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Why can't we all lounge around in an Adirondack chair?

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#641: Why We Work So Much

The world economy is more productive than ever before. A lot of people could work fewer hours and still meet their basic needs. But we don't. Why?

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Pistachio trees in California's drought-stricken Central Valley.

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#640: The Bottom Of The Well

On today's show: the screwed-up economics of drought, and why the rational thing to do in California right now is use more water.

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Store windows in Athens have automatic shutters that go down when a protest is coming.

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#639: Where To Hide €50,000, And Other Stories From Greece

On a visit to Greece, we talk to a guy who found an ingenious place to hoard his cash, a government-protected milk peddler, and a would-be olive oil tycoon.

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#638: Tweak The World

Today on the show: We're going small. We ask some of the smartest people we know what little thing they would change to improve the world.

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#288: Manufacturing The Song Of The Summer

The story of the secret battle to create the song of the summer — the music industry's holy grail.

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#637: The Last Euro In Greece

Greece's monetary system is in crisis right now, and the government is closing the financial pipes. The effects are widespread and weird.

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#363: Why People Do Bad Things

We sit down with a psychologist and a mortgage broker who committed large-scale fraud to try to figure out why respectable people commit fraud.

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Queues outside an ATM on Sunday June 28 in Litochoro, Greec

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#636: Yes Or No

What do you do when your country's future is put in your hands? On today's show: The referendum in Greece.

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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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