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#652: The Hydrox Resurrection

Hidden in the trash heap of commerce there is buried treasure. Abandoned brands--including trusted, beloved brands--are waiting to be claimed and reborn. Today on the show: A cookie comeback.

#652: The Hydrox Resurrection

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#789: Robocall Invasion

Your phone rings--it looks like your neighbor's calling. But instead, it's the creepiest scam of the year.

#789: Robocall Invasion

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#653: The Anti-Store

Costco made shopping harder, and customers loved it. Now a new company is taking the Costco experience to new extremes.

#653: The Anti-Store

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#788: Robert And Kenny Go To The Fair

When we go to the state fair, we don't go for the rides, deep-fried tacos or the butter cow. We head straight for the vendor marketplace to meet the masters of the lost art of salesmanship.

#788: Robert And Kenny Go To The Fair

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#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.

#399: Can You Patent a Steak?

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#787: Google Is Big. Is That Bad?

Google just got hit with a multibillion-dollar antitrust fine. Here's what it tells us about competition, market power, and the biggest corporations on the planet.

#787: Google Is Big. Is That Bad?

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#471: The Eddie Murphy Rule

We answer one of the most important questions in finance: What actually happens at the end of Trading Places?

#471: The Eddie Murphy Rule

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#786: Rest of the Story 2017, Vol. 1

News moves fast. Some of our best stories from this year have new chapters. Here, we catch up on three: Dirty trademarks, trading bots, and the war against the bald eagle.

#786: Rest of the Story 2017, Vol. 1

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#629: Buy Low, Sell Prime

Sam Cohen buys stuff at big retail stores, then turns around and sells it on Amazon for a quick profit. It defies economic logic. But somehow, there's a whole multimillion-dollar industry doing this.

#629: Buy Low, Sell Prime

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#785: The Starbury

Most athlete endorsements make a product more expensive. But what happens when an NBA All-Star uses his name to make a sneaker much, much cheaper? On today's show: How that worked out.

#785: The Starbury

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