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Episode 699: Why Did The Job Cross The Road?

To get to the other side... where there are millions of dollars in tax breaks.

Episode 699: Why Did The Job Cross The Road?
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#698: The Long Way Home

Housing subsidies are often given out through a lottery. But why do we let random chance decide who gets help with the rent? We don't do that for food stamps or health care, so why housing?

#698: The Long Way Home
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#417: Lance Armstrong and The Business of Doping

In this episode, we consider a world where everybody cheats, and where you can't win unless you game the regulators: Professional cycling.

#417: Lance Armstrong and The Business of Doping
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#697: Help Wanted

When you're an employer looking at a giant stack of resumes, you have to find some way to quickly narrow the field. How do you do that fairly? And what happens when your good intentions backfire?

#697: Help Wanted
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#468: Kid Rock Vs. The Scalpers

We talk to Kid Rock about how he tried to cut scalpers out of the business — and still sell cheap tickets to his shows.

#468: Kid Rock Vs. The Scalpers
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#696: Class Action

The modern class action was created on a typewriter in the back of a car. (Sort of.) Now, thousands of these lawsuits are filed every year. How did we get here? Is this really a good way to do things?

#696: Class Action
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#695: Put A Chip On It

Credit cards with chips in them have been around for four decades. So why is America only getting them now? And now that they are here, why are so few places using them?

#695: Put A Chip On It
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#694: The Gun That Wouldn't Shoot

Imagine a safer kind of gun. Imagine a company with a plan to build it. Imagine customers ready to buy it. Imagine what could go wrong. A whole lot.

#694: The Gun That Wouldn't Shoot
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#562: A Mall Divided

A California mall straddles the border between two cities — and the minimum wage is higher on one side.

#562: A Mall Divided
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#693: Unpayable

Puerto Rico is part of the United States, but not one of the United States. And this limbo status has brought a world of economic trouble.

#693: Unpayable
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