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#725: Trade Show

On today's show: The fight over free trade. Come for the man who dreamed of world peace through trade. Stay for Robert Smith in the mean streets of Seattle.

#725: Trade Show

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#555: Why Is The Milk In The Back Of The Store?

We test two competing theories, from a food writer and an economist. Are customers being forced to walk through the store or is it just practical to keep the milk at the back?

#555: Why Is The Milk In The Back Of The Store?

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#573: Why Textbook Prices Keep Climbing

Prices of new textbooks have been going up like crazy — faster than food, cars, even healthcare. On today's show: Why textbooks have gotten so expensive.

#573: Why Textbook Prices Keep Climbing

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#724: Cat Scam

The internet was supposed to get rid of middlemen--but instead they are taking over the global economy.

#724: Cat Scam

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#566: The Zoo Economy

If you're a zoo or aquarium and you want a new animal, you don't use money to get it. You have to find another way. In this episode, we investigate: How many mackerel is a flock of puffins worth?

#566: The Zoo Economy

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#723: The Risk Farmers

There is a mystery in many poor countries. Why don't farmers specialize and grow more food? Two economists with very different theories go head to head to find out.

#723: The Risk Farmers

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#532: The Wild West of the Internet

For decades, most websites ended in either .com, .net, or .org. But a few years ago, everything changed.

#532: The Wild West of the Internet

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#722: The New Telenovela

One telenovela actress-turned-executive decided to write a new kind of drama. Her show changed the landscape of Spanish language TV--and of all TV.

#722: The New Telenovela

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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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