Archive for 2009

Money and the Recent Graduate

October 23rd, 2009 | post a comment

This week, we’re discussing how young people are handling the recession. If you, or someone close to you has just graduated college and is having trouble finding work, or maybe heading into college and not sure how it would be possible to pay for it you will definitely want to listen to this weeks show. […]

Is the Recession (really) Over

October 16th, 2009 | post a comment

So the Dow is back above 10,000, 3rd Quarter GDP growth may be looking good, and Goldman Sachs is making splendid profits, but with rising double-digit unemployment, can this really be the end of the recession? We went searching for the answer to that question this week on Business Matters, and although each of our […]

The Business of Fakery

October 9th, 2009 | 1 comment

This week we’re exploring the business of fakery, when people pretend to be one thing, and advocate some position based on that pretense, and then turn out to be something else. It’s not just businesses that get into this fakery, setting up fake grassroots groups (also called astroturfing) or using marketing to mislead consumers about […]

The Business of Youth Sports

October 2nd, 2009 | post a comment

This week, we explore the marketplace and culture of youth sports. How are adults and our broader national culture of competition impacting childhood development? How can youth sports help kids grow up to be successful? We’ll lay out some of the challenges facing youth sports today and then talk to some innovators in the field […]

Entrepreneurial Leadership for Small Business

September 25th, 2009 | post a comment

This week on Business Matters, we’re continuing to showcase one of our favorite topics, small businesspeople and entrepreneurs. Our guests today all have been entrepreneurs themselves, and also devoted their careers to helping others achieve success, both going into business for themselves and being leaders in the organization they’re in. Listen to the Full Episode […]

The Business of Free

September 18th, 2009 | post a comment

This week on Business Matters we’re talking about the economy of free. From ways that large companies are increasingly offering their content either for free, or giving some of it away and charging for the rest of it with a system known as “freemium”, to the ways that individuals in their communities are operating networks […]

Women Entrepreneur Award Winners

September 11th, 2009 | post a comment

This week on Business Matters, we’ll speak with some of the award winners from this years Entrepreneurial Women’s conference. The 23rd annual conference is held Wednesday, September 16th at Navy Pier in Chicago, and we spoke with the founder and three of their honorees ahead of the conference to learn their stories about being a […]

The Music Show: Smaller is Better

September 4th, 2009 | post a comment

With big box music stores closing down left and right, the independent music scene has found a way to thrive and succeed in its market. We’ll speak with “the suits” at Drag City Records about their experiences as a successful indie label and also hear the artist’s perspective with indie rock band, MahJongg. Listen to […]

The Business of School Lunch

August 28th, 2009 | 1 comment

On this week’s Business Matters, we bring you a whole show on ways that we can improve our school lunch programs. We’ll find out if it’s possible to serve healthy, natural and affordable lunches to children in an institutional setting, and give you tips on how you can get your local school district to adopt […]

Fear and the Health Care Debate

August 21st, 2009 | post a comment

This week on Business Matters we’re examining the relationship between fear, the media, and public opinion about health care reform. We’ll look at what’s behind some of the increasingly extreme anti-Obama and anti-health care reform rhetoric. Also, we’ll explore fear has been employed to defeat reform and how can supporters of President Obama counter the […]

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