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Nov 27, 2012

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Kai Ryssdal talks to business magnate and investor Warren Buffett about who should be the next Treasury Secretary, how much the wealthy ought to pay in taxes, and whether he's worried about the future of democratic capitalism. Florida’s governor has issued a challenge to colleges to offer a $10,000 degree. The packaged food giant ConAgra is now the largest private label food manufacturer after acquiring Ralcorp. With Powerball jackpot now at a record high of $500 million, thousands of people are willing to pay the new, higher price of a ticket for a chance to strike it rich. And in part two of our series on Walmart and labor, Mitchell Hartman takes a look at whether 'permatemping' in warehouses is designed to keep costs and prices low at Walmart and other big-box retailers.

Segments From this episode

ConAgra buys into private label's success

Nov 27, 2012
Food giant sees Ralcorp purchase as a way to enter the growing store brand market.

Pushing for a $10,000 college degree

Nov 27, 2012
Colleges and universities are on a quest for a cheaper college degree. But not everyone gets a bargain.

As U.S. pot laws evolve, some Mexicans question their policy

Nov 27, 2012
Recent votes to legalize marijuana in Colorado and Washington state have some Mexicans calling on their government to reconsider its drug policies.

Powerball a big winner for many states

Nov 27, 2012
Wednesday's big Powerball jackpot is one reason more people are playing the multi-state lottery at record levels.

Walmart warehouse temps add flexibility -- and save money?

Nov 27, 2012
Walmart's flexible supply chain depends on low-wage "permatemp" workers.

Warren Buffett on Jamie Dimon as Treasury Secretary, the fiscal cliff, and taxes

Apr 29, 2015
From the archives: You know who’s not worried about the fiscal cliff? Buffett.

Kai Ryssdal talks to business magnate and investor Warren Buffett about who should be the next Treasury Secretary, how much the wealthy ought to pay in taxes, and whether he’s worried about the future of democratic capitalism. Florida’s governor has issued a challenge to colleges to offer a $10,000 degree. The packaged food giant ConAgra is now the largest private label food manufacturer after acquiring Ralcorp. With Powerball jackpot now at a record high of $500 million, thousands of people are willing to pay the new, higher price of a ticket for a chance to strike it rich. And in part two of our series on Walmart and labor, Mitchell Hartman takes a look at whether ‘permatemping’ in warehouses is designed to keep costs and prices low at Walmart and other big-box retailers.

Music from the episode

Bed Death Oryx & Crake
Let's Call It Off - Single Version Peter Bjorn and John