Apr 12, 2013

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Shareholders are mad that Amazon is putting its customers first, and CEO Jeff Bezos is running the company like a charity, citing marginal profits. In jobs news, drug company Eli Lilly is cutting jobs again. What does that have to…

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BBC to play anti-Thatcher 'Ding Dong' song in countdown

Apr 12, 2013
The "Wizard of Oz" song "Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead" has been adopted by anti-Margaret Thatcherites, who urged people in the U.K. to buy the song this week after Thatcher died.

What Eli Lilly's job cuts mean for the future of sales jobs

Apr 12, 2013
Eli Lilly is reducing its U.S. sales force, reportedly by 30 percent. How have digital and other advertising practices changed the nature of sales?

Does Amazon favor customers at the expense of shareholders?

Apr 12, 2013
Some Amazon critics say the company’s razor-thin quarterly profits -- if there are any at all -- are evidence that CEO Jeff Bezos is running the company like a “charity” for the benefit of customers at the expense of shareholders.

The budget and the Bitcoin

Apr 12, 2013
Analyzing the week's news on Wall Street and beyond.

DNA sequencing celebrates its first decade

Apr 12, 2013
The anniversary brings with it a new and lucrative era of personalized medicine.

North Korea threatens; neighbors remain calm

Apr 12, 2013
Threats by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to launch missiles and beef up his country's nuclear weapons capacity have left the economies of North Korea's regional neighbors largely unaffected, as our BBC partners report.

Germans wary of Greeks bearing... reparations demands

Apr 12, 2013
Greeks fed up with their country's economic woes see a quick fix -- Germany stumping up more than $200 billion in further reparations for World War II aggression. Germans are unimpressed.

Shareholders are mad that Amazon is putting its customers first, and CEO Jeff Bezos is running the company like a charity, citing marginal profits. In jobs news, drug company Eli Lilly is cutting jobs again. What does that have to do with tougher limits on sales practices? Other things we’re wondering today: Are North Korea’s threats real? The U.S. is alarms, but North Korea’s neighbors aren’t. 

Music from the episode

(Don't Let Them) Cool Off Peter Bjorn and John
Yet Again Grizzly Bear
Yet Again Grizzly Bear