Our Messy, Inefficient Economy


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On today's Planet Money:

We look at the world through the eyes of Matt LeBlanc, an efficiency expert (or lean expert), who runs around with a stopwatch and equations, trying to figure out how to eliminate waste in our economy. He finds it everywhere.

LeBlanc says sometimes people love him and thank him. And sometimes not.

After the jump, watch the celebrities of the efficiency world, the two Bobs from Office Space.

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