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LeBron James Is Still Underpaid

The best player in basketball is getting hosed. The NBA team owners, the players, the fans and even LeBron James himself want to keep it that way.


11 Jul 2018

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College Fails

The pandemic is transforming college from a can't-miss into a can't-attend experience. Can colleges survive? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.


31 Jul 2020

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Worst. Tariffs. Ever.

Tariffs are stupid. This is one of the few things economists can agree on. Today, we bring you the story of the worst tariffs ever.


30 Mar 2018

Rank #3

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Two Summer Indicators

Two stories from our Indicator team. There's a province in China that makes many of the world's flags. It's a unique window on global trade right now. And we find out why so few teenagers are working summer jobs these days.


6 Jul 2018

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Yes In My Backyard

There's a simple way to solve the housing crisis in U.S. cities. Only problem is, almost everybody hates it.


27 Jul 2018

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Dollar Stores Vs Lettuce

Every six hours a new dollar store opens in the U.S. Are they killing grocery stores?


27 Apr 2019

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So, Should We Recycle?

Cities might be picking up your recyclables, but there is a very good chance they aren't being recycled. And that might be a good thing...if you really care about the planet. Part two of a two-part series. ⎸Subscribe to our newsletter here.


13 Jul 2019

Rank #7

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NDA Tell-All

Today on the show, we talk to one of the most famous NDA breakers of all time, and ask: Is there a legal way out of your NDA?


7 Apr 2018

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The New Socialists

Socialism was political poison in the U.S. for decades. Now it's gaining ground. Who are these new socialists? And what do they want?


20 Jul 2018

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The World's Longest Yard Sale

Six states. Three days. One ugly cookie jar. Today on the show: Yard sale!


17 Aug 2018

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The Poop Cartel

What happens when a group of economists applies the number one rule of economics... to number two?


25 Jul 2018

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Meet the man who figured out how to reshape national politics by making tiny investments in the smallest of places.


2 Jun 2018

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Peanuts And Cracker Jack

It takes strategy and skill to sell snacks at a baseball game. Meet the hot dog vending legend of Fenway Park.


3 Jul 2018

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Ungerrymandering Florida

When Florida outlawed partisan gerrymandering, politicians tried to sneak it back in...in disguise.


9 Jun 2018

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Nice Game

In game theory, sometimes the best way to win, is to lose.


31 May 2018

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The World's Biggest Battery

California has a ton of solar power. But as soon as night falls, it's gone. Today on the show: How to bottle the sun.


15 Jun 2018

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Swamp Gravy

Today on the show: A small town stakes its future on writing, directing, and starring in a musical.


25 May 2018

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You Asked For Even More

You have a lot of questions... about tariffs, unemployment rates, and RV dealerships, to name a few. We have answers.


10 Aug 2018

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The Student Loan Whistleblower

Seth Frotman worked overseeing student loans for the government. He saw things that made him quit, and tell all.


12 Oct 2018

Rank #19

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The Rest Of The Story Summer 2018

A pesticide wreaks havoc. A listener needs a bitcoin detective. And the search for the rarest economic good continues.


30 Jun 2018

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