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Episode 600: The People Inside Your Machine

Today on the show, we visit the place where regular people compete to do tiny tasks, sometimes for pennies.

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Episode 562: A Mall Divided

A California mall straddles the border between two cities — and the minimum wage is higher on one side of the mall.

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Episode 485: What's Your Major?

The most lucrative majors lead to jobs with salaries over $100,000 a year. The least lucrative lead to salaries of around $30,000.

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