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What's with all the tiny soda cans? And other grocery store mysteries, solved.

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Graphite samples at Westwater Resources in Coosa County, Alabama. Sally Helm/NPR hide caption

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Junkman Jon Rolston has spent the last two decades clearing out houses and offices of their junk. In that time, he's become a kind of trash savant. James Sneed/NPR hide caption

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The junkyard economist

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The hack that almost broke the internet

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Sanat Kumar, professor of chemical engineering at Columbia University. David Kestenbaum/NPR hide caption

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Why Gold? (Classic)

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Inside video game economics (Two Indicators)

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The photo that helped the amateur art detectives locate the stolen Bhairav masks on display in the museums. Anil Chandra Shrestha hide caption

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COVINGTON, KY - APRIL 8: Kathleen Malone works on tax returns at the Cincinnati Internal Revenue Service Center April 8, 2005 in Covington, Kentucky. The tax filing deadline is a week away. Mike Simons/Getty hide caption

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TikTok is filled with tax advice. Is any of it worth listening to?

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Japan had a vibrant economy. Then it fell into a slump for 30 years.

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Israeli soldiers are seen near the Gaza Strip border in southern Israel, Monday, March 4, 2024. Ohad Zwigenberg/AP hide caption

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How much of your tax dollars are going to Israel and Ukraine

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