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A Q-tip Valentine.
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#683: Our Valentines

Regret. Self-loathing. Jealousy. Happy Valentine's Day! We bring you little stories that we love so much, we wish we had thought of them ourselves.

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Harlem funeral directors Tamara Bullock and Patricia Hamilton are going to spend their next savings-club payout on a sky-diving trip (unless Bullock can get out of it).
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#466: DIY Finance

He has thousands of dollars stashed around his house. She's part of an informal savings club. And Miguelo Rada has a whole bank in his pocket.

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#682: When CEO Pay Exploded

Politicians have argued for decades that CEOs should earn less money. But there was a moment in the 1990s when CEO pay suddenly shot up. What happened?

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Saudi Aramco-Shell Oil fuel storage tank at a refinery in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
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#681: The Oil Kingdom

For years, Saudi Arabia has been living off one resource and one resource only: Oil. But now, the price of a barrel has plummeted, and the country is scrambling to adapt.

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#680: Anatomy Of A Scam

You've seen these ads: "You can work from home and get rich. It's easy. Call this number!" So, what happens when you respond?

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Who pays to keep up cemeteries?

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#679: You Asked For It

We ponder the origins of money, the economics of Santa, and the business of cemeteries. Why? Because you asked.

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A Cat 345C L Excavator, aka a big digging machine

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#678: Auction Fever

We uncover the secrets of the auction world. There is conniving. There are tricks. Also: Hydraulic hammers.

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Why do we tip?
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#283: Why Do We Tip?

According to one theory, we tip because we feel guilty, not because we want better service.

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#677: The Experiment Experiment

How much of published scientific research is false? Scientists are trying to figure it out.

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We're in!

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10 11 51 52 62 18

If those are the winning Powerball numbers, this will be our last show. Also: The story of Queen Elizabeth's 1567 lottery, and we meet a man who has won multiple jackpots, no luck needed.

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