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President Obama Wants To Tackle The Patent Problem

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

One of the proposals put forward by the president aims to address an issue we discussed in our recent story about patent litigation. The president wants to make it easier for companies being sued to find the real owner or "ultimate parent entity" of a patent.

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Episode 462: When Patents Hit the Podcast

Friday, May 31, 2013

Jim Logan did not create the technology to podcast. He himself is not a modern-day podcaster. But he claims to have the patent on podcasting. On today's show, he says all the people out there podcasting today, owe him money.

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Episode 461: Lawyers, Guns And Money

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

On today's show: Three short stories from the far flung shores of New Zealand, Ireland and New Jersey.

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The Takeaway

A More Holistic View of the U.S. - Mexico Border

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The U.S. - Mexico is often reduced to a political talking point or a barrier to be upheld. But in an attempt to look at the border from a more holistic perspective, The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute has published, “The State of the Border Report.” One of the authors, Christopher Wilson, shares some of the findings.

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Go East, Young Marijuana Dealer

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A San Francisco dealer quadrupled his income by moving to New York after California legalized medical marijuana.

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Demand For Ammunition Is Up. Why Aren't Prices?

Friday, May 17, 2013

Demand increased recently, leading to widespread shortages. An economics textbook would say ammo sellers should have raised prices rather than have empty shelves. But that hasn't happened.

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We're Making T-Shirts. Lots And Lots Of T-Shirts.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Thanks so much to everybody who backed the Planet Money t-shirt. We can't wait to start telling the story of your shirts.

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Can Economics Save The African Rhino?

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Poachers kill rhinos for their horns. Some economists think legalizing the horns could save the rhinos.

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Episode 458: Bangladesh's T-Shirt Economy

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The Planet Money men's t-shirt will be made in part in Bangladesh.

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Episode 457: Why Pink ?

Friday, May 10, 2013

On today's show: What the color of the Planet Money t-shirt has to do with a painting from 1969.

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Episode 224: The Cotton Wars

Friday, May 03, 2013

Meet a Brazilian who took on the world's largest superpower, a Texas cotton farmer who's tired of hearing the Brazilians complain, and a guy named Renato — a.k.a. Retaliation Master.

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The Takeaway

Obama Visits Mexico, With Focus on Trade and Immigration, Not Drugs

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Since President Enrique Peña Nieto took power in December, Mexico’s agenda has shifted from fighting the drug wars to modernizing the economy. And President Obama’s administration has made it clear that during his visit to Mexico today he’ll also be focusing on the economy - as well as immigration - rather than on drug cartels.

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Episode 455: The Planet Money T-Shirt Is Finally (Almost) Here

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

We're making a t-shirt that tells the story of its own creation.

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The Hottest Thing To Smuggle Out Of Hong Kong: Baby Formula

Monday, April 29, 2013

The latest wrinkle in the story of worried Chinese parents going around the world in search of safe formula.

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Episode 454: The Lollipop War

Friday, April 26, 2013

Sugar costs more in the U.S. than in the rest of the world. If you're in the candy business — if, say, you make 10 lollipops a day — that's a big deal.

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Nervous Parents In One Country Clear Supermarket Shelves In Another

Friday, April 26, 2013

Chinese parents don't trust Chinese baby formula, so they pay a premium to have it shipped in from around the world.

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The Lollipop War

Friday, April 26, 2013

Candy makers and sugar farmers have been fighting for years in Congress. The sugar farmers are winning.

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The Takeaway

Garment Factory Collapses in Bangladesh

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Rescue workers in Bangladesh are continuing to search for survivors of a collapsed building just outside the capital. At least 200 people have died, and others are believed to still be trapped inside what is left of the building. Edward Hertzman is publisher of the Sourcing Journal - a trade publication. He believes that pressure from United States retailers to keep costs low is part of the problem that led to the unsafe conditions in the building in the first place.

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Lady Gaga Writing A New Song Is Like A Factory Investing In A New Machine

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The government is about to change the way it accounts for the economic value of music and movies.

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