For years, bananas have been a staple in Southeast Asia and Latin America. In fact, close to 70 percent of exported bananas are grown in Latin America. However, the fruit we all love so much is in trouble. In 1990, scientists discovered a pathogen known as Tropical Race 4. It’s a fungus that rots and ravages bananas. In her recent piece in Quartz, Gwynn Guilford says it’s only a matter of time before commercial bananas are infected by this disease.
And, high-frequency trading is an unusual part of Wall Street where firms use supercharged computers to trade insanely fast, able to buy and sell millions of shares in a fraction of a second. The technology and tactics they use are impressive and also controversial, which is why some of the companies are reluctant to talk about what they do. A look inside reveals a culture that is quite different from that of the big banks and more like the casual environment favored by Silicon Valley.
The Obama administration is reportedly exploring new guidance this week that allows insurers to continue offering non-ACA-compliant health plans. This temporary fix helps avoid a wave of plan cancellations set to come right before midterm elections. How many people will this affect? Is this purely political, or would some really become uninsured if they weren’t allowed to keep their old plans? And as a revamped SAT test is unveiled, we look at the battle between the SAT and the ACT, which is getting more heated every year.
What was your first music purchase? Was it on vinyl? Are CDs your jam? Or is your music all virtual? On this weekend's show, we explore the changing economy of music consumption.
And yes, networking is important when it comes to finding a job. 70 percent of the jobs that people get in their lifetime come with some type of additional help, according to Rutgers' Nancy DiTomaso. What happens if you're a minority whose network is less likely to be employed?