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#951: Snakebite

Listen to #951: SnakebiteSnakebites are common but antivenom is expensive to develop. So a doctor goes to extreme lengths to find a solution. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#950: Overrated Or Underrated?

Listen to #950: Overrated Or Underrated?Today on the show, economist Tyler Cowen rates the NBA, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, the humanities, your neighbors, and more. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#777: Free Love, Free Market

Listen to #777: Free Love, Free MarketA free-love commune of perfectionists in upstate New York embraced the free market, and became a blockbuster brand. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#949: The Pigou Club

Listen to #949: The Pigou ClubA hundred years ago, economist Arthur Cecil Pigou explained how to tax things like pollution. Countries are starting to do it. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#948: A Series Of Unfortunate Recessions

Listen to #948: A Series Of Unfortunate RecessionsA Halloween journey into the economists' worst nightmare, an endless time loop of recession after recession after... | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#947: Some-of-the-Money Ball

Listen to #947: Some-of-the-Money BallIncome pools could change the way baseball players, and maybe the rest of us, think about how we get paid. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#946: Fries Of The Future

Listen to #946: Fries Of The FutureFast food delivery is threatening the french fry. So a band of potato scientists go to work. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#945: The Liberty City

Listen to #945: The Liberty CityA man in Texas had a dream: To build a whole new kind of city, with no property tax, no debt, and a whole lot of freedom. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#753: Blockchain Gang

Listen to #753: Blockchain GangCharlie Shrem went from living in his parents' basement, to bitcoin millionaire, to federal prison in just a few years. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#944: We Should Have Mentioned That

Listen to #944: We Should Have Mentioned ThatSometimes we forget to mention something. And our listeners always let us know. Today on the show, we make good. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#763: BOTUS

Listen to #763: BOTUSTwo years ago, we built a machine that bought and sold stocks automatically based on President Trump's tweets. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#943: Unicorn Cowboy

Listen to #943: Unicorn CowboyThe risk-addicted investor who made WeWork possible and changed the way startups work. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#942: Capitalism In The Courtroom

Listen to #942: Capitalism In The CourtroomInvestors can fund lawsuits for profit, which gives more people access to the courts. But some worry it will warp the justice system. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#941: Three Bets

Listen to #941: Three BetsWe jog to New Jersey to bet on tennis, we solve a mystery in Las Vegas, and we venture into the world of video game loot. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#770: When India's Cash Disappeared

Listen to #770: When India's Cash DisappearedWhen India suddenly got rid of most of its cash, in an effort to end corruption and modernize its economy, chaos ensued. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#940: Interest Rates... Why So Negative?

Listen to #940: Interest Rates... Why So Negative?All over the world, interest rates are very, very low. In some places, they're negative: you lend out money, and get less back. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#658: Strike One

Listen to #658: Strike OneStrikes these days are pretty boring. But they weren't always like this. In the past, strikers risked their lives. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#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.