Small talk: Fast-food eaters, Occupy Harvard, 11/11/11
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Kai Ryssdal: This final note this Friday — the news that didn’t make the front page this week — courtesy of Rico Gagliano, Brendan Francis Newnam and the rest of the Marketplace staff.
Brendan Newnam: John Haas, editor of Marketplace, what story are you going to be talking about this weekend?
John Haas: The conventional wisdom would say that people who make less money go to fast-food places more, but actually a new study out shows that it’s the higher-income earners who tend to go the fast-food joints — people making as much as $80,000-90,000 a year.
Newnam: Is that because they work longer, so they need the convenience?
Haas: I think it’s just because they have health insurance.
Rico Gagliano: Rod Abid, senior producer of the Marketplace Morning Report, what story are you going to be talking about this weekend?
Rod Abid: I’m going to be talking about the most exclusive Occupy Wall Street protest in the country. It is — guess where — Harvard University.
Gagliano: Really? What happened?
Abid: Well, before a big general assembly at Occupy Harvard, the campus cops closed the gates and wouldn’t let any outsiders/riffraff into the protest.
Gagliano: So this isn’t the students, this is the school.
Abid: The school is keeping it as exclusive as the school itself, yes.
Gagliano: You may be part of the 99 percent, but we don’t want you to mingle with them.
Abid: Yes, and now it will cost $60,000 a year to camp in their tent city.
Newnam: Adriene Hill, reporter for Marketplace, what are you going to be talking about?
Adriene Hill: I’m going to be talking about all of the really bizarre things the date 11/11/11 is inspiring people to do.
Hill: Well, there are a ton of marriages going on all over the world today. People are buying lottery tickets with the numbers 111111.
Newnam: That makes no sense to me because if they win that means they have to split it between all these people.
Hill: Exactly. And then I’m kind of embarrassed to admit I bought into one of these bizarre behaviors, which is corduroy day.
Newnam: What does corduroy have to do with this?
Hill: Well what number could possibly look more like corduroy than 111111?
Hill: Thank you, Brendan.
Ryssdal: The radio show Rico and Brendan do is called The Dinner Party.