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The Raisin Outlaw Of Kerman, Calif.

Friday, August 09, 2013

In most industries, competitors getting together and conspiring to control supply of a product is illegal. But in the raisin world, the law actually says competitors have to work together. It's going against your competitors that can get you in trouble.

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Stamps, Jeans, Beer: What Americans Want From North Korea

Friday, July 26, 2013

U.S. citizens who want to buy stuff from North Korea have to send a letter to the government asking for special permission. We got copies of those letters.

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Episode 473: Top Of The Charts (Econ Remix)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

How the top three songs in America explain the crazy transformation in the music business.

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How To Spend $442 On A 15-Minute Cab Ride

Friday, July 05, 2013

The price of a ride in a New York City pedicab is notoriously unpredictable. "The whole business is based on hustling," one driver says. That's about to change.

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Why Doesn't Everybody Buy Cheap, Generic Headache Medicine?

Friday, July 05, 2013

After analyzing 66 million shopping trips, economists think they have the answer.

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U.S. Punishes the Wrong Bangladeshi Export: Golf Clubs

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The White House is revoking special trade status for Bangladesh, a move apparently meant to send a message to the Bangladeshi government after April's horrific garment factory collapse. Small problem. The move by the White House in no way affects the garment industry.

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Kid Rock Takes On The Scalpers

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Kid Rock says he's "tired of seeing the old rich guy in the front row with the hot girlfriend." For his latest tour, he's got a plan to get more of his tickets into the hands of true fans.

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'My Startup Has 30 Days To Live'

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

An anonymous, soon-to-be-failed entrepreneur just started a blog about his doomed company.

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Episode 468: Kid Rock Vs. The Scalpers

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

On today's show, we talk to Kid Rock about how he's trying to cut scalpers out of the business — and still sell cheap tickets to his shows.

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Episode 467: Tires, Taxes And The Grizz

Friday, June 21, 2013

How a celebrated attempt to help one group of people ended quietly hurting a much larger group.

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Three Ways Brush Factories Are Surviving In America

Friday, June 21, 2013

The cheapest place to make brushes these days is China. But there are still people pressing bristles into brushes in a factory in the Bronx, and in small plants across the country.

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Video: How A Used Bottle Becomes A New Bottle

Thursday, June 20, 2013

We go inside a recycling plant and a bottle factory to see the technology that turns used glass into new bottles.

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How A Used Bottle Becomes A New Bottle, In 6 Gifs

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Recycling old bottles into new bottles is surprisingly complex. We visited a recycling plant and a bottle factory to see the whole process.

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Why More People Are Renting Tires

Friday, June 14, 2013

"I understand that I'll probably end up paying a lot," one customer says. "But right now, I need the tires."

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NYT Excerpt: When Fancy Car Seats Make Babies Safer

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Car-seat manufacturers add bells and whistles to try to justify higher profit margins. Sometimes, everyone benefits.

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When Patents Attack ... Part Two!

Friday, June 07, 2013

In 2011, a company called Oasis Research sued more than a dozen tech companies it said were violating its patent for online data backup. Now that the litigation has ended, we get a rare look inside the world of patent lawsuits and find out just how much money was at stake.

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Translating The Coca-Cola Experience

Friday, June 07, 2013

For 60 years, Myanmar was officially without Coca-Cola. Now, Coke is back, and the new Myanmar bottle says a lot about the challenges of re-establishing a brand.

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NYT Excerpt: How Much Is Michael Bolton Worth to You?

Thursday, June 06, 2013

To an economist, the very existence of scalpers and companies like StubHub proves that tickets are far too cheap to balance supply and demand.

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Freeway Rick Ross Has A New Business

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

The former crack dealer is now selling weaves. "Just like crack, you don't need a weave," Rick says. "It takes advantage of people's ignorance, I guess you could say. But there's a lot of stuff people don't need, and still we consume it."

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How One Patent Could Take Down One Comedian

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

The popular comedian Marc Maron, who works out of his garage in California, faces off with a patent holder who claims to have invented podcasting.

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