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MoviePass / Fail?
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MoviePass / Fail?

If you pay MoviePass 10 dollars a month, you can go to the movies every day. Great for customers, but hard on a company's bottom line. Today on the show, what's the plan, MoviePass?

MoviePass / Fail?

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Teenage (Employment) Wasteland
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Teenage (Employment) Wasteland

The teen summer job is a vaunted tradition...one that is fading. Today's teenagers just aren't working as much as their forebears. And that could have serious implications for America's labor market.

Teenage (Employment) Wasteland

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The Plight Of The Living Dead
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The Plight Of The Living Dead

The Death Master File is a list kept by the government. It keeps track of everyone who has died. But what happens when you end up on the list while you're still alive?

The Plight Of The Living Dead

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The Measure Of A Tragedy
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The Measure Of A Tragedy

Venezuela's economy has collapsed, and the normal economic indicators have gotten so bad they're almost unfathomable. So one economist created an indicator to capture the awful human cost.

The Measure Of A Tragedy

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The Art Of The Trade War
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The Art Of The Trade War

The U.S. and China are on track for a trade war. Economists generally say that's a bad idea... but if the U.S. wants to get tough on China, what are some alternatives?

The Art Of The Trade War

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Gettin' Giggy With It
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Gettin' Giggy With It

Despite the proliferation of apps like Lyft, TaskRabbit, and Uber, a new government report found no growth in people primarily doing this kind of work. Here's how the "gig economy" is and isn't changing.

Gettin' Giggy With It

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Trading Spaces
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Trading Spaces

The New York Stock Exchange — that bastion of American capitalism — owes its existence to two dozen men, a buttonwood tree, and a coffee shop. Today on The Indicator: the history of Wall Street.

Trading Spaces

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Dude, Where's My Trade War?
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Dude, Where's My Trade War?

One way to think of President Trump's trade policy is as a sort of soap opera. Today, we catch you up on the latest dramatic twists and also answer a big, looming question: are we in a trade war?

Dude, Where's My Trade War?

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CBO vs. POTUS
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CBO vs. POTUS

The Congressional Budget Office has a long history of disputes with the White House, including the current administration. But Alice Rivlin — the first-ever director of the CBO — says this time is different.

CBO vs. POTUS

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Let Them Eat Marshmallows
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Let Them Eat Marshmallows

The marshmallow test is one of the most famous social experiments of all time, but we may be thinking about it all wrong.

Let Them Eat Marshmallows

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