Economics & Economy

A record year for Broadway shows

May 24, 2016
Tracey Samuelson

The 2015 -2016 season on Broadway has wrapped up and it was a record year — more than $13 million theatergoers shelled out $1.3 billion to see live theater, according The Broadway League, a trade association. The caveat is that not all shows are created equal.

Click the player above to hear more about the state of the theater business. 

Donna Tam

About 3 million young people — mostly black and Latino youths — are neither working nor in school, reflecting a larger issue of access to education and job preparation, according to a study released Tuesday from research nonprofit Brookings.

Kai Ryssdal

The Bill and  Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the world. Its CEO, Sue Desmond-Hellmann, talks about Big Philanthropy, partnering with private businesses, and why the worst inequalities won't be solved quickly.

Fraud in the Medicaid system

May 24, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about how homebuilders are starting to cater to high-income consumers; the failure of state and federal health officials to conduct criminal background checks on high-risk health providers; and a submarine project in Connecticut that could be potentially worth $100 billion.

Lane Wallace

In a big upset for federal prosecutors, an appeals court in New York  on Monday threw out an earlier decision against Bank of America and its mortgage lending unit Countrywide.

The Department of Justice had accused Bank of America and Countrywide of fraud, saying Countrywide misrepresented mortgage loans sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2007 and 2008.