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May 2, 2012

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Online networks like Hulu are trying to compete with traditional networks for advertising. Europe's austerity economics is plunging the continent into recession, and commentator Robert Reich says the U.S. isn't far behind. Mastercard reported a 25 percent increase in first quarter profits. Kai Ryssdal talks to Marketo CEO Phil Fernandez about Facebook's upcoming road show and about to "sell" a company ahead of an IPO. And on the latest installment of Freakonomics radio, the hidden side of flowers as gifts.

 

Segments From this episode

What money can't buy

May 2, 2012
Author Michael Sandel discusses what money shouldn't buy and the ethics of commodification.

Online TV grabs for ad dollars

May 2, 2012
Online giants like Yahoo, YouTube and Hulu create original programs to lure advertising dollars away from traditional television.
Online giants like Yahoo, YouTube and Hulu create original programs to lure advertising dollars away from traditional television.
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Europe's debt crisis affects jobs, manufacturing

May 2, 2012
For many Europeans, the effects of the debt crisis are felt very close to home -- with unemployment soaring and manufacturing suffering.

Should U.S. fear austerity?

May 2, 2012
Commentator Robert Reich says new recession could follow if the U.S. adopts Europe's deep cuts in government spending.

MasterCard profit soars on rising transactions

May 2, 2012
MasterCard reported a 21 percent jump in quarterly profit after the biggest jump in card swipes -- to 7.7 billion -- since the company went public in 2006.

Facebook set to go on an IPO roadshow

May 2, 2012
In anticipation of its IPO, Facebook will be going on the road to pitch itself to mutual funds and investors. What happens in these presentations?

Los Angeles Dodgers gets new owners

May 2, 2012
At a press conference today, the new owners took a big first step at making amends for what was generally regarded as a disastrous tenure by the much-disliked Frank McCourt.

Don't buy your mom fresh flowers

May 2, 2012
As Mother's Day approaches, it's time to consider the hidden side of fresh flowers, and the carbon footprint they leave behind.

Online networks like Hulu are trying to compete with traditional networks for advertising. Europe’s austerity economics is plunging the continent into recession, and commentator Robert Reich says the U.S. isn’t far behind. Mastercard reported a 25 percent increase in first quarter profits. Kai Ryssdal talks to Marketo CEO Phil Fernandez about Facebook’s upcoming road show and about to “sell” a company ahead of an IPO. And on the latest installment of Freakonomics radio, the hidden side of flowers as gifts.

 

Music from the episode

Sound The Alarm Thievery Corporation
Myth Beach House
I'll Always Love My Mama The Intruders