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#721: Unbuilding A City

Why is it so hard to knock down 17 vacant houses in a shrinking city?

#721: Unbuilding A City

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Oil #5: Imagine A World Without Oil

Last of five episodes. We follow the Planet Money oil to a gas station. And we ask: What would our world look like if there were no fossil fuels?

Oil #5: Imagine A World Without Oil

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Oil #4: How Oil Got Into Everything

Fourth of five episodes. Oil is in our sneakers, our clothes, and the computer or phone you're using right now. On today's show: The story of the man who made it happen.

Oil #4: How Oil Got Into Everything

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Oil #3: How Fracking Changed the World

Third of five episodes. The Planet Money oil faces a test, we sell it, and we meet the man who set off the fracking boom in America.

Oil #3: How Fracking Changed the World

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Oil #2: The Price Of Oil

Second of five episodes. Oil is priced down to the penny, and the price changes every day. Who sets that price?

Oil #2: The Price Of Oil

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Oil #1: We Buy Oil

First of five episodes. We're getting into the oil business. We go to Kansas, and negotiate with a preacher to buy 100 barrels of crude.

Oil #1: We Buy Oil

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#524: Mr Jones' Act

There's an obscure law that governs just about anything that travels by ship in the U.S. — bananas, hairdryers, gasoline, even people. Economists do not like it. But it just won't go away.

#524: Mr Jones' Act

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#715: The Sewing Robot

Building a robot that can sew even simple clothes is surprisingly hard. A retired professor in Atlanta thinks he's solved the problem. It could bring textile manufacturing back to America.

#715: The Sewing Robot

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#548: Project Eavesdrop

The computer or phone that you use knows a lot about you. It knows your secrets — and it might be giving them away.

#548: Project Eavesdrop

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#714: Can a Game Show Lose?

Crafting a TV game show is a balancing act. Producers have to carefully calibrate the rules, the drama and the prizes just right. Sometimes they get it way wrong.

#714: Can a Game Show Lose?

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