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Where Dollar Bills Come From

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Where Dollar Bills Come From

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Where Dollar Bills Come From

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Every single dollar bill in the world — every $20, every $100, everything — is printed on paper made at one small mill in Massachusetts. That's been the case for 130 years.

On today's show, we visit the mill. We hear the story of the guy who jumped out a hotel window to win the government contract to print all that paper. And we ask: Will anybody be using paper money in 50 years?

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Data are based on U.S. consumer purchases.