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The hack that almost broke the internet

Last month, the world narrowly avoided a cyberattack of stunning ambition. The targets were some...

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Why Gold? (Classic)

In the past few months, the price of gold has gone way up – even hitting a new high last month at...

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Zombie mortgages are coming back to life

Karen MacDonough of Quincy, Mass., was enjoying her tea one morning in the dining room when she...

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Inside video game economics (Two Indicators)

Why do video game workers offer labor at a discount? How can you design a video game for blind...

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The birth of the modern consumer movement

Today on the show, the story of the modern consumer movement in the U.S. and the person who...

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Hire Power (Update)

(Note: This episode originally ran in 2021.) Millions of American workers in all sorts of...

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The case of the stolen masks

About thirty years ago, Yagya Kumar Pradhan woke up to the news that the temple he and his clan...

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How unions are stopped before they start (Update)

(Note: This episode originally ran in 2023.) Union membership in the U.S. has been declining...

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FTX and the Serengeti of bankruptcy

For the last year and a half, the story of FTX has focused largely on the crimes and punishment...

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Grocery prices, credit card debt, and your 401K (Two Indicators)

What's going on with consumers? This is one of the trickiest puzzles of this weird economic...

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TikTok made me deduct it

TikTok, and other apps like it, are filled with financial advice. Some of it is reliable, some......

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How much does this cow weigh? (Classic)

This episode originally ran in 2015. About one hundred years ago, a scientist and statistician...

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Japan's Lost Decades

Last month, Japan's central bank raised interest rates for the first time in 17 years. That is a...

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The real estate industry on trial

In 2019, Mike Ketchmark got a call. Mike is a lawyer in Kansas City, Missouri, and his friend,...

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

There's been a lot of disagreement in Congress and in the country about whether the U.S. should...

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The trouble with Table 101 (Update)

(Note: This episode originally ran in 2020.) In the restaurant game, you need to make the most...

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What is Temu?

It is rare that a new e-commerce company has such a meteoric rise as Temu. The company, which...

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How Big Steel in the U.S. fell

Steel manufacturing was at one point the most important industry in the United States. It was one...

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The billion dollar war behind U.S. rum

When you buy a bottle of rum in the United States, by law nearly all the federal taxes on that...

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Wind boom, wind bust (Two Windicators)

The wind power business is a bit contradictory right now. It's showing signs of boom and bust...

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