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Managers might send out dozens of “great job” emails each day -- but does it help motivate employees? Freakonomics finds out. Adriene Hill takes a look at why the Dow Jones Industrial Average still commands so much attention. The FAA has released a list of 173 airports that could have their control towers closed next month because of budget cuts. Freight railroad operator BNSF announced it's switching from diesel fuel to natural gas. Families are hiring financial advisers to help them squeeze out every possible penny for college. And author Jonah Berger talks about why things become trendy.

Segments From this episode

Boehner criticizes stoppage of White House tours

Mar 6, 2013
"I'm disappointed the White House has chosen to comply with sequestration by cutting public tours," the Speaker of the House said.

Next up on the sequester tarmac? Corporate jets

Mar 6, 2013
The Federal Aviation Administration has identified dozens of airfields that could be closed, many of which are regularly used by business travelers and executives.

When negative is positive: Freakonomics on feedback

Mar 6, 2013
Sure, we all like to hear compliments. But if you’re truly looking to get better at something, criticism is what will get you there.

Railroad to make shift to natural gas locomotives

Mar 6, 2013
BNSF, the railroad owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, should profit by switching to cheaper natural gas. Buffett's company also has a big stake in natural gas.

Martha Stewart, Macy's & the meaning of 'store'

Mar 6, 2013
The court battle pitting Macy’s against J.C. Penney and Martha Stewart turns a simple idea -- a store -- into a legal and philosophical quagmire.

Why we follow trends (even bad ones)

Mar 6, 2013
One marketing professor's look at why some foods, music and names enter the zeitgeist, while other things don't.

A smart fifth-grader could compute the Dow

Mar 6, 2013
The Dow Jones Industrial Average is widely cited but has limitations as a market index. It doesn't take into account the size of companies, only their stock price.

Navigating the financial aid maze

Mar 6, 2013
More parents are turning to college financial planners for advice on how to pay for college.

Managers might send out dozens of “great job” emails each day — but does it help motivate employees? Freakonomics finds out. Adriene Hill takes a look at why the Dow Jones Industrial Average still commands so much attention. The FAA has released a list of 173 airports that could have their control towers closed next month because of budget cuts. Freight railroad operator BNSF announced it’s switching from diesel fuel to natural gas. Families are hiring financial advisers to help them squeeze out every possible penny for college. And author Jonah Berger talks about why things become trendy.

Music from the episode

It. 122 Alexander Robotnick, Ludus Pinsky
Sunday - Instrumental 9th Wonder, Keisha Shontelle, Chaundon