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Episode 497: The Sisters Who Made Our T-Shirt

Like lots of other clothes, the men's Planet Money T-shirt was made in Bangladesh. On today's show, we travel to Bangladesh and visit two sisters who made our shirt.

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Episode 604: Hey Big Spender

Today, one man at the center of a high stakes negotiation, a group of poker players try to give their money away and that thing everyone loves to hate: airplane baggage fees.

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Episode 602: Big Weed

Pot is now legal in some states, but on the federal level, it's illegal. The legal gray area means many banks in the U.S. won't even give pot businesses checking accounts.

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Episode 601: The Chocolate Curse

The world is running out of chocolate. But a plant scientist in Ecuador has come up with a solution. But if you love chocolate, you might not like it.

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Episode 592: Bell Wars

Today on the show, a special holiday episode about the epic, decades long feud between the two companies that make just about every handbell in the world.

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Episode 586: How Stuff Gets Cheaper

Today on the show, we visit a company where people's job is figuring out how to make stuff get cheaper.

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Shirod Ince stood in line for more than two days to buy the Lebron 11 "What The LeBron." He bought the sneakers for $250 and instantly sold them for $500. Rebecca Greenfield/http://www.rebeccagreenfield.com/ hide caption

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Episode 584: What The LeBron?

Some guys have figured out how to sell Nike sneakers for a better price than Nike. And that's fine with the company.

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Episode 583: Cow Noir

There is a crime wave in the West right now. Cattle theft, or as they call it in Oklahoma, cattle rustling, is on the rise. The crime is as old as America, and it's making a big comeback.

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