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Google, Microsoft and Facebook are calling on the U.S. government to reveal how often they get national security requests for information. The Internet companies are fighting the perception they were willing participants in the National Security Agency's widespread monitoring of electronic communications. Also, Pandora buys a small radio station South Dakota for what it hopes are big savings. And our "Consumed" series continues, as we delve deeper into the half-life of the consumer economy.

Segments From this episode

U.S. NAVY STOPS YELLING AT YOU by dropping all-capitals communications

Jun 12, 2013
For 150 years, the official Navy communications system only allowed FOR ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.

A part-time career alters life's expectations

Jun 12, 2013
Our economy creates a growing number of part-time and temporary jobs. That means more insecure workers -- and consumers -- who can't plan for the future.

How a part-time economy impacts consumers

Jun 12, 2013
To cut corners and increase profits, businesses are increasingly hiring more part-time or temporary workers. But that plan may backfire, when those workers become consumers who don't want to spend.

Why Pandora bought a radio station in South Dakota

Jun 12, 2013
The music-streaming company Pandora has bought a small radio station in South Dakota. Owning a radio station could allow Pandora to pay smaller royalties that apply to... radio stations.

Sleepless in...Hollywood and the rise of the franchise

Jun 12, 2013
"Sleepless in Seattle" producer Lynda Obst explains why studios can't stop making sequels.

Why family and business don’t mix: Freakonomics Radio

Jun 12, 2013
Freakonomics' Stephen Dubner has yet another reason to blame your parents for pretty much everything.

Silicon Valley companies call for greater transparency in PRISM program

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Jun 12, 2013
The tech companies' sudden, overt concern about transparency in government surveillance may be as much about protecting themselves as consumers.

Google, Microsoft and Facebook are calling on the U.S. government to reveal how often they get national security requests for information. The Internet companies are fighting the perception they were willing participants in the National Security Agency’s widespread monitoring of electronic communications. Also, Pandora buys a small radio station South Dakota for what it hopes are big savings. And our “Consumed” series continues, as we delve deeper into the half-life of the consumer economy.

Music from the episode

Blame It Jamie Foxx, T-Pain
Blame It Jamie Foxx, T-Pain
Saying Something (Mukiya) Peter Bjorn and John
Saying Something (Mukiya) Peter Bjorn and John
Saying Something (Mukiya) Peter Bjorn and John
Saying Something (Mukiya) Peter Bjorn and John