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It's A Bloody Business, Being A Demon

It's haunted house season. Just who are these people who are willing to spend a whole month covered in fake blood, chasing kids in the dark?

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Planet Money

The Dollar Is Still Central To The Global Economy. That May Not Last.

The dollar's role in the global economy is a boon to the U.S. But in the coming years, its place in the world may slip.

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Drug Dealing, Counterfeiting, Smuggling: How North Korea Makes Money

North Korea used to be an industrial powerhouse. Not anymore. Now the government exports drugs and counterfeit dollars.

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Planet Money

How The U.S. Gave S&P Its Power

The government gave rating agencies a special position in the financial system. "There's some ironies, shall we say, in all of this," a professor says.

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Breakfast At Libertarian Summer Camp

Last weekend, a group of libertarians and anarchists gathered in the woods of northern New Hampshire for the annual Porcupine Freedom Festival. I went up for breakfast.

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