Economics & Economy

CBS is on board for Google's live TV service

Oct 19, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

Competition is getting fiercer for web-only TV — Netflix and Amazon are expected to spend $5 billion and $1.5 billion on original content this year, respectively. But cable TV doesn't want to feel left out.

It's not just Barb, Netflix is also having a moment

Oct 19, 2016
Sally Herships

Welcome to Hawkins. It’s a tiny town in Indiana — the setting for Netflix’s hit show, "Stranger Things." A small boy has gone missing. There’s a strange creature in the woods, flickering lights and people in the town are disappearing, one by one. The show is practically impossible not to binge watch.

Big banks profit by sticking to their knitting

Oct 19, 2016
Amy Scott

Morgan Stanley turned in a better-than-expected third quarter profit today, following similar news from Goldman Sachs Tuesday. Both banks reported a more than 50 percent rise in profits, driven by a rebound in trading. The news caps off a strong earnings season for big banks generally. JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup and Bank of America all beat analyst expectations.

This is in spite of grumbling that the Dodd-Frank financial regulations enacted after the financial crisis have made it harder for banks to make money.

Cracking the Rubik's Cube

Oct 19, 2016
Kai Ryssdal and Crystal Castle

The Rubik's Cube is a ubiquitous toy that was invented by Hungarian sculptor and professor of architecture Erno Rubik in the 1970s.

The story of how the Rubik's Cube came to be a cultural icon and its resurgence in popular culture is the subject of a new book by Ian Scheffler called "Cracking the Cube: Going Slow to Go Fast and Other Unexpected Turns in the World of Competitive Rubik's Cube Solving."

On meeting Rubik:

Reema Khrais

Earlier this month, Kelly Hollis received a glossy advertisement in the mail that surprised her. It was an ad supporting Hillary Clinton for president.

“As a registered Republican, I never get marketing materials from the Democratic party,” she explained.

Hollis probably got that ad because after the first presidential debate, she felt so infuriated by Donald Trump that she signed up online to support Clinton.

“I wasn’t a fan of Hillary Clinton, but when I realized that was my only option, a protest didn’t sit well with me,” she explained.