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Phevos the Tiger travels 7,000 miles to a new life in California

Friday, December 12, 2014

Catch a tiger by the tail — and then pop him in a crate and fly him 7,000 miles. Animal lover David Barnes raised nearly $20,000 to relocate a tiger named Phevos from a bankrupt Greek zoo to a new home at an animal sanctuary in California.

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The Takeaway

The Worst New Words of 2014

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Every year, new words take off and old ones die. Some are preposterous. Some actually make sense. We walk through some of the big ones of 2014 with the Jargonator's Ben Schott.

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The Takeaway

America: Kicking an Addiction to Mid East Oil?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

On Wednesday, the price of a barrel of oil fell to a five year low. For the first time in years, gas prices across the country are below $3.00 a gallon.

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Freakonomics Radio

The Troubled Cremation of Stevie the Cat (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

We spend billions on our pets, and one of the fastest-growing costs is pet "aftercare." But are those cremated remains you got back really from your pet?

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WNYC News

With Transit Benefits, the Rich Pay Less and the Poor Pay More

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

If you pay for your MetroCard with pre-tax programs like TransitChek, you save money. But the person sitting next to you may be saving even more.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Bogged Down With Too Many Cranberries

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The holiday season is the golden hour for cranberries. But this year there are a few too many berries for Americans to consume.

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The Takeaway

Economic Forecast Is Bright, But Not for All

Friday, December 05, 2014

New job numbers for November are promising. The catch: we were in a really deep hole. To reach pre-recession numbers, more people still need to get hired and see their wages go up.

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PRI's The World

Inflation — and hotness — make economists superstars in Argentina

Thursday, December 04, 2014

He's not a rock star or an actor, but Martín Lousteau is a celebrity in Argentina — even though he's an economist. He's also not alone. The quirky popularity of attractive economists in Argentina belies the country's real, everyday problems with inflation.

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The Takeaway

UAB Shuts Down Football Program

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The University of Alabama-Birmingham is terminating it's football program, a move that has angered the people of Birmingham and united a divided community.

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Freakonomics Radio

How to Fix a Broken High Schooler, in Four Easy Steps

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Okay, maybe the steps aren’t so easy. But a program run out of a Toronto housing project has had great success in turning around kids who were headed for trouble.

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The Takeaway

Good News, Lovers. The Divorce Rate Is Declining.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Most Americans have heard that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. But recent data suggest marriages are lasting longer, in part because of economic change.

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Freakonomics Radio

Is America’s Education Problem Really Just a Teacher Problem?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

If U.S. schoolteachers are indeed “just a little bit below average,” it’s not really their fault. So what should be done about it?

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Freakonomics Radio

The Man Who Would Be Everything

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Boris Johnson -- mayor of London, biographer of Churchill, cheese-box painter and tennis-racket collector -- answers our FREAK-quently Asked Questions.

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The Takeaway

Slow Your Roll, Bro: Uber Scandal Spotlights Tech's Dude Problem

Thursday, November 20, 2014

From sexist comments to the targeting of a female journalist, Uber's macho stance extends far beyond the $18 billion ride-sharing company.

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PRI's The World

India's street vendors are hanging on, but malls and supermarkets are closing in

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Street vendors and hawkers are a vital part of life for many Indians, who get their daily needs like fruit and vegetables from carts and stalls. But as malls and supermarkets spring up around the country, the hawkers are struggling and worried for their survival.

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WNYC News

The Costs Behind Obamacare's Curtain

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Affordable Care Act has given rise to some surprising cost increases beyond premiums and deductibles.

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Freakonomics Radio

Why Do People Keep Having Children?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Even a brutal natural disaster doesn’t diminish our appetite for procreating. This surely means we’re heading toward massive overpopulation, right? Probably not.

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PRI's The World

The gas-guzzling Hummer makes a comeback as fuel prices plunge

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Drivers are so happy to see gas prices plummeting that sales of big SUVs are back up in a big way — even those of the notoriously inefficient Hummer. But analysts say that people shouldn't wish for too much of a good thing.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why Having Too Little Means So Much

Friday, November 07, 2014

How does living with less than we need—whether its money, time, or even friends - affect our personalities?

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Jimmy Fallon's Success, Maria Bamford's Comedy, and Steinbeck's Lost Story

Friday, November 07, 2014

The Takeaway explains what Jimmy Fallon can teach us about success, Maria Bamford stops by to talk comedy, and a never-published John Steinbeck story has surfaced.