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How David Foster Wallace Found Tranquility in the Tax Code

Monday, March 23, 2015

When Wallace won a "genius grant" in 1997, he moved to Illinois, started taking tax accounting courses at a state college, and discovered the spiritual side of khakis and the IRS.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

The Republicans and the Federal Budget

Thursday, March 19, 2015

The budget proposed by Senate Republicans this week lays out a plan to grow the middle class, one that couldn’t look more different from President Obama’s plan to grow the middle class. Jeffrey Toobin and John Cassidy join Dorothy Wickenden to discuss what Democrats and Republicans have and haven’t learned about economics over the past thirty years.

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Freakonomics Radio

What You Don’t Know About Online Dating (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Thick markets, thin markets, and the triumph of attributes over compatibility.

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The Takeaway

Bribery Scandal Triggers Unrest in Brazil

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Protesters filled the streets across Brazil this week calling for the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for her alleged involvement in a bribery scandal.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

The Rhetoric Of Inequality

Thursday, March 12, 2015

With primary season approaching, politicians on both sides of the aisle are speaking out about one of the biggest challenges facing the nation: the gulf between rich and poor. On this week's episode, Jill Lepore and George Packer join Dorothy Wickenden to discuss the language that politicians are using to address economic inequality.

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Freakonomics Radio

When Willpower Isn’t Enough

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Sure, we all want to make good personal decisions, but it doesn't always work out. That's where "temptation bundling" comes in.

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PRI's The World

Somali Americans fight to save their lifeline of cash for relatives back home

Monday, March 09, 2015

It’s getting more complicated to send money to Somalia, and that's a big deal in places like Minnesota where some Somali Americans have been wiring cash home for decades. Somali immigrants say the move is cutting off a vital lifeline — and may actually harm the fight against terror.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYC's 'Tech Boom' Doesn't Ignite Job Growth

Friday, March 06, 2015

New York is supposedly in the midst of a tech boom - but do the jobs numbers reflect that?

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Freakonomics Radio

This Idea Must Die

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Every year, Edge.org asks its salon of big thinkers to answer one big question. This year's question borders on heresy: what scientific idea is ready for retirement?

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

The Immigration Backlash

Saturday, February 28, 2015

From the halls of The Department of Homeland Security to a courtroom in Brownsville, TX, the fallout from President Obama's immigration policy is being felt. Jeffrey Toobin and Ryan Lizza talk with Dorothy Wickenden about Obama's executive action and the backlash in Congress and the courts.

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Freakonomics Radio

The Maddest Men of All

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Advertisers have always been adept at manipulating our emotions. Now they're using behavioral economics to get even better.

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PRI's The World

The US government finally lifts the curse of the 'golden cage' visa

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Thousands of highly skilled immigrants are admitted into US each year, but their highly skilled spouses were not allowed to work. But that's about to change.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Presidential poll puts Nigeria to the test

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Presidential poll puts Nigeria to the test

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PRI's The World

Chinese investments are pushing the Latin American economy back in time

Thursday, February 19, 2015

China has made major investments Latin America in the last few years. But it's pushing their economies back to a simple export business for raw materials.

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Freakonomics Radio

Hacking the World Bank

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Jim Yong Kim has an unorthodox background for a World Bank president -- and his reign thus far is just as unorthodox.

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PRI's The World

In China, imported fruit is the must-have luxury item for the new year

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Chinese New Year begins next week and all across China people are getting ready. It’s a time for visiting friends and relatives. Throughout the country, people stock up on fruit to eat at home with family and to give as gifts. These days, Chinese shoppers are opening up their wallets for a particular luxury item — imported fruit.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Revenge on ISIS, Child Sex Abuse, and Modern Leaders

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Takeaway explores Egypt's retaliation against the Islamic State, a disturbing new report on Jehovah's Witnesses, and Angela Merkel on the world stage.

PRI's The World

Venezuela's 4 cents a gallon gas is set for a major hike

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Venezuela is suffering through the world's highest inflation and rampant shortages of consumer goods, like milk, sugar, toilet paper — even condoms. But one thing Venezuela does have a lot of is oil. And thanks to government subsidies, it also has the cheapest gasoline in the world. But maybe not for much longer.

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Freakonomics Radio

Is There a Better Way to Fight Terrorism?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The White House is hosting an anti-terror summit next week. Summits being what they are, we try to offer some useful advice.

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The Takeaway

Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on the Future of Asia

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

In his first broadcast interview since taking over as president of the Asia Society, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd reveals a new vision for the future of Asian geopolitics.

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