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#780: On Second Thought

Flip-floppers, this one's for you. Changing your mind is hard, but it's one of the smartest things you can do.

#780: On Second Thought

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#779: Shrimp Fight Club

What happens when an unstoppable shrimp meets an unmovable senator? A researcher goes to Washington to defend herself, her shrimp, and science itself.

#779: Shrimp Fight Club

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#778: What the Falcon's Up With Qatar?

Qatar was on top of the world. Seemingly overnight, it became a pariah. On this episode, we drill into a rift years in the making: It's a tale of falcons, kidnapping, and a glowing Saudi Arabian orb.

#778: What the Falcon's Up With Qatar?

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#610: The Prisoner's Solution

Today on the show, a businessman goes to prison, and decides he is going to disrupt the biggest captive market in America.

#610: The Prisoner's Solution

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#777: Free Love, Free Market

How a free-love commune embraced the free market and became a blockbuster brand.

#777: Free Love, Free Market

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#776: Here We Grow Again

The president's budget promises 3% growth. Is that doable? Yes, but he won't like what it would take.

#776: Here We Grow Again

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#775: The Pigweed Killer

A battle with a weed divides neighbors and leads one farmer to shoot another dead. Today's show: The hunt for a better pesticide gets way out of hand.

#775: The Pigweed Killer

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#599: The Invisible Wall

A man goes looking for the invisible wall that traps poor people in poverty. Finding it almost gets him killed.

#599: The Invisible Wall

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#774: Unspeakable Trademark

You can name your business whatever you want. But the government won't register it as a trademark if it thinks it's offensive. It gets weird when you try to decide what is too offensive to trademark.

#774: Unspeakable Trademark

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#773: Slot Flaws Scofflaws

As long as there have been casinos, people have tried to cheat them. The latest attempt was by a group of hackers who tried to take down slot machines using math, iPhones, and a whole lot of swiping.

#773: Slot Flaws Scofflaws

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