Episode 586: How Stuff Gets Cheaper

Friday, November 28, 2014

Today on the show, we visit a company where people's job is figuring out how to make stuff get cheaper.


Episode 585: Chasing The Dread Pirate Roberts

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Imagine a marketplace completely free of government interference. A place with no contracts, no courts and no regulations. Except for one pirate, the Dread Pirate Roberts.


Episode 474: The North Korea Files

Friday, November 21, 2014

We got a stack of letters from American citizens who wanted to buy stuff from North Korea. On today's show, we try to figure out who sent the letters, and why.


Episode 584: What The LeBron?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Some guys have figured out how to sell Nike sneakers for a better price than Nike. And that's fine with the company.


Episode 583: Cow Noir

Friday, November 14, 2014

There is a crime wave in the West right now. Cattle theft, or as they call it in Oklahoma, cattle rustling, is on the rise. The crime is as old as America, and it's making a big comeback.


The Takeaway

Putin Uses Ukraine, Iran to Antagonize the West

Thursday, November 13, 2014

From Ukraine to Iran, Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t afraid of antagonizing the West—even if it does come with some economic pain.

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Episode 582: Guarding The Secret Path

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

There's a tiny town on the border between Ivory Coast and Liberia. On one side, Ebola is raging. On the other side, people are doing everything they can to make sure not a single case arrives.


Freakonomics Radio

Should the U.S. Merge With Mexico?

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Corporations around the world are consolidating like never before. If it’s good enough for companies, why not countries? Welcome to Amexico!

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Episode 580: The Other Side Of The Pump

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Gas prices have been falling since early summer, but not everyone is happy about it. Today, stories about the people who get the oil out of the ground.


Episode 578: How To Steal A Million Barrels Of Oil

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Stealing oil takes a global system. Lots of people are in on it - small time crooks, criminal bosses, oil tankers owners and corrupt officials.


Episode 400: What Two Pasta Factories Tell Us About The Italian Economy

Friday, October 24, 2014

Italy is two countries — and two economies — in one.


Radio Diaries

#21: When Ground Zero was Radio Row

Friday, October 17, 2014

For more than four decades, the area around Cortlandt Street in lower Manhattan was the largest collection of radio and electronics stores in the world.


Episode 566: The Zoo Economy

Friday, September 05, 2014

Zoo animals are different than most possessions, because zoos abide by a fundamental principle: You can't sell or buy the animals. Today: What do you do in a world where you can't use money?


All Things Considered

Episode 564: The Signature

Friday, August 29, 2014

Today on the show: the signature. It's supposed to say, "This is me." But where did it come from. And why are we still using it.


PRI's The World

A summit of African leaders in Washington tries to move beyond 'speed dating'

Monday, August 04, 2014

The US is hosting its first-ever summit of leaders from across Africa, but the short timeframe and large number of attendees means that meaningful dialogue might be hard to achieve.



Businesses Say Government Agency Helps Them Sell American Products Overseas

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

House Republicans want to de-authorize an institution that has many fans in the business community.

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Morning Edition

Why A Pack Of Peanut Butter M&M's Weighs A Tiny Bit Less Than A Regular Pack

Thursday, June 05, 2014

One hungry reporter goes on a quest to find out why his package of Peanut Butter M&M's weighs 0.06 ounces less than a package of Milk Chocolate M&M's.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Relations between Russia and China

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Relations between Russia and China


Episode 537: Hold The Music, Just The Lyrics Please

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

If you use the words to someone else's song to make money-- do you have to give the songwriter some of that money?


World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Obama’s state visit to Japan

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Obama’s state visit to Japan