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Episode 579: Is The NCAA An Illegal Cartel?

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Episode 578: How To Steal A Million Barrels Of Oil

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Episode 400: What Two Pasta Factories Tell Us About The Italian Economy

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Pirates, Princesses, Witches And Vampires: Stocking Costumes Is Serious Business

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Episode 577: The Kansas Experiment

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Episode 576: When Women Stopped Coding

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Spreadsheets, Ex-Cons And A Karate Studio: Life At The Bottom Of The Debt Business

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Episode 381: Why It's Illegal To Braid Hair Without A License

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How College Students Battled Textbook Publishers To A Draw, In 3 Graphs

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You Can Create A Hit Video Game About Anything. Even Making Toast

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