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Nick Goepper competed in the ski slopestyle qualification for the European Winter X Games last March. Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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X Games Show The Olympics What The Kids Want

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Emily Cook trains in aerials for the Visa Freestyle International in Park City, Utah, last February. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images hide caption

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Aerial Skiing Is A Game Of Skill — And Strategy

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U.S. bobsledders Nick Cunningham and Abraham Morlu compete in a BMW-designed sled at the World Cup in January in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The U.S. team paired up with a BMW race car designer several years ago to boost its chances at the 2014 Winter Games. Alex Livesey/Getty Images hide caption

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For A Better Bobsled, Team USA Turns To Race Cars

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J.P. Morgan: Not a pussycat. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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A Locked Door, A Secret Meeting And The Birth Of The Fed

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For a price, this Jakarta mother will get into your car so you can drive in the carpool lane. Robert Smith/NPR hide caption

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In A City With Terrible Traffic, A Gridlock Economy Emerges

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Planet Money Spins A Yarn And Makes A 'Perfect' T-Shirt

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It took Bowen Flowers and his men only two days to harvest a thousand acres of cotton. By sunset, this was just about the only cotton left to pick. Robert Smith/NPR hide caption

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How Technology And Hefty Subsidies Make U.S. Cotton King

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Prize In Economics A Latecomer To Nobel Lineup

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The Jersey shore's iconic Star Jet roller coaster was inundated after Superstorm Sandy. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Bodies On The Boardwalk: Murder Stirs A Sleepy Jersey Shore

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The Federal Reserve, home of the Beige Book. Karen Bleier /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The 'Ask Your Uncle' Approach To Economics

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What Actually Happens At The End Of 'Trading Places'?

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How To Sell Coke To People Who Have Never Had A Sip

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A bank in Yangon recently opened the first ATM in Myanmar that's connected to the rest of the world. Lam Thuy Vo / NPR hide caption

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In A Single ATM, The Story Of A Nation's Economy

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