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For years, some Chicago police officers tortured suspects. Survivors fought for reparations — and got them. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

After decades of relative stability, prices in the US may be about to go through the roof — or the floor. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Espionage. Deceit. Theft. In this episode we follow the case of a global effort to steal top secret high technology: seeds. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Rental car giant Hertz declared bankruptcy last month, which should have made their stock worthless. So how come people keep buying it? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

We talk to podcast host Sam Sanders, Professor William A Darity Jr., social activist Oluchi Omeoga, nonprofit runner Kevin Cheng and economist Dean Karlan.

Wild ginseng sells for thousands. We go to a farm hidden in the Appalachian mountains to find out why. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Dr. Lisa Cook found a hole in a central economic growth theory — how violence and the lack of rule of law impacts innovation. But getting her colleagues to see it took 10 years.

We've only made vaccines for so many diseases. Let's look at the history. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

We look at the data connecting police unions and police violence. Today's episode comes from our daily podcast, The Indicator. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

When the economy tanks, does money just vanish? Why are home prices still so high? You asked these and other questions. We try to answer. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Small-town internet is often terrible... though not for lack of trying. Today on the show, one small city starts their own service provider only to get trolled by Big Internet.

Spend billions on vaccine factories we'll never use. Set up autopay to send checks to almost everybody. Build a giant bubble for an entire sports league.

This month, J.Crew went bankrupt. But not before inventing a whole new way of thinking about promises to lenders.

In March, Congress passed the CARES act. But the stroke of a pen only does so much. This episode — two stories from the Indicator about how $2.2 trillion gets from Congress to you.

We did it! Planet Money is officially 1,000. And to thank all of our listeners for joining us on this heck of a ride — we're gonna let you in on our secrets...

The restaurant industry has gotten walloped in this pandemic — 5.5 million unemployed or furloughed. Yet, one guy wants to expand.

The Federal Reserve's response to coronavirus has made it maybe the most important institution in the world right now. This episode, we go down to the Fed to talk about why.

Georgia is one of the first states to reopen non-essential businesses. This episode, business owners answer the question: Can you safely reopen a business right now? Should you?

Many essential workers right now are low paid. And they're being asked to risk more. Titles got fancier but their job got worse. So... why aren't these workers getting paid more?

In a viral video about billionaires, buybacks, and bailouts, a deep question that's been simmering since the last financial crisis has reemerged: Who deserves to fail?

Lockdown has changed how people spend money. Some companies are doing unexpectedly well. This episode: Farm animals, a crafty comeback, Clint Eastwood, and a story with a twist.

On Monday the price of a barrel of oil in the United States fell below zero. Specifically, it fell to a negative $37 a barrel. Today on the show — what just happened?

During this pandemic, getting PPE has turned into a free-for-all — states competing against states. To even have a chance... well, you kind of have to know a guy.

The economy will start back up again. When it does, it'll be because someone decided that it was worth the lives risked, and lost. Today on the show: How that decision is made.

This past week, millions of small business owners have been trying to take advantage of a $349 billion rescue program.

We follow the distress from a laid-off worker, to her landlord, to the multi-trillion-dollar global mortgage market.

Bellevue is the oldest public hospital in the nation. It's seen everything, and survived everything. But even they might not have enough beds for the COVID peak. Here's why.

At maximum output, Seattle-area-based Ventec can produce about 1,000 ventilators a month. That's not going to be nearly enough. So, they called in help.

There are 3,283,000 new claims for unemployment – but the unemployment system wasn't designed for that kind of record number. Now 3 million people are asking, "What's next?"

The government's economic rescue package will cost so much it's worth writing out the full number: $2,000,000,000,000. Where will that money come from? And what will happen next?

In this episode, to understand how the coronavirus might impact our food, we talk to an economist, a farmer, and, of course, the people who really make farms go — the farmworkers.

We're here with you! And wow do you have questions. From stock market shutdowns to Coronavirus checks, to "What's the deal with toilet paper?" This episode, we try to answer a few.

The Federal Reserve usually has one main job: Setting interest rates. But in emergencies, another Fed job becomes more important: Trying to prevent a financial crisis.

To try to understand the coronavirus tests we've all been hearing so much about — we take you inside the pandemic testing system.

The Federal Reserve usually has one main job: setting interest rates. But in emergencies, another Fed job becomes more important: trying to prevent a financial crisis.

COVID-19 is hammering our economy. We called up three super smart economists and asked what we should do about it.

How the coronavirus outbreak in China led to a fight over oil in Vienna, and changed lives in America.

A vaccine would be great right now. Of course, people would buy it. But the market for emergency vaccines isn't like regular markets — that's why the government steps in.

Every day, we accept another set of terms and conditions without reading the fine print. But what if there's something hiding in there, waiting to blow up our lives?

We follow Mavis Mullins, Māori sheep-shearing magnate, through New Zealand's reparations system — from the fact-finding Waitangi Tribunal to a public apology.

By definition, vodka is colorless, odorless and tasteless. So, could there really be any difference between vodkas? Or is the difference all in the marketing?

Michael Milken created the market for "junk bonds" and built an empire in the process. Then he went to prison. And then, he got pardoned.

Two stories from The Indicator podcast: The symbiotic relationship between refugees and one Pennsylvania town, and Amazon's weird flex in the gig economy.

Jamie Bartlett and BBC producer Georgia Catt bring us the story of OneCoin, which promised to revolutionize money, but instead led to one of the world's biggest scams.

It's our Valentine's Day episode, full of love, bananas, and financial analysis.

A farmer in California built an empire dealing raw milk. And then the Feds showed up.

How fast is the world really changing? The answer has implications for everything from how the next generation will live to whether robots really will take all our jobs.

In Barbuda, land isn't a thing you buy and sell. It's something you just... have. For free. No paperwork. For real. But the Prime Minister thinks there's been a misunderstanding.

When you go out to eat, you're paying for food, but you're also paying rent for the table. In this episode, one restaurateur tries to turn his worst real estate into his best.

We visit a little-known "lost and found" to find out how your money gets in there, and how you can get it back.

President Vladimir Putin recently proposed changes to the Russian Constitution in an attempt to consolidate power. Throughline asks, "How did he come to power in the first place?"

On today's show, we head to Germany to meet the person who kickstarted the green energy market and learn about the wonky policy tool that helped him do it.

You can see billboards, and, increasingly, they can see you. We explore the power of billboards, and we put up our own in Times Square.

We asked a bunch of economists at the American Economic Association's annual conference one question: What is the most useful idea in economics?

Free is a powerful concept. Everybody likes free things, but free can backfire. On today's show: What happens when you take something that is free, and give it a price?

With limited slots and high demand, the NYC Marathon has had to create a clever system to allocate a scarce resource as fairly as possible. Four lessons in fair allocation.

In the 1990s, inflation in Brazil was so high that, for a very long time, prices had been increasing every day. Until four drinking buddies from grad school found a way to fix it.

We check in on the Universal Postal Union, what happened to the plane that got stuck in Iran, how much Mattress Mack lost betting on baseball, and more.

In an era of peak television, screenwriters and their talent agents are fighting over the money. In April, 7,000 screenwriters fired all their agents on the same day.

Tom Whitwell made an amazing list of 52 things he learned this year. We dig into our favorite items.

When air traffic controllers went on strike in 1981, Reagan gave them 48 hours to get back to work. In that short time, American labor would change forever.

Some of the biggest companies in the U.S. are reinventing how employees get paid. Saying you don't have to wait two weeks to get paid anymore. You can get paid every day.

A special holiday episode about the epic, decades-long feud between the two companies that make just about every handbell in the world.

The argument over the constitutionality of wealth taxes has been going on since 1794, when George Washington decided to raise money by taxing the rich, through their carriages.

Where there are casinos, there are wannabe cheaters. One group of Russian hackers cracked slot machines with math, iPhones, and a whole lot of swiping.

On today's show, Blackbeard the pirate and a fight between two of the most powerful forces in American law: states' rights and property rights.

In the 1600s, a good spice rub was the ultimate display of wealth. People would risk their lives for a sack of cloves. On today's show, we cook a recipe from the spice trade days.

Millions of foreigners with temporary visas live and work in the US. Some of them want to participate in the elections. What's the line between participating and meddling?

There is an alarming trend in the U.S. right now: 7 million people are at least 3 months behind on car payments. It's a record high, but is it a crisis?

Sperm banks are whisking DNA around the world. And a sperm banker in Denmark created one of the biggest sperm operations, with help from his mom's freezer... and mad cow disease.

There are millions of snakebite victims per year, but antivenom hasn't really changed since its development over 100 years ago. A doctor goes to extremes to find a solution.

Tyler Cowen rates the NBA, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, the humanities, your neighbors, and more.

A free-love commune of perfectionists in upstate New York embraced the free market, and became a blockbuster brand.

Canada has put a price on pollution. The economist behind the idea thought about it more than a century ago.

There is one real-life economic monster that can take away your money, your job, and your future: A recession.

Baseball is a winner-take-all career path. But income pools could change the way baseball players, and other people in high risk/high reward professions, think about uncertainty.

The modern french fry isn't just crispy and delicious, it's a technological marvel.

Von Ormy, Texas is a small city with a big dream: To thrive with almost no regulations, property taxes, or debt.

Charlie Shrem's odyssey in and out of prison is a parable for everything that has happened with bitcoin during its first years: from idealists to outlaws to respectable citizens.

We answer some of the most popular questions our listeners had after listening to our recent shows: on baseball cards, the repo market, and the least common American.

The Volfefe Index measures how much the President's tweets affect volatility in the bond market. In 2017, we launched our own investing project based on the President's tweets.

Masayoshi Son raised the biggest venture capital fund in the history of the world, made WeWork possible, and radically changed the way startups work.

Investors can fund lawsuits for profit, which gives more people access to the courts. But some worry it will warp the justice system.

Planet Money takes a gamble on three stories about bets gone... every which way.

When India suddenly got rid of most of its cash, in an effort to end corruption and modernize its economy, chaos ensued. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Interest rates are low and getting lower. Some are even negative. Which means we live in a weird world, where people are lending out money and getting back less.

An automakers' strike against General Motors in the 1930s changed the world of unions forever. Before, striking was dangerous and illegal. Today, it's a fairly civilized business.

In the 1970s, Studs Terkel interviewed scores of people about their jobs for his book Working. Today, we hear a few of those conversations — and follow up with the subjects.

Behind popular music, there is this hidden economy of music producers buying and selling sonic snippets, texting each other half-finished beats, and angling for back-end royalties.

Sometimes to help yourself, you help your enemy. After WWII, the U.S. launched what might be the most successful intervention in history, rebuilding Germany and more.

Imagine being the company that makes all the world's dollar bills. We found that company and took a look inside.

In the 1990s, the government ran an experiment to test the economic impact of moving people to lower-poverty neighborhoods. The results surprised them.

Who is the average American? Bad question. You end up with a clumpy amalgamation of qualities. If you want to know how real people are living, you want the Modal American.

How to get the best value from the salad bar? Why do Americans refrigerate their eggs? What's the deal with Choco Pies? It's the food edition of listener questions.

A 13-year-old listener wrote in asking if the inverted yield curve means that a recession is on the way. Today on the show, we try to answer him.

You need helium to launch rockets into space. It's also essential for MRI machines and cellphones. But the world is running short on helium. So we're going looking for more.

Solar energy used to be a fantasy. Then it arrived, but was too expensive for most people to afford. Now it's cheap. Here's how it happened.

Counting elephants is key to saving them. But in the rainforest, they're hard to spot. One scientist is listening for them instead, with the help of artificial intelligence.

Felipe was an IT professional looking for a new gig. Then a notorious con artist offered him a job. Felipe took the job — and tried to con the con man.

Scientists have been studying twins for a long time, trying to figure out how much of human behavior is influenced by the environment, and how much of it is in our genes.

We shorted America, taking a bet against its entire stock market. Today, we find out the results, and revisit the very first person to short a stock back in the 17th century.

Today on the show, we ignore the advice of some very smart people and bet against something people love.

Elizabeth Warren wants to tackle inequality by taxing the wealth of the mega-rich ($50-million-or-more rich). Wealth taxes failed in Europe. Can they work in the U.S.?

The Hong Kong protests tap into a complex history between China and the West. It's a story of isolationism, opium wars, and the rise of capitalism.

One state, two very different stories: Why Huntington Beach won't build new homes during a housing shortage, and what private firefighters say about their industry and inequality.

Recycling in America is on life support. Some towns aren't even picking it up anymore. And it might be a good thing for the planet.

In 1987, an Alabama man made a deal with the mob. He ended up with 3,186 tons of trash no landfill would take. It was the accidental birth of recycling in the U.S.

The Chinese government is using face recognition, DNA samples and more to track the Uighur population. Americans — some unknowingly — have helped build this surveillance state.

Picture an organic farm, with thousands of free-range chickens roaming on open land. Now picture it from the vantage of a soaring bald eagle. It's an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Thousands of teachers got grants from the Department of Education to help pay for college. Then, some of those same teachers found out they owed thousands of dollars in debt.

It's easy to reverse transactions on credit cards. But Venmo is a different story. A woman who accidentally sent $1,500 to a complete stranger found this out the hard way.

What can you do when your car is booted in a private parking lot? Is that even legal? Can Uber drivers cause surge pricing? When do parking tickets become a civil rights issue?

Things are looking up in the economy, but there's still plenty to worry about: Corporate debt, the trade war, and worry itself.

Moving to the big city used to provide an escalator to a more prosperous life, even if you didn't have a college degree. But now economists are wondering: Are cities overrated?

Barely workout? Gyms like it that way. They're one of a few businesses that benefit from low attendance. Economics explains why gyms encourage members to commit, but not too much.

In the 1800s, every town had its own "local time," which was not only confusing, but sometimes dangerous. So railroads implemented the standardized time we have today.

People in Japan never ate raw salmon. Then Norway had a salmon surplus—and persuaded Japanese sushi eaters to try something new.

The unemployment rate in the U.S. is just 3.6%. Many people think we are at, or near, full employment. For the first time in a long while, power is shifting toward workers.

Jordan Thomas represents Wall Street whistleblowers in some of the biggest SEC cases against banks. In addition to protecting their secrets, he's also kept some of his own.

David Goldstein decides to copy Cambridge Analytica and run an experiment on actual voters during the 2017 Alabama special election.

After Donald Trump's companies declared four bankruptcies, several major banks stopped loaning him money. But Deutsche Bank didn't.

From renting hotels to a jobs report-like census in the night, we look at ways communities are helping the homeless.

The story of Luca Pacioli, who brought double-entry bookkeeping to the masses, transforming accounting and businesses around the world.

How James Holzhauer built on the strategies of Ken Jennings, Roger Craig, and Monica Thieu, to crack the game show Jeopardy.

What's the cost of being tall? Are people less productive when the weather is bad? Why is vanilla so expensive? Answers to those questions and more.

Alice Wu's undergraduate senior thesis on gender bias on the Econ Job Rumors forum sparked a movement to address sexism in the field of economics.

For 70 years, the price of a bottle of Coca-Cola stayed a nickel. Why? The answer includes a half a million vending machines and a 7.5 cent coin.

Every six hours a new dollar store opens in the U.S. Are they killing grocery stores?

The remarkable story of the online "CAPTCHA" tests we've all taken to prove that we're not robots.

The Indicator from Planet Money explores trade wars, peanuts, hurricanes, and happiness.

We wanted to understand an eerie phenomenon that drives everything from the stock market to the price of orange juice. So we asked you to guess the weight of a cow.

How a ruthless dictator, and a bunch of economists known as the Chicago Boys, took Chile from socialism to capitalism.

In the late 1950s and early '60s a handful of Chilean students went to study economics at the University of Chicago. What they learned changed their country.

Copyrighting comedy is expensive. So comedians have devised an informal system of sanctions to protect their jokes from theft. Sometimes it works.

Joe Bankman, professor at Stanford, figured out a way to make filing your taxes easy and painless. Then the tax lobby found out about it.

Some colleges are offering students a new way to pay. It's not a scholarship. It's not a loan. It's more like the students are selling stock in themselves.

The story behind two sneaky forces that drive us to buy more products, more often: Planned obsolescence and psychological obsolescence.

There's an industry of people working to eliminate bad police behavior. They're not activists or protestors. They're insurers.

Today's show is about the fickle market for art. What makes a dead shark cost $12 million, and a photo of steel wool that looks like a tornado cost only $1,265?

When an American company named ABRO learns their goods are being counterfeited in China, they start their own trade war.

The internet was supposed to get rid of middlemen--but instead they are taking over the global economy.

Thieves are stealing billions of dollars worth of gasoline in Mexico. The President is taking drastic action to cut them off, and it comes at a serious cost. Content warning: Audio of deadly pipeline explosion.

The story of an NBA All-Star and an experiment: To make a desirable basketball shoe cheap enough for anyone.

The story of the day the Federal Reserve got its independence and the fight—an actual physical fight—to keep it.

Airbnb has changed New Orleans. And now landlords and preservationists are fighting over the future of the city.

What does the rise of dominant tech companies say about competition and the state of antitrust law? Third in a series.

How Robert Bork won the fight over the very meaning of competition in America, and paved the way for some of the biggest companies we've ever seen.

At the turn of the 20th century, Ida Tarbell investigated John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil. What she discovered changed the economy of the United States.

To catch drug traffickers, the U.S. government tried something it had never tried before. It set up and ran a fake offshore bank for money laundering. Fake name. Fake employees. Real drug money.

We give a shout out to the stuff we've been obsessing over in the office — those stories that were so good, we wished we had thought of them ourselves.

In December, a commercial flight had to make an emergency landing in Iran. They discovered that landing there would be easy. Getting out – much, much harder.

Five years ago, two sides met on our show to make a bet about the future of bitcoin. Today, we announce the winner.

After a wildfire, teams of investigators start combing the wreckage for clues. Finding the cause means, maybe, finding someone to pay. But where's the line between a natural disaster and a human one?

Today on the show, we take on one of life's most vexing problems: Sharing.

John Bogle died last week. His creation — the index fund — changed investing. Today, how his invention set off a million dollar bet between some of the biggest brains on Wall Street, including Warren Buffett.

In 2010, Panera launched several pay-what-you-want cafes. On today's show: How this charitable experiment worked out.

In 1879, Congress and the President were locked in a battle over the rights of African-Americans. It led to the first government shutdown.

On today's show we answer questions about silver dollars, Venmo, and Brexit. Why? Because you asked!

We go inside a professional poker tournament, where some of the smartest betting takes place behind the scenes.

Hackers are an expensive headache for companies. But there might be a simple economic fix.

People are the engine that fuels an economy. But what happens when you start running out of people?

We check in on some stories we did this year to see what's changed. Find a full list of the episodes we referenced at our website, NPR.org/money.

How the card game "Magic: The Gathering" deflated a speculative bubble. You can support our show at donate.npr.org/planetmoney.

Most products in this world are vulnerable to creative destruction: as new products are developed, they make old ones obsolete. But there are some exceptions — products that persist, resisting change while economic evolution continues without them. For instance: the graphing calculator. (This episode is from our other podcast, The Indicator from Planet Money. Subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts.)

Charles Dickens wanted to pick a fight with economists. So he invented Ebenezer Scrooge. But did he get it all right? Also: If you want to support our show, head over to donate.npr.org/planetmoney. We appreciate it.

How a professor invented a formula for synthesizing cannabinoids and unintentionally helped launch a drug revolution.

Ricardo Hausmann, a Harvard-based Venezuelan economist, has constructed his own indicator, one that captures the horrifying scale of the economic catastrophe in Venezuela. (This episode is from our other podcast, The Indicator. Subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts.)

A truce in the U.S.-China trade war seemed close. The leaders of China and the United States were meeting to discuss a fix. And then arrests started. It got even more confusing, so today, we call up our man on the ground in Shanghai to make sense of it all. The key to understanding the latest turn in the trade war centers around a giant company most Americans haven't heard of called Huawei. Its rise traces the rise of China's economy and Chinese-style capitalism.

We try to figure out what makes cents.

It feels like all of New York City is arguing about Amazon's new office in Queens. But what do the people in Long Island City think?

The U.S. and Europe just can't agree on car safety standards. That puts car companies in a weird position, makes cars cost more and just seems kind of random and wasteful.

Their plan was dangerous, risky, and extremely unpopular. But America copied them anyway. Today on the show: how a tiny country on the other side of the world changed how America runs its economy.

We talk to Kid Rock about how he tried to cut scalpers out of the business — and still sell cheap tickets to his shows.

For 70 years, a Coca-Cola cost a nickel. The price didn't change. How is that even possible? You can also watch the video here: https://youtu.be/Bcz0BJGEVUY

We go deep inside the market for online mugshots. Is it extortion? Or is it a First Amendment right?

You get what you measure. Work expands to fill the time allotted. Who comes up with this stuff? And is it true?

A quick history of slow credit cards. This video also available here: https://youtu.be/2IksSNiEo2g

A bunch of you asked why so many cities threw billions in tax breaks at Amazon. It reminded us of an episode we did in 2016.

How World Patent Marketing stole nearly $26 million. And how the acting attorney general was involved.

If you die in America, chances are the cemetery is going to promise to maintain your grave forever. Americans take this for granted, but it's a wacky, wild promise that we maybe should not be making. You can also watch this video here: https://youtu.be/xYDYDThuJe4

To take advantage of the surprising benefits provided by an interlocked economic system on the other side.

The Falcons are trying something radical: Making their food cheaper. It could break stadium economics.

For most of human history, you had to haggle over prices before you could buy something. Then came the idea of the price tag.

Seattle's radical solution to big money in politics: Flood elections with even more money.

Something spooky has been happening here at Planet Money.

We're kicking off a quick season of our bonus video series, Planet Money Shorts. Watch how apples became brands, and started being more than delicious.

China is trying a bold experiment to help people trust each other more: The social credit score. Will it work? Does it go too far?

The first lottery was a royal affair with poems, golden flatware and invited criminals. Also, how someone won the lottery over and over.

President Trump promised to slash regulations. How has he done?

We try to tell the difference between correlation and causation.

Seth Frotman worked overseeing student loans for the government. He saw things that made him quit, and tell all.

Bill Nordhaus just won the economics Nobel. In this show: He shows how history of light is the history of economic growth — of things getting faster, cheaper, and more efficient.

We follow writer Oliver Bullough as he explores how stolen money moves around the world, and what that might mean for democracies.

Ever seen one of those signs asking if you want to work from home? We find out what happens when you call.

We tell the story of a massive crackdown on asylum fraud, and the fallout.

We rethink everything we know about government spending, taxes, the nature of money... All of it.

We propose small fixes for baseball, weddings, salary negotiations and buying your morning coffee. Warning: They may be too rational.

How one man took the onion market hostage.

We crash a party of central bankers to get an answer to one of the biggest economic questions of our time.

In honor of our 10th anniversary, we revisit our very first episode.

What a hole-in-one gone awry says about the state of charity.

Subaru's sales had been slumping for years. Then they went straight to their biggest fans: Lesbians.

That time we accidentally created a cheese surplus so large it had to be stored in a ginormous cave.

California just did away with cash bail. But credit where credit is due. New Jersey already tried something similar.

When food makes people sick all around the country, an army of germ detectives jumps into action.

Today on the show: Could New Jersey become the next Napa?

Six states. Three days. One ugly cookie jar. Today on the show: Yard sale!

The line between trash and recycling is moving a lot these days. It's a tough time to be a recycler.

You have a lot of questions... about tariffs, unemployment rates, and RV dealerships, to name a few. We have answers.

This episode is for everyone who ever had to ask their coworkers to quiet down. Today on the show: We meet the man who stole your office door.

The Venezuelan government doesn't want you to know the real value of its currency. But Ruben and Mila figured it out. Now they're on the lam.

Is there a secretive postal organization fixing international shipping rates, and giving American businesses a bad deal?

There's a simple way to solve the housing crisis in U.S. cities. Only problem is, almost everybody hates it.

What happens when a group of economists applies the number one rule of economics... to number two?

Socialism was political poison in the U.S. for decades. Now it's gaining ground. Who are these new socialists? And what do they want?

Tax carbon emissions. That's basically the whole plan. What's the hold up?

Sand. It's in buildings, windows, your cell phone. But there isn't enough in the world for everyone. And that's created a dangerous black market.

The best player in basketball is getting hosed. The NBA team owners, the players, the fans and even LeBron James himself want to keep it that way.

Two stories from our Indicator team. There's a province in China that makes many of the world's flags. It's a unique window on global trade right now. And we find out why so few teenagers are working summer jobs these days.

It takes strategy and skill to sell snacks at a baseball game. Meet the hot dog vending legend of Fenway Park.

A pesticide wreaks havoc. A listener needs a bitcoin detective. And the search for the rarest economic good continues.

Fake product reviews are wrecking the internet. But help is on the way: From a bodybuilding fake review hunter.

Which came first, the frozen chicken or the tax on foreign trucks? Just kidding, it was the frozen chicken — then came the American tax that helped shape the domestic market for trucks.

Politicians have argued for decades that CEOs are overpaid. But there's this precise moment in the 1990s when CEO pay suddenly shot up. We find out what happened.

President Trump says China is stealing U.S. technology. So we looked into one case. And things got a little complicated.

California has a ton of solar power. But as soon as night falls, it's gone. Today on the show: How to bottle the sun.

The medical world has been trying to cure color blindness for centuries. Then a glass scientist figured it out. By accident.

When Florida outlawed partisan gerrymandering, politicians tried to sneak it back in...in disguise.

Meet Sue, the dinosaur who sparked a gold rush for fossils buried in the badlands of North Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana.