Why do we stick to the default option?
Oct 23, 2023

Why do we stick to the default option?

Google pays to be basically everyone's default search engine. And when it comes to tech, people don't like to shake things up. Plus, CEO overpay and remote overemployment.

Segments From this episode

The Google antitrust case raises the question, why don't we change our tech default settings?

Oct 23, 2023
Inertia is part of the story. But so is fear of breaking everything — and Big Tech knows that.
Google pays billions to be the default search engine on popular devices. Why people choose the default option is a riddle studied by behavioral economists.
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Why don't we talk more about revenue when we talk about the U.S. budget deficit?

Oct 23, 2023
The vast majority of federal revenue comes from taxes, and the drop in 2023 revenue was mostly due to a drop in individual income taxes.
The vast majority of federal revenue comes from taxes.
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Is CEO pay out of control?

Oct 23, 2023
How much is too much? Union strikes and shareholder discussions have put executive compensation centerstage.
Disney CEO Bob Iger came under fire when he called striking writers' demand for higher pay "just not realistic" — despite making more than 500 times the median salary of his own employees.
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Strike shuts down St. Lawrence Seaway, a main commercial artery

Oct 23, 2023
A shutdown will affect farmers exporting products from Canada, mostly to Europe and the Middle East.
The Seaway was built by the U.S. and Canadian governments in the 1950s to connect the upper Midwestern states and prairie provinces to global markets.
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"Overemployed" people secretly work overlapping remote jobs

Oct 23, 2023
They do it for the money. But overemployment also symbolizes a change in Americans' attitudes toward work.
There are online forums where people share tips about how to work overlapping remote jobs.
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Music from the episode

Severed The Decemberists
Horizon - Poolside Remix Tycho, Poolside
Right Words Wrong Time Carly Rae Jepsen
Bustling Freddie Joachim
Back To You Selena Gomez

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
Jordan Mangi Assistant Digital Producer