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Episode 654: When The Boats Arrive

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Navy veteran Howard Dunn and Army veteran Tom Kaine remember when the Red Cross briefly charged servicemen for doughnuts during World War II. Many veterans still resent it. Chana Joffe-Walt/NPR hide caption

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Episode 386: The Power of Free

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Episode 652: The Hydrox Resurrection

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Episode 650: The Scariest Thing In Hollywood

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Episode 648: The Benefits of Bankruptcy

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Episode 200: The Moonshine Stimulus

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Episode 647: Hard Work Is Irrelevant

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Bales of imported clothing are wheeled into the Gikombo Market in Nairobi, Kenya. Sarah Elliott for NPR hide caption

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Episode 502: The Afterlife Of A T-Shirt

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Episode 646: Why Can't We Bet On Elections?

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