Oct 20, 2017

10/20/2017: Money, mouths and method acting

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Do you put your money where your mouth is? That's the question we're digging into this week. As businesses embrace activism and causes, does it actually help? Or is promoting a cause just a way for a company to boost…

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I went to the world's largest Applebee's to figure out why chain restaurants are dying

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How a Salvadoran theater is giving women a second chance at life

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Wait times for Social Security benefit appeals leave people in limbo

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Do you put your money where your mouth is? That’s the question we’re digging into this week. As businesses embrace activism and causes, does it actually help? Or is promoting a cause just a way for a company to boost its reputation? Plus, a look at the money around actual mouths — and how Netflix could partially be to blame for the decline of suburban restaurant chains like TGI Fridays and Applebee’s. Also, we speak with a former Social Security Administration commissioner about the Americans stuck on waiting lists for hearings to receive disability benefits. And, how a theater in El Salvador could be a secret solution to help victims of abuse rebuild their personal and financial lives.