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The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa
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#619: The Free Throw Experiment

Casinos are worried that young people aren't interested in playing slots or other games of luck. They're turning to games that require skill, like basketball.




Eugene Gagliardi, inventor of Steak-Umm

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#399: Can You Patent A Steak?

We visit the workshop of the meat inventor who came up with Steak-Umm and KFC's popcorn chicken. And we try to figure out what meat inventors tell us about patents and innovation. (Today's show originally ran in August 2012.)




George F. Johnson, owner of the Endicott Johnson Corp.

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#618: The Square Deal

In the early 1900s, the president of the largest shoe company in the world tried to create a Utopia for his workers. He called his big experiment in welfare capitalism: The Square Deal.




We went to a psychic.

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#617: How Do You Feel?

Today on the show: how a bunch of rational economists try to deal with our feelings. And the story of a man who came up with five simple questions that he hoped would predict the future.




SolarCity workers installing solar panels on a rooftop.

#616: How Solar Got Cheap

Just a few years ago, solar power was an expensive luxury for the environmentally conscious. Now it's a good deal for lots of people. How did solar power get so cheap, so fast?

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At the Manischewitz factory
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#361: The Matzo Economy

How do you make money manufacturing a dry, bland cracker that a tiny percentage of the population eats just one week a year?




#615: A 12-Year-Old Girl Takes On The Video Game Industry

Maddie Messer is 12, and she loves a good video game. One of her favorites is called Temple Run. In fact, it's one of the most successful games out there. Temple Run is free to play—if you play as the default character, Guy Dangerous. But playing as a girl character can cost extra. Maddie found out this was true for a lot of games, and she didn't think that was very fair. Today on the show: a 12-year-old girl takes on the entire video game industry.



#614: Two Radio Guys Walk In To A Bar

We got on stage at a comedy club to read a bunch of weird economics jokes. We bombed. Today on the show, we do what you're never supposed to do: explain the joke.



#613: Trash!

One day it's profitable to recycle a bottle. The next day, some number in the global economy changes and that bottle suddenly becomes trash. The line between trash and recycling is moving a lot these days. For a bunch of reasons, it's a tough time to be a recycler.



#443: Don't Believe The Hype

Turn on the news on any given day, and you're likely to hear about the Dow Jones industrial average. It's one of the most frequently cited measures of U.S. economic health. But the Dow is a seriously flawed stock index, and it's certainly not the best way to measure what's going on in the overall economy. On today's show, we rain on the Dow's parade and explain why a lot of very smart people say we should ignore the Dow. Note: Today's show is a rerun. It originally ran in March 2013.



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