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Who decides which snacks are in your office’s vending machine? How much is a suburban elm tree worth, and to whom? How did Girl Scout Cookies become a billion-dollar business? In bite-sized episodes, journalist Zachary Crockett looks at quotidian things and finds amazing stories.

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The Economics of Everyday Things Freakonomics Radio

    • Business
    • 4.5 • 2 Ratings

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Who decides which snacks are in your office’s vending machine? How much is a suburban elm tree worth, and to whom? How did Girl Scout Cookies become a billion-dollar business? In bite-sized episodes, journalist Zachary Crockett looks at quotidian things and finds amazing stories.

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    56. Snake Venom

    56. Snake Venom

    Why does treating a venomous snake bite cost as much as a house? Zachary Crockett slithers over to North Carolina to find out.

    • 22 min
    55. Direct-to-Consumer Mattresses

    55. Direct-to-Consumer Mattresses

    Online companies promised to bring transparency to the mattress-buying experience. Did that work out? Zachary Crockett takes a look under the sheets.

    • 21 min
    54. Ghostwriters

    54. Ghostwriters

    Channeling the voices of celebrities can be a lucrative career — one that requires empathy and discretion as well as literary chops. Zachary Crockett checks the acknowledgements.

    • 20 min
    53. Food Trucks

    53. Food Trucks

    How did mobile kitchens become popular with hipster gourmands? And just how much money can a popular truck make from a lunch shift? Zachary Crocket drops some napkins.

    • 19 min
    52. Little League

    52. Little League

    Youth baseball — long a widely accessible American pastime — has become overrun by $10,000-per-year, for-profit travel leagues. Zachary Crockett peers inside the dugout.

    • 21 min
    51. Wine Corks

    51. Wine Corks

    Why do we use a specific kind of tree-bark tissue to seal up 70 percent of wine bottles? Zachary Crockett takes a sniff and gives the waiter a nod.

    • 16 min

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