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There's this greenhouse gas out there that's thousands of times more dangerous than carbon dioxide, lurking in garages and sheds all over the country.

The result of national elections is shaped in a big and underappreciated way by very local elections. This is the story of the man who shaped many, many local elections to tip the national scales. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

When Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney sued Apple over its App Store, it started a war about antitrust and the internet.

The Black Death was one of the worst catastrophes to ever hit humanity. But it also helped redistribute wealth and make daily life better for a lot of medieval Europeans.

For 30 years, oil companies convinced the public that all their plastic trash could be, and would be, recycled, when they knew it wasn't true.

Team Indicator buys Cardiff a surprise present. A terrible, extremely risky, but wildly interesting investment. Then it gets interesting. The company that issued the junk bond declared bankruptcy. But that wasn't the end of the story. | Subscribe to our daily podcast, The Indicator here.

John Law killed a man in a duel, brought the first paper money to France, and became one of the richest people in the world. Then it all collapsed.

Summer School graduates take the stage to show us how we can all see our everyday world through the beautiful lens of economics. | Take the final exam and get your diploma here.

Going to work, seeing the doctor, playing college sports and drinking on the street: How the world will be different after COVID-19.

Inside one insurance policy is a world of incentives and bad behaviors. Take the final exam and get your diploma here.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is facing intense political scrutiny and some very old problems in his new job at the U.S. Postal Service.

A Black ad executive figures out how to reach diverse audiences.

Trucking companies have been underpaying workers for years. And now they've found a way to get them to buy the trucks too.

The surprisingly entertaining history of the income tax. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Behavioral economists have helped us smoke less and save more. Can they help us understand why some people won't wear masks, and find ways to get them to want to?

The economics of free trade and what happens when governments get involved. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

With a month to go before the fall semester starts, universities are closing due to coronavirus, and also making hard cuts and tradeoffs around remote learning.

Learn about scarce resources and the tragedy of the commons from drought-stricken California.

Rest of the Story, Pandemic Edition We check in on the people we've met and stories we've covered since this whole thing started. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

In our third class, we take all that we've learned about decisions and markets and bring it to a former drug kingpin. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.