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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.

Antitrust 2: The Paradox

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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.

Antitrust 1: Standard Oil

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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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#893: Our Valentines 2019
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#893: Our Valentines 2019

We give a shout out to the stuff we've been obsessing over in the office — those stories that were so good, we wished we had thought of them ourselves.

#893: Our Valentines 2019

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#892: The Lost Plane
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#892: The Lost Plane

In December, a commercial flight had to make an emergency landing in Iran. They discovered that landing there would be easy. Getting out – much, much harder.

#892: The Lost Plane

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#891: Who Won The Bet Over Bitcoin?

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#891: Who Won The Bet Over Bitcoin?

Five years ago, two sides met on our show to make a bet about the future of bitcoin. Today, we announce the winner.

#891: Who Won The Bet Over Bitcoin?

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#825: Who Started The Wildfire?
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#825: Who Started The Wildfire?

After a wildfire, teams of investigators start combing the wreckage for clues. Finding the cause means, maybe, finding someone to pay. But where's the line between a natural disaster and a human one?

#825: Who Started The Wildfire?

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#890: The Division Problem

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#890: The Division Problem

Today on the show, we take on one of life's most vexing problems: Sharing.

#890: The Division Problem

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#688: Brilliant Vs. Boring

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#688: Brilliant Vs. Boring

John Bogle died last week. His creation — the index fund — changed investing. Today, how his invention set off a million dollar bet between some of the biggest brains on Wall Street, including Warren Buffett.

#688: Brilliant Vs. Boring

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#889: The Pay-What-You-Want Experiment

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#889: The Pay-What-You-Want Experiment

In 2010, Panera launched several pay-what-you-want cafes. On today's show: How this charitable experiment worked out.

#889: The Pay-What-You-Want Experiment

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