladeshi government after April's horrific garment factory collapse. Small problem. The move by the White House in no way affects the garment industry.

Oh sure, a ...


Why More People Are Renting Tires

Friday, June 14, 2013

"Oh, I checked every place in town, and they were outrageous," says Shannon Kelly. "It would be anywhere from $4[00] to $500, and I just don't have that right now."

Kelly had just walked into Rent N Roll, a rent-to-own tire store in Ocala, Fla. She was looking to rent ...


How One Patent Could Take Down One Comedian

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

The comedian in question is Marc Maron. He does a popular podcast, called WTF, out of his garage in California. It's an interview show, with other comedians and artists. Maron recently found an extraordinary letter in his mailbox. This letter said, basically, that by doing his podcast, out of his ...


Why Apple (And Lots Of Other Companies) Wound Up In Ireland

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Apple was criticized in a Senate committee hearing Tuesday for using complex accounting to minimize the corporate taxes it pays. One key piece of the company's tax strategy: It funnels lots of its profits through subsidiaries in Ireland.

Offering low corporate tax rates has been a fundamental part of ...


A 'Poison Pill' In The Immigration Bill?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

That big immigration bill working its way through the Senate would let in lots more highly skilled workers on temporary visas. But there's a catch.

The bill says all employers who want to hire workers on these H-1B visas:

... would be required to advertise on an Internet website ...