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The Nation's Dog Supply Chain Has Broken During The Pandemic

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Some of the U.S. animal shelters have reported having all their dogs fostered during the quarantine. But it is not just that the pandemic made people want pets more — a dog supply chain has broken.

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Why Are Stores Are Running Low On Toilet Paper? It's Not Just Hoarding

Friday, April 03, 2020

Why are supermarkets running out of toilet paper? It's partly the same psychology behind a bank run — and partly about bottlenecks in supply chains.

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It's The Age Of Peak TV, Yet Screenwriters And Their Agents Are Fighting

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Over 500 scripted TV shows were produced in the U.S. in 2019. But that record output is happening amid an ongoing battle between screenwriters and Hollywood's biggest talent agencies.

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Why The DOJ Is Concerning Itself With The Old Anti-Trust Paramount Consent Decrees

Friday, December 06, 2019

The Paramount Consent Decrees were enacted more than 70 years ago to keep Hollywood studios from monopolizing film distribution. Now the Department of Justice has filed to terminate them.

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Planet Money Investigates The Origins Of The Sperm Bank

Friday, November 22, 2019

Sperm banking has become a lucrative international business. But until the 1980s, it was a niche industry.

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'Honey Boy' Marks Actor Shia LeBeouf's Screenwriting Debut

Friday, November 08, 2019

In the film Honey Boy, Shia LeBeouf tells his life story and stars as his father. It draws from his turbulent childhood as a Disney star and his conflicted relationship with his father.

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How Some Companies In Germany Are Trying To Cut Down On The Number Of Retail Returns

Friday, November 01, 2019

The rise of online retail has meant the rise of online returns. One country where that is particularly apparent is Germany. Some companies there are trying to find ways to cut down on the costs.

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The Boom And Bust Of Iceland's Tourism Bubble

Friday, October 11, 2019

The now-defunct budget airline WOW got Iceland hooked on tourism. The island nation's economy was reshaped by the tourism boom, and WOW's bankruptcy is changing things again.

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'Cold Case Hammarskjöld' Investigates The Mystery Of Deadly 1961 Plane Crash

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Filmmaker Mads Brügger's new film, Cold Case Hammarskjöld, is a controversial investigation into the mysterious plane crash that killed U.N. General Secretary Dag Hammarskjöld over Zambia in 1961.

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Episode 904: Joke Theft

Saturday, April 06, 2019

We follow the founder of f*ckjerry and comedian Jim Mendrinos into the world of comedy. Where a whole series of informal sanctions are deployed to protect jokes from theft.

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Instagram Account Hit With Shame Campaign After It Steals Jokes

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Stealing jokes is as old as comedy itself and it has become increasingly rampant and profitable on Instagram. One social media campaign may be forcing a major Instagram account to change its behavior.

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Adventure Series Book Publisher Sues Netflix Over Trademark

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Netflix's Black Mirror: Bandersnatch lets viewers make decisions for the main character. The publisher of the Choose Your Own Adventure book series is suing Netflix for trademark infringement.

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How The Wave Of Synthetic Cannabinoids Got Started

Friday, January 04, 2019

Drugs like K2 have been responsible for overdoses and spikes in emergency room visits in the U.S. Several of the formulas for these drugs came from the lab of a chemistry professor in South Carolina.

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Episode 882: Synthetic Reefer Madness

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Synthetic drugs like "Spice" and "K2" have helped jumpstart a revolution in the drug trade.

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Episode 877: The Laws Of The Office

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Parkinson's Law says work expands to fill the time allotted. Goodhart's Law says you get what you measure. Has anyone ever tested these laws of the modern workplace?

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Coyote In The Crosshairs

Sunday, June 10, 2018

During coyote hunting derbies, contestants vie to kill more coyotes than their competitors. Wildlife activists believe the competitions are unethical, and are pushing to make them a thing of the past.

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The Case Of The Stolen Succulents

Sunday, May 20, 2018

California Fish and Wildlife agents are combating a rash of succulent poaching incidents on the state's coastline, apparently to satisfy a booming demand for the plants in Korean and Chinese markets.

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A Career Trucker Helps To Steer The Path For Self-Driving Trucks

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Jeff Runions has spent almost four decades in the trucking industry. Now, he's helping drive the industry's shift toward automation, as a test driver for a self-driving trucking company.

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An Afghan Military Interpreter Finds Footing In The U.S. Gig Economy

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Ajmal Faqiri came to the U.S. on a Special Immigrant Visa after working as a interpreter and translator for the U.S. military in his home country of Afghanistan. Now, he works the gig economy.

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A NASA Astronaut Stays In Orbit With SpaceX And Boeing

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Sunita Williams was the second female commander of the International Space Station. Now, she says her new job working with private companies to develop space technologies feels like a new frontier.

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