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#939: The Working Tapes Of Studs Terkel

Listen to #939: The Working Tapes Of Studs TerkelHear what ordinary people told Studs Terkel about their jobs in the 70s — and what they have to say now. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#794: How To Make It In The Music Business

Listen to #794: How To Make It In The Music BusinessThe hidden economy of producers buying and selling sonic snippets, texting each other beats, and angling for royalties. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#938: The Marshall Plan

Listen to #938: The Marshall PlanSometimes the way to help yourself is to help your enemy. After WWII, the U.S. launched what might be the most successful intervention in history, rebuilding Germany and also the rest of Western Europe. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#371: Where Dollar Bills Come From

Listen to #371: Where Dollar Bills Come FromEvery dollar bill in the world comes from the same paper mill in Massachusetts. Today on the show, we get a front-row seat to the dollar-making process. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#937: Moving To Opportunity?

Listen to #937: Moving To Opportunity?In the 90s, the government ran an experiment: What happens if we move people out of high-poverty neighborhoods and into low-poverty ones? Housing policy as hope? The results surprised them. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#936: The Modal American

Listen to #936: The Modal AmericanKenny takes Jacob on a nerdy quest to find the "typical American." Naturally, it ends up harder⁠—and nerdier⁠—than we planned, and the answer is more subtle than we expected. | Subscribe to our newsletter here.

935: You Asked For A Food Show

Listen to 935: You Asked For A Food ShowThe top producer of Top Chef helps us spice up this food edition of listener questions. How do you master the salad bar? Why do Americans refrigerate eggs? The story of Choco Pies and more. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#934: Two Yield Curve Indicators

Listen to #934: Two Yield Curve IndicatorsAn inverted yield curve has predicted recessions for the past six decades. The curve is inverted right now. What does that tell us? | Subscribe to our newsletter here.

#933: Find The Helium

Listen to #933: Find The HeliumHelium is so special, and so rare, that the U.S. government once tried to buy it all up. And hide it. But the government's helium stockpile is running low. And we need it for MRI machines and NASA rockets.

#616: How Solar Got Cheap

Listen to #616: How Solar Got CheapFor a long time, only rich people could afford to put solar panels on the roof. Not anymore. Here's what changed.

#932: Deep Learning With The Elephants

Listen to #932: Deep Learning With The ElephantsElephants are in danger. Counting them is crucial to saving them. But they're hard to see in the rainforest. So scientists are enlisting the help of AI technology.

#931: The IT Guy Vs. The Con Artist

Listen to #931: The IT Guy Vs. The Con ArtistA notorious con artist offered Felipe an IT job. He took the job —and tried to con the con man. | Plus, listen to a full double feature all about cons here.

#930: Twins

Listen to #930: TwinsScientists have studied twins for years, hoping to figure out how big a role genes play in human behavior. Our very own pair of twin reporters are on the case.

#598: That Time We Shorted America, Part Two

Listen to #598: That Time We Shorted America, Part TwoEveryone said betting against the entire stock market was a terrible idea. We did it anyway. Today, we find out the results, and revisit the first short ever done in the 17th century.

#597: That Time We Shorted America, Part One

Listen to #597: That Time We Shorted America, Part OneToday on the show, we ignore the advice of some very smart people and bet against something people love.

#929: Could A Wealth Tax Work?

Listen to #929: Could A Wealth Tax Work?Elizabeth Warren wants to tax the wealth of the mega-rich to help fix inequality. Europe tried this, and failed. Can it work in the U.S.?

#928: Hong Kong

Listen to #928: Hong KongIn 1960, a 12-year-old boy left mainland China, hidden in the bottom of a fishing boat. He later became one of Hong Kong's richest people. His story is the story of Hong Kong.

#927: The Indicator In The House

Listen to #927: The Indicator In The HouseTwo highlights from our daily podcast, The Indicator, about houses. A plan to lower rents pits state against city, and a private firefighter breaks down his business for us.
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#926: So, Should We Recycle?

Listen to #926: So, Should We Recycle?Cities might be picking up your recyclables, but there is a very good chance they aren't being recycled. And that might be a good thing...if you really care about the planet. Part two of a two-part series. ⎸Subscribe to our newsletter here.

#925: A Mob Boss, A Garbage Boat and Why We Recycle

Listen to #925: A Mob Boss, A Garbage Boat and Why We RecycleIn 1987, an Alabama man had an idea. So he made a deal with the mob. And ended up with 3,186 tons of trash no landfill would take. This is the accidental birth of recycling in the U.S. ⎸Subscribe to our newsletter here.