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Episode 921: Tales From The Parking Lot

Three stories: A tire-booting vigilante, a surge price conspiracy, and the civil rights fight over parking tickets.

Episode 921: Tales From The Parking Lot

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Episode 920: What Should We Be Worried About?

The economic recovery turns 10 this month. Don't get too comfortable. There's plenty to be worried about.

Episode 920: What Should We Be Worried About?

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Episode 919: Are Cities Overrated?

Big cities used to be the land of opportunity for most people. But with changes in work, some economists are wondering: Are cities overrated?

Episode 919: Are Cities Overrated?

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Episode 590: The Planet Money Workout

Gyms don't want you to workout. Or at least, not often. It's better for business that way. Economics explains why.

Episode 590: The Planet Money Workout

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Episode 918: The Day Of Two Noons

People didn't always know what time it was. But in the nineteenth century, a high school principal, a scientist, and a railroad bureaucrat synchronized the nation.

Episode 918: The Day Of Two Noons

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Episode 651: The Salmon Taboo

In Japan, salmon used to be garbage fish. Today, it's a delicacy. How one Norwegian with a lot of extra fish changed the tastes of a nation.

Episode 651: The Salmon Taboo

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Episode 917: Quit Threat!

Sometimes an economy can get so strong the power dynamic between bosses and workers flips: Full employment. Are we there yet?

Episode 917: Quit Threat!

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Episode 916: The Whistleblower Whisperer

Jordan Thomas is a lawyer who represents some of Wall Street's biggest whistleblowers. The life that led him here is extraordinary.

Episode 916: The Whistleblower Whisperer

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Episode 915: How To Meddle In An Election

In which someone runs a science experiment on an actual election, on actual voters, to test the persuasive power of ethically sketchy methods.

Episode 915: How To Meddle In An Election

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Episode 914: Trump And Deutsche Bank, A Long Affair

After Donald Trump's companies declared four bankruptcies, several major banks stopped loaning him money. But Deutsche Bank didn't.

Episode 914: Trump And Deutsche Bank, A Long Affair

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