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Carbon must be reduced by some baseline, and the EPA has settled on the year 2005. We look at how 2005 gives utilities a head start in meeting carbon reductions that in fact are pretty immediate. Plus, the NSA is collecting a huge number of photos and is relying heavily on software to complete their facial recognition project. We take a look at efforts to develop that software, how good is it right now and how much effort is going into perfecting it. We also ask, to what extent have commercial developers done the NSA's work for them? Also, the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't count those jobless for 27 weeks or more as unemployed if they haven't looked for work in four weeks. Wait, what? They're still unemployed. Why not count them? We investigate into the question and uncover whose came up with this practice and why.

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An excuse for cat pictures all month

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Marketplace Datebook for Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Gillian Flynn on the economics behind 'Gone Girl'

Jun 2, 2014
We're asking authors about the numbers that inspire them.
Author Gillian Flynn.
Heidi Jo Brady

China's economic boom leaves a trail of ghost cities

Jun 2, 2014
A growth model focused on GDP has left hundreds of Chinese cities nearly empty.

We're already halfway toward the EPA's new CO2 limits

Jun 2, 2014
That's the good news. Less good: The next half is the hard part.

Facial Recognition: From the NSA to Facebook to Vegas

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Jun 2, 2014
How good is facial recognition and who's driving it?

A revision to the revision

Jun 2, 2014
An economic indicator gets revised twice in the span of three hours.

Vox CEO Jim Bankoff on which numbers matter

Jun 2, 2014
"We like to tell our people that they should be data-informed as opposed to data-driven."

Carbon must be reduced by some baseline, and the EPA has settled on the year 2005. We look at how 2005 gives utilities a head start in meeting carbon reductions that in fact are pretty immediate. Plus, the NSA is collecting a huge number of photos and is relying heavily on software to complete their facial recognition project. We take a look at efforts to develop that software, how good is it right now and how much effort is going into perfecting it. We also ask, to what extent have commercial developers done the NSA’s work for them? Also, the Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t count those jobless for 27 weeks or more as unemployed if they haven’t looked for work in four weeks. Wait, what? They’re still unemployed. Why not count them? We investigate into the question and uncover whose came up with this practice and why.

Music from the episode

Fievre Oddisee
Cirrus Bonobo
Sunday - Instrumental 9th Wonder, Keisha Shontelle, Chaundon