Jun 13, 2017

06/13/2017: A key link in the chain of world trade is siding with China

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Panama has abruptly cut ties with Taiwan and embraced mainland China, a major blow for Taiwan's government. On today's show, we'll take a look at some of the likely incentives for the Central American country's move. Afterwards, we'll discuss Gymboree's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, and then talk about the Medill School of Journalism's decision to let its accreditation lapse. 

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Retailer Gymboree files for bankruptcy to restructure nearly $1 billion in debt

Jun 13, 2017
Children’s clothing chain Gymboree announced Sunday it’s filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The retailer will close about 400 of its 1,300 stores and restructure debt in a bid to stay alive. Gymboree views its troubles as part of the larger challenges facing the retail industry as customers move their business online, but some of its […]

Northwestern's Medill journalism school argues accreditation is of 'little value'

Jun 13, 2017
Will its unaccredited status hurt graduates of the program?
Miles Bryan

06/13/2017: The politics of advertising

Jun 13, 2017
Marketing decisions seem to be getting a lot more polarized these days. Bank of America and Delta have pulled their sponsorship from New York's Public Theater because its Julius Caesar resembles Donald Trump, while JP Morgan Chase is pulling its ads from NBC because Megyn Kelly is interviewing a right-wing conspiracy theorist named Alex Jones. On today's show, we'll dig into the growing politicization of advertising. Afterwards, we'll look at Verizon's decision to combine Yahoo with AOL to create the new brand Oath, and then discuss how some baseball players are shocking their brains with electricity to improve their performance.

Can a brain 'zapping' device improve San Francisco Giants' performance?

Jun 13, 2017
Some players were able to shave a fraction of a second off running times. But one scientist says the technology is inconsistent.
Tyler Beede, one of the Giant’s top minor league pitchers, wears headphones that deliver electricity to his brain during practice. The team is testing the technology to see if it improves athletic performance.
Photo courtesy of Halo Neuroscience

Yahoo and AOL will form Oath, a new company, under Verizon

Jun 13, 2017
Verizon is expected to close on its $4.4 billion acquisition of Yahoo today after nearly a year of negotiations. Verizon will combine Yahoo with its property AOL to create Oath, the largest digital media company in the United States, with more visitors than Google. Will Oath have a chance to compete with Google and Facebook […]

Panama has abruptly cut ties with Taiwan and embraced mainland China, a major blow for Taiwan’s government. On today’s show, we’ll take a look at some of the likely incentives for the Central American country’s move. Afterwards, we’ll discuss Gymboree’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, and then talk about the Medill School of Journalism’s decision to let its accreditation lapse. 

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Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC