Feb 17, 2017

02/17/2017: Total global dominance by Facebook

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A. Lot. Happened. This. Week. We're here to wrap it up. Leigh Gallagher of Fortune and Sudeep Reddy of Politico join host Kai Ryssdal to review the week that was. We'll also talk about that 5,700-word letter posted yesterday by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and what it all means. We also hear from a CEO in California who says the state's increase in minimum wage has been great for his business.

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Wetzel's Pretzels' CEO says minimum wage increase boosts business

Feb 17, 2017
Bill Phelps was surprised — and pleased — by his own data.
When the minimum wage was raised in California, Wetzels Pretzels found its sales also increased.
Wetzel's Pretzels

Grexit talk resurfaces as EU finance ministers meet

Feb 17, 2017
Greece's debt problems rear up again as creditors demand more concessions.
A man looks at newspapers bearing the headline "The nightmare of Grexit" last month.
LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images

Heinz Kraft bid for Unilever is the latest sign of food consolidation

Feb 17, 2017
U.S. food company Kraft Heinz offered $143 billion for the British-Dutch consumer goods conglomerate Unilever. Unilever rejected the proposal, but Kraft Heinz said it looks forward to reaching an agreement on the terms of a transaction. If the deal does eventually go ahead, it would be one of the largest acquisitions on record. It’s just […]

What was missing from Facebook’s 5,000-word manifesto

Feb 17, 2017
Mark Zuckerberg’s treatise was heavy on the why, not so much the how.
Founder and CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerber gives his speach during the presentation of the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge on February 21, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. 
David Ramos/Getty Images

If NASA’s mission is refocused, what will that do to climate research?

Feb 17, 2017
NASA is the government’s space agency, but not all of what NASA does is linked to space. A good portion of its work is more inward looking and has to do with our own planet — things like weather and climate change. Some Republicans are talking about rebalancing NASA’s priorities and moving away from that […]

The No. 1 challenge of retirement

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Feb 17, 2017
How to spend down the money you've saved. It's harder than you might think.

A. Lot. Happened. This. Week. We’re here to wrap it up. Leigh Gallagher of Fortune and Sudeep Reddy of Politico join host Kai Ryssdal to review the week that was. We’ll also talk about that 5,700-word letter posted yesterday by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and what it all means. We also hear from a CEO in California who says the state’s increase in minimum wage has been great for his business.

Music from the episode

Guns Are Drawn The Roots, Son Little
The World Is Watching Two Door Cinema Club, Valentina Pappalardo
Ignition - Remix R. Kelly