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Yesterday, a federal appeals court ruled against a group of businesses who’d sued the website Yelp. The business owners claim that the consumer-rating site manipulates its reviews to favor businesses that purchase ads. What are the implications of the decision, and how much power does Yelp have in the market? We also hear from writer Steve Almond about his transformation from sportswriter and football superfan to anti-football advocate. In our weekly film segment, it’s all about the buzziest movies on the festival circuit, which is in full swing right now. Finally, remember Joan Rivers with one of the filmmakers behind the 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work.

Banner Image: Joan Rivers, who passed away on Thursday, September 5th 2014. Credit: David Shankbone

Producers:
Andrew Walsh
Christian Bordal
Matt Holzman
Jolie Myers
Anna Scott

Yelp and the Business of Ranking Businesses 12 MIN, 9 SEC

For years, small businesses have complained that Yelp manipulates their reviews. They claim that Yelp extorts them by asking them to purchase advertising, and if they decline, their good reviews disappear and their negative reviews move to the top. Yelp denies it, and yesterday, a three-judge panel of the federal appeals court came down on Yelp’s side.

Guests:
Rolfe Winkler, Wall Street Journal (@RolfeWinkler)
John Mercurio, Wheel Techniques

More:
Yelp Has No Obligation to Display Positive Reviews, Federal Judge Rules

Breaking Up with Football 12 MIN, 27 SEC

Former sportswriter Steve Almond was a huge football fan for 40 years. But ethical and moral issues led him to boycott the game at all levels. He writes about his about-face in his latest book, Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto.

Against Football

Guests:
Steve Almond, author, 'Against Football'

More:
'Against Football' Website

Against Football

Steve Almond

Film Fest Buzz 16 MIN, 2 SEC

The Toronto International Film Festival kicked off yesterday, Telluride wrapped up on Monday, and curtains close on the Venice Film Festival tomorrow. Today in our weekly film roundup, we talk about the buzziest flicks coming out of the festival circuit.

Guests:
Alonso Duralde, Film Critic (@ADuralde)
Dave White, Film Critic (@dlelandwhite)

The Real Joan Rivers 9 MIN, 25 SEC

Legendary comedian Joan Rivers died yesterday at the age of 81. She was the child of Russian immigrants and a pioneer for women in show business. She was also divisive, one of those people others tend to love or hate. But who was she really? A 2010 documentary called Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work tried to answer that question. We hear from one of the filmmakers.

Guests:
Ricki Stern, co-director, 'Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work'

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