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#876: Patent Deception
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#876: Patent Deception

How World Patent Marketing stole nearly $26 million. And how the acting attorney general was involved.

#876: Patent Deception

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VIDEO: A Grave Promise
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VIDEO: A Grave Promise

If you die in America, chances are the cemetery is going to promise to maintain your grave forever. Americans take this for granted, but it's a wacky, wild promise that we maybe should not be making.

#875: Why Did The Cow Cross The Border?

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#875: Why Did The Cow Cross The Border?

To take advantage of the surprising benefits provided by an interlocked economic system on the other side.

#875: Why Did The Cow Cross The Border?

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#874: Hot Dog Hail Mary

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#874: Hot Dog Hail Mary

The Falcons are trying something radical: Making their food cheaper. It could break stadium economics.

#874: Hot Dog Hail Mary

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VIDEO: Inventing Price Tags
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VIDEO: Inventing Price Tags

For most of human history, you had to haggle over prices before you could buy something. Then came the idea of the price tag.

#873: The Seattle Experiment

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#873: The Seattle Experiment

Seattle's radical solution to big money in politics: Flood elections with even more money.

#873: The Seattle Experiment

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#872: The Halloween Tapes

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#872: The Halloween Tapes

Something spooky has been happening here at Planet Money.

#872: The Halloween Tapes

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Video: The Miracle Apple

That Red Delicious? Not so delicious. Bronson Arcuri hide caption

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Video: The Miracle Apple

We're kicking off a quick season of our bonus video series, Planet Money Shorts. Watch how apples became brands, and started being more than delicious.

#871: Blacklisted In China

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#871: Blacklisted In China

China is trying a bold experiment to help people trust each other more: The social credit score. Will it work? Does it go too far?

#871: Blacklisted In China

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#676: The First Lottery & How To Beat The Odds

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#676: The First Lottery & How To Beat The Odds

The first lottery was a royal affair with poems, golden flatware and invited criminals. Also, how someone won the lottery over and over.

#676: The First Lottery & How To Beat The Odds

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