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Dec 2, 2013

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Amazon wants to use unmanned "drone" aircraft to fly products to customers in 30 minutes or less. It sounds great, but how realistic is the proposal? Next, the administration says the front end of healthcare.gov is up-and-running, so now developers will start to focus on the back-end connection to the insurers. Finally, a gauge of the global economy: The purchaser’s management index in most countries is up…but only just. It’s evidence of a nascent recovery in the global economy, but political unrest in some countries, combined with the prospect of tapering, has some economists worried. 

Segments From this episode

How food companies watch what you eat

Dec 2, 2013
Big data's where it's at in consumer analytics right now, but companies are also using anthropology and other social sciences to study us up close and personal.

Amazon drones and the future of retail

Dec 2, 2013
Amazon unveils a project to use unmanned "drone" aircraft to fly products to customers.

PMI explainer: A key indicator of the global economy

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Dec 2, 2013
Finally, a gauge of the global economy: The purchaser’s management index in most countries is up a slight amount.

Healthcare.gov's next hurdle: Fixing the part you don't see

Dec 2, 2013
What are the technical challenges in fixing the back end of healthcare.gov?

The rise and fall of holiday traditions

Dec 2, 2013
Pink slips were falling like flurries of December snow, and amidst all this gloom bosses around country announced that there would be no holiday work party.

Arrested on Black Friday, for throwing money at the mall

Dec 2, 2013
Security at the Mall of America arrested Serge Vorobyov on Friday afternoon for throwing $1,000 in $1 bills off a balcony at the mall.

What if the U.S. and Canada merged?

Dec 2, 2013
The biggest merger of them all might not involve any companies. We're talking nations here.

Amazon wants to use unmanned “drone” aircraft to fly products to customers in 30 minutes or less. It sounds great, but how realistic is the proposal? Next, the administration says the front end of healthcare.gov is up-and-running, so now developers will start to focus on the back-end connection to the insurers. Finally, a gauge of the global economy: The purchaser’s management index in most countries is up…but only just. It’s evidence of a nascent recovery in the global economy, but political unrest in some countries, combined with the prospect of tapering, has some economists worried. 

Music from the episode

Breakers Local Natives
Sunday - Instrumental 9th Wonder, Keisha Shontelle, Chaundon