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#796: The Basic Income Experiment

The basic income. A flat payment to citizens, without strings. Is it a progressive fever dream, or sensible policy? We may soon find out. The Finnish Government is testing it on 2,000 citizens.

#796: The Basic Income Experiment

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#795: Is Record Breaking Broken?

The Guinness Book of World Records had a problem. It was a book. And books aren't selling as well as they used to. So Guinness changed what they were selling, and who they were selling to.

#795: Is Record Breaking Broken?

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#794: How To Make It In The Music Business

Behind almost all popular music, there is this hidden economy of music producers buying and selling sonic snippets, texting each other half-finished beats, and angling for back-end royalties.

#794: How To Make It In The Music Business

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#647: Hard Work Is Irrelevant

Patty McCord helped create a workplace at Netflix that runs more like a professional sports team than a family. If you're not up to scratch, you're off the team. Is this the future of work?

#647: Hard Work Is Irrelevant

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#793: This Week in Time Bombs

We look at three time bombs Congress is sitting on: The federal budget, the debt ceiling, and DREAMers.

#793: This Week in Time Bombs

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#628: This Ad's For You

Tom Burrell was the first black man in Chicago advertising. He went on to change the way we think about ads, and the way advertisers think about us.

#628: This Ad's For You

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#792: The Ransom Problem

When someone has been kidnapped, what do you do? If you pay ransom, you create a market for hostages. If you don't, people die. Different countries have different policies with different results.

#792: The Ransom Problem

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#791: Tips From Spies

There's an entire universe of things spies are not allowed to tell us. Today on the show, a few of the teeny things they can say. They might come in handy.

#791: Tips From Spies

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#790: Rough Translation in Ukraine

Fake news from Russia helped spark a real war in Ukraine. What can Ukraine's fight against fake news teach the US?

#790: Rough Translation in Ukraine

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#652: The Hydrox Resurrection

Hidden in the trash heap of commerce there is buried treasure. Abandoned brands--including trusted, beloved brands--are waiting to be claimed and reborn. Today on the show: A cookie comeback.

#652: The Hydrox Resurrection

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