Economics & Economy

Marketplace Tech for Wednesday, May 25, 2016

May 25, 2016

On today's show, we'll talk about Pebble's foray into Kickstarter; a startup that pairs Syrian refugees with people around the world who want to speak Arabic; and Twitter's changes to its 140-character limit. 

New salary survey still finds few women in CEO ranks

May 25, 2016
D Gorenstein

Overall,  CEOs on the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index earned a median $10.8 million — 4.5 percent more than last year’s median rate, and an increase more than double the rate of inflation. That’s according to a new survey released Wednesday from the Associated Press.

The survey also found female executives earned a median income of nearly $18 million, compared to $10.5 million for men.


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.