433: Fine Print 2011

433: Fine Print 2011

Apr 15, 2011
Stories where the fine print changes everything, whether you read it or not.
  • Host Ira Glass talks about the infamous line in the band Van Halen's contract insisting that the groups' dressing room include a bowl of M&Ms with all the brown M&Ms removed. Ira used to think this request was just petulant rock-star behavior. Then he talked to John Flansburgh, from the band They Might Be Giants, and John explained why the M&M clause was actually an ingenious business strategy. (6 minutes) BusinessMusic

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  • Planet Money's Chana Joffe-Walt explains why prescription drug coupons could actually be increasing how much we pay, and prevent us from even telling how much drugs cost. (16 minutes)EconomicsHealth Care/Medicine

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  • David Rakoff tells the story of a contract between a son and his visiting mother. David Rakoff is the author of several books including Half Empty. (5 minutes) BusinessHousingMothers

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  • In Tehran in 2004, Omid Memarian confessed to doing things he'd never done, meeting people he'd never met, following plots he'd never heard of. Why he did that, and why a lot of other people have confessed to the same things, is all in the fine print. This American Life producer Nancy Updike tells the story. (22 minutes) GovernmentPolicePoliticsTerrorism

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  • Susan Burton rereads her parents' divorce papers—the fine print that changed her life forever. (7 minutes) ChildhoodDivorceParents

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