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Episode 547: How To Punish A Bank

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Episode 546: Fear, Negativity And Pawn Shops For The Rich

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"Nobody in the U.S. can say that they don't know who owns that pallet." Elvert Barnes/Flickr hide caption

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Episode 545: The Blue Pallet

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Why A Pack Of Peanut Butter M&M's Weighs A Tiny Bit Less Than A Regular Pack

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Episode 543: A World Without Banks

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Drone Wars: Who Owns The Air?

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The movie "St. Elmo's Fire" might be a useful analogy when explaining the European Union. In the analogy, Germany is the overachieving character, Alec. Screen shot St. Elmo's Fire trailer hide caption

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Episode 542: Can An Economy Be Too Good?

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