Small talk: Guinness, Netflix, costumes

Dinner Party Download

TEXT OF INTERVIEW

Kai Ryssdal: A final note to wrap things up this week. A detour from the headlines to talk about the tidbits that didn't get a lot of attention. It's courtesy of Brendan Newnam, Rico Gagliano and the rest of the Marketplace staff.


Brendan Newnam: Ethan Lindsey, producer of the Marketplace Morning Report, what story are you going to be talking about this weekend?

Ethan Lindsey: Guinness beer.

Newnam: A perfect story for the weekend.

Lindsey: As always, although this time I'll be talking about Daphne Guinness. She's the heiress to the Guinness beer fortune. She's one of these starlets, like a Paris Hilton.

Newnam: I'm sure she's a celebrity in pubs all over.

Lindsey: All over. She's being sued by her neighbors; they want her to stop taking baths.

Newnam: Does she live in a commune?

Lindsey: She's reportedly overflowed her bathtub one too many times.

Newnam: You realize if the judge rules in the neighbors' favor, there's going to be 10-year-olds all over Manhattan filing for injunctions.

Rico Gagliano: Dalasie Michaelis, web developer, what story are you going to be talking about this weekend?

Dalaise Michaelis: Well a company called Sandvine just released a report that says 20 percent of all Internet traffic in the evenings is due to Netflix streaming videos over the Internet.

Gagliano: People watching movies on Netflix are 20 percent of Internet bandwidth?

Michaelis: Yeah the company still ships DVDs by mail, but they're really going after the online business.

Gagliano: Wow. So this means only 80 percent of the Internet is now pornography?

Michaelis: Pretty much.

Newnam: That is, that's startling.

Newnam: Stacy Vanek-Smith, senior reporter for Marketplace, what story are you going to be talking about this weekend?

Stacey Vanek-Smith: All right. Jersey Shore, Lady Gaga's meat dress, the Mad Hatter, Playboy Bunnies.

Newnam: The decline of Western civilization?

Vanek-Smith: That is an excellent guess. But it's actually a list of Yahoo's most popular costume searches this Halloween.

Newnam: Really?

Vanek-Smith: Yeah, and there's one also included: Chilean miners.

Newnam: Is it, they're just going to put their kids in the basement for three months?

Vanek-Smith: Yeah, with nothing but candy.


Ryssdal: There's oh so much more Rico and Brendan can do. It is called Dinner Party Download.

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Rico Gagliano is the host of Dinner Party Download.

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