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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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Religion, Libertarian Cults And The American West In 'Wild Wild Country'

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Directors Chapman and Maclain Way explore the Rajneeshees — a cult behind the largest U.S. act of bioterrorism — in their new Netflix documentary mini-series, Wild Wild Country.

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This Old Dog: Mac DeMarco On Growing Up And Getting Personal

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Musician Mac DeMarco has garnered the image of an impish pop-rock troubadour, but many of the songs on last year's This Old Dog tackle his conflicted relationship with the father he never knew.

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How One Teacher Tweaked Her Lesson Plan For A New Career

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Liz Stepansky decided to become teacher to follow in the footsteps of her parents. But the profession was not what she had expected based on their experiences a generation earlier.

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From Cockpit To Controller: Former Pilot Finds A New Way To Fly

Monday, March 05, 2018

When former helicopter pilot Tony Zimlich retired from a 20-year military career, he worried about his civilian job prospects. Then he discovered the burgeoning world of commercial drone work.

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