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Episode 406: Making Economics Sexy

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Episode 406: Making Economics Sexy

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Episode 406: Making Economics Sexy

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Earlier this year, we created a presidential candidate. A fake candidate, sure. But a candidate with real ideas — ideas embraced by economists across the political spectrum, and rejected by every politician who wants to get elected.

Getting rid of the mortgage-interest tax deduction. Eliminating corporate taxes. Legalizing marijuana.

On the show today, we bring in real political consultants to help us plan a campaign for our fake candidate. Our goal: Sell our candidate to America by making economics sexy.

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