In this episode, senior writer Christine Lagorio-Chafkin examines Reddit's crossroads. Recent events suggest the website's volunteer moderators and community of 150 million users have more power than its executives do. The closing of particularly offensive subreddits and a ban on harassment have caused executives to receive death threats and in part cost CEO Ellen Pao her job. Once an anonymous online forum has reached the size of Reddit, it appears, the genie cannot be put back in the bottle.
Executive editor Jon Fine explores the controversy over the city of Los Angeles's proposed $15 an hour minimum wage legislation. Garment manufacturers claim that if they pay their workers at that level, they will be forced to shutter their businesses. A Boston Consulting Group study has found that manufacturing in the U.S. is 3 percent cheaper than China, leading Ledbetter and Fine to debate whether the exalted status of manufacturing in America is primarily a politically motivated construct.
Staff writer Will Yakowicz discusses the $35 billion addiction treatment industry. In light of the current opioid epidemic ravaging the U.S., where overdoses cause more deaths than car accidents, startups are using technology to help recovering addicts stay clean. Sober Grid, a social smartphone app that enables sober people to connect with each other, has gained 25,000 users in a week. THC Buzzkill, an oral spray, helps counteract the main psychoactive chemical in cannabis to dissipate a user's high. Can these innovations improve upon the dismal 5 to 10 percent success rate of 12-step programs?
And as with every episode, find out what made every member of the podcast team hit the "Like Button" this week.
James Ledbetter, the editor of Inc., is host of the Inc. Uncensored podcast, which is part of the Panoply network. Regular participants include executive editor Jon Fine, a longtime BusinessWeek columnist and Inc.'s technology editor; senior writer Christine Lagorio-Chafkin, who covers technology, startups, and culture; and staff writer Will Yakowicz, who covers legal cannabis, tech, and the grey economy.