Marketplace for Monday, March 11, 2013

Episode Teaser Image 
Episode Description 
The U.S. Army is freezing all new applications for its tuition assistance program because of the sequester. As David Gura reports, the elimination of the much relied-upon program is among the first tangible repercussions of the automatic budget cuts. And as the budget battle to cut entitlements heats up, some argue that raising the retirement age will force the poor to subsidize the rich because the rich live longer. Finally, now that the betting site Intrade has been suspended, academics are worried because many used the site for social science research.

Sweet victory! NYC's sugary drink ban halted

A bowling lounge in New York City had embraced Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on large, sugary drinks. The ban was set to go into effect until a state judge intervened.
Posted In: New York soda ban, soda

Video games as art

The $70 billion video game industry is now making inroads in the art world. The Museum of Modern Art is the latest mainstream museum to feature digital games, citing graphics, original computer code and the interaction between human and machine as evidence of their modern design qualities.
Posted In: video games, art

Two years after Fukushima disaster, doubts of food safety linger in Japan

Japanese officials say food produced in the region around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is safe. But if you want your rice tested in front of you -- there's a service for that.
Posted In: Japan, nuclear, food safety, Fukushima

Intrade shutdown hurts academics (and gamblers)

The Dublin-based online trading platform Intrade ceased all trading activity Sunday, citing “circumstances” that may include financial irregularities. Meanwhile, many academics and journalists who used the site to gauge public sentiment lose a source of data.
Posted In: intrade, bets

SXSW 2013 lineup includes millions in venture capital

SXSW isn't just about music and tech. It's about money. Millions in venture-capital funds are sloshing around the conference in Austin, looking for start-ups to call home.
Posted In: sxsw, South by Southwest

The rich get all the perks, including old age

As the budget battle to cut entitlements heats up, some argue that raising the retirement age will force the poor to subsidize the rich because the rich live longer.
Posted In: Social Security

Military tuition cuts: A tangible sequester impact

The U.S. Army is freezing all new applications for its tuition assistance program because of the sequester. As David Gura reports, the elimination of the much relied-upon program is among the first tangible repercussions of the automatic budget cuts.
Posted In: sequester, sequestration, college, military

Power nap: Sleeping on the job

USA Today points out a 20-minute nap can give a big boost to productivity.
Posted In: productivity, workplace

Music from this show

Click below to purchase songs from this show through our Amazon affiliate.

It Gets Dark
Holy Ghost!
Horoscope
Suzanne Kraft
Instrumental Vision (Deep Mix)
Crocodile
Inhaler
Foals

Browse the show calendar