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A note posted by management on a five-foot chrome panda statue at Dropbox headquarters asking "Would I spend my own money this way?" could be another sign that some of the irrational exuberance of the last few years might be on the way out of Silicon Valley. Is the tech bubble on the verge of bursting?

A Los Angeles lawsuit against the family of media mogul Sumner Redstone could affect who has future control of Viacom and CBS.

Next, we take a little tour around the world and talk about what shows from other countries Americans might be missing out on.

And finally, children’s books that tackle tough issues like when a parent is in jail, and bullying.

Banner Image Credit: Christian Rondeau via Flickr

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Laura Swisher
Sarah Sweeney

Is the Tech Bubble on the Verge of Popping? 8 MIN, 4 SEC

Some of the irrational exuberance of the last few years might be on the way out of Silicon Valley. One example is a five-foot-tall chrome panda statue at the file hosting company Dropbox, which was rumored to have cost $100,000. Recently, a note was added to it reading: “When it comes to building a healthy and sustainable business, every dollar counts. And while it’s okay for us to have nice things, it’s important to remember to ask ourselves, ‘Would I spend my own money this way?’” Dropbox isn’t the only tech company in the midst of a fiscal soul searching. Is the tech bubble on the verge of bursting?

Guests:
Cade Metz, Wired (@CadeMetz)

One Sumner Redstone Suit Dismissed, A New One Filed 7 MIN, 27 SEC

A Los Angeles judge has rejected a lawsuit filed by Manuela Herzer against her ex-boyfriend, media mogul Sumner Redstone, who had her removed from his will last October. Herzer was challenging Redstone’s mental competence at the time. Now she’s suing Redstone’s daughter and other family members for more than $100 million. Behind all this is the question over who should control Viacom and CBS, a multi-billion dollar empire that includes Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and other networks.

Guests:
Kim Masters, host, 'The Business' (@kimmasters)

Foreign TV Shows Americans Should Be Watching 8 MIN, 14 SEC

People often complain these days that there’s just too much good TV, and with so many ways to watch – Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Acorn.tv – it’s hard to keep up. That means if you’re focused solely on American television, you could be missing out on some really good stuff. In our weekly TV segment, we take a little tour around the world and talk about what shows from other countries Americans might be missing out on.

Guests:
June Thomas, Slate (@junethomas)

When Children's Books Tackle Tough Issues 13 MIN, 47 SEC

For as long as children have had issues to struggle with, authors have crafted stories to help. From Aesop’s Fables and Brothers Grimm to Judy Blume and Shel Silverstein, stories of the angst, joys and insecurities of young adulthood can be found on bookshelves in libraries and bookstores across the country. More and more, there’s an increasing specificity of issues being addressed, such as parents in prison, being transgendered, having gay parents, bullying, ADHD, and more. Are the books championed by parents the same books their kids want to read?

Guests:
Maria Russo, New York Times Book Review (@mariarussonyt)

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New York Times: Children's Books

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