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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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#626: This Is The End

Machines have been taking jobs forever. In the past, when jobs disappeared, new ones were created. But is this time different?

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#625: The Last Job

What if robots did all the work? In today's show, we imagine a world without jobs.

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It's less embarrassing ordering that brownie from here than from a person.
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#624: I, Waiter

We go out for pizza and meet the latest group of workers getting replaced by machines: servers.

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#623: The Machine Comes To Town

In Greenville, SC, the best job option isn't to compete against the robots, but to make friends with them. Note: Today's show originally aired in January 2012.

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The doctor is in.
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#622: Humans vs. Robots

If you aren't already worried about being replaced by a robot, maybe you should be. Today on the show, three races pit humans against machines.

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#621: When Luddites Attack

Today on the show, the true story of the Luddites.

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#620: Why Batteries Suck

While most technology is getting smaller and cheaper, batteries still suck. Today on the show, we learn exactly why, and meet some of the people trying to make batteries better.

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#372: How Do You Decide Who Gets Lungs?

You're not allowed to buy and sell organs. So doctors created a different system. Today on the show: how do you decide who gets lungs?

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#619: The Free Throw Experiment

Casinos are worried that young people aren't interested in playing slots or other games of luck. They're turning to games that require skill, like basketball.

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