Jul 17, 2012

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The buzz is loud surrounding Marissa Mayer's big move to Yahoo, but what does it really take to be a turnaround CEO? Republican governors and giant e-commerce retailer Amazon now back Congressional legislation to tax online transactions. We take a look at who, between Gov. Romney and President Obama, has done more outsourcing throughout their careers. Kai Ryssdal talks to Wall Street Journal reporter Scott Patterson about what the government is doing to prevent economic data leaks that give high-speed traders an unfair advantage. And we hear about social entrepreneurship in Ghana, the tale of building a business one battery at a time.

Segments From this episode

Survey says users prefer Google+ to Facebook

Jul 17, 2012
Never mind the 900 million-something users Facebook has.

Squaring rhetoric and reality on outsourcing

Jul 17, 2012
There's a new bad word in the race for president: 'Outsourcing.' But the latest political back-and-forth, while dramatic, ignores the realities of the American economy.

Support grows for online sales tax

Jul 17, 2012
Republican governors and giant e-commerce retailer Amazon now back Congressional legislation to tax online transactions.

CalPERS earnings fall flat

Jul 17, 2012
The nation's largest public pension fund got just a one percent annual return on its investments, well below the 7.5 percent the California Public Employees' Retirement System had projected for the fiscal year that ended June 30.

Where to put all our nuclear waste?

Jul 17, 2012
The United States isn't the only country looking for a place to store nuclear waste safely for all eternity. But the U.S. may be closer to a solution.

NBA seeks to protect players' nest eggs

Jul 17, 2012
Many pro athletes squander their fortunes. To prevent financial flame-outs, the NBA will enroll players in a retirement plan.

Trading in economic data

Jul 17, 2012
The government has tightened security around release of labor department data on fears that high frequency traders may may access it illegally.

Marissa Mayer to the rescue of Yahoo

Jul 17, 2012
Corporate turnarounds of big companies are rare. How much can Yahoo’s new CEO do to revive a company eclipsed by Google and Facebook?

Building business in Ghana, one battery at a time

Jul 17, 2012
After Whit Alexander found success co-creating the board game Cranium, he found a calling in social entrepreneurship. The story of the battery business he built in Ghana is told in a new book by his brother Max.

It's summertime -- but less than it used to be

Jul 18, 2012
It's the heart of summer, and beaches are crowded. But school schedules, worries about work and even the weather are eating away at summer vacations.

The buzz is loud surrounding Marissa Mayer’s big move to Yahoo, but what does it really take to be a turnaround CEO? Republican governors and giant e-commerce retailer Amazon now back Congressional legislation to tax online transactions. We take a look at who, between Gov. Romney and President Obama, has done more outsourcing throughout their careers. Kai Ryssdal talks to Wall Street Journal reporter Scott Patterson about what the government is doing to prevent economic data leaks that give high-speed traders an unfair advantage. And we hear about social entrepreneurship in Ghana, the tale of building a business one battery at a time.

Music from the episode

Pyramids Frank Ocean
The Rifle's Spiral The Shins
Motion Sickness Hot Chip

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