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Episode 761: The Bank War

A populist president versus the most powerful banker in America.

Episode 761: The Bank War

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#760: Tax Hero

One professor had a way to make filing taxes easy and painless. It worked. People loved it. But then a big tax lobby heard about it...

#760: Tax Hero

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#759: What's It Worth To You?

Three short stories about putting a price on something hard to value precisely. We go from $4.66 under a pillow all the way up to $1 trillion across every inch of highway in America.

#759: What's It Worth To You?

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#522: The Invention Of 'The Economy'

A hundred years ago, nobody talked about "the economy." That's because easy ways to measure and talk about it hadn't been invented. On today's show: how we started boiling nations down to a number.

#522: The Invention Of 'The Economy'

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#758: Can Trump Take The Money?

The Constitution contains a paragraph known as the Emoluments Clause. It's 49 words meant to prevent foreign influence on US officials. How does it apply to a president with a global business empire?

#758: Can Trump Take The Money?

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#596: Hacking The iPhone For Fun, Profit, And Maybe Espionage

Wikileaks released documents listing the hacks the CIA uses to spy on people. So we revisit our story on hackers for hire: people hunting for flaws in your phone to sell to people, or even the CIA.

#596: Hacking The iPhone For Fun, Profit, And Maybe Espionage

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#757: Strong Feelings About Dodd-Frank

President Trump does not like Dodd-Frank, the 2010 law that transformed banking regulation. On today's show, we ask: What are the key parts of the law? And how are they likely to change?

#757: Strong Feelings About Dodd-Frank

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#513: Dear Economist, I Need A Date

Here at Planet Money, we often wonder: how useful is economics in our everyday lives? Could the principles of economics be applied to the most intimate of human experiences, like, say, love?

#513: Dear Economist, I Need A Date

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#756: The Bees Go To California

Early every year, 30 billion bees make their way across the country to California's Central Valley. Here's why.

#756: The Bees Go To California

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#654: When The Boats Arrive

In the span of a few months in 1980, more than 100,000 Cuban immigrants arrived in Miami. So what happened to Florida's economy with all these new people coming in? And what can we learn from it?

#654: When The Boats Arrive

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