#643: The Taxi King08/01/15
Gene Freidman built a taxi empire in New York City. Now his empire is starting to crumble.
#642: The Big Red Button
The big question surrounding automation isn't just about economics or technology. It's also about psychology. How do designers make us comfortable with something that can be really scary?
#641: Why We Work So Much
The world economy is more productive than ever before. A lot of people could work fewer hours and still meet their basic needs. But we don't. Why?
#640: The Bottom Of The Well
On today's show: the screwed-up economics of drought, and why the rational thing to do in California right now is use more water.
#639: Where To Hide €50,000, And Other Stories From Greece
On a visit to Greece, we talk to a guy who found an ingenious place to hoard his cash, a government-protected milk peddler, and a would-be olive oil tycoon.
#638: Tweak The World
Today on the show: We're going small. We ask some of the smartest people we know what little thing they would change to improve the world.
#288: Manufacturing The Song Of The Summer
The story of the secret battle to create the song of the summer — the music industry's holy grail.
#637: The Last Euro In Greece
Greece's monetary system is in crisis right now, and the government is closing the financial pipes. The effects are widespread and weird.
#363: Why People Do Bad Things
We sit down with a psychologist and a mortgage broker who committed large-scale fraud to try to figure out why respectable people commit fraud.
#636: Yes Or No
What do you do when your country's future is put in your hands? On today's show: The referendum in Greece.
#635: Trade Deal Confidential
Big trade deals like the Trans-Pacific Partnership are often negotiated in secret. On today's show, trade negotiators tell us what happened when they were locked in a hotel for days on end, and told to hash out a deal.
#478: The Raisin Outlaw
A farmer wanted to sell all his raisins, but the federal government said no. So he took it to the Supreme Court.
#634: Worst Case Scenario
We ask three economists: Is there some falling anvil that's about to crush the economy?
633: The Birth And Death Of The Price Tag
The price tag is a fairly recent invention. And it's already on its way out.
#632: The Chicken Tax
How the American auto industry is built on a trade dispute over frozen chicken parts.
#631: The Long Run
Stories about a $50,000 loophole, what neighborhoods mean for kids, and what the Six Million Dollar Man would cost today.
#630: Free Parking
The story of a 24-year-old kid and the idea he thought would reduce congestion, cut greenhouse gasses and make urban life easier for everyone. Instead, it brought him nothing but trouble.
#629: Buy Low, Sell Prime
Sam Cohen has made a big business out of buying stuff at big retail stores, then turning around and selling it on Amazon. In an era when stores are profit-maximizing machines, how is that possible?
#628: This Ad's For You
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.
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