Jan 31, 2020

The big business behind “Cheer”

Plus, farm bankruptcies, the real cost of one-day shipping and Iowa's deluge of political ads.

Segments From this episode

Presidential campaigns are dramatically crowding out TV ad space

Jan 31, 2020
More than 100,000 political ads have aired in Iowa so far, up 65% on 2016.
Six of the remaining Democratic presidential hopefuls at the seventh Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 14, 2020.
Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images

Farm bankruptcies up sharply in 2019

Jan 31, 2020
Filing for bankruptcy doesn't necessarily mean you’re giving up on farming.
Scott Olson/Getty Images

Is competitive cheerleading a monopoly?

Jan 31, 2020
From uniforms to competitions, Varsity Brands dominates the industry. "It's like John D. Rockefeller, but with more glitter," a writer says.
Netflix's new hit docuseries "Cheer."
Courtesy of Netflix

One-day shipping is really costly for Amazon. But it's used to that.

Feb 3, 2020
To get customers their orders faster, Amazon spent an additional $1 billion in its latest quarter.
Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Music from the episode

Pa Pa Power Dead Man's Bones
Crystallized Young the Giant
Avant Gardener Courtney Barnett
Undercover Sad Puppy

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Bridget Bodnar Producer
Daisy Palacios Producer
Sean McHenry Associate Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Associate Producer

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