Zoe Chace http://wuwm.com en Across The Atlantic, Glimpse An Alternate Internet Universe http://wuwm.com/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 21:08:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 28812 at http://wuwm.com When Everyone Wants To Watch 'House Of Cards,' Who Pays? http://wuwm.com/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 27807 at http://wuwm.com When Everyone Wants To Watch 'House Of Cards,' Who Pays? Behind Ukraine's Political Strife: One Big Utility Bill http://wuwm.com/post/behind-ukraines-political-strife-lies-one-big-utility-bill One way to understand the situation between Ukraine and Russia right now: Look at the gas bill of an ordinary Ukrainian.<p>Valentina Olachenka, for example, pays $19 a month for gas to heat her house and run her stove. The average American who uses natural gas, by contrast, spends more than $100 a month.<p>Gas is cheap for Ukrainians because the government is paying most of the bill — 87 cents of every dollar, according to the IMF.<p>The subsidy used to be relatively affordable for the government, back when Russia was giving Ukraine a really good deal on its gas. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:09:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 26334 at http://wuwm.com Behind Ukraine's Political Strife: One Big Utility Bill An Old Law, A Snowy Winter, And A Modern-Day Salt Shortage http://wuwm.com/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 25778 at http://wuwm.com An Old Law, A Snowy Winter, And A Modern-Day Salt Shortage What It Was Like To Be A Wall Street Recruit After The Bailouts http://wuwm.com/post/what-it-was-be-wall-street-recruit-after-bailouts Back in 2012, reporter Kevin Roose went undercover at a very exclusive party.<p>It was a dinner for a secret society, held once a year, at the St. Regis hotel in New York City. The secret society is called Kappa Beta Phi, and it's made up of current and former Wall Street executives — people like Michael Bloomberg, former heads of Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs. And every year the group holds a dinner to induct new people into the group — they're called neophytes.<p>No reporter has ever made it in. Roose wore a tuxedo, and got a seat at a table. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 08:43:00 +0000 Zoe Chace 25127 at http://wuwm.com What It Was Like To Be A Wall Street Recruit After The Bailouts