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Jan 28, 2014

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Why did President Obama choose $10.10 as the new minimum wage for federal contractors? And, wait, which federal workers are paid minimum wage? We look at the federal government in the context of the low-wage movement, outsourcing custodial, kitchen and other work to contractors who pay low wages. Plus, the Chicago Tribune will no longer drop Sunday advertising supplements on 5 million doorsteps. Turns out, they're haven't been generating much revenue for years. Finally, we revisit the question: "What can the NSA learn from Angry Birds?" Spoiler: More than we knew.

 

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Rural schools are struggling to keep the lights on

Jan 25, 2014
When rural families leave to search for better jobs, schools scramble to make cuts -- and may even shut down.

$10.10: Just a nice even number?

Jan 28, 2014
Why did President Obama choose $10.10 as the new minimum wage for federal contractors? And, wait, which federal workers are paid minimum wage?

No more Sunday ad supplements -- unless you subscribe

Jan 28, 2014
The Chicago Tribune decides to give unsubscribers' doorsteps a break.

What the NSA can learn from Angry Birds

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Jan 28, 2014
Spoiler: More than we knew

Whither Europe on emissions?

Jan 28, 2014
Europe has been in the forefront of limiting carbon emissions. Do new European Union rules represent backsliding?

Stop checking your email. Really.

Jan 28, 2014
But if you want to be productive, go ahead and check Facebook

A history of the African-American barbershop

Jan 28, 2014
A shave, a trim, and much more

Everyone hates performance reviews

Jan 28, 2014
And Kai asks his American Public Media bosses to tune out for a second

Why did President Obama choose $10.10 as the new minimum wage for federal contractors? And, wait, which federal workers are paid minimum wage? We look at the federal government in the context of the low-wage movement, outsourcing custodial, kitchen and other work to contractors who pay low wages. Plus, the Chicago Tribune will no longer drop Sunday advertising supplements on 5 million doorsteps. Turns out, they’re haven’t been generating much revenue for years. Finally, we revisit the question: “What can the NSA learn from Angry Birds?” Spoiler: More than we knew.

 

Music from the episode

CINCO Minutos Con Vos Elvis Costello And The Roots
Tear Blackbird Blackbird
Motion Sickness Hot Chip