Ticketmaster, monopolies and the wrath of Swifties
Nov 17, 2022

Ticketmaster, monopolies and the wrath of Swifties

After a debacle over Taylor Swift tickets, Ticketmaster is being called a monopoly by fans and politicians. Plus, should developing countries be asked to "leapfrog" fossil fuels and move straight to renewables?

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How Ticketmaster came to dominate live events (and incur the wrath of Taylor Swift fans)

Nov 17, 2022
In addition to selling tickets, the company controls venues and manages artists. Some lawmakers say it's a monopoly.
The company is under scrutiny following last year's debacle involving problems with Taylor Swift tickets.
Terry Wyatt/Getty Images

Unionized Starbucks workers at more than 100 stores strike

Nov 17, 2022
Striking workers are taking advantage of a holiday promotion to protest the company’s approach to union negotiations.
Workers on strike outside of a San Francisco Starbucks on Nov. 17. Employees at more than 100 unionized Starbucks locations walked off the job Thursday.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

What it's like returning to China's zero-COVID bubble

Nov 17, 2022
China is simplifying some of the rules to enter its zero-COVID bubble, but many hurdles remain.
Passengers from Pak's flight from Toronto in November are welcomed by staff at Shanghai's Pudong airport in hazmat suits.
Jennifer Pak/Marketplace

Are current climate initiatives unfair to developing nations?

Nov 17, 2022
Rahul Tongia of the Brookings Institution argues that a swift, large-scale energy transition is unrealistic for poor countries, and unnecessary.
Participants arrive Thursday at the COP27 climate conference, where world leaders are discussing plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize the impacts of  climate change.
Mohammed Abed/AFP via Getty Images

FCC readies broadband map to help allocate funds for higher speeds

Nov 17, 2022
Identifying where high-speed internet is available has been tricky. But the map may give officials a better idea of who's left out.
The new map may address stubborn inequality in the reach of broadband internet. Tribal and rural communities could benefit.
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Music from the episode

So Good Pete Rock, The Soul Brothers
It is What It is Blood Orange
Ungodly Fruit Wax Tailor
Dark Rooms Dans Le Noir
Wishing Well Substantial
I'm a Rock Jitwam

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Producer II
Andie Corban Producer I
Sarah Leeson Producer I
Sean McHenry Director & Associate Producer II
Richard Cunningham Associate Producer I
Dylan Miettinen Associate Digital Producer