Zoe Chace http://publicradioeast.org en Across The Atlantic, Glimpse An Alternate Internet Universe http://publicradioeast.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 21:27:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 38532 at http://publicradioeast.org When Everyone Wants To Watch 'House Of Cards,' Who Pays? http://publicradioeast.org/post/netflix-hit-spurs-talks-over-who-pay-internet-service-upgrades We are going to trace one simple Internet request. It's one that lots of people have made lately.<p>Rachel Margolis, a Time Warner cable subscriber in Brooklyn, wants to watch an episode of <em>House of Cards</em> on Netflix.<p>When Rachel clicks on <em>House of Cards</em> on her TV screen, her request travels out of her apartment on a cable, to a box on the corner, then under the East River to a giant building on the West Side of Manhattan. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 37423 at http://publicradioeast.org When Everyone Wants To Watch 'House Of Cards,' Who Pays? Behind Ukraine's Political Strife: One Big Utility Bill http://publicradioeast.org/post/behind-ukraines-political-strife-lies-one-big-utility-bill One way to understand the situation between Ukraine and Russia right now: Look at the gas bill of an ordinary Ukrainian.<p>Valentina Olachenka, for example, pays $19 a month for gas to heat her house and run her stove. The average American who uses natural gas, by contrast, spends more than $100 a month.<p>Gas is cheap for Ukrainians because the government is paying most of the bill — 87 cents of every dollar, according to the IMF.<p>The subsidy used to be relatively affordable for the government, back when Russia was giving Ukraine a really good deal on its gas. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 35924 at http://publicradioeast.org Behind Ukraine's Political Strife: One Big Utility Bill An Old Law, A Snowy Winter, And A Modern-Day Salt Shortage http://publicradioeast.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 35352 at http://publicradioeast.org An Old Law, A Snowy Winter, And A Modern-Day Salt Shortage What It Was Like To Be A Wall Street Recruit After The Bailouts http://publicradioeast.org/post/what-it-was-be-wall-street-recruit-after-bailouts Back in 2012, reporter Kevin Roose went undercover at a very exclusive party.<p>It was a dinner for a secret society, held once a year, at the St. Regis hotel in New York City. The secret society is called Kappa Beta Phi, and it's made up of current and former Wall Street executives — people like Michael Bloomberg, former heads of Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs. And every year the group holds a dinner to induct new people into the group — they're called neophytes.<p>No reporter has ever made it in. Roose wore a tuxedo, and got a seat at a table. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:43:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 34726 at http://publicradioeast.org What It Was Like To Be A Wall Street Recruit After The Bailouts White House Reminds Firms Not To Overlook Long-Term Jobless http://publicradioeast.org/post/white-house-reminds-firms-not-overlook-long-term-jobless Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Here's another item likely to be part of tonight's State of the Union address: helping the long term unemployed. The president is expected to announce that some of America's firms have signed a pledge not to discriminate against the long term unemployed when they're hiring. This week, the president plans to meet with many of the CEOs of those companies. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 10:30:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 32986 at http://publicradioeast.org How Perverse Incentives Drive Up Health Care Costs http://publicradioeast.org/post/how-perverse-incentives-drive-health-care-costs Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Emergency medical technicians, EMTs, are trained to save your life and aim to get you to a hospital as quickly as possible when needed. One thing they are usually not asked to do is to find ways to save money.<p>NPR's Zoe Chace explores one experiment in New York City that is trying to cut emergency care costs and cut return trips to the E.R.<p>ZOE CHACE, BYLINE: I'm in an ambulance, and we're on the way to the emergency room.<p>PETER DERMODY: How long have you been feeling like this, Michael?<p>MICHAEL: Like, two days.<p>DERMODY: For two days? Thu, 16 Jan 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 32123 at http://publicradioeast.org How A Community Bank Tripped On Footnote 1,861 Of The Volcker Rule http://publicradioeast.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 22:09:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 31752 at http://publicradioeast.org Cities Across Northeast, Midwest Dig Out From Winter Storm http://publicradioeast.org/post/cities-across-northeast-midwest-dig-out-winter-storm Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>After pummeling the Midwest, a big winter storm hit the Northeast today, dumping snow up and down I-95. Flights were canceled, major highways closed. Boston took on almost two feet. Up to 10 inches fell on New York City, where the new mayor has only been in office two days. And that's where our coverage begins this hour with NPR's Zoe Chace.<p>ZOE CHACE, BYLINE: I'm standing here in the snow and the cold and the sun in Woodside, Queens. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:26:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 31241 at http://publicradioeast.org The Secret Protectionism Buried Inside NAFTA http://publicradioeast.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 09:50:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 30664 at http://publicradioeast.org Next Stop Bangladesh As We Follow Planet Money's T-Shirt http://publicradioeast.org/post/next-stop-bangladesh-we-follow-planet-moneys-t-shirt Bangladesh is the cheapest place in the world to make a T-shirt. But this month, the minimum wage there will rise from $39 a month to $68 a month. That's got some factory owners nervous about whether Western retailers there will pull out. Our Planet Money team examines the future of the garment industry in Bangladesh. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 NPR. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Zoe Chace & Caitlin Kenney 29046 at http://publicradioeast.org Next Stop Bangladesh As We Follow Planet Money's T-Shirt Two Sisters, A Small Room And The World Behind A T-Shirt http://publicradioeast.org/post/two-sisters-small-room-and-world-behind-t-shirt <em>Part of the <a href="http://apps.npr.org/tshirt/#/title" target="_blank">Planet Money T-shirt Project</a></em><p>This is the story of how the garment industry is transforming life in Bangladesh, and the story of two sisters who made the Planet Money T-shirt.<p>Shumi and Minu work six days a week operating sewing machines at Deluxe Fashions Ltd. in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:06:00 +0000 Zoe Chace & Caitlin Kenney 29008 at http://publicradioeast.org Two Sisters, A Small Room And The World Behind A T-Shirt Nixon And Kimchi: How The Garment Industry Came To Bangladesh http://publicradioeast.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 28935 at http://publicradioeast.org Nixon And Kimchi: How The Garment Industry Came To Bangladesh How Garment Workers Decided $104.72 a Month Was A Living Wage http://publicradioeast.org/post/how-garment-workers-decided-10472-month-was-living-wage Monday, after a week of protests, Bangladesh's garment manufacturers agreed to increase the minimum wage for workers in the industry. But they haven't agreed on how much it will be.<p>The garment workers are asking for $104.72 a month, which would more than double the current minimum. To get to that number, they created a monthly budget that, they figure, is the bare minimum.<p>Rubana Mohammadi who runs a few garment factories, has argued that if the union gets the increase they're asking for, the price of a Bangladeshi-made T-shirt could increase by 20 cents. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 18:02:00 +0000 Zoe Chace & Caitlin Kenney 24658 at http://publicradioeast.org How Garment Workers Decided $104.72 a Month Was A Living Wage Robin Thicke's Song Sounds Like Marvin Gaye. So He's Suing Gaye's Family. http://publicradioeast.org/post/robin-thickes-song-sounds-marvin-gaye-so-thicke-suing-gayes-family "<a href="http://youtu.be/RA01pdI0jng" target="_blank">Blurred Lines</a>," this year's song of the summer*, sounds a lot like Marvin Gaye's "<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fp7Q1OAzITM&noredirect=1" target="_blank">Got to Give It Up</a>," one of the songs of the summer of 1977.<p>In fact, it sounds so much like the Marvin Gaye song that Robin Thicke and the other guys behind Blurred Lines have launched a preemptive strike: They filed a lawsuit against Marvin Gaye's family. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 17:11:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 21364 at http://publicradioeast.org Robin Thicke's Song Sounds Like Marvin Gaye. So He's Suing Gaye's Family. Heard It Through The Grapevine: Raisin Grower Goes Rogue http://publicradioeast.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 09:21:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 20986 at http://publicradioeast.org The Raisin Outlaw Of Kerman, Calif. http://publicradioeast.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 20701 at http://publicradioeast.org The Raisin Outlaw Of Kerman, Calif. Stamps, Jeans, Beer: What Americans Want From North Korea http://publicradioeast.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 19617 at http://publicradioeast.org Stamps, Jeans, Beer: What Americans Want From North Korea The 'Ask Your Uncle' Approach To Economics http://publicradioeast.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 20:52:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 18931 at http://publicradioeast.org The 'Ask Your Uncle' Approach To Economics