#628: This Ad's For You05/30/15
In the early 1960s, Tom Burrell became the first black man in Chicago advertising. Today on the show, the story of how he changed the way people think about ads and how advertising thinks about us.
#627: The Miracle Apple
Today on the show, how we got from mealy, nasty apples to apples that taste delicious. The story starts with a breeder who discovered a miracle apple. But discovering that apple wasn't enough.
#626: This Is The End
Machines have been taking jobs forever. In the past, when jobs disappeared, new ones were created. But is this time different?
#625: The Last Job
What if robots did all the work? In today's show, we imagine a world without jobs.
#624: I, Waiter
We go out for pizza and meet the latest group of workers getting replaced by machines: servers.
#623: The Machine Comes To Town
In Greenville, SC, the best job option isn't to compete against the robots, but to make friends with them.Note: Today's show originally aired in January 2012.
#622: Humans vs. Robots
If you aren't already worried about being replaced by a robot, maybe you should be. Today on the show, three races pit humans against machines.
#621: When Luddites Attack
Today on the show, the true story of the Luddites.
#620: Why Batteries Suck
While most technology is getting smaller and cheaper, batteries still suck. Today on the show, we learn exactly why, and meet some of the people trying to make batteries better.
#372: How Do You Decide Who Gets Lungs?
You're not allowed to buy and sell organs. So doctors created a different system. Today on the show: how do you decide who gets lungs?
#619: The Free Throw Experiment
Casinos are worried that young people aren't interested in playing slots or other games of luck. They're turning to games that require skill, like basketball.
#399: Can You Patent A Steak?
We visit the workshop of the meat inventor who came up with Steak-Umm and KFC's popcorn chicken. And we try to figure out what meat inventors tell us about patents and innovation. (Today's show originally ran in August 2012.)
#618: The Square Deal
In the early 1900s, the president of the largest shoe company in the world tried to create a Utopia for his workers. He called his big experiment in welfare capitalism: The Square Deal.
#617: How Do You Feel?
Today on the show: how a bunch of rational economists try to deal with our feelings. And the story of a man who came up with five simple questions that he hoped would predict the future.
#616: How Solar Got Cheap
Just a few years ago, solar power was an expensive luxury for the environmentally conscious. Now it's a good deal for lots of people. How did solar power get so cheap, so fast?
#361: The Matzo Economy
How do you make money manufacturing a dry, bland cracker that a tiny percentage of the population eats just one week a year?
#615: A 12-Year-Old Girl Takes On The Video Game Industry
Maddie Messer is 12, and she loves a good video game. One of her favorites is called Temple Run. In fact, it's one of the most successful games out there. Temple Run is free to play—if you play as the default character, Guy Dangerous. But playing as a...
#614: Two Radio Guys Walk In To A Bar
We got on stage at a comedy club to read a bunch of weird economics jokes. We bombed. Today on the show, we do what you're never supposed to do: explain the joke.
One day it's profitable to recycle a bottle. The next day, some number in the global economy changes and that bottle suddenly becomes trash. The line between trash and recycling is moving a lot these days. For a bunch of reasons, it's a tough time to...
#443: Don't Believe The Hype
Turn on the news on any given day, and you're likely to hear about the Dow Jones industrial average. It's one of the most frequently cited measures of U.S. economic health. But the Dow is a seriously flawed stock index, and it's certainly not the best...
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