Archive for 2012

Encore Presentation: Government, Society, and Business

December 26th, 2012 | post a comment

As we take a break for the holidays, we wanted to share with you inspiring words of wisdom from two of our favorite guests.  Happy holidays, and happy listening. This week’s program explores the relationship between business and democracy with two people who have written extensively about what it means to be a leader and […]

Intellectual Property: “Common as Air” or Private and Pirated?

December 18th, 2012 | post a comment

This week on Business Matters, we explore the concept of intellectual property.  Who owns ideas, creative works, technological innovations, and medical breakthroughs?  How can we ensure that those who’ve invested time, energy, and money receive their due dividends?  What length of time is fair and appropriate for copyrights, patents, and the like to extend?  And […]

The Divided States of America

December 12th, 2012 | post a comment

We’ve all felt it: the idealogical divide between neighbors, co-workers, friends, even family members.  This week on Business Matters, we go deeper into the phenomenon of a country divided.  What are the issues we know divide us?  What issues might be lurking beneath the surface?  Is secession a viable option for states disgruntled with social […]

To Tell or Not to Tell: The GMO Labeling Conflict

December 5th, 2012 | post a comment

This week on Business Matters, on the heels of the Proposition 37 defeat in California, we look deeper into the issue of labeling foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  Why is it important for us to know when our food contains GMOs?  What information is out there about the effects of GMOs on animals and […]

What’s the Consequence of all that Shopping?

November 28th, 2012 | post a comment

This week on Business Matters, we tackle the consumer culture.  We learn that advertising in the early 21st century isn’t so different from advertising in the early 20th century.  All of it is designed to make us feel like we need something outside ourselves to make us feel better.  And yet, after over a hundred […]

Thanksgiving Program

November 21st, 2012 | post a comment

We here at Business Matters wish our U.S. listeners a joyous Thanksgiving! This week’s show takes a deeper look at some of our Thanksgiving traditions. What is the real impact of that big bird in the center of the table? How might we reconsider the impact of our personal offerings to one another? And how […]

Post Incarceration Employment

November 14th, 2012 | 1 comment

This week, we delve into the shadow, looking at a part of our society often hidden from view: the prison population. We discuss the plight of the post-incarceration job-seeker, and we ask our guests some hard questions. What does our prison population look like? What is it like to emerge from prison after a decade […]

Simplicity, Leadership and Wisdom

November 8th, 2012 | post a comment

One of the hangovers from our current national election process is that we are not inspired. We feel that our political systems have let us down, large corporations are only focused on how much money they can extract from their customers and we trust each other less and less. This week, we go back to […]

The Price of Inequality – Part II

November 2nd, 2012 | post a comment

This is the second in our series on the price of inequality. This week we explore the impact on societies where the gap between the top and bottom of the economic system is great. We find that social challenges, from high rates of incarcerations to greater infant mortality rates to obesity, abound as the gap […]

The Price of Inequality – Part I

October 23rd, 2012 | post a comment

As the Presidential campaign comes to its climactic conclusion, we’ve noticed that one important topic has been avoided by both parties. What is the price millions of American’s pay for inequality? Inequality that’s not just economic, although that is clearly an issue, but inequality in mobility. The American dream is that everyone has equal opportunity, […]

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