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Wednesday, March 27, 2019
The story behind two sneaky forces that drive us to buy more products, more often: Planned obsolescence and psychological obsolescence.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
After a wildfire, teams of investigators start combing the wreckage for clues. Finding the cause means, maybe, finding someone to pay. But where's the line between a natural disaster and a human one?
Friday, December 21, 2018
Charles Dickens wanted to pick a fight with economists. So he invented Ebenezer Scrooge. But did he get it right?
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Two reporters walk into a haunted house, in this special Halloween episode.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
We rethink everything we know about government spending, taxes, the nature of money... All of it.
Friday, August 10, 2018
You have a lot of questions... about tariffs, unemployment rates, and RV dealerships, to name a few. We have answers.
Friday, June 29, 2018
A pesticide wreaks havoc. A listener needs a bitcoin detective. And the search for the rarest economic good continues.
Thursday, April 05, 2018
The U.S. and China have announced new protectionist tariffs, in what some fear is a trade war. We bring you the story of a bygone era of American protectionism: the Smoot-Hawley tariffs of the 1930s.
Friday, March 30, 2018
Tariffs are stupid. This is one of the few things economists can agree on. Today, we bring you the story of the worst tariffs ever.
Friday, June 02, 2017
Economists are worried about a crucial measure of innovation in the economy. That measure is productivity growth. It was surging for decades, but it's been slowing down.
Friday, May 19, 2017
How fast is the world really changing? The answer has implications for everything from how the next generation will live to whether robots really will take all our jobs.
Friday, November 25, 2016
Many Americans don't have enough savings to get through an emergency. Wal-Mart is offering a new program where you can win money by saving money.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
When products move around the world, they pass through a highly sophisticated system of ships, docks, trucks and more. But there is one link that has remained stubbornly human: freight forwarding.
Thursday, June 30, 2016
After the housing market crash, a lot of foreclosure cases got started and then were abandoned. A court clerk in Queens discovered it's hard, lonely work to tie up a loose end of the financial crisis.
Thursday, May 12, 2016
Some interpretations of Islam outlaw charging interest. That makes most banking pretty hard, but there are ways to practice Islamic compliant finance. One bank in Michigan gave it a go.