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      #800: North Korea's Capitalists


      Capitalism isn't supposed to exist in North Korea. But all over the country, small businesses are popping up, growing the nation's economy. And much of that money is going straight to the country's nuclear program.


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      #799: Corporate! Income! Tax!


      Republicans are proposing big changes to the corporate income tax. Trillions of dollars are at stake. Here's what it all means.


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      #798: Bad Credit Bureau


      For most of our lives, Equifax has been slurping up our financial data. Now the company's been hacked and our data is loose. Today, we trace this mess back to two brothers and one fateful decision.


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      #648: The Benefits of Bankruptcy


      It might just be the secret weapon of the U.S. economy.


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      #797: Flood Money


      Bill Pennington's house floods a lot: Three times in the last three years. And every time his house floods, the government pays to help him repair the damage. Is something wrong here?


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      #524: Mr Jones' Act


      The government suspended the Jones Act last week, to allow non-US ships to move fuel to victims of hurricanes in Houston and Florida. Which once again made us wonder why the act even exists.


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      #796: The Basic Income Experiment


      The basic income. A flat payment to citizens, without strings. Is it a progressive fever dream, or sensible policy? We may soon find out. The Finnish Government is testing it on 2,000 citizens.


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      #795: Is Record Breaking Broken?


      The Guinness Book of World Records had a problem. It was a book. And books aren't selling as well as they used to. So Guinness changed what they were selling, and who they were selling to.


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      #794: How To Make It In The Music Business


      Behind almost all popular music, there is this hidden economy of music producers buying and selling sonic snippets, texting each other half-finished beats, and angling for back-end royalties.


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       2017-09-16

      #647: Hard Work Is Irrelevant


      Patty McCord helped create a workplace at Netflix that runs more like a professional sports team than a family. If you're not up to scratch, you're off the team. Is this the future of work?


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       2017-09-14