Economics & Economy


On today's show, we'll talk about the two new deals that are bringing old-school car companies together with ride-sharing services; the dearth of women who are CEOs; and the large number of Cubans heading for America. 

Lufthansa will sell you a mystery flight

May 24, 2016
Kai Ryssdal

We talked a lot about air travel Tuesday, here's one more quick story: Lufthansa's doing something interesting.

With Lufthansa Surprise, you buy a ticket, and the airline decides where you go.

You can put some parameters on there, so it's not totally blind, but still.

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.