Dan Bobkoff http://wfdd.org en Is The Company Behind Rodman's Korea Visit The Future Of Media? http://wfdd.org/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 3121 at http://wfdd.org Is The Company Behind Rodman's Korea Visit The Future Of Media? Farm Bill's Sugar Subsidy More Taxing Than Sweet, Critics Say http://wfdd.org/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. Fri, 29 Mar 2013 03:22:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 2969 at http://wfdd.org Farm Bill's Sugar Subsidy More Taxing Than Sweet, Critics Say Budweiser May Seem Watery, But It Tests At Full Strength, Lab Says http://wfdd.org/post/budweiser-may-seem-watery-it-tests-full-strength-lab-says <strong>Update at 7:35 p.m. ET: Beer Is At Full Strength, Tests Say</strong><p>Samples of Budweiser and other Anheuser-Busch InBev beers were found to be in line with their advertised alcohol content, according to lab tests conducted at NPR's request. Thu, 28 Feb 2013 01:15:00 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 2293 at http://wfdd.org Budweiser May Seem Watery, But It Tests At Full Strength, Lab Says Americans Earn More Than Their Parents (With A Caveat), Study Says http://wfdd.org/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 2268 at http://wfdd.org Too Soon To Blame Payroll Tax For Stagnant Retail Sales? http://wfdd.org/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 2233 at http://wfdd.org Too Soon To Blame Payroll Tax For Stagnant Retail Sales?