Friday, April 29, 2005
Hollywood Economist: Movie Tax Loopholes
Madeleine Brand talks with Edward Jay Epstein about a loophole in Germany's tax code that Hollywood movie studios use to lower the cost of producing big-budget films. Listen to the segment.
Summary Judgment: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, XXX, Ladies in Lavender
Mark Jordan Legan looks at what movie critics are saying about this weekend's major movie releases, including The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, XXX: State of the Union, and Ladies in Lavender. Listen to the segment.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Explainer: Disposing of Spent Satellites
Daniel Engber explains how the federal government disposes of satellites when they are no longer in operation. Space agencies track some 13,000 objects orbiting the Earth, many of them dead satellites or space debris. Sometimes, the satellites are sent into a higher orbit, away from active satellites—but often spent satellites burn up re-entering the atmosphere. Listen to the segment.
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Ad Report Card: Absurd Skittles Spots
Seth Stevenson shares his thoughts on whether the weirdness of new commercials for Skittles candy add some flavor, or if the absurdity just leaves a bad taste. Listen to the segment.
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Jurisprudence: A "Nuclear Option" Senate Deal?
NPR's Noah Adams talks with Emily Bazelon about the latest news on the so-called "nuclear option," a policy to prevent Senate filibusters of judicial nominations, currently under consideration by Republicans. Democrats may reportedly drop their objections to some of the president's judicial nominees if Republicans agree not to pursue the elimination of the judicial filibuster. Listen to the segment.
Monday, April 25, 2005
Moneybox: Americans Paying Back Credit Debt
Daniel Gross comments on a surprising new study indicating Americans may actually be paying back their credit card debt. Listen to the segment.