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Episode 575: The Fondue Conspiracy

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Episode 575: The Fondue Conspiracy

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Episode 575: The Fondue Conspiracy

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Fondue party in the 1970s
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The popularity of fondue wasn't an accident. It was planned by a cartel of Swiss cheese makers, which ruled the Swiss economy for 80 years.

On today's show: Swiss cheese. A story about what happens when well-meaning folks decide that the rules of economics don't apply to them. And got the world to eat gobs of melted fat.

Music: Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald's "The Frim-Fram Sauce" and Tom Petty's "Rebels." Find us: Twitter/ Facebook/ Spotify/ Tumblr. Download the Planet Money iPhone App.