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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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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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Government

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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Episode 559: Detroit's Water Bill

Today on the show, how a bankrupt city is dealing with the most basic of problems — how to get people to pay their bills.

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Episode 558: Spending Big Money To Fight Big Money

A half a billion dollars. A Harvard professor. And, maybe, the end of campaign finance as we know it.

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