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#217: The Art Of Living At The Poverty Line

Meet a single mother who makes $16,000 a year and managed to fund a vacation at a Caribbean resort with an interest-free loan from one of the world's largest banks.

#217: The Art Of Living At The Poverty Line
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#702: Nigeria, You Win!

One night, Lariat Alhassan heard an ad on the radio. It said the Nigerian government was offering millions of dollars to people with business ideas, practically no strings attached. She gave it a go.

#702: Nigeria, You Win!
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#366: How To Make It In The Food Truck Business

In New York City, more than 5,000 food trucks and carts compete for the business of hungry office workers. And finding the right spot to set up shop can mean the difference between fortune and ruin.

#366: How To Make It In The Food Truck Business
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#701: A Bank Without Interest

To serve Muslim customers, a bank in Michigan tried to comply with both U.S. regulations and Islamic law. One problem: Islamic law prohibits charging interest.

#701: A Bank Without Interest
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#430: Black Market Pharmacies And The Spam Empire Behind Them

On today's show, we open up some of those annoying pharmaceutical spam emails and find out who's clicking to buy herbal viagra? Also, what happens when they do?

#430: Black Market Pharmacies And The Spam Empire Behind Them
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#700: Peanuts and Cracker Jack

Beer. Water. Pretzels. It takes effort, strategy, and some serious lungs to sell expensive junk food at a baseball game. Meet the hot dog vending legend of Fenway Park.

#700: Peanuts and Cracker Jack
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#699: Why Did The Job Cross The Road?

To get to the other side... where there are millions of dollars in tax breaks.

#699: Why Did The Job Cross The Road?
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#698: The Long Way Home

Housing subsidies are often given out through a lottery. But why do we let random chance decide who gets help with the rent? We don't do that for food stamps or health care, so why housing?

#698: The Long Way Home
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#417: Lance Armstrong and The Business of Doping

In this episode, we consider a world where everybody cheats, and where you can't win unless you game the regulators: Professional cycling.

#417: Lance Armstrong and The Business of Doping
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#697: Help Wanted

When you're an employer looking at a giant stack of resumes, you have to find some way to quickly narrow the field. How do you do that fairly? And what happens when your good intentions backfire?

#697: Help Wanted
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