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Would you ride in Google's self-driving car?
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#642: The Big Red Button

The big question surrounding automation isn't just about economics or technology. It's also about psychology. How do designers make us comfortable with something that can be really scary?

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Why can't we all lounge around in an Adirondack chair?

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#641: Why We Work So Much

The world economy is more productive than ever before. A lot of people could work fewer hours and still meet their basic needs. But we don't. Why?

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Pistachio trees in California's drought-stricken Central Valley.

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#640: The Bottom Of The Well

On today's show: the screwed-up economics of drought, and why the rational thing to do in California right now is use more water.

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Store windows in Athens have automatic shutters that go down when a protest is coming.

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#639: Where To Hide €50,000, And Other Stories From Greece

On a visit to Greece, we talk to a guy who found an ingenious place to hoard his cash, a government-protected milk peddler, and a would-be olive oil tycoon.

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#638: Tweak The World

Today on the show: We're going small. We ask some of the smartest people we know what little thing they would change to improve the world.

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Rihanna Man Down
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#288: Manufacturing The Song Of The Summer

The story of the secret battle to create the song of the summer — the music industry's holy grail.

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#637: The Last Euro In Greece

Greece's monetary system is in crisis right now, and the government is closing the financial pipes. The effects are widespread and weird.

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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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Queues outside an ATM on Sunday June 28 in Litochoro, Greec

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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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