Episode 574: The Buffalo Talk-Off : Planet Money Today on the show: The story of a guy who tried to make something of himself by getting into a rough business. And the story of a time when the world went wild for debt.
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Episode 574: The Buffalo Talk-Off

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Episode 574: The Buffalo Talk-Off

Episode 574: The Buffalo Talk-Off

Episode 574: The Buffalo Talk-Off

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Today's show is the story of a guy who tried to make something of himself by getting into a rough business: debt collection. It's also the story of the low-level, semi-legal debt-collection economy that sprung up in Buffalo, New York. And, in a small way, it's the story of the last 20 or so years in global finance, a time when the world went wild for debt.

For more on Buffalo and the debt underworld, see the book Bad Paper and related articles in the New Yorker and the New York Times Magazine.

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