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The economy explained. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening.
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Frame Canada

Frame Canada

2020-10-2326:091

For years, Wendell Potter ran a campaign to terrify Americans... about health care in Canada. Now he explains how he did it, and why. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
The government just filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google. In this episode, we talk about why, and why it matters. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Emily Oster wanted to understand the risks of opening schools. So she started a massive data collection campaign. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
For some Indian employees of big U.S. tech companies, caste discrimination is real. To combat it, first people have to talk about it. That's hard. | Today's episode is from our friends at Rough Translation.
Political Ad Nauseam

Political Ad Nauseam

2020-10-0923:0511

It's presidential election season, and that means it's political ad season. But who do ads target, anyway? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Rethinking Black Wealth

Rethinking Black Wealth

2020-10-0721:4612

Homes in Black neighborhoods are valued lower than homes in white neighborhoods. Why? This episode, Dr. Andre Perry flips the narrative of the racial wealth gap. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Call Center Call Out

Call Center Call Out

2020-10-0230:2110

We visit life on the other side of your customer service call and get a glimpse into the troubling future of work in America. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Trump's Tiny Taxes

Trump's Tiny Taxes

2020-10-0121:4213

A totally refreshing 20 minutes or so of infotainment related to Trump, taxes and toy wooden arrows. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
There are tanks all over the U.S. that are like little climate change time bombs, ticking away. Today on the show, getting to them before they go off. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
REDMAP (Update)

REDMAP (Update)

2020-09-2327:047

The result of national elections is shaped in a big and underappreciated way by very local elections. This is the story of the man who shaped many, many local elections to tip the national scales. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Apple v Everybody

Apple v Everybody

2020-09-1821:5717

When Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney sued Apple over its App Store, it started a war about antitrust and the internet.
After The Plague

After The Plague

2020-09-1623:0214

The Black Death was one of the worst catastrophes to ever hit humanity. But it also helped upend feudal hierarchies, redistribute wealth, and make daily life better for a lot of medieval Europeans.
Waste Land

Waste Land

2020-09-1123:5920

Recycling plastic has never worked very well. So who convinced us this was a good idea? In this episode, we might have the answer. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
We Buy A Junk Bond

We Buy A Junk Bond

2020-09-0924:257

Team Indicator buys Cardiff a surprise present. A terrible, extremely risky, but wildly interesting investment. Then it gets interesting. The company that issued the junk bond declared bankruptcy. But that wasn't the end of the story. | Subscribe to our daily podcast, The Indicator here.
John Law killed a man in a duel, brought the first paper money to France, and became one of the richest people in the world. Then it all collapsed.
Summer School graduates take the stage to show us how we can all see our everyday world through the beautiful lens of economics. | Take the final exam and get your diploma here.
When the pandemic hit, the old rules went out the window. What rules will stay broken when things go back to normal?Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Inside one insurance policy is a world of incentives and bad behaviors. Take the final exam and get your diploma here.
The United States Postal Service is in the middle of a political firestorm. What happened, and can it be fixed? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
A Black ad executive figures out how to reach diverse audiences.
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Comments (472)

Meg Duncan

Thanks for this! Nice to hear the real truth from an American show.

Oct 23rd
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Sean Everett

too bad diversity of thought isn't on NPR's priority list. diversity everywhere except in its actual content.

Oct 23rd
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Sean Hall

This was a very interesting episode, but I wish he could have been more specific on how black women and black people can be invested in, and perhaps some examples from cities. Any ideas from podcast listeners?

Oct 19th
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Matt Lennon

The arrow tax that is discussed in this pod cast episode has a little more background then was represented here. It is concerning the Pittman Robertson Act of 1937. A wild life conservation and preservation fund. Hunting equipment like arrows have a seperate tax on them during manufacturing. To fund the conservation and preservation of our national wildlife and it's habitat. The toy companies asked for grace concerning this tax because their product had nothing to do with hunting. Yes a few companies do not have to pay the tax. I believe for good reason, they were being taxes in a market they did not cater to.

Oct 11th
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M.

Seriously is it really okay to calling white people "vanilla wafers"? Do better.

Oct 7th
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Elias Questenhberg

Oh, cool. A traitor to Democracy.

Oct 1st
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Xavier Thompson

I'd love to know how the average Joe could get in on this. what the ins and outs are for collecting and ensuring the materials actual destruction.

Sep 30th
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Nate Flippin

Pretty funny having cap and trade when the fires have emitted more carbon than all the cars combined in California for the year.

Sep 27th
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Chanaka Hettige

I know it's from December. But to say JC Penny is BBB credit which put it in high quality junk bond cracked me up. The high quality junk bond company which bankrupted few months ago 🤣

Sep 24th
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Philip Squires

wow, an episode about a Nazi manipulating ignorant Americans to undermine democracy, good for him.

Sep 24th
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Kurben Nnm

fact check: You can't buy weapons ie. Grenade launcher in fottnite. It's not pay to win

Sep 23rd
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zq

Will be interesting to see where we're at in 1 and 5 years

Sep 23rd
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zq

Crazy life

Sep 17th
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C.A. Ryzen

Isn't Exxon an NPR sponsor? They ran ads about sustainability on your podcasts....? Hmm

Sep 15th
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Dart Harpy

Great episode except for the gratuitous Dutch East India Company slavery comment. You just can't help it can you.

Sep 11th
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Catherine Barnett

it has to be fixed. it is one of the only institutions that actually work

Sep 2nd
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samantha chong

there is no number that will ever make the abuse okay but there is a number that will disincentive the perpetrators from repeating their actions. that number is the goal

Aug 20th
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Timothy Drummond

Interesting that income taxes were Only on the rich. Seems to support the idea they Should pay more. And the reason we do pay taxes is fear of punishment. Not some form of duty or however they phrased it. I don't want to but I also do want to go to jail or pay even More of my money I earned.

Aug 13th
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Joshua de Boer

We can't legalise crack because there would be more addicts. What?!? No one is stopping themselves from smoking crack because it's illegal. There's so many other reasons people get into self destructive drugs.

Aug 11th
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zq

Should have talked about avacados

Aug 5th
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