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#900: The Stolen Company

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#900: The Stolen Company

When an American company named ABRO learns their goods are being counterfeited in China, they start their own trade war.

#900: The Stolen Company

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#724: Cat Scam

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#724: Cat Scam

The internet was supposed to get rid of middlemen--but instead they are taking over the global economy.

#724: Cat Scam

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#899: Mexico Fights The Fuel Pirates
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#899: Mexico Fights The Fuel Pirates

Thieves are stealing billions of dollars worth of gasoline in Mexico. The President is taking drastic action to cut them off, and it comes at a serious cost. Content warning: Audio of deadly pipeline explosion.

#899: Mexico Fights The Fuel Pirates

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#785: The Starbury

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#785: The Starbury

The story of an NBA All-Star and an experiment: To make a desirable basketball shoe cheap enough for anyone.

#785: The Starbury

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#898: Happy Fed Independence Day

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#898: Happy Fed Independence Day

The story of the day the Federal Reserve got its independence and the fight—an actual physical fight—to keep it.

#898: Happy Fed Independence Day

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#897: New Orleans Vs. Airbnb

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#897: New Orleans Vs. Airbnb

Airbnb has changed New Orleans. And now landlords and preservationists are fighting over the future of the city.

#897: New Orleans Vs. Airbnb

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Antitrust 3: Big Tech
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Antitrust 3: Big Tech

What does the rise of dominant tech companies say about competition and the state of antitrust law? Third in a series.

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Antitrust 2: The Paradox
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Antitrust 2: The Paradox

How Robert Bork won the fight over the very meaning of competition in America, and paved the way for some of the biggest companies we've ever seen.

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Antitrust 1: Standard Oil
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Antitrust 1: Standard Oil

At the turn of the 20th century, Ida Tarbell investigated John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil. What she discovered changed the economy of the United States.

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#418: A Fake Bank For Money Laundering Run By The Government

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#418: A Fake Bank For Money Laundering Run By The Government

To catch drug traffickers, the U.S. government tried something it had never tried before. It set up and ran a fake offshore bank for money laundering. Fake name. Fake employees. Real drug money.

#418: A Fake Bank For Money Laundering Run By The Government

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