Small talk: ‘Bob Dylan bond,’ 83-year-old flight attendant retires
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Sarah Gardner: It’s been a heavy week of news. But here’s a look at what didn’t quite make the headlines. Here are our friends Brendan Francis Newnam and Rico Gagliano, along with some of the Marketplace staff.
Rico Gagliano: Mary Dooe, who directed today’s show, what story are you going to be talking about this weekend?
Mary Dooe: This story has actually been out for a little while, but I’m incredibly interested in it. So there’s this Swedish guy, he’s an entrepreneur and he started a social media for the 1 percent. It’s called Best of All Worlds.
Gagliano: Just for the wealthy?
Dooe: He pegs it as it’s for the wealthy and people with sophisticated tastes, so I’m assuming that means there’s going to be any posts about what we had for breakfast and that kind of thing.
Gagliano: It will all be like, just owned a million dollars off of interest sitting in my bed.
Dooe: Like it.
Gagliano: It sounds kind of boring.
Dooe: Well, I think the people updating their pages, it’s not going to be these rich people, it’s going to be their butlers and they know where all the bodies are buried, so it’s going to be pretty juicy.
Brendan Newnam: Mark Garrison, New York reporter, what’s your story?
Mark Garrison: A “Bob Dylan bond.”
Newnam: What is a “Bob Dylan bond?”
Garrison: So Goldman Sachs is getting ready to roll out a bond that’s based on the royalties of musicians, including Bob Dylan. But it’s nice to just call it the “Bob Dylan bond.” It was originally going to be rated triple B-minus, it got delayed. But now they’re reforming it, it’s going to have two trounces, they’re putting that together and it’s…
Newnam: You know what? I have no idea what you’re saying, which is probably why it’s called a “Bob Dylan bond.”
Gagliano: John Haas, editor, what story are you going to be talking about this weekend?
John Haas: A guy named Ron Akana retired from United Airlines this week, he was the longest-running flight attendant in the history of aviation.
Gagliano: Really? How many years?
Haas: Sixty-three years. He actually a Guinness Book of World Records award for it now and he flew to Hawaii on his last mission and flew back to retire in Colorado.
Gagliano: And with some luck, his bags will show up in a few days.
Gardner: Rico and Brendan host a radio show called The Dinner Party.
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