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A Former Monk Takes On Love and Capitalism

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Sonam Dhargye used to be a Tibetan monk. Now he's a runner on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade. He left his monastery for love, moving to Chicago with a woman he later married. He talks about trading the calm of the monastery for the incredibly stressful life of the trading floor.

Alex Helmick reports from member station WBEZ in Chicago.



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