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Government

Episode 599: The Invisible Wall

A man goes looking for the invisible wall that traps poor people in poverty. Finding it almost gets him killed.

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Anton Kharytonov runs a chain of restaurants in Ukraine called "The Loft." He is looking for Western investment to expand his business. Andy Ignatov/Andy Ignatov for NPR hide caption

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Jobs that seem dull and safe in most countries are incredibly dangerous in Honduras. Like: Driving a bus. Esteban Felix/AP hide caption

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Episode 589: Hello, I'm Calling From La Mafia

On today's show: What it's like to live and work in the most dangerous country in the world.

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Developing Economies

Guarding The Ebola Border

Ivory Coast is determined to keep Ebola out. The government shut down the border, and enlisted local villagers to serve as informal border security.

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Radio

Why Raising Money To Fight Ebola Is Hard

Donors like being part of a recovery story. It's hard to tell that kind of story about Ebola.

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Edgar Gonzalez tries to fix bugs in the bottling machine before a state inspector comes to oversee their first batch of mezcal for export. Marianne McCune/NPR hide caption

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Trade

Episode 501: A Shirt, A Meat Grinder And The Book Of Everything

On today's show, the Planet Money T-shirts arrive at the Port of Miami. But they're not quite here yet.

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The Afterlife Of American Clothes

The U.S. exports a billion pounds of used clothes every year. Much of that winds up in used clothing markets in sub-Saharan Africa.

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There are more than 4,000 garment factories in Bangladesh. One way or another, most of them trace their lineage to Abdul Majid Chowdhury, Noorul Quader and the 128 Bangladeshis who traveled to Korea 30 years ago. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Nixon And Kimchi: How The Garment Industry Came To Bangladesh

The business that transformed the nation is the product of an obscure but hugely influential trade deal — and a cultural struggle over Korean food.

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