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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

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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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. 

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.


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.


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.