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Payday Loans: A Necessary Evil?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is drafting regulations to govern short-term loans. How will this impact those who need small amounts of money fast? 

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

The Decline of the Creative Class

Sunday, February 08, 2015

It's not just writers that are struggling to make a living these days. Artists and other creative types are also feeling the pinch, especially as more and more businesses that support them disappear — think indie record stores or bookstores. Scott Timberg is a writer who believes the arts economy is collapsing. He tells Sara Nics that if the trend continues, the only artists who'll surive are those at the very top.

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Freakonomics Radio

How Efficient Is Energy Efficiency?

Thursday, February 05, 2015

It's a centerpiece of U.S. climate policy and a sacred cow among environmentalists. Does it work?

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

The Evolution of Islamic Extremism

Friday, January 30, 2015

On this week’s Political Scene podcast, the New Yorker staff writer Jon Lee Anderson joins host Dorothy Wickenden to talk about the current status of the war against Islamic radicalism. The two discuss the ways in which terrorism is expanding across the Middle East, the dystopian vision of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), and the limited impact of ISIS’s defeat in the Syrian town of Kobani. “Once again they have been stopped on the Turkish border, but they have found ways in which to appear to be important,” says Anderson. “In this rarefied media world that we live in, what gets more headlines: The fact that ISIS was pushed out of Kobani or this horrific hostage situation with the Japanese journalist and the Jordanian pilot?”

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PRI's The World

How to fix an old Russian car in Cuba? There's this mechanic in Miami

Friday, January 30, 2015

The old Soviet car isn't even in the United States. But there's a guy selling Lada parts in Miami. Call hm the Lada whisperer. Cuban expats flock to him, getting the parts for the many old Ladas still chugging along Cuba's streets.

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Freakonomics Radio

How Safe Is Your Job?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Economists preach the gospel of "creative destruction," whereby new industries -- and jobs -- replace the old ones. But has creative destruction become too destructive?

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PRI's The World

Why Greek voters bucked Europe, backed an anti-austerity party

Monday, January 26, 2015

Voters in Greece have thrown their support behind Alexis Tsipras, the leader of a left-wing, anti-austerity party called Syriza. Tsipras says his first task as prime minister will be to renegotiate the tough economic measures imposed on Greece by the Eurozone, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank. Tsipras says he wants to give Greeks their dignity back.

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Money Talking

Winter Break for Bankers and Billionaires

Friday, January 23, 2015

Meeting in the small Swiss mountain town of Davos-Klosters, heavy hitters from the worlds of business, politics, and philanthropy are debating where the global economy is headed.

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Freakonomics Radio

Someone Else’s Acid Trip

Thursday, January 22, 2015

As Kevin Kelly tells it, the hippie revolution and the computer revolution are nearly one and the same.

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PRI's The World

How Saudi Arabia can stop America from producing more fuel

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The myth of energy independence, despite US assertions. "If I was Saudi Arabia, and I didn't want to lose marketshare to these producers in Texas, I would send them a signal that any time I want to ... I can basically ruin the economics of your industry," says one energy expert.

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The Takeaway

Why it Might be Time to Refinance Your Mortgage

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The average rate for a 30-year fix-rate mortgage fell to 3.8 percent at the end of last week. Some experts say now is a good time to think about refinancing or buying.

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PRI's The World

Why one economist thinks Obama's tax plan on the rich is too little, too late

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

President Obama trumpets recent US economic growth and proposes higher taxes on wealthy Americans. Will that make the US a more equal society?

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PRI's The World

The State of the Union kicked off Obama's push for paid parental and sick leave

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Only two countries in the world have no protected right to paid maternity leave: Papua New Guinea and the United States. But after a call for maternity leave in the State of the Union, President Barack Obama is trying to change that in 2015.

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The Takeaway

How Much is Enough? Study Says Half of Global Wealth Held by 1%

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The rich are on a roll. According to a new study, the 1 percent will own more than 50 percent of the world's wealth by early next year. 

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The Takeaway

Obama to Call For More Taxes for The Super Rich

Monday, January 19, 2015

President Obama says the additional revenue could go towards community college, child care, and retirement planning. 

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PRI's The World

Cuban Americans know to shop at this sassy-named store if they want to send goods back home

Friday, January 16, 2015

In Florida, many Cuban Americans are very familiar with Ñoo Que Barato, a discount warehouse store outside of Miami where hard-to-find goods and trinkets are sent back home.

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The Takeaway

The Beginning of the End of Bitcoin?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The digital currency Bitcoin has fallen by 25 percent over the last two days. One financial expert says this might be the beginning of the end of Bitcoin.

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The Takeaway

IRS Report: Taxpayer Misery Reaches New Low

Thursday, January 15, 2015

For many, IRS is not just an acronym, but a synonym for the Grim Reaper. And in a new report, the Office of the Taxpayer Advocate says client misery has reached a new low point.

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Freakonomics Radio

That’s a Great Question!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Verbal tic or strategic rejoinder? Whatever the case: it’s rare to come across an interview these days where at least one question isn’t a “great” one.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Play and Parenting at KidZania

Monday, January 12, 2015

Rather than escape into a fantasy world, at KidZania children take jobs, purchase items branded by corporate sponsors, pay taxes, and even run a legal system. Impressive, or spooky?

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