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Bond Voyage

The government used to be afraid to borrow too much money. Today, it borrows hand over fist. And it's ... fine? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

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We Buy A Superhero: Loophole

Marvel was not interested in selling us Doorman. But there is another way to jumpstart our superhero empire.| Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

We Buy A Superhero: Loophole

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Why Printers Are The Worst

The real money is in the ink. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Why Printers Are The Worst

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We Buy A Superhero: Origins

Marvel has 7,000 characters, many of them forgotten. We want to buy one from their vault and launch our own little Planet Money franchise. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

We Buy A Superhero: Origins

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Can't Let It Go

Irrational decisions. Things we can't let go. Friend of the show Sam Sanders comes by to talk obsessions. We turn to economics for advice, clarity and comfort. | Subscribe to Sam's podcast, It's Been A Minute.

Can't Let It Go

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Fine and Punishment

When you get out of prison, you have to start paying off fees. Some are related to committing a crime. Others are not. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Fine and Punishment

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Robinhood's Very Bad Day

How the stock trading app works. And why it almost broke last week. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Robinhood's Very Bad Day

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Can't Stop GameStop

Video game stores. Hedge Funds. Reddit forums. How this mad lib resulted in the biggest short squeeze in years. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Can't Stop GameStop

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The World's Biggest Battery (Classic)

California has a ton of solar power. But as soon as night falls, it's gone. Today on the show: how to bottle the sun

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How Desi Invented Television

The television was invented by Philo Farnsworth in 1927. TV was invented by Desi Arnaz in 1951.

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