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Dec 26, 2013

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The UPS delivery debacle raises a lot of questions: People will forgive companies a lot of things, but not screwing up their Christmas. So, how big a scar will this be for UPS (and to a lesser extent FedEx); and do we have the infrastructure to actually handle the shift to online shopping at peak times? Next, that dramatic increase in deliveries this time of year has meant an equal increase in the trash from all the packaging it takes to get goods from Amazon and others to consumers. Finally, Southwest is hiring hundreds of flight attendants (thousands have applied for the jobs) and other airlines are putting up the 'Help Wanted' signs too, after a long period of cuts.

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Why aren't more women on tech boards?

Dec 26, 2013
Men start up about 97 percent of the tech companies in Silicon Valley.

Lost UPS packages: a glimpse of the future

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Dec 26, 2013
The UPS delivery debacle raises a lot of questions: People will forgive companies a lot of things, but not screwing up their Christmas.

Ten thousand apply for 750 Southwest Airlines jobs

Dec 26, 2013
Southwest is hiring hundreds of flight attendants and thousands have applied for the jobs.

Where can I recycle all this wrapping paper?

Dec 26, 2013
That dramatic increase in deliveries this time of year means an increase in the trash from all the packaging.

Shell's challenge in drilling for Arctic oil

Dec 26, 2013
After a dismal experience in 2012, Shell took this year off from trying to drill in the Arctic Ocean. But drilling will come.

On Cyber Monday, Amazon sold 426 items every second

Dec 26, 2013
In which one can start to feel sorry for delivery companies in this day and age.

A new app wants to make stock trading free for all

Dec 26, 2013
Robinhood, a new app for smartphones, says its service is about letting everyone fully share in the fruits of capitalism -- which means free stock trades.

High prices: When pigs fly

Dec 26, 2013
It's been a busy year in the hog market and pork prices are way up.

Mercury: "The quixotic bad boy of the periodic table"

Dec 26, 2013
Our journey through the economics of elements checks out mercury.

The UPS delivery debacle raises a lot of questions: People will forgive companies a lot of things, but not screwing up their Christmas. So, how big a scar will this be for UPS (and to a lesser extent FedEx); and do we have the infrastructure to actually handle the shift to online shopping at peak times? Next, that dramatic increase in deliveries this time of year has meant an equal increase in the trash from all the packaging it takes to get goods from Amazon and others to consumers. Finally, Southwest is hiring hundreds of flight attendants (thousands have applied for the jobs) and other airlines are putting up the ‘Help Wanted’ signs too, after a long period of cuts.

Music from the episode

Super Rich Kids Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt
Babylon of the Occident - Instrumental The Shanghai Restoration Project
Two Matchsticks The Wooden Birds