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Captive Market: A Consultant, His Girlfriend And The Kidnapping Business

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Why We Sign Up For Gym Memberships But Never Go To The Gym

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Hello, I'm Calling From 'La Mafia'

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How To Catch A Cattle Thief

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Spreadsheets, Ex-Cons And A Karate Studio: Life At The Bottom Of The Debt Business

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How College Students Battled Textbook Publishers To A Draw, In 3 Graphs

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You Can Create A Hit Video Game About Anything. Even Making Toast

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Bedbugs, Lava And Bowling Balls: Inside My Homeowners Insurance Policy

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How A Law From The Civil War Fights Modern-Day Fraud

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Why Raising Money To Fight Ebola Is Hard

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Why Jewelry Stores Hide The Price Tags

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A Tiny, $25 Million Mistake

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Minecraft's Business Model: A Video Game That Leaves You Alone

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A Dozen Puffins Will Get You 800 Mackerel: Inside The Weird Economy Of Zoos

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Why Do We Sign For Things? A Rabbi, A Lawyer And A MasterCard Exec Explain

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Dead Chickens, A Tiny Motor And The Story Of Alibaba

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