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May 9, 2013

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"The Great Gatsby" is getting released soon and everyone is buzzing with excitement for the adaptation of the life of the rich. But, in reality, the life of the rich and poor is rarely anything like it is in the movies. In jobs numbers news today, jobless claims are falling and we wonder is that is a good thing or if it means employers have hit peak layoff. In world news, another factory fire in Bangladesh brings to light the fair trade movement. Does it hurt businesses and are consumers really buying?

Segments From this episode

New York City cyber thieves loot $45 million

May 9, 2013
The thieves also hit up 2,000 ATMs in Manhattan in a single day.

How some rural areas are being pinched by lack of Medicaid expansion

May 9, 2013
An expansion of Medicaid is supposed to cover more of the working poor. But Republican-led states have been opting out and outlying areas in states like Tennessee may be the hardest hit.

We asked you to name our conference rooms and the winner is...

May 9, 2013
We asked listeners to weigh in with suggestions for names for our office meeting rooms.

Does fair trade clothing help the consumer and the retailer?

May 9, 2013
Following another tragic fire at a Bangladesh clothing factory, retailers are now ceding to consumer demand and putting the exact origins of their products on the label. But will this “fair trade” practice hurt the bottom line? And will those same consumers actually buy the more expensive fair trade products, or reach for the cheaper item on the next rack?

Google invites parents to work

May 9, 2013
What does Google’s Bring Your Parents to Work Day say about the larger culture there?

The possible downside to the good jobless claims numbers

May 9, 2013
U.S. jobless claims are falling -- most recently to a pre-recession level -- but does that mean nothing more than employers are getting to the point where they can’t lay off any more workers?
People wait in line to attend a Long Island job fair on May 2, 2013 in Uniondale, N.Y.
Mario Tama/Getty Images

If millionaires formed a political party, they'd have a lock on government

May 9, 2013
A Duke professor asks: What would happen if all the millionaires in public office joined a single political party? Answer: They'd control the federal government by a wide margin.

In theaters and with 'The Great Gatsby,' it's high class or class war

May 9, 2013
The opening of Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" will offer moviegoers a look at over-the-top Jazz Age luxury. But for all of Gatsby's glamour, many of the plots of this year's most highly anticipated films hinge on class conflict.
Scene from the film "The Great Gatsby."
Warner Bros.

Are the 49ers a good fit for Levi Strauss?

May 9, 2013
Can a partnership with the 49ers save the stagnant brand that is Levi Strauss jeans?

“The Great Gatsby” is getting released soon and everyone is buzzing with excitement for the adaptation of the life of the rich. But, in reality, the life of the rich and poor is rarely anything like it is in the movies. In jobs numbers news today, jobless claims are falling and we wonder is that is a good thing or if it means employers have hit peak layoff. In world news, another factory fire in Bangladesh brings to light the fair trade movement. Does it hurt businesses and are consumers really buying?

Music from the episode

Be Easy Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings