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U.S. Presidential candidates (left to right) Ted Cruz, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and Marco Rubio. Pat Sullivan/AP; Morry Gash/AP (2); Gary Coronado/Houston Chronicle via AP; David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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Episode 686: If Elected President

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Episode 424: How Much Is A Firefighter Worth?

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Episode 685: Larry vs. The IRS

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Episode 684: The Return Of The Colonel

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Episode 683: Our Valentines

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Harlem funeral directors Tamara Bullock and Patricia Hamilton are going to spend their next savings-club payout on a sky-diving trip (unless Bullock can get out of it). Marianne McCune/NPR hide caption

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Episode 466: DIY Finance

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Episode 682: When CEO Pay Exploded

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Episode 681: The Oil Kingdom

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Episode 679: You Asked For It

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Episode 678: Auction Fever

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Episode 677: The Experiment Experiment

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