Economics & Economy

Marketplace for Monday, May 23, 2016

May 23, 2016

Aircraft manufacturing deals abroad, hospital mergers at home and an interview with Gates Foundation CEO Susan Desmond-Hellmann. Plus: Why are there no ads on most streaming sports?

When mergers fail because of clashing work culture

May 23, 2016
D Gorenstein

The Wall Street Journal got a hold of correspondence Monday that suggests there may be some tension between insurance giants Anthem and Cigna, two companies that have proposed a $48 billion merger.

Apparently the two firms don’t see eye-to-eye on several matters, including submitting merger documents to federal anti-trust officials. It could be a sign of fraying nerves as regulators scrutinize the deal, or a lack of leadership and communication.

Kai Ryssdal

Here's a chance to get something special for the big "Mad Men" fan in your life.

Lionsgate is auctioning off a bunch of old props. 

Kai Ryssdal

Last week, Sumner Redstone, majority owner of CBS and Viacom, kicked Viacom CEO and protégé Philippe Dauman off the trust Redstone setup to run things after his death. Suits and countersuits have been filed as the Redstone saga continues.

William Cohan is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair where he’s reported on the Redstone story extensively. Cohan spoke with Kai Ryssdal about how the case is progressing.

Who is Sumner Redstone and why does he matter in corporate America?

Amy Scott

Every Wednesday, the teachers and staff at Lanier High School wear college T-shirts and sweatshirts to work. Lanier is in Austin, Texas, so there’s a lot of burnt orange – for the University of Texas.

“It just makes you wonder, ‘what if I went there?’” said Janet Aviles, a senior at Lanier.  “I could become one of them, too, like a role model.”