Episode 613: Trash!

Friday, March 27, 2015

There's an economic line that separates recyclables from trash. And that line has been moving a lot lately.


Episode 610: The Prisoner's Solution

Friday, March 13, 2015

Today on the show, a businessman goes to prison, and decides he is going to disrupt the biggest captive market in America.


The Takeaway

An Unlikely Slice of Americana Joins Chinese Lunar New Year Feasts

Thursday, February 19, 2015

As millions around the globe celebrate Asian Lunar New Year, this year, China is adding an unlikely slice of Americana to the traditional New Year's Eve dinner.

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Episode 604: Hey Big Spender

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Today, one man at the center of a high stakes negotiation, a group of poker players try to give their money away and that thing everyone loves to hate: airplane baggage fees.


Episode 602: Big Weed

Friday, February 06, 2015

Pot is now legal in some states, but on the federal level, it's illegal. The legal gray area means many banks in the U.S. won't even give pot businesses checking accounts.


Episode 598: The Very First Short

Friday, January 23, 2015

There have been short sellers throughout history. Today, the story of a man who was the very first short seller. The first person to bet that a stock will go down. It doesn't go well for him.


Episode 597: We're Short America

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Today on the show, we ignore the advice of some very smart people and bet against something people love.


The Takeaway

Can The Takeaway Convince You to Go to Cuba?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

New rules are about to kick in that will make it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba. Can we tempt you to choose Cuba? Listen to our in-house produced commercial here.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Finding Yourself, Toughing It Out, And Falling for Misdirection

Monday, January 12, 2015

Judith Rodin on resilience in the face of catastrophe. Wes Moore on a quest for self discovery. Ricky Jay, the great sleight of hand artist. The mixed blessing of global trade. 

The Leonard Lopate Show

War and Peace, And Trade

Monday, January 12, 2015

James MacDonald describes how global commerce in goods is a mixed blessing, making nations wealthier, but also more vulnerable

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Episode 592: Bell Wars

Monday, December 22, 2014

Today on the show, a special holiday episode about the epic, decades long feud between the two companies that make just about every handbell in the world.


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.