#665: The Free Food Market
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#665: The Free Food Market

A while back, the charity Feeding America was a mess. It was sending pickles to food banks that wanted produce, and potatoes to Idaho. So they called some economists, and a free food market was born.

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#806: Walmart's Pickle
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#806: Walmart's Pickle

Walmart and Amazon are in a battle to be the store where you buy everything. But when both companies sell everything, what sets them apart? Food inventions like a bright, red pickle!

#806: Walmart's Pickle

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#805: War And Peace And Cows
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#805: War And Peace And Cows

In South Sudan, there is a kind of money that works even through bank failures and unstable governments. But when war struck, it upended a whole economy: the economy of cows.

#805: War And Peace And Cows

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#672: Bagging the Birkin
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#672: Bagging the Birkin

Once you've got a Birkin bag, you've made it. But to get one, you need more than just money. Birkins always seem to be mysteriously out of stock. This is no accident.

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#804: Your Cell Phone's A Snitch
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#804: Your Cell Phone's A Snitch

Timothy Carpenter stole cell phones. Then his phone sold him out to the Feds. Now the Supreme Court has to decide how private our cell phone data should be.

#804: Your Cell Phone's A Snitch

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#369: If Teens Ran the Fed

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#369: If Teens Ran the Fed

Once a year, teenagers from across the country team up and compete to run the U.S. Federal Reserve.

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#803: Nudge, Nudge, Nobel
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#803: Nudge, Nudge, Nobel

Why do smart people make dumb decisions? Figuring that out won Richard Thaler a Nobel Prize.

#803: Nudge, Nudge, Nobel

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#802: The Hotel at the Center of the World
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#802: The Hotel at the Center of the World

A Chinese company pays millions of dollars for a failing hotel in a small, rural town. We follow the trail of money, and it explains the world economy.

#802: The Hotel at the Center of the World

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#579: Is the NCAA An Illegal Cartel?
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#579: Is the NCAA An Illegal Cartel?

In any other industry, it's illegal for a group of companies to get together and cap wages. What makes the NCAA different?

#579: Is the NCAA An Illegal Cartel?

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#801: The Death Show

Today on the show: death. We have four stories about how people prepare for death and what they leave behind for the living.

#801: The Death Show

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#581: Free Money
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#581: Free Money

Bob Peterson claims to have found the thing people have sought for thousands of years — an investment guaranteed to double in value. He keeps it in a storage locker in Utah. It's protected by a single padlock.

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#800: North Korea's Capitalists

Capitalism isn't supposed to exist in North Korea. But all over the country, small businesses are popping up, growing the nation's economy. And much of that money is going straight to the country's nuclear program.

#800: North Korea's Capitalists

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#799: Corporate! Income! Tax!
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#799: Corporate! Income! Tax!

Republicans are proposing big changes to the corporate income tax. Trillions of dollars are at stake. Here's what it all means.

#799: Corporate! Income! Tax!

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#798: Bad Credit Bureau
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#798: Bad Credit Bureau

For most of our lives, Equifax has been slurping up our financial data. Now the company's been hacked and our data is loose. Today, we trace this mess back to two brothers and one fateful decision.

#798: Bad Credit Bureau

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#648: The Benefits of Bankruptcy
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#648: The Benefits of Bankruptcy

It might just be the secret weapon of the U.S. economy.

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#797: Flood Money
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#797: Flood Money

Bill Pennington's house floods a lot: Three times in the last three years. And every time his house floods, the government pays to help him repair the damage. Is something wrong here?

#797: Flood Money

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#524: Mr Jones' Act
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#524: Mr Jones' Act

The government suspended the Jones Act last week, to allow non-US ships to move fuel to victims of hurricanes in Houston and Florida. Which once again made us wonder why the act even exists.

#524: Mr Jones' Act

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#796: The Basic Income Experiment
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#796: The Basic Income Experiment

The basic income. A flat payment to citizens, without strings. Is it a progressive fever dream, or sensible policy? We may soon find out. The Finnish Government is testing it on 2,000 citizens.

#796: The Basic Income Experiment

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#795: Is Record Breaking Broken?

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#795: Is Record Breaking Broken?

The Guinness Book of World Records had a problem. It was a book. And books aren't selling as well as they used to. So Guinness changed what they were selling, and who they were selling to.

#795: Is Record Breaking Broken?

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#794: How To Make It In The Music Business

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#794: How To Make It In The Music Business

Behind almost all popular music, there is this hidden economy of music producers buying and selling sonic snippets, texting each other half-finished beats, and angling for back-end royalties.

#794: How To Make It In The Music Business

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#647: Hard Work Is Irrelevant

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#647: Hard Work Is Irrelevant

Patty McCord helped create a workplace at Netflix that runs more like a professional sports team than a family. If you're not up to scratch, you're off the team. Is this the future of work?

#647: Hard Work Is Irrelevant

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#793: This Week in Time Bombs
Renee Klahr

#793: This Week in Time Bombs

We look at three time bombs Congress is sitting on: The federal budget, the debt ceiling, and DREAMers.

#793: This Week in Time Bombs

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#628: This Ad's For You

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#628: This Ad's For You

Tom Burrell was the first black man in Chicago advertising. He went on to change the way we think about ads, and the way advertisers think about us.

#628: This Ad's For You

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#792: The Ransom Problem
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#792: The Ransom Problem

When someone has been kidnapped, what do you do? If you pay ransom, you create a market for hostages. If you don't, people die. Different countries have different policies with different results.

#792: The Ransom Problem

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