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Roddey Player, CEO of Queen City Appliances surveys his stock.
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#648: The Benefits of Bankruptcy

When Roddey Player's business started heading south, he did everything he could to avoid the big failure: bankruptcy. But what's painful for Roddey might just be the secret weapon of the U.S. economy.

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Anti-Prohibition Parade

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#200: The Moonshine Stimulus

We travel to Warm Springs to find out if the rumors are true: Did FDR really buy moonshine during Prohibition? Did he violate the Constitution he had sworn to protect?

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Patty McCord
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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?

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#502: The Afterlife Of A T-Shirt

When used clothes are donated to charity, they begin a second life of sorting, refitting, and lots of travel. We trace used T-shirts to a clothing market in Nairobi, Kenya. For more: http://npr.org/shirt.

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#646: Why Can't We Bet On Elections?

In Las Vegas you can bet on all kinds of stuff. One thing you can't bet on: elections. But why? Not long ago, no election was too sacred to wager on, not even the pope's.

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The container carrying the Planet Money women's T-shirts is loaded onto a ship in Cartagena, Colombia.

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#500: The Humble Innovation At The Heart Of The Global Economy

Our women's Planet Money T-shirt got to you thanks to an overlooked innovation that's essential to the modern global economy. The innovation: a big, metal box.

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Moon and Earth

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#645: How To Stop An Asteroid

Some smart people say we should be doing more to protect the Earth from asteroids. The technical issues are relatively easy. The economics — figuring out who's going to pay — are much harder.

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Minu (left) and her younger sister Shumi (right) worked on the Planet Money men's t-shirt.

Minu (left) and her younger sister Shumi (right) worked on the Planet Money men's t-shirt. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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#497: The Sisters Who Made Our T-Shirt

Like lots of other clothes, the men's Planet Money T-shirt was made in Bangladesh. On today's show, we travel to Bangladesh and visit two sisters who made our shirt.

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A friendship blossoms.
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#644: How Much Does This Cow Weigh?

We wanted to understand an eerie phenomenon that drives everything from the stock market to the price of orange juice. So we asked you to guess the weight of a cow.

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Cotton farm in Mississippi

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#496: Where The Planet Money T-Shirt Began

We made a T-shirt, and followed it every step of the way. First step: a high-tech cotton farm.

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