Episode 599: The Invisible Wall : Planet Money A man goes looking for the invisible wall that traps poor people in poverty. Finding it almost gets him killed.
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Episode 599: The Invisible Wall

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Episode 599: The Invisible Wall

Episode 599: The Invisible Wall

Episode 599: The Invisible Wall

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Street vendors in Cuzco, Peru (1989).

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Hernando de Soto wanted to figure out what was trapping people in poverty. "There's gotta be an invisible wall someplace," he thought. "Let's find the wall."

Today on the show: How de Soto found the invisible wall that was trapping people in poverty. How it transformed poor countries around the world. And how his discovery almost got him killed.

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