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#967: Escheat Show

Listen to #967: Escheat ShowYou may be owed money. The government may decide to just use it. So we go looking for it inside a little-known "lost and found" of forgotten fortunes. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#966: The Rise Of Putin

Listen to #966: The Rise Of PutinOur friends at Throughline dive into the life of Vladimir Putin and try to understand how he became Russia's new "tsar." | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#965: Das Green Old Deal

Listen to #965: Das Green Old DealWe team up with Vox's The Impact, to tell the story of how one man changed the way Germany – and arguably the world – uses energy. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#964: BILLBOARDS

Listen to #964: BILLBOARDSWe are dedicating an entire show to billboards: good and old-fashioned, or fancy and high-tech. And we put up our own. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#963: 13,000 Economists. 1 Question.

Listen to #963: 13,000 Economists. 1 Question.We went to the American Economic Association's annual conference and asked: What's the most useful idea in economics? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#386: The Cost Of Free Doughnuts

Listen to #386: The Cost Of Free DoughnutsFree is cool, but it can backfire. On today's show, what happens when you take something that's free and give it a price. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#962: Advanced Fairness At The Marathon

Listen to #962: Advanced Fairness At The MarathonFour lessons for creating fairness from a big race in New York. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#216: How Four Drinking Buddies Saved Brazil

Listen to #216: How Four Drinking Buddies Saved BrazilInflation in Brazil was out of control for a decade. Four former drinking buddies from grad school fixed it. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#961: The Rest Of The Story, 2019

Listen to #961: The Rest Of The Story, 2019A lot can happen after we put an episode out into the world. In The Rest Of The Story, we check-in on stories we've reported. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here

#960: The Writers Revolt

Listen to #960: The Writers RevoltIn April, 7,000 TV writers across the U.S. fired their agents. All on the same day. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#959: Things We Learned in 2019

Listen to #959: Things We Learned in 2019Tom Whitwell made an amazing list of 52 things he learned this year. We dig into our favorite items. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#958: When Reagan Broke the Unions

Listen to #958: When Reagan Broke the UnionsWhen air traffic controllers went on strike in 1981, Reagan gave them 48 hours to return. Labor would never be the same. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#957: You're Giving Your Boss A Loan

Listen to #957: You're Giving Your Boss A LoanGetting paid twice a month is like loaning money to your boss. What if you got paid every day? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#592: Bell Wars

Listen to #592: Bell WarsThe two biggest handbell companies in the world have been locked in a feud for decades. Why? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#956: The Carriage Tax

Listen to #956: The Carriage TaxPeople have been arguing over the constitutionality of wealth taxes since 1794, when Washington put a tax on carriages.| Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#773: Slot Flaw Scofflaws

Listen to #773: Slot Flaw ScofflawsWhere there are casinos, there are people trying to cheat. And now, they're using iPhones. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#955: Pirate Videos

Listen to #955: Pirate VideosBlackbeard, a filmmaker, and a fight between two powerful forces in American law. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#674: We Cooked A Peacock

Listen to #674: We Cooked A PeacockIn the 1600s, a good spice rub was the ultimate display of wealth. People would risk their lives for a sack of cloves. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#954: What Is Foreign Interference, Anyway?

Listen to #954: What Is Foreign Interference, Anyway?We've heard a lot about illegal foreign meddling in the United States elections. But what about legal foreign participation? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

#953: Three Sides Of A Car Loan

Listen to #953: Three Sides Of A Car Loan7 million Americans are at least 3 months behind on car payments. It's a record but is it a crisis? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.