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Episode 536: The Future Of Work Looks Like A UPS Truck

Friday, May 02, 2014

Technology means that no matter what job you have — whether you're alone in a truck on an empty road or sitting in a cubicle in front of a computer — your company can now track everything you do.

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Studio 360

Kevin Spacey’s Reign & Cibo Matto’s Return

Friday, May 02, 2014

Kurt Andersen talks with Kevin Spacey, who explains how Richard III — the baddest king Shakespeare ever put in a play — set the stage for Beltway backstabber Francis Underwood (D, South Carolina) in House of Cards. We also find out why you won’t hear the original racist lyric in ...

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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.

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Episode 534: The History of Light

Friday, April 25, 2014

On today's show: How we got from candles made out of cow fat to as much light as we want. The history of light is the history of economic growth, of things getting faster, cheaper, and more efficient.

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Studio 360

Lois Lowry’s Giver & Talib Kweli’s Conscious Rap

Friday, April 25, 2014

This week, Kurt talks with Lois Lowry, the author of the YA classic The Giver, which is being turned into a movie starring Jeff Bridges this summer. We also hear from rising-star theater director Alex Timbers about his collaboration with David Byrne: a totally unironic disco musical about Imelda Marcos. ...

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Episode 444: New Jersey Wine

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lou Caracciolo is trying to make high-quality wine from grapes he grows in New Jersey. But Jersey wine already has a reputation — and fancy isn't it

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Life of the Law

Privacy Issues

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

You’re driving your car down a street and as you pass, a camera takes a photo of your license plate. Who is taking the photo and what are they doing with the information? Reporter Cyrus Farivar has our story.

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Radio Diaries

#13: The Day Nelson Mandela Became Nelson Mandela

Sunday, April 20, 2014

The moment Nelson Mandela really became Nelson Mandela was on April 20th, 1964 - fifty years ago today. It happened when he stood up in a stuffy South African courtroom and gave a speech.

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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.

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Studio 360

Nerding Out with Ken Burns & Rebranding Marijuana

Friday, April 18, 2014

This week, Kurt Andersen calls a listener named Ken in New Hampshire who turns out to be Ken Burns, the filmmaker. Burns has a few good words for our latest listener challenge, like "a reel of documentary filmmakers" and "a scratch of DJs." We ask what a rebranding of marijuana ...

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Strangers

Cora Leighton: The Gift

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A stripper and a tattoo artist have a fateful encounter. - Get the full story here.

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Episode 532: The Wild West Of The Internet

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Most websites end in .com, .gov or .edu. But a bunch of new domains have just been added. Now there's .ninja, .bike, .plumbing and .cool. In all, over 1,000 new top-level domains will be added.

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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.

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Fugitive Waves

3 – Eel Pie Island

Friday, April 11, 2014

Eel Pie Island: Fugitive Waves, Episode 3

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Studio 360

Under the Skin & a Pop-Up Game of Thrones

Friday, April 11, 2014

If Scarlett Johansson pulled up in a van, would you get in? Jonathan Glazer’s sci-fi film Under The Skin casts the starlet as an alien prowling the streets of Edinburgh for human flesh. A paper engineer takes pop-up books into new territory with a Game of Thrones book (but it’s ...

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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).

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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.

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Episode 529: The Last Mile

Friday, April 04, 2014

People love to complain about their internet service, but most of the time, they can't switch. Today on the show: Why isn't there more competition?

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Studio 360

Rap Lyrics on Trial & Too Much Shakespeare?

Friday, April 04, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mr. Shakespeare — the Bard would be 450 this month. But after centuries dominating the world’s theaters, could you give anyone else a place on the stage? Could we try Marlowe in the Park, or an Oregon Centlivre Festival? Plus, another rapper goes on trial for lyrics that ...

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Episode 436: If Economists Controlled The Borders

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

What would the perfect immigration system look like? We asked three economists to dream big.

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