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#778: What the Falcon's Up With Qatar?
Qatar was on top of the world. Seemingly overnight, it became a pariah. On this episode, we drill into a rift years in the making: It's a tale of falcons, kidnapping, and a glowing Saudi Arabian orb.
#943: Unicorn Cowboy
The risk-addicted investor who made WeWork possible and changed the way startups work. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#610: The Prisoner's Solution
Today on the show, a businessman goes to prison, and decides he is going to disrupt the biggest captive market in America.
#671: An Insider Trader Tells All
A man who got caught insider trading explains everything — what he did, how he did it, and why.
#791: Tips From Spies
There's an entire universe of things spies are not allowed to tell us. Today on the show, a few of the teeny things they can say. They might come in handy.
#784: Meeting The Russians
That meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer was two decades in the making. It began in 1996, when an adventurous American went to Russia, trying to make a buck.
#286: Libertarian Summer Camp
We visited a libertarian summer paradise. What we found: People paying in gold. Exotic bacon dishes. A nine-year-old selling alcohol.
#739: Finding The Fake-News King
We track down a fake-news creator in the suburbs, uncover his empire of fake-news sites, and get him to tell us his secrets.
#732: Bad Form, Wells Fargo
Banks like Wells Fargo have a weapon that can destroy an employee's career: A form. A long, boring form most people don't even know exists.
#802: The Hotel at the Center of the World
A Chinese company pays millions of dollars for a failing hotel in a small, rural town. We follow the trail of money, and it explains the world economy.
#908: I Am Not A Robot
The remarkable story of the online "CAPTCHA" tests we've all taken to prove that we're not robots.
#562: A Mall Divided
A California mall straddles the border between two cities — and the minimum wage is higher on one side.
#796: The Basic Income Experiment
The basic income. A flat payment to citizens, without strings. Is it a progressive fever dream, or sensible policy? We may soon find out. The Finnish Government is testing it on 2,000 citizens.
#416: Why The Price of Coke Didn't Change For 70 years
For 70 years, the price of a bottle of Coca-Cola stayed a nickel. Why? The answer includes a half a million vending machines and a 7.5 cent coin.
#785: The Starbury
The story of an NBA All-Star and an experiment: To make a desirable basketball shoe cheap enough for anyone.
#918: The Day Of Two Noons
People didn't always know what time it was. But in the nineteenth century, a high school principal, a scientist, and a railroad bureaucrat synchronized the nation.
How did the social security number become the most important identifier in the United States? And is that even a good idea?
#794: How To Make It In The Music Business
Behind almost all popular music, there is this hidden economy of music producers buying and selling sonic snippets, texting each other half-finished beats, and angling for back-end royalties.
#783: New Jersey Bails Out
California just did away with cash bail. But credit where credit is due. New Jersey already tried something similar.
#468: Kid Rock Vs. The Scalpers
We talk to Kid Rock about how he tried to cut scalpers out of the business — and still sell cheap tickets to his shows.
#819: Tax Me If You Can
Douglas Bruce had a bold vision for Colorado.
#767: Georgetown, Louisiana, Part Two
In 1838, the Maryland Jesuits sold 272 people, slaves, to pay the debts of Georgetown University. We talk with the descendants about what - if anything - they're owed.
#606: Spreadsheets!
The creation of the electronic spreadsheet transformed industries. But its effects ran deeper than that.
#789: Robocall Invasion
Your phone rings--it looks like your neighbor's calling. But instead, it's the creepiest scam of the year.
#951: Snakebite
Snakebites 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.
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Jun 14th, 2014
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Jan 17th, 2020
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