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Planet Money

Episode 502: The Afterlife Of A T-Shirt

The U.S. exports over a billion pounds of used clothing every year — and much of that winds up in used clothing markets in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Paul Warambo holds up a used T-shirt for sale in Nairobi, Kenya. With the help of the internet, we found the original owner Gregory Warner/NPR hide caption

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The Hansa Kirkenes carried all 6,078 of the Planet Money women's T-shirts from Cartagena, Colombia, to Miami. Eric Helton for NPR hide caption

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Planet Money

Episode 501: A Shirt, A Meat Grinder And The Book Of Everything

On today's show, the Planet Money T-shirts arrive at the Port of Miami. But they're not quite here yet.

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The container carrying the Planet Money women's T-shirts is loaded onto a ship in Cartagena, Colombia. Eric Helton for NPR hide caption

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The Hansa Kirkenes carried all 6,078 of the Planet Money women's T-shirts from Cartagena, Colombia, to Miami. Eric Helton for NPR hide caption

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There are more than 4,000 garment factories in Bangladesh. One way or another, most of them trace their lineage to Abdul Majid Chowdhury, Noorul Quader and the 128 Bangladeshis who traveled to Korea 30 years ago. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Noreli Morales (right) works on the Planet Money women's T-shirt at a factory in Medellin, Colombia. Joshua Davis for NPR hide caption

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Minu (left) and her younger sister Shumi (right) worked on the Planet Money men's t-shirt. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Planet Money

Episode 497: Love, Betrayal And The Planet Money T-Shirt

On today's show: the lives of two sisters and the rise of the garment industry in Bangladesh.

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