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Episode 933: Find The Helium

Helium is so special, and so rare, that the U.S. government once tried to buy it all up. And hide it. But the government's helium stockpile is running low. And we need it for MRI machines and NASA rockets.

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Episode 616: How Solar Got Cheap

For a long time, only rich people could afford to put solar panels on the roof. Not anymore. Here's what changed.

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Episode 932: Deep Learning With The Elephants

Elephants are in danger. Counting them is crucial to saving them. But they're hard to see in the rainforest. So scientists are enlisting the help of AI technology.

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Episode 931: The IT Guy Vs. The Con Artist

A notorious con artist offered Felipe an IT job. He took the job —and tried to con the con man. | Plus, listen to a full double feature all about cons here.

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Episode 930: Twins

Scientists have studied twins for years, hoping to figure out how big a role genes play in human behavior. Our very own pair of twin reporters are on the case.

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Episode 598: That Time We Shorted America, Part Two

Everyone said betting against the entire stock market was a terrible idea. We did it anyway. Today, we find out the results, and revisit the first short ever done in the 17th century.

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Episode 597: That Time We Shorted America, Part One

Today on the show, we ignore the advice of some very smart people and bet against something people love.

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Episode 929: Could A Wealth Tax Work?

Elizabeth Warren wants to tax the wealth of the mega-rich to help fix inequality. Europe tried this, and failed. Can it work in the U.S.?

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Episode 928: Hong Kong

In 1960, a 12-year-old boy left mainland China, hidden in the bottom of a fishing boat. He later became one of Hong Kong's richest people. His story is the story of Hong Kong.

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Episode 927: The Indicator In The House

Two highlights from our daily podcast, The Indicator, about houses. A plan to lower rents pits state against city, and a private firefighter breaks down his business for us.
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