Rank #1: #427: 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.
Rank #2: #869: The Student Loan Whistleblower
Seth Frotman worked overseeing student loans for the government. He saw things that made him quit, and tell all.
Rank #3: #692: The Secret Life Of Line 24
On today's show, we tell the stories of a few mysterious lines on IRS form 1040 — the basic tax form. In its own, maddening way, the 1040 is a great American document.
Rank #4: #691: The Great Unbundling
There's a revolution underway in the world of cable TV--more and more people are getting rid of it. And there are some unforeseen consequences when we cut the cord and go our separate ways.
Rank #5: #856: 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.
Rank #6: #690: All In
We talk to a professional poker player who lost on the first day of poker's most famous tournament--but went on to get a huge payout. Turns out there's a game behind the game.
Rank #7: #577: The Kansas Experiment
A Republican governor lives the dream. He cuts taxes dramatically in his state and he promises good times ahead. But the good times do not come.
Rank #8: #852: 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.
Rank #9: Oil #1: We Buy Oil
First of five episodes. We're getting into the oil business. We go to Kansas, and negotiate with a preacher to buy 100 barrels of crude.
Rank #10: #814: The Tax Plan Is Huge
Congress just passed the largest tax overhaul in decades. We dig in.
Rank #11: #653: The Anti-Store
Costco made shopping harder, and customers loved it. Now a new company is taking the Costco experience to new extremes.
Rank #12: 587: Jubilee! (?)
There's an idea that dates back at least to biblical times. That there should be a moment when debts are forgiven. Its called a jubilee. One country tried it.
Rank #13: #610: The Prisoner's Solution
Today on the show, a businessman goes to prison, and decides he is going to disrupt the biggest captive market in America.
Rank #14: Oil #2: The Price Of Oil
Second of five episodes. Oil is priced down to the penny, and the price changes every day. Who sets that price?
Rank #15: #735: President Trump
Candidates promise all kinds of things. But once they get into office, it's not always possible to carry through on them. We ask, can Trump do the things he's pledged to do?
Rank #16: #791: Tips From Spies
There's an entire universe of things spies are not allowed to tell us. Today on the show, a few of the teeny things they can say. They might come in handy.
Rank #17: #829: Rigging The Economy
Two guys from different ends of the political spectrum agree that the economy is rigged. And they think they know who's responsible.
Rank #18: #534: The History Of Light
In this episode: How we got from candles made out of cow fat to as much light as we want. The history of light is the history of economic growth — of things getting faster, cheaper, and more efficient.
Rank #19: #390: We Set Up An Offshore Company In A Tax Haven
In this show, we dive deep into the world of hiding money. We look for the easiest place to shelter a bank account and set up our own shell company in an offshore tax haven. Good times.
Rank #20: #746: Wall Street Goes To Vegas
Wall Street traders and Las Vegas gamblers have a lot in common. But when a Wall Street firm set up shop taking Vegas bets, both sides got a surprise.