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BONUS INDICATOR: The Measure Of A Tragedy
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BONUS INDICATOR: The Measure Of A Tragedy

Ricardo Hausmann, a Harvard-based Venezuelan economist, has constructed his own indicator, one that captures the horrifying scale of the economic catastrophe in Venezuela. (This episode is from our other podcast, The Indicator. Subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts.)

BONUS INDICATOR: The Measure Of A Tragedy

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#881: The Prisoners of the Trade War

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#881: The Prisoners of the Trade War

A truce in the U.S.-China trade war seemed close. The leaders of China and the United States were meeting to discuss a fix. And then arrests started. It got even more confusing, so today, we call up our man on the ground in Shanghai to make sense of it all. The key to understanding the latest turn in the trade war centers around a giant company most Americans haven't heard of called Huawei. Its rise traces the rise of China's economy and Chinese-style capitalism.

#881: The Prisoners of the Trade War

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#539: What's A Penny Worth?

Planet Money's Jacob Goldstein and Robert Smith bought a washer for two cents in a hardware store in Manhattan. Jacob Goldstein/NPR hide caption

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#539: What's A Penny Worth?

We try to figure out what makes cents.

#539: What's A Penny Worth?

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#880: Is Amazon Good For New York?

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#880: Is Amazon Good For New York?

It feels like all of New York City is arguing about Amazon's new office in Queens. But what do the people in Long Island City think?

#880: Is Amazon Good For New York?

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#533: Why Car Safety Is A Trade Barrier

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#533: Why Car Safety Is A Trade Barrier

The U.S. and Europe just can't agree on car safety standards. That puts car companies in a weird position, makes cars cost more and just seems kind of random and wasteful.

#533: Why Car Safety Is A Trade Barrier

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#879: The Secret Target
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#879: The Secret Target

Their plan was dangerous, risky, and extremely unpopular. But America copied them anyway. Today on the show: how a tiny country on the other side of the world changed how America runs its economy.

#879: The Secret Target

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#468: Kid Rock Vs. The Scalpers
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#468: Kid Rock Vs. The Scalpers

We talk to Kid Rock about how he tried to cut scalpers out of the business — and still sell cheap tickets to his shows.

#468: Kid Rock Vs. The Scalpers

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VIDEO: The Price Of Coke Stayed The Same For 70 Years — Why?
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VIDEO: The Price Of Coke Stayed The Same For 70 Years — Why?

For 70 years, a Coca-Cola cost a nickel. The price didn't change. How is that even possible? You can also watch the video here: https://youtu.be/Bcz0BJGEVUY

#878: Mugshots For Sale
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#878: Mugshots For Sale

We go deep inside the market for online mugshots. Is it extortion? Or is it a First Amendment right?

#878: Mugshots For Sale

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#877: The Laws of The Office
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#877: The Laws of The Office

You get what you measure. Work expands to fill the time allotted. Who comes up with this stuff? And is it true?

#877: The Laws of The Office

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