Jul 31, 2012

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Six hundred million people in India -- about half the population there --  have been affected by the latest power outage. Meanwhile, outrage over NBC's tape-delayed broadcast of the Olympic Games continues, even though ratings show that people are still…

Segments From this episode

How much is that Olympic medal worth?

Jul 31, 2012
The sports blog Deadspin cross-referenced current prices on precious metals exchanges with Olympic hardware.

What India must do to have a modern power grid

Jul 31, 2012
India needs many more generating plants to keep up with exploding demand for electricity, but the distribution system is so corrupt that investors are reluctant to put money in new plants.

Amazon looks to expand delivery beyond home, office

Jul 31, 2012
The online retailer hopes 'locker' program will broaden its customer base.

Dressage is not your average horse play

Jul 31, 2012
Mitt and Ann Romney are bringing new attention to the elite sport and sport of the elite -- by co-owning an Olympic horse.

How Twitter's exposing NBC's Olympic failures

Jul 31, 2012
Television ratings are up for the 2012 Olympics, even with so-called spoilers all over the Internet. Blogger and author Jeff Jarvis talks about NBC's failures to keep up with the Twittersphere.

Houston janitors fight for fair pay in economic boom

Jul 31, 2012
Janitors who clean the offices of some of the world's richest corporations in this Texas city are among the lowest paid in the country. They have been on strike this summer trying to raise the definition of a low-level wage.

How the drought has been affecting you

Jul 31, 2012
Our listeners weigh in on how the devastating drought in the Midwest has changed the way they do business.

On the job hunt once again

Jul 31, 2012
Sondra Morin, 29, discusses what it's like to be unemployed for the second time in less than a year.

Six hundred million people in India — about half the population there —  have been affected by the latest power outage. Meanwhile, outrage over NBC’s tape-delayed broadcast of the Olympic Games continues, even though ratings show that people are still tuning in. Ann Romney’s horse is competing in the Games, bringing attention to the elite sport. Also, Amazon expands to allow customers to pick up their purchases if they don’t have a physical address. And we hear about the labor dispute happening with low-paid janitors in Houston.

Music from the episode

Tighten Up The Black Keys
Second Chance Peter Bjorn and John
Loud Pipes Ratatat