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#363: Why People Do Bad Things

We sit down with a psychologist and a mortgage broker who committed large-scale fraud to try to figure out why respectable people commit fraud.

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#636: Yes Or No

What do you do when your country's future is put in your hands? On today's show: The referendum in Greece.

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In today's show, Carla A. Hills recalls this photograph of a three-way handshake with Canada's Minister Wilson and Mexico's Secretary Serra following the conclusion of NAFTA negotiations

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#635: Trade Deal Confidential

Big trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership are often negotiated in secret. On today's show, trade negotiators tell us what happened when they were locked in a hotel for days on end, and told to hash out a deal.

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#478: The Raisin Outlaw

A farmer wanted to sell all his raisins, but the federal government said no. So he took it to the Supreme Court.

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#634: Worst Case Scenario

We ask three economists: Is there some falling anvil that's about to crush the economy?

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#633: The Birth And Death Of The Price Tag

The price tag is a fairly recent invention. And it's already on its way out.

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#632: The Chicken Tax

How the American auto industry is built on a trade dispute over frozen chicken parts.

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#631: The Long Run

Stories about a $50,000 loophole, what neighborhoods mean for kids, and what the Six Million Dollar Man would cost today.

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#630: Free Parking

The story of a 24-year-old kid and the idea he thought would reduce congestion, cut greenhouse gasses and make urban life easier for everyone. Instead, it brought him nothing but trouble.

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#629: Buy Low, Sell Prime

Sam Cohen has made a big business out of buying stuff at big retail stores, then turning around and selling it on Amazon. In an era when stores are profit-maximizing machines, how is that possible?

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