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TikTok made me buy it

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What nails can tell us about the economy

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No such thing as a free return

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Why are McDonald's ice cream machines always broken?

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Climeworks factory with it's fans in front of the collector, drawing in ambient air and release it, as largely purified CO2 through ventilators at the back is seen at the Hellisheidi power plant near Reykjavik on October 11, 2021. HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Inland port priority

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HBO 2.0

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Why full employment doesn't mean everyone has a job

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Nurses and the never-ending shifts

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The Rest of the Story, 2021

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The holiday industrial complex (Classic)

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How do you measure inflation? (Indicator favorite)

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The economic indicator of the year

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The COVID small business boom (Indicator favorite)

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The time the US paid off all its debt (Indicator favorite)

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Bell wars (Classic)

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