Zoe Chace http://wuky.org en Across The Atlantic, Glimpse An Alternate Internet Universe http://wuky.org/post/across-atlantic-glimpse-alternate-internet-universe Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Already for many Americans, there are few options when it comes to high-speed broadband. And the reason, says Zoe Chace with our Planet Money team, goes back to a moment when the U.S. decided to go one way and the rest of the world went another.<p>ZOE CHACE, BYLINE: That moment, March 14th, 2002, a bunch of people from the Federal Communications Commission pondering an existential question. There's this brand-new cable coming into your home with the Internet on it. What is this thing?<p>Did you really sit around and say, like, what is this? Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:08:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 47221 at http://wuky.org An Old Law, A Snowy Winter, And A Modern-Day Salt Shortage http://wuky.org/post/how-old-law-caused-modern-day-salt-shortage There were so many winter storms in New Jersey this year that the state nearly ran out of the salt used to melt snow and ice on the roads.<p>State officials thought they had found a solution when they discovered an extra 40,000 tons of rock salt for sale up in Searsport, Maine.<p>The state bought the salt but ran into problems getting it to New Jersey — despite the fact that there was an enormous, empty cargo ship, sitting at the Searsport port, headed down to Newark.<p>"I mean, it was just like serendipity," says Joe Dee, chief of staff with the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:28:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 45248 at http://wuky.org An Old Law, A Snowy Winter, And A Modern-Day Salt Shortage How A Community Bank Tripped On Footnote 1,861 Of The Volcker Rule http://wuky.org/post/how-community-bank-tripped-footnote-1861-volcker-rule When people talk about the Volcker Rule, they often mention JPMorgan Chase, the giant bank where a trader recently made a bad bet that lost $6 billion. The Volcker Rule is supposed to put an end to that sort of thing, by prohibiting banks from trading with their own money.<p>But some banks that are very, very different from JPMorgan Chase are struggling with an obscure provision in the rule. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 43051 at http://wuky.org The Secret Protectionism Buried Inside NAFTA http://wuky.org/post/secret-protectionism-buried-inside-nafta Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Now NPR's Zoe Chase, from our Planet Money Team, reminds us about one industry that played a big role in NAFTA's passage: men's underwear.<p>ZOE CHACE, BYLINE: Now you're used to the labels: made in Mexico, made in China, made in Bangladesh. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 09:30:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 42406 at http://wuky.org Nixon And Kimchi: How The Garment Industry Came To Bangladesh http://wuky.org/post/nixon-and-kimchi-how-garment-industry-came-bangladesh <em>More details were added to this post after it was published. The new information was courtesy of Vidiya Khan, director of the Desh Group, and daughter of Noorul Quader.</em><p>Bangladesh was created out of chaos in the early 1970s, at a moment when millions in the country were dying from a combination of war and famine. The future looked exceedingly bleak.<p>Abdul Majid Chowdhury and Noorul Quader were Bangladeshi businessmen who wanted to help their country. "We asked ourselves, 'What the hell do we want?' " Chowdhury recalls. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:57:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 41443 at http://wuky.org Nixon And Kimchi: How The Garment Industry Came To Bangladesh Chips, Beer, Tweets: Why TV Is Key To Twitter's Prospects http://wuky.org/post/chips-beer-tweets-why-tv-key-twitters-prospects One thing Twitter has that other social networks don't: Users who talk about the world in real time. In practice, this largely means one thing. Millions of people use Twitter while they're watching TV.<p>Those people often use hashtags to let other fans find their tweets (#BreakingBad, #NFL). Wed, 06 Nov 2013 21:26:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 40165 at http://wuky.org Chips, Beer, Tweets: Why TV Is Key To Twitter's Prospects Heard It Through The Grapevine: Raisin Grower Goes Rogue http://wuky.org/post/heard-it-through-grapevine-raisin-grower-goes-rogue Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Now, the story of a man many call an outlaw. His crime: growing raisins and then deciding to sell them all. His case made it all the way to the Supreme Court.<p>Planet Money's Zoe Chace has the story.<p>ZOE CHACE, BYLINE: You might imagine that such an ordinary thing like a raisin works the same way lots of other stuff works. The raisin grower takes his sun-dried grapes and sells them, as many as he can to whoever wants them. Wed, 14 Aug 2013 09:36:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 36009 at http://wuky.org The Raisin Outlaw Of Kerman, Calif. http://wuky.org/post/raisin-outlaw-kerman-california Meet Marvin Horne, raisin farmer. Horne has been farming raisins on a vineyard in Kerman, Calif., for decades. But a couple of years ago, he did something that made a lot of the other raisin farmers out here in California really angry. So angry that they hired a private investigator to spy on Horne and his wife, Laura. Agents from a detective agency spent hours sitting outside the Hornes' farm recording video of trucks entering and leaving the property.<p>What did the Hornes do to become the subject of a surveillance campaign? They sold raisins. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 18:42:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 35820 at http://wuky.org The Raisin Outlaw Of Kerman, Calif. Stamps, Jeans, Beer: What Americans Want From North Korea http://wuky.org/post/stamps-jeans-beer-what-americans-want-north-korea U.S. sanctions mean that any citizen or business wanting to buy stuff from North Korea has to send a letter to the U.S. government asking for special permission. A few months back, we submitted a Freedom of Information Act request, asking for those letters.<p>Our request was granted: We recently received a packet of 18 letters from Americans who wanted to do business with the most isolated nation on the planet. Fri, 26 Jul 2013 16:49:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 35108 at http://wuky.org Stamps, Jeans, Beer: What Americans Want From North Korea The 'Ask Your Uncle' Approach To Economics http://wuky.org/post/ask-your-uncle-approach-economics The Beige Book is weird. It's an economic report released by the Federal Reserve every few months, but it doesn't have many numbers in it. Mostly, it's a bunch of stories gathered by talking to businesses around the country. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 21:05:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 34648 at http://wuky.org The 'Ask Your Uncle' Approach To Economics