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#907: Two Spring Indicators
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#907: Two Spring Indicators

The Indicator from Planet Money explores trade wars, peanuts, hurricanes, and happiness.

#907: Two Spring Indicators

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#644: How Much Does This Cow Weigh?

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#644: How Much Does This Cow Weigh?

We wanted to understand an eerie phenomenon that drives everything from the stock market to the price of orange juice. So we asked you to guess the weight of a cow.

#644: How Much Does This Cow Weigh?

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#906: The Chicago Boys, Part II
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#906: The Chicago Boys, Part II

How a ruthless dictator, and a bunch of economists known as the Chicago Boys, took Chile from socialism to capitalism.

#906: The Chicago Boys, Part II

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#905: The Chicago Boys, Part I

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#905: The Chicago Boys, Part I

In the late 1950's and early '60's a handful of Chilean students went to study economics at the University of Chicago. What they learned changed their country.

#905: The Chicago Boys, Part I

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#904: Joke Theft

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#904: Joke Theft

Copyrighting comedy is expensive. So comedians have devised an informal system of sanctions to protect their jokes from theft. Sometimes it works.

#904: Joke Theft

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#760: Tax Hero
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#760: Tax Hero

Joe Bankman, professor at Stanford, figured out a way to make filing your taxes easy and painless. Then the tax lobby found out about it.

#760: Tax Hero

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#903: A New Way To Pay For College
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#903: A New Way To Pay For College

Some colleges are offering students a new way to pay. It's not a scholarship. It's not a loan. It's more like the students are selling stock in themselves.

#903: A New Way To Pay For College

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#902: The Phoebus Cartel
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#902: The Phoebus Cartel

The story behind two sneaky forces that drive us to buy more products, more often: Planned obsolescence and psychological obsolescence.

#902: The Phoebus Cartel

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#901: Bad Cops Are Expensive
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#901: Bad Cops Are Expensive

There's an industry of people working to eliminate bad police behavior. They're not activists or protestors. They're insurers.

#901: Bad Cops Are Expensive

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#189: Why A Dead Shark Costs $12 Million

The famous work "The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living" by British artist Damien Hirst. REGINA KUEHNE/ASSOCIATED PRESS hide caption

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#189: Why A Dead Shark Costs $12 Million

Today's show is about the fickle market for art. What makes a dead shark cost $12 million, and a photo of steel wool that looks like a tornado cost only $1,265?

#189: Why A Dead Shark Costs $12 Million

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