Dan Bobkoff http://wesa.fm en Is The Company Behind Rodman's Korea Visit The Future Of Media? http://wesa.fm/post/pushing-traditional-limits-vice-smacks-contradictions How did Dennis Rodman end up <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/03/01/173264406/add-north-korea-expert-to-dennis-rodmans-resume">having dinner with</a> Kim Jong Un in North Korea? It was the idea of Vice Media, which has grown from a counterculture magazine into a full-fledged youth media conglomerate.<p>Friday night, it premieres a documentary series on HBO, a kind of coming-out moment into the mainstream.<p><strong>'I Wish We Were Weirder'</strong><p>Vice Media's contradictions smack you in the face as soon as you step into its Brooklyn headquarters. Fri, 05 Apr 2013 07:17:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 7335 at http://wesa.fm Is The Company Behind Rodman's Korea Visit The Future Of Media? Farm Bill's Sugar Subsidy More Taxing Than Sweet, Critics Say http://wesa.fm/post/farm-bills-sugar-subsidy-more-taxing-sweet-critics-say While you indulge in some Easter Peeps and chocolates this weekend, you might want to think about all that sugar. No, this isn't a calorie warning. In the U.S., raw sugar can cost twice the world average.<p>Critics say U.S. sugar policy artificially inflates sugar prices to benefit an exclusive group of processors — even though it leads to higher food prices. But this year, prices fell anyway. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 21:33:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 6964 at http://wesa.fm Farm Bill's Sugar Subsidy More Taxing Than Sweet, Critics Say Can 'Smart Gun' Technology Help Prevent Violence? http://wesa.fm/post/can-smart-gun-technology-help-prevent-violence For years, many have dreamed of so-called smart guns, weapons that know their rightful owner and won't fire in the wrong hands. Think James Bond's gun in <em>Skyfall</em>.<p>A few major gun makers experimented with smart guns in the 1990s, but none came to market. Since then, it's been the domain of entrepreneurs and inventors.<p><strong>Developers</strong> <strong>And Technologists</strong><p>Jonathan Mossberg's company developed what he calls the <a href="http://www.iguntech.com/what.html">iGun</a>. It fires only if it recognizes a ring on a finger. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 21:32:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 3537 at http://wesa.fm Can 'Smart Gun' Technology Help Prevent Violence? Americans Earn More Than Their Parents (With A Caveat), Study Says http://wesa.fm/post/americans-earn-more-their-parents-caveat-study-says Most Americans are earning more money than their parents, according to a new study from <a href="http://www.pewstates.org/research/data-visualizations/income-and-wealth-in-america-across-generations-85899453568">Pew's Economic Mobility Project</a>. But those gains don't tell the whole picture.<p>Let's start with the good news. The Pew Charitable Trust study looked at actual pairs of children and parents. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 08:41:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 1656 at http://wesa.fm Too Soon To Blame Payroll Tax For Stagnant Retail Sales? http://wesa.fm/post/too-soon-blame-payroll-tax-stagnant-retail-sales For Darden Restaurants, the company behind Olive Garden and Red Lobster, its earnings projections out last week were not pretty. Sales will fall, it said, and company CEO Clarence Otis called higher payroll taxes a "headwind."<p>After a two-year tax break, the payroll tax, which funds Social Security payments, went back up to 6.2 percent on Jan. 1. The 2-percentage-point increase is an extra $80 a month in taxes for someone earning $50,000 a year.<p>Other companies, including Family Dollar and Burger King, are also blaming the payroll tax increase for hurting bottom lines. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 22:53:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 1570 at http://wesa.fm Too Soon To Blame Payroll Tax For Stagnant Retail Sales? For The Publicly Traded, Going Private Can Be Risky Business http://wesa.fm/post/publicly-traded-going-private-can-be-risky-business It's been a busy month for corporate America.<p>American Airlines and U.S. Wed, 20 Feb 2013 21:41:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 1299 at http://wesa.fm For The Publicly Traded, Going Private Can Be Risky Business What Happens When Someone Else Gets Your Tax Refund http://wesa.fm/post/what-happens-when-someone-else-gets-your-tax-refund If you usually wait until April to file your taxes, you might want to hurry up — before identity thieves beat you to it. Using stolen names and Social Security numbers, these criminals file fake tax returns with false wage and withholding information. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 21:39:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 1168 at http://wesa.fm What Happens When Someone Else Gets Your Tax Refund How Will Proposed Merger Affect Airline Passengers? http://wesa.fm/post/how-will-proposed-merger-affect-airline-passengers Conventional wisdom says fewer airlines mean higher fares and fewer flights. But experts say the American Airlines-U.S. Airways proposed merger is a mixed bag. Past mergers haven't led to significantly higher fares, but will this time be different? Fri, 15 Feb 2013 13:39:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 1059 at http://wesa.fm Feds Bust Huge Credit Fraud Ring http://wesa.fm/post/feds-bust-huge-credit-fraud-ring Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>We're also tracking a story that federal authorities call one of the biggest credit card fraud rings in U.S. history. Eighteen people are alleged to have created an elaborate web of fake identities and sham companies to steal hundreds of millions of dollars.<p>NPR's Dan Bobkoff has more.<p>DAN BOBKOFF, BYLINE: To give you a sense of the scale of this fraud, let's start with some numbers. The fraud lasted at least six years. The 18 people allegedly created 7,000 fake identities. They used these to open 25,000 credit cards. Wed, 06 Feb 2013 10:27:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 545 at http://wesa.fm