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#739: Finding The Fake-News King

We track down a fake-news creator in the suburbs, uncover his empire of fake-news sites, and get him to tell us his secrets.

#739: Finding The Fake-News King

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#534: The History Of Light

In this episode: How we got from candles made out of cow fat to as much light as we want. The history of light is the history of economic growth — of things getting faster, cheaper, and more efficient.

#534: The History Of Light

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Shawn Weekes, an American cowboy from Texas, at the Russian rodeo. Irina Zhorov/WHYY hide caption

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#738: Russian Cowboys

Russia's latest ambition: To build a steak empire. On today's show, a fourth-generation American cowboy teaches Russian ranchers how to make American-style steaks. Some things get lost in translation.

#738: Russian Cowboys

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#737: 17 Deals In 17 Minutes

We go on a madcap dash through discounts, bargains and tough tradeoffs. Like the headline says: We bring you stories of 17 deals in just 17 minutes (not counting the intro, the ad, or the credits).

#737: 17 Deals In 17 Minutes

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#736: Messy Nobel

What happens when a creativity guru meets the winner of this year's Nobel Memorial Prize in economics? You get life lessons in making art, and negotiating contracts.

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#574: The Buffalo Talk-Off

The story of a guy who tried to make something of himself by getting into a rough business. And the story of a time when the world went wild for debt.

#574: The Buffalo Talk-Off

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#735: President Trump

Candidates promise all kinds of things. But once they get into office, it's not always possible to carry through on them. We ask, can Trump do the things he's pledged to do?

#735: President Trump

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#734: The Trump Indicators

Donald Trump is our president elect. We look at three economic indicators to see what they can tell us about a Trump presidency.

#734: The Trump Indicators

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#733: A Trunk Full of Truffles

Truffles are a lumpy, smelly fungus. They're also one of the most coveted foods in the world. Why are they so expensive? And why are people willing to pay so much for them?

#733: A Trunk Full of Truffles

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#413: Our Fake Candidate Meets The People

On today's show, Planet Money's economist-approved fake candidate makes his first ads. Then we nervously watch to see what a focus group thinks of them.

#413: Our Fake Candidate Meets The People

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