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<p><span>Today on the show: Stories about bored traders, a bank that charges customers to deposit money, and a pawn shop for the rich.</span></p>
<p>Certain things are just hard to improve on. The classic example: the mousetrap. Also: the paperclip. And, the super-size version: the pallet.</p><p>In its way, the pallet is perfect. A few pieces of cheap lumber nailed together, without an extra nail or board. It keeps things a few inches off the ...
<p>The other day we noticed something strange: a pack of Milk Chocolate M&M;'s weighs 1.69 ounces, but a pack of Peanut Butter M&M;'s weigh a tiny tiny bit less, 1.63 ounces. The two packs are same price, but you get slightly less of the Peanut Butter M&Ms;! 0.06 ounces less! It turns out there is a ...
<p><em>Note: Today's show is a re-run. It originally ran in July 2013.</em></p><p>Climate change seems like this complicated, intractable problem. But maybe it doesn't have to be.</p><p>On today's show, we talk to a couple economists about a very simple idea that could solve the climate-change problem: ...
<p>There's this big idea floating around right now. It sounds crazy and fringey, but it turns out some non-crazy, non-fringey people are into it. The idea is this: let's get rid of the banks. Don't make them safer. Don't make them smaller. Just get rid of them.</p><p>On today's show: A world without banks.</p>
<p>When we talk about European economy, we usually focus on the screw ups &#8211; the sunny South, with the big deficits.</p><p>But the strangest report recently came out of Brussels&#8212;saying how well Germany's economy is doing. And how that's a big problem for the rest of the countries in the Eurozone.</p><p>Today ...
<p>Tons of entrepreneurs have come up with clever ways to make money using little drones: farmers, who want to spot aphids on their soybean plants; ranchers trying to find lost cows; crews wanting to film shiny cars cruising on windy roads. There's just this one little problem &#8211; according to the ...
<p>Today on the show we have three radio stories for you about the strange ways people think about their the future.</p><p>In the first Ashley Milne-Tyte talks to two graduates <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2014/05/05/308352614/seeking-a-fortune-through-search-funds">Seeking A Fortune Through ...
<p>Today on the show: The penny. And the strange spot it occupies in our economy. It's worth almost nothing, but not quite.</p><p>We have three stories on the penny. First, we go on an expedition through the streets of Manhattan to find something, anything, we can buy for one cent. Next, we talk to a ...
<p><em>Note: Today's show is a re-run. It originally ran in January 2012.</em></p><p>In 1978, a group of farmers in a Chinese village called Xiaogang wrote a secret contract and hid it in the roof of a mud hut.<br /> <br /> They were afraid the document might get them executed. Instead, it wound up completely ...
<p>A trumpet is more or less a trumpet. A clarinet is a clarinet. But violin or a viola... they are different. More like living breathing things. Hand crafted from wood, from a tree. Every one is different. And, you know the story. Antonio Stradivari, was the master. Some say the greatest violin maker ...
<p>If you thought Daft Punk was saying something about a Mexican monkey when they were actually singing "up all night to get lucky" &#8212; you're not alone. There are more than five million searches for lyrics on Google every day.*</p><p>And there is a big fight going on over who should make money off ...
<p>In a lot of ways, the job looks the same as ever &#8212; the brown truck, the dogs, the lady coming out to apologize about the dogs.</p><p>Underneath the surface, though, Bill Earle's job as a driver for UPS, has changed a lot. When Bill started back in the '90s, he was a guy out there by himself, ...
<p>When a famine swept through Somalia in 2011, it was hard for aid workers to get food distributed. Most of the country was too dangerous for non-Somalis to do the work. Instead, the United Nations looked at satellite images of camps filling up with tents and dispatched locals to deliver the food. A ...
<p>On today's show: How we got from dim little candles made out of cow fat, to as much light as we want at the flick of a switch.</p><p>The history of light explains why the world today is what it is. It explains why we aren't all subsistence farmers, and why we can afford to have artists and massage ...
<p><em>Note: Today's show is a re-run. It originally ran in&#160;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/03/15/174430619/episode-444-new-jersey-wine" target="_blank">March, 2013</a>.</em></p><p>Sometimes your success depends on how your competitors behave. People judge you not just by your product, ...
<p>When a car is sold in the United States, the safety features on that car — the airbags, the bumper — they are built to US safety standards. There is a different set of standards in Europe. To sell a Jeep Wrangler in Europe, Chrysler has to redesign and replace a bunch of seemingly random parts ...
<p>There are over 100 million websites ending in .com. But new options for website names are becoming available. Not only is there .com and .gov .edu, but now .ninja has been added. Also .bike, .plumbing and .cool. In all, over 1000 new &#8216;top-level domains&#8217; as they are called will be added. ...
<p>Millions of tax cheats never get caught. And the IRS seems powerless to stop them.&#160;</p><p>This isn&#8217;t just a problem in the U.S. American taxpayers are Dudley Do-Rights compared to people in some other countries. On today's show, we head to some of the cheating-est places on earth to bring ...
<p>After today's show, you'll be ready to design a tax on marijuana, pick a law school, and explain centuries of inequality &#8212; and the hottest book in economics &#8212; without having to read a page.</p><p>For more on these stories, see:</p><p>* <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/11/22/246743018/whats-the-best-way-to-tax-marijuana-it-depends-on-what-you-want">What's ...
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