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Episode 586: How Stuff Gets Cheaper

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Episode 585: Chasing The Dread Pirate Roberts

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Episode 474: The North Korea Files

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How To Catch A Cattle Thief

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Shirod Ince stood in line for more than two days to buy the Lebron 11 "What The LeBron." He bought the sneakers for $250 and instantly sold them for $500. Rebecca Greenfield/http://www.rebeccagreenfield.com/ hide caption

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Episode 584: What The LeBron?

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Thieu Patrice, Tan Benjamin and village chief Gueu Denis of Gahapleu, Ivory Coast, stand on the path to Liberia. Gregory Warner/NPR hide caption

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Guarding The Ebola Border

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Chief Agent Jerry Flowers looks over cattle at OKC West Livestock Market in El Reno, Oklahoma on Nov. 12, 2014. Cattle rustlers will often try to sell off their stolen cows at livestock markets to make a quick profit. Nick Oxford for NPR hide caption

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Episode 583: Cow Noir

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Thieu Patrice, Tan Benjamin and village chief Gueu Denis of Gahapleu, Ivory Coast stand on the secret path into Liberia. Gregory Warner/NPR hide caption

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Episode 582: Guarding The Secret Path

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Textbook Arbitrage: Making Money Off Used Books

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Bob Peterson claims to have found the thing people have sought for thousands of years — an investment guaranteed to double in value. He keeps it in this storage locker. Bob Peterson/Bob Peterson hide caption

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Episode 581: Free Money

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Episode 580: The Other Side Of The Pump

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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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