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#964: BILLBOARDS Jan. 16, 2020
You can see billboards, and, increasingly, they can see you. We explore the power of billboards, and we put up our own in Times Square.
We asked a bunch of economists at the American Economic Association's annual conference one question: What is the most useful idea in economics?
Free is a powerful concept. Everybody likes free things, but free can backfire. On today's show: What happens when you take something that is free, and give it a price?
With limited slots and high demand, the NYC Marathon has had to create a clever system to allocate a scarce resource as fairly as possible. Four lessons in fair allocation.
In the 1990s, inflation in Brazil was so high that, for a very long time, prices had been increasing every day. Until four drinking buddies from grad school found a way to fix it.
We check in on the Universal Postal Union, what happened to the plane that got stuck in Iran, how much Mattress Mack lost betting on baseball, and more.
#960: The Writers Revolt Dec. 25, 2019
In an era of peak television, screenwriters and their talent agents are fighting over the money. In April, 7,000 screenwriters fired all their agents on the same day.
Tom Whitwell made an amazing list of 52 things he learned this year. We dig into our favorite items.
When air traffic controllers went on strike in 1981, Reagan gave them 48 hours to get back to work. In that short time, American labor would change forever.
Some of the biggest companies in the U.S. are reinventing how employees get paid. Saying you don't have to wait two weeks to get paid anymore. You can get paid every day.
#592: Bell Wars Dec. 11, 2019
A special holiday episode about the epic, decades-long feud between the two companies that make just about every handbell in the world.
#956: The Carriage Tax Dec. 7, 2019
The argument over the constitutionality of wealth taxes has been going on since 1794, when George Washington decided to raise money by taxing the rich, through their carriages.
#956: The Carriage Tax Dec. 7, 2019
The argument over the constitutionality of wealth taxes has been going on since 1794, when George Washington decided to raise money by taxing the rich, through their carriages.
Where there are casinos, there are wannabe cheaters. One group of Russian hackers cracked slot machines with math, iPhones, and a whole lot of swiping.
Where there are casinos, there are wannabe cheaters. One group of Russian hackers cracked slot machines with math, iPhones, and a whole lot of swiping.
#955: Pirate Videos Nov. 29, 2019
On today's show, Blackbeard the pirate and a fight between two of the most powerful forces in American law: states' rights and property rights.
In the 1600s, a good spice rub was the ultimate display of wealth. People would risk their lives for a sack of cloves. On today's show, we cook a recipe from the spice trade days.
Millions of foreigners with temporary visas live and work in the US. Some of them want to participate in the elections. What's the line between participating and meddling?
Millions of foreigners with temporary visas live and work in the US. Some of them want to participate in the elections. What's the line between participating and meddling?