Our Planet Money team is making a T-shirt and following the shirt around the world as it gets manufactured — from the farms where the cotton is grown to the factories where the shirts are sewn together. All this week on Morning Edition and All Things Considered we'll be hearing stories about the fascinating world behind that T-shirt.
Natural gas drillers want the U.S. Coast Guard to allow them to transport tens of millions of gallons of fracking wastewater on the nation's waterways. Federal law doesn't consider that wastewater to be hazardous, but the Coast Guard does.
Russia is reportedly spending nearly $50 billion on the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. That is an Olympic record. And according to the website BuzzFeed.com, it's almost five times Hollywood's domestic box office.
In this, the first week of December, the Obama administration says it has met its self-imposed deadline of fixing the troubled healthcare.gov web site. And it says people should be able to sign up for health insurance. So, is it fixed and when will we know for sure?
Longtime General Electric CEO and management icon Jack Welch popularized a management style in the 1980s that critics dubbed "rank and yank." The system ranks employees — with under-performers getting yanked from their jobs or the company. This old practice is in the news again. Microsoft recently did away with it. But other companies are embracing it.
Starting Monday, gay marriage is legal in Hawaii. The state has long been a destination for weddings and honeymoons. And now state officials, as well as hotels and restaurants, are hoping the latest marriage-equality law will spur a new market for wedding tourism.
This week on the podcast edition of All Things Considered, host Arun Rath explores the bar and restaurant business with a master, hears from a reporter who unearthed tragedy in Iraq, and learns about Boston's bold plan to eliminate the gender wage gap.
Bentley is selling 20 times as many cars as when it was acquired by Volkswagen in 1998. Having the the marketing power of a global brand behind it has helped Bentley. So has a shift in the car's reputation. The Bentley has gone from the stodgy afterthought to Rolls Royce to a desired ride for young athletes and celebrities.
The Planet Money team followed the making of a T-shirt, from cotton fields to factories to container ships. Host Rachel Martin talks with Alex Blumberg of Planet Money and Pietra Rivoli, author of The travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy.
When you give to WAMU, your tax-deductible membership gift helps make possible award-winning programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and other favorites.