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Big Rigged

Big Rigged

Big Rigged

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18-wheeler semi-truck drives west into the sunset.

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For a long time, being a long haul trucker was a path to a middle class life. But in the last few decades, the trucking business has transformed. It's gotten faster. And cheaper. And...way harder on its workers.

Today on the show — a story about the open road, the chance to be your own boss, and a truckload of debt.

Mentioned in the show: The Secret Life of Groceries by Benjamin Lorr.

Music: "Mr. Graves," "Inner Desert Blues" and Van Go."

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