Marketplace for Monday, July 6, 2015
Jul 6, 2015

Marketplace for Monday, July 6, 2015

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Airing on Monday, July 6, 2015: An audit of Blue Shield of California faulted the nonprofit health insurer for amassing a $4 billion surplus while failing to offer more affordable rates. The audit, the details of which were reported in the Los Angeles Times, was one reason California revoked Blue Shield’s tax exemption. It raises the question of how big health insurers ended up with nonprofit status in the first place, and what does that mean for customers today? Next: China’s markets have become so frothy that the government has tried to calm them. We explore China's manipulation of its markets.

Segments From this episode

Oreos are slimming down

Jul 6, 2015
The sandwich cookie will now come in a thinner variety.

Germany's reactions to Greek referendum

Jul 6, 2015
Those in Frankfurt express sympathy for Greek people, but 'enough is enough.'

What the China stock market roller coaster means

Jul 6, 2015
The government is now propping up the exchange it tried to cool down.

How some health insurers ended up as nonprofits

Jul 6, 2015
Back in the 1920s, firms began to be organized around a social welfare mission.

Everything you ever wanted to know about recycling

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Jul 6, 2015
Is it worth it? Environmentally, yes. Economically, sometimes. Cue the ballistic separator.

Greece: currency in unchartered waters

Jul 6, 2015
What steps would be needed to bring back the drachma or use a new legal tender?

23andMe believes genetics are the future of health

Jul 6, 2015
CEO Anne Wojcicki wants to improve drug therapies by using DNA data.

Airing on Monday, July 6, 2015: An audit of Blue Shield of California faulted the nonprofit health insurer for amassing a $4 billion surplus while failing to offer more affordable rates. The audit, the details of which were reported in the Los Angeles Times, was one reason California revoked Blue Shield’s tax exemption. It raises the question of how big health insurers ended up with nonprofit status in the first place, and what does that mean for customers today? Next: China’s markets have become so frothy that the government has tried to calm them. We explore China’s manipulation of its markets.

Music from the episode

Human After All Daft Punk
Down, Down, Down - Club Mix DJ Quik, Suga Free, Mausberg, AMG
Evil Ways Santana
Young Folks Peter Bjorn and John