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<p>Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world. Jobs that seem dull and safe in most countries have become incredibly dangerous professions in Honduras. For example: Driving a bus.</p><p>On today's show: what it's like to live and work in the most dangerous country in the world.</p>
<p>How customers use a piece of technology can change what the product is. And what the product is can change the business model for the company. It's a constant dance between the customers and the sellers. Today on the show, three short stories about this dance. For more:&#160;http://n.pr/1yR6BPh</p>
<p>There's an idea that dates back at least to biblical times. There should be a moment when debts are forgiven. Its called a jubilee.</p><p>The jubilee has not gotten a lot of traction in the modern world. You may remember after the financial crisis, some of the Occupy Wall Street protesters were calling ...
<p>It's called "Iceland" for a reason. Polar bears sometimes wind up there floating by on chunks of ice. In the winter, there are only a few hours of daylight each day.&#160;</p><p>Reykjavik feels like you took a European city &#8212; coffee shops, fancy cars, orderly streets &#8212; and put it on the ...
<p>We tend to get obsessed with things that get more expensive over time &#8212; college tuition, say, or health care. But lots of things have actually gotten cheaper in real terms. Things made by machines. Things like consumer electronics.&#160;</p><p>Some new gadget comes out with a $1,000 price tag. ...
<p><span>Today on the show, the story of the Dread Pirate Roberts of the internet age. A man who dreamed of setting up a utopian marketplace, a place where you could buy and sell almost anything in secret. The pirate created a market with no contracts, no regulations, and really no government interference. ...
<p><em>Note: Today's show is a rerun. It originally ran in&#160;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/07/23/204851751/episode-474-the-north-korea-files" target="_blank">July 2013</a>.</em></p><p>U.S. citizens who want to buy stuff from North Korea have to write a letter to the U.S. government ...
<p>Nike is a smart multi-billion dollar company, but some sneaker fans have figured out how they can get a better price for Nike sneakers than Nike can. Some pairs trade like stocks &#8212; selling for double, quadruple, 12 times their retail price after they leave the store. Even used sneakers.&#160;</p><p>Josh ...
14
Nov
2014
20:10 mins
<p>On September 9th, BJ Holloway's life savings were stolen. His 6 cows were taken in the dead of the night from his land in Spencer, Oklahoma. BJ looked everywhere for his stolen cattle. He asked his neighbors. He filed a police report. But out in Oklahoma, when cows are stolen, it's hard to find the ...
<p>In west Africa right now, there are two kinds of countries: Those that have Ebola and those that do not. Liberia for instance, has reported more than 6,000 cases of Ebola and 2,697 people have died. Right next door, in the country of Ivory Coast, there have been zero cases. Zero. Ivory Coast would ...
07
Nov
2014
15:20 mins
<p>There's a term in economics, arbitrage, that basically means free money. It's finding a difference in price, a pricing mistake, you can exploit to make money. Arbitrage is a risk-free way to buy low and sell high. Everyday there are loads of people and sophisticated computer algorithms searching for ...
<p>A gallon of gas is selling at some pumps for less than $3 right now. The price has been falling since early summer, and local TV news reporters are out at gas stations asking people 'how happy do you feel?'&#160;</p><p>Today on the show, two stories from the other side of the pump. Stories about the ...
<p>In big-time college football or basketball, money is everywhere. From giant TV contracts, to million-dollar coaches' salaries, to deals with shoe companies. But it's against NCAA rules for colleges to pay athletes. On today's show, we ask: Is the NCAA's ban on paying athletes legal?</p>
<p>In Nigeria, millions of gallons of oil are stolen all the time. There are advertisements for stolen oil on the Nigerian version of Craigslist, and not JUST small containers. The advertisements are for giant tankers full of oil. &#160;</p><p>Today on the show, how to steal hundreds of thousands of ...
<p><em>Note: Today's show is a rerun. It originally ran in&#160;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/09/07/160748725/episode-400-what-two-pasta-factories-tell-us-about-the-italian-economy" target="_blank">September 2012</a>.&#160;</em></p><p>A decade ago, the Barilla pasta factory in Foggia, ...
<p><span>Today on the show, a Republican governor lives the dream. He cuts taxes dramatically in his state, and he promises good times ahead. But the good times do not come. Now he's fighting for his political life. For more:&#160;http://n.pr/1pBNfq7</span></p>
<p>Mark Zuckerberg. Bill Gates. Steve Jobs. Most of the big names in technology are men. But a lot of computing pioneers, the ones who programmed the first digital computers, were women. And for decades, the number of women in computer science was growing. But in 1984, something changed. The number of ...
<p><em>Note: Today's show is a rerun. It originally ran in&#160;June 2012.&#160;</em></p><p>A few years ago, Jestina Clayton started a hair braiding business in her home in Centerville, Utah. The business let her stay home with her kids, and in good months, she made enough to pay for groceries. She even ...
<p>The popularity of fondue wasn't an accident. It was planned by a cartel of Swiss cheese makers, which ruled the Swiss economy for 80 years. On today's show: Swiss cheese. A story about what happens when well-meaning folks decide that the rules of economics don't apply to them. And got the world to ...
<p>Today's show is the story of a guy who tried to make something of himself by getting into a rough business: debt collection. It's also the story of the low-level, semi-legal debt-collection economy that sprung up in Buffalo, New York. And, in a small way, it's the story of the last 20 or so years ...
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