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#749: Professor Blackjack

Ed Thorp started his career teaching math at MIT. Then he slid sideways into blackjack, changed the game forever, and set his sights on Wall Street investing. He changed that forever too.

#749: Professor Blackjack

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#748: Undoing Obama

Congress writes laws, but the president makes the rules that put the laws in action. President Obama's staff has been scrambling to lock in rules before Trump takes the helm. But will they stick?

#748: Undoing Obama

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#747: The Man Who Sued Iran

When Steve Flatow's daughter was killed in a terror attack, he wanted someone to pay. His target was the Iranian government. His quest would pit him against both Iran and the White House.

#747: The Man Who Sued Iran

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#577: The Kansas Experiment

A Republican governor lives the dream. He cuts taxes dramatically in his state and he promises good times ahead. But the good times do not come.

#577: The Kansas Experiment

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#746: Wall Street Goes To Vegas

Wall Street traders and Las Vegas gamblers have a lot in common. But when a Wall Street firm set up shop taking Vegas bets, both sides got a surprise.

#746: Wall Street Goes To Vegas

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#443: Don't Believe The Hype

People are talking about how the Dow Jones Industrial Average is about to hit a new record: Twenty thousand. We have a pretty strong opinion about the Dow. We think you should ignore it.

#443: Don't Believe The Hype

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#745: The Rest Of The Story, 2016 Edition

It's time for an annual Planet Money tradition--we revisit some of our favorite stories from the past year, and see what's changed since we turned off our mics.

#745: The Rest Of The Story, 2016 Edition

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#744: The Last Bank Bailout

The man who ran the last bank bailout has a plan to prevent the next one.

#744: The Last Bank Bailout

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587: Jubilee! (?)

There's an idea that dates back at least to biblical times. That there should be a moment when debts are forgiven. Its called a jubilee. One country tried it.

587: Jubilee! (?)

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#743: 50 Ways to Leave Your Union

Today on the show, two unions separated by 200 years, an ocean and an exit clause. The United States has no exit clause. It led to civil war. Europe, on the other hand, has Article 50.

#743: 50 Ways to Leave Your Union

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