PRI's The World

The key to some big endangered species crime investigations is a small lab in Oregon

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Trying to figure out where that confiscated rhino horn came from? Is that guitar made from a piece of endangered tropical hardwood? You might find the answers to your questions at the US Fish & Wildlife Service's Forensic Lab in Ashland, Oregon, the only one like it in the world.


PRI's The World

Conditions for migrants at a detention center in Texas are bleak and overcrowded

Monday, August 04, 2014

The World's Jason Margolis got a rare tour of the detention facilities in McAllen, Texas, that houses unaccompanied migrant children and families from Central America. There's been a recent surge of such migrants this year, stretching the border's immigration centers to the limit.


Episode 558: Spending Big Money To Fight Big Money

Friday, August 01, 2014

A half a billion dollars. A Harvard professor. And, maybe, the end of campaign finance as we know it.


PRI's The World

Uganda's controversial anti-gay law is finally gone — at least for now

Friday, August 01, 2014

A Ugandan court has struck down the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Act on Friday, offering hope to Ugandan LGBT activists.


PRI's The World

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are looking forward with a sense of dread

Friday, August 01, 2014

After the swift collapse of a 72-hour ceasefire plan and the reported capture of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian militants, people in the Gaza Strip are looking at the prospect of entering their fifth week under a deadly military offensive with no end in sight.


PRI's The World

A Liberian describes the hard reality of Ebola: 'You're running even from people you love'

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The ebola crisis has so overwhelmed some hospitals in Liberia, that patients are being treated in their homes. Markets in border areas are being closed, as well as schools. Liberia's Information Minister Lewis Brown says the country's frightened health care workers need counseling.


Episode 557: Doing Business Like A Refugee

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Today on the show: Why most countries in the developing world won't let refugees work. And why Uganda is trying something different.


Episode 554: How The Burrito Became A Sandwich

Friday, July 18, 2014

On today's show, how something as simple as a sandwich sales tax ends up a complicated list of definitions, exemptions and confusion. And what that tells us about the tax code in general.


Episode 552: The Dollar At The Center Of The World

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Today on the show, how a New Hampshire hotel filled with boozing economists saved the global economy.


Episode 551: The Case Against Patents

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Today on the show, we talk to two guys who say we should get rid of patents. If someone has an idea, anyone else is free to steal it.


New Tech City

It's Business School Types vs the U.S. Post Office

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

They had a plan for the future of paper mail. It was visionary. It was also naive. 

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Episode 542: Can An Economy Be Too Good?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

A recent report out of Europe says that Germany is doing really well. And says that doing really well can actually be a big problem, if you're on the Euro.


The Takeaway

When Gay Discrimination Was Government Policy

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Unearthed memos reveal that for years the government would "lean over backwards" to fire gay staffers, who inspired "revulsion."

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Episode 535: Humanitarians, For A Price

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

On today's show, we visit a country with almost no government, but a lot of entrepreneurs who have become humanitarians for profit.


The Brian Lehrer Show

US Government's Fatal Flaw - Regulations

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Philip K. Howard, founder and chair of Common Good and the author of The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government (W. W. Norton & Company, 2014), argues that government is broken, not because of politics, but a reliance on anachronistic rules and regulations at the expense of common sense.


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Episode 533: Why Cars From Europe and the US Just Can't Get Along

Friday, April 18, 2014

On today's show, we talk to designers and car company executives about one of the biggest technical challenges they face: making all the different governments happy.



Former New York Secretary of State Basil Paterson Dies

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Basil Paterson, a longtime New York political powerhouse and the father of former Gov. David Paterson, has died, his family said Thursday. He was 87.

The Democrat served as a state senator, deputy New York City mayor, and New York's first black secretary of state. He was part of the ...


Episode 531: The Tough, The Sweet and the Nosy

Friday, April 11, 2014

On today's show, we head to some of the cheating-est places on earth to bring you tales from some of the roughest, toughest tax collectors around.


Episode 530: Marijuana, Law School, And Centuries Of Inequality

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

After today's show, you'll be ready to design a tax on marijuana, pick a law school and discuss the hottest new book in economics (without having to read a page).


Life of the Law

People and Their Taxes

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

It’s April and that means two things: spring and tax time! The US tax system is really, really complicated. Every time you do your taxes, you’re answering to multiple jurisdictions –– and all their laws about what you owe for what, and why.