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The economy explained. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening.

    #966: The Rise Of Putin

    #966: The Rise Of Putin

    President Vladimir Putin recently proposed changes to the Russian Constitution in an attempt to consolidate power. Throughline asks, "How did he come to power in the first place?"

    • 28 min
    #965: Das Green Old Deal

    #965: Das Green Old Deal

    On today's show, we head to Germany to meet the person who kickstarted the green energy market and learn about the wonky policy tool that helped him do it.

    • 20 min
    #964: BILLBOARDS

    #964: BILLBOARDS

    You can see billboards, and, increasingly, they can see you. We explore the power of billboards, and we put up our own in Times Square.

    • 24 min
    #963: 13,000 Economists. 1 Question.

    #963: 13,000 Economists. 1 Question.

    We asked a bunch of economists at the American Economic Association's annual conference one question: What is the most useful idea in economics?

    • 21 min
    #386: The Cost Of Free Doughnuts

    #386: The Cost Of Free Doughnuts

    Free is a powerful concept. Everybody likes free things, but free can backfire. On today's show: What happens when you take something that is free, and give it a price?

    • 20 min
    #962: Advanced Fairness At The Marathon

    #962: Advanced Fairness At The Marathon

    With limited slots and high demand, the NYC Marathon has had to create a clever system to allocate a scarce resource as fairly as possible. Four lessons in fair allocation.

    • 23 min

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