Episode 556: Some Assembly Required

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Today we build our show from three short Planet Money stories. We look at when a dollar is not worth a dollar; publishing without a publisher; and, of course, IKEA.

For more:

* When Ikea Raises Its Minimum Wage, Where Does The Money Come From?

* Money Markets: Easy To Ignore, Occasionally Dicey

* Self-Published Authors Make A Living — And Sometimes A Fortune

Music: DJ Disse's "Taxi To War," Rose Hill Drive's "Telepathic," Minus The Bear's "The Fix," and Tune-Yards's "Water Fountain." Find us: Twitter/ Facebook/ Spotify. Download the Planet Money iPhone App.

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