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#665: The Free Food Market
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#665: The Free Food Market

A while back, the charity Feeding America was a mess. It was sending pickles to food banks that wanted produce, and potatoes to Idaho. So they called some economists, and a free food market was born.

#665: The Free Food Market

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#806: Walmart's Pickle
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#806: Walmart's Pickle

Walmart and Amazon are in a battle to be the store where you buy everything. But when both companies sell everything, what sets them apart? Food inventions like a bright, red pickle!

#806: Walmart's Pickle

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#805: War And Peace And Cows
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#805: War And Peace And Cows

In South Sudan, there is a kind of money that works even through bank failures and unstable governments. But when war struck, it upended a whole economy: the economy of cows.

#805: War And Peace And Cows

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#672: Bagging the Birkin
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#672: Bagging the Birkin

Once you've got a Birkin bag, you've made it. But to get one, you need more than just money. Birkins always seem to be mysteriously out of stock. This is no accident.

#672: Bagging the Birkin

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#804: Your Cell Phone's A Snitch
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#804: Your Cell Phone's A Snitch

Timothy Carpenter stole cell phones. Then his phone sold him out to the Feds. Now the Supreme Court has to decide how private our cell phone data should be.

#804: Your Cell Phone's A Snitch

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#369: If Teens Ran the Fed

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#369: If Teens Ran the Fed

Once a year, teenagers from across the country team up and compete to run the U.S. Federal Reserve.

#369: If Teens Ran the Fed

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#803: Nudge, Nudge, Nobel
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#803: Nudge, Nudge, Nobel

Why do smart people make dumb decisions? Figuring that out won Richard Thaler a Nobel Prize.

#803: Nudge, Nudge, Nobel

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#802: The Hotel at the Center of the World
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#802: The Hotel at the Center of the World

A Chinese company pays millions of dollars for a failing hotel in a small, rural town. We follow the trail of money, and it explains the world economy.

#802: The Hotel at the Center of the World

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#579: Is the NCAA An Illegal Cartel?
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#579: Is the NCAA An Illegal Cartel?

In any other industry, it's illegal for a group of companies to get together and cap wages. What makes the NCAA different?

#579: Is the NCAA An Illegal Cartel?

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#801: The Death Show

Today on the show: death. We have four stories about how people prepare for death and what they leave behind for the living.

#801: The Death Show

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