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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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Raisin outlaw, Marvin Horne stands in a field of grapevines next to his home.
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#478: The Raisin Outlaw

A farmer wanted to sell all his raisins, but the federal government said no. So he took it to the Supreme Court.

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#634: Worst Case Scenario

We ask three economists: Is there some falling anvil that's about to crush the economy?

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#633: The Birth And Death Of The Price Tag

The price tag is a fairly recent invention. And it's already on its way out.

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#632: The Chicken Tax

How the American auto industry is built on a trade dispute over frozen chicken parts.

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Lee Majors, as Col. Steve Austin, with a cougar in an episode of The Six Million Dollar Man television program.
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#631: The Long Run

Stories about a $50,000 loophole, what neighborhoods mean for kids, and what the Six Million Dollar Man would cost today.

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#630: Free Parking

The story of a 24-year-old kid and the idea he thought would reduce congestion, cut greenhouse gasses and make urban life easier for everyone. Instead, it brought him nothing but trouble.

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#629: Buy Low, Sell Prime

Sam Cohen has made a big business out of buying stuff at big retail stores, then turning around and selling it on Amazon. In an era when stores are profit-maximizing machines, how is that possible?

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#628: This Ad's For You

In the early 1960s, Tom Burrell became the first black man in Chicago advertising. Today on the show, the story of how he changed the way people think about ads and how advertising thinks about us.

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The photos of the apples in the store were in a supermarket in Excelsior, MN.
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#627: The Miracle Apple

Today on the show, how we got from mealy, nasty apples to apples that taste delicious. The story starts with a breeder who discovered a miracle apple. But discovering that apple wasn't enough.

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