Karen Duffin

Karen Duffin is a reporter and producer whose work has appeared on Radiolab, The Moth, On the Media, Reply All, UnFictional and others.

She taught radio at the Columbia School of Journalism, and was a two-time Porchlight SF storytelling champ, Moth mainstage storyteller and story coach, and editor at Cowbird and The Rumpus.

Karen Duffin appears in the following:

Why A Stranded Norwegian Plane Is A Consequence Of U.S. Sanctions On Iran

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A Norwegian plane that made an emergency landing in Iran is stranded, due to unintended effects of U.S. sanctions. The plane needs new engine parts, but importing them is prohibited by the sanctions.

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Episode 892: The Lost Plane

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

On today's show, we follow a commercial flight that made an emergency landing in Iran last December. And we discover that landing in Iran would be easy. Getting out – much, much harder.

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Episode 887: You Asked For It, Yet Again

Friday, January 11, 2019

On today's show we answer questions about silver dollars, Venmo, and Brexit. Why? Because you asked!

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Episode 886: The Price Of A Hack

Friday, January 04, 2019

Hackers are an expensive headache for companies. But there might be a simple economic fix.

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Episode 884: The Rest Of The Story, Winter 2018

Friday, December 28, 2018

We check in on some stories we did this year to find all kinds of updates.

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The Business Of Posting Mugshots Online And Charging People To Take Them Down

Friday, December 07, 2018

Many websites make a business of posting mugshots, then charging those people to take them down, but it's hard to stop. The reasons have to do with how First Amendment freedoms are protected.

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Episode 879: The Secret Target

Friday, November 30, 2018

The Federal Reserve spends a lot of effort trying to target the level of inflation to about 2 percent. Why? Because tiny New Zealand did it first.

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Episode 878: Mugshots For Sale

Friday, November 23, 2018

We go deep inside the market for mugshots. Is it extortion? Or is it a First Amendment right?

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The Problem With The Pink Tax

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Women pay more than men for many consumer products. Today on the show: Why some economists still think that's a good thing.

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Episode 870: Trump vs. Red Tape

Friday, October 19, 2018

President Trump promised to slash regulations. How has he done?

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Episode 867: Special Report: Asylum Crackdown

Friday, September 28, 2018

We tell the story of a massive crackdown on asylum fraud, and the fallout.

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Episode 836: The 13th Hole

Friday, September 07, 2018

What a hole-in-one gone awry says about the state of charity.

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Episode 862: Big Government Cheese

Friday, August 31, 2018

That time we accidentally created a cheese surplus so large it had to be stored in a ginormous cave.

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An Economics Lesson From The World's Longest Yard Sale

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Two economics reporters drive the length of an event known as The World's Longest Yard Sale — stretching from Alabama to Michigan — in search of economic wisdom. They discover a truth of behavioral economics and a couple French records, too.

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Episode 444: New Jersey Wine

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Today on the show: Could New Jersey become the next Napa?

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Episode 860: The World's Longest Yard Sale

Friday, August 17, 2018

Six states. Three days. One ugly cookie jar. Today on the show: Yard sale!

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Episode 853: Peak Sand

Friday, July 13, 2018

Sand. It's in buildings, windows, your cell phone. But there isn't enough in the world for everyone. And that's created a dangerous black market.

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Episode 851: The Rest Of The Story Summer 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018

A pesticide wreaks havoc. A listener needs a bitcoin detective. And the search for the rarest economic good continues.

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How A Political Consultant Changed Voting Districts Nationally

Friday, June 15, 2018

As the Supreme Court is set to rule on two gerrymandering cases, NPR's Planet Money looks at how one political consultant changed the national maps by investing in state elections.

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The Dilemma Of Florida's District 5

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Supreme Court is looking at partisan gerrymandering. We go to Florida, where they've been fighting about it for years, in one district in particular.

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