Zoe Chace http://kwit.org en Across The Atlantic, Glimpse An Alternate Internet Universe http://kwit.org/post/across-atlantic-glimpse-alternate-internet-universe Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Already for many Americans, there are few options when it comes to high-speed broadband. And the reason, says Zoe Chace with our Planet Money team, goes back to a moment when the U.S. decided to go one way and the rest of the world went another.<p>ZOE CHACE, BYLINE: That moment, March 14th, 2002, a bunch of people from the Federal Communications Commission pondering an existential question. There's this brand-new cable coming into your home with the Internet on it. What is this thing?<p>Did you really sit around and say, like, what is this? Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:27:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 42525 at http://kwit.org When Everyone Wants To Watch 'House Of Cards,' Who Pays? http://kwit.org/post/netflix-hit-spurs-talks-over-who-pay-internet-service-upgrades We are going to trace one simple Internet request. It's one that lots of people have made lately.<p>Rachel Margolis, a Time Warner cable subscriber in Brooklyn, wants to watch an episode of <em>House of Cards</em> on Netflix.<p>When Rachel clicks on <em>House of Cards</em> on her TV screen, her request travels out of her apartment on a cable, to a box on the corner, then under the East River to a giant building on the West Side of Manhattan. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 41719 at http://kwit.org When Everyone Wants To Watch 'House Of Cards,' Who Pays? An Old Law, A Snowy Winter, And A Modern-Day Salt Shortage http://kwit.org/post/how-old-law-caused-modern-day-salt-shortage There were so many winter storms in New Jersey this year that the state nearly ran out of the salt used to melt snow and ice on the roads.<p>State officials thought they had found a solution when they discovered an extra 40,000 tons of rock salt for sale up in Searsport, Maine.<p>The state bought the salt but ran into problems getting it to New Jersey — despite the fact that there was an enormous, empty cargo ship, sitting at the Searsport port, headed down to Newark.<p>"I mean, it was just like serendipity," says Joe Dee, chief of staff with the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:28:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 40114 at http://kwit.org An Old Law, A Snowy Winter, And A Modern-Day Salt Shortage White House Reminds Firms Not To Overlook Long-Term Jobless http://kwit.org/post/white-house-reminds-firms-not-overlook-long-term-jobless Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Here's another item likely to be part of tonight's State of the Union address: helping the long term unemployed. The president is expected to announce that some of America's firms have signed a pledge not to discriminate against the long term unemployed when they're hiring. This week, the president plans to meet with many of the CEOs of those companies. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:58:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 38229 at http://kwit.org How A Community Bank Tripped On Footnote 1,861 Of The Volcker Rule http://kwit.org/post/how-community-bank-tripped-footnote-1861-volcker-rule When people talk about the Volcker Rule, they often mention JPMorgan Chase, the giant bank where a trader recently made a bad bet that lost $6 billion. The Volcker Rule is supposed to put an end to that sort of thing, by prohibiting banks from trading with their own money.<p>But some banks that are very, very different from JPMorgan Chase are struggling with an obscure provision in the rule. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:35:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 37260 at http://kwit.org Cities Across Northeast, Midwest Dig Out From Winter Storm http://kwit.org/post/cities-across-northeast-midwest-dig-out-winter-storm Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>After pummeling the Midwest, a big winter storm hit the Northeast today, dumping snow up and down I-95. Flights were canceled, major highways closed. Boston took on almost two feet. Up to 10 inches fell on New York City, where the new mayor has only been in office two days. And that's where our coverage begins this hour with NPR's Zoe Chace.<p>ZOE CHACE, BYLINE: I'm standing here in the snow and the cold and the sun in Woodside, Queens. Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:26:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 36857 at http://kwit.org The Secret Protectionism Buried Inside NAFTA http://kwit.org/post/secret-protectionism-buried-inside-nafta Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Now NPR's Zoe Chase, from our Planet Money Team, reminds us about one industry that played a big role in NAFTA's passage: men's underwear.<p>ZOE CHACE, BYLINE: Now you're used to the labels: made in Mexico, made in China, made in Bangladesh. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 09:50:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 36371 at http://kwit.org Next Stop Bangladesh As We Follow Planet Money's T-Shirt http://kwit.org/post/next-stop-bangladesh-we-follow-planet-moneys-t-shirt Bangladesh is the cheapest place in the world to make a T-shirt. But this month, the minimum wage there will rise from $39 a month to $68 a month. That's got some factory owners nervous about whether Western retailers there will pull out. Our Planet Money team examines the future of the garment industry in Bangladesh. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2013 NPR. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10:03:00 +0000 Zoe Chace & Caitlin Kenney 35082 at http://kwit.org Next Stop Bangladesh As We Follow Planet Money's T-Shirt Two Sisters, A Small Room And The World Behind A T-Shirt http://kwit.org/post/two-sisters-small-room-and-world-behind-t-shirt <em>Part of the <a href="http://apps.npr.org/tshirt/#/title" target="_blank">Planet Money T-shirt Project</a></em><p>This is the story of how the garment industry is transforming life in Bangladesh, and the story of two sisters who made the Planet Money T-shirt.<p>Shumi and Minu work six days a week operating sewing machines at Deluxe Fashions Ltd. in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 21:06:00 +0000 Zoe Chace & Caitlin Kenney 35047 at http://kwit.org Two Sisters, A Small Room And The World Behind A T-Shirt Nixon And Kimchi: How The Garment Industry Came To Bangladesh http://kwit.org/post/nixon-and-kimchi-how-garment-industry-came-bangladesh <em>More details were added to this post after it was published. The new information was courtesy of Vidiya Khan, director of the Desh Group, and daughter of Noorul Quader.</em><p>Bangladesh was created out of chaos in the early 1970s, at a moment when millions in the country were dying from a combination of war and famine. The future looked exceedingly bleak.<p>Abdul Majid Chowdhury and Noorul Quader were Bangladeshi businessmen who wanted to help their country. "We asked ourselves, 'What the hell do we want?' " Chowdhury recalls. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 20:57:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 34983 at http://kwit.org Nixon And Kimchi: How The Garment Industry Came To Bangladesh