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Episode 678: Auction Fever

We uncover the secrets of the auction world. There is conniving. There are tricks. Also: Hydraulic hammers.

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If those had been the winning Powerball numbers, this would have been our last show. Instead, the story of the oldest lottery we could find and of the man who outsmarted the odds.

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Episode 674: We Cooked A Peacock

In the 1600s, a good spice rub was the ultimate display of wealth. People would risk their lives for a sack of cloves. On today's show, we cook a recipe from the spice trade days.

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Episode 671: An Insider Trader Tells All

Today on the show: A man who got caught insider trading explains everything — what he did, how he did it, and why. Though he's still struggling with that last one.

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Episode 590: The Planet Money Workout

Today on the show: The mind games that gyms play with you. From design to pricing to free bagels, gyms want to be a product that everyone buys, but no one actually uses.

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