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Frame Canada

Listen to Frame CanadaFor years, Wendell Potter ran a campaign to terrify Americans... about health care in Canada. Now he explains how he did it, and why. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Hey Google, Are You Too Big?

Listen to Hey Google, Are You Too Big?The government just filed an antitrust lawsuit against Google. In this episode, we talk about why, and why it matters. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Opening Schools And Other Hard Decisions

Listen to Opening Schools And Other Hard DecisionsEmily Oster wanted to understand the risks of opening schools. So she started a massive data collection campaign. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Caste Arrives In Silicon Valley

Listen to Caste Arrives In Silicon ValleyFor some Indian employees of big U.S. tech companies, caste discrimination is real. To combat it, first people have to talk about it. That's hard. | Today's episode is from our friends at Rough Translation.

Political Ad Nauseam

Listen to Political Ad NauseamIt's presidential election season, and that means it's political ad season. But who do ads target, anyway? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Rethinking Black Wealth

Listen to Rethinking Black WealthHomes in Black neighborhoods are valued lower than homes in white neighborhoods. Why? This episode, Dr. Andre Perry flips the narrative of the racial wealth gap. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Call Center Call Out

Listen to Call Center Call OutWe visit life on the other side of your customer service call and get a glimpse into the troubling future of work in America. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Trump's Tiny Taxes

Listen to Trump's Tiny TaxesA totally refreshing 20 minutes or so of infotainment related to Trump, taxes and toy wooden arrows. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Sell Me Your Climate Bombs

Listen to Sell Me Your Climate BombsThere are tanks all over the U.S. that are like little climate change time bombs, ticking away. Today on the show, getting to them before they go off. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

REDMAP (Update)

Listen to REDMAP (Update)The result of national elections is shaped in a big and underappreciated way by very local elections. This is the story of the man who shaped many, many local elections to tip the national scales. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Apple v Everybody

Listen to Apple v EverybodyWhen Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney sued Apple over its App Store, it started a war about antitrust and the internet.

After The Plague

Listen to After The PlagueThe Black Death was one of the worst catastrophes to ever hit humanity. But it also helped upend feudal hierarchies, redistribute wealth, and make daily life better for a lot of medieval Europeans.

Waste Land

Listen to Waste LandRecycling plastic has never worked very well. So who convinced us this was a good idea? In this episode, we might have the answer. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

We Buy A Junk Bond

Listen to We Buy A Junk BondTeam Indicator buys Cardiff a surprise present. A terrible, extremely risky, but wildly interesting investment. Then it gets interesting. The company that issued the junk bond declared bankruptcy. But that wasn't the end of the story. | Subscribe to our daily podcast, The Indicator here.

The Murderer, The Boy King, And The Invention Of Modern Finance

Listen to The Murderer, The Boy King, And The Invention Of Modern FinanceJohn Law killed a man in a duel, brought the first paper money to France, and became one of the richest people in the world. Then it all collapsed.

SUMMER SCHOOL: Graduation!

Listen to SUMMER SCHOOL: Graduation!Summer School graduates take the stage to show us how we can all see our everyday world through the beautiful lens of economics. | Take the final exam and get your diploma here.

The Old Rules Were Dumb Anyway

Listen to The Old Rules Were Dumb AnywayWhen the pandemic hit, the old rules went out the window. What rules will stay broken when things go back to normal?Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

SUMMER SCHOOL 8: Risk & Disaster

Listen to SUMMER SCHOOL 8: Risk & DisasterInside one insurance policy is a world of incentives and bad behaviors. Take the final exam and get your diploma here.

Crisis At The Post Office

Listen to Crisis At The Post OfficeThe United States Postal Service is in the middle of a political firestorm. What happened, and can it be fixed? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

SUMMER SCHOOL 7: Advertising & Race

Listen to SUMMER SCHOOL 7: Advertising & RaceA Black ad executive figures out how to reach diverse audiences.