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Latest Episodes:

  • Two indicators: Congressional Game Theory and the Debt Ceiling
    We bring you two stories from The Indicator on the recent battles being fought in Congress. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.... Read more
    Published on: 2021-10-22
  • Burnout (Classic)
    All types of companies are struggling with burnout. Many try to fix it. Most of them fail. One exception: A 26-year-old call center manager, with stress balls and costumes in... Read more
    Published on: 2021-10-20
  • Bonus: Janet Jackson's 'Control'
    On the 35th anniversary of Janet Jackson's first No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit, our friends at It's Been A Minute look back at Control, her career-defining album that changed... Read more
    Published on: 2021-10-18
  • Hire power
    Noncompete agreements have become an integral part of job contracts. A show about what they are and how we got here. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.... Read more
    Published on: 2021-10-15
  • How Do You Feel? (Classic)
    We tend to think of economists as cold, unfeeling, attempting to be as rational as possible. But once a month, economists pick up the phone to just... check in with... Read more
    Published on: 2021-10-13
  • LIBOR pains
    For decades, banks used one rate to help set all other rates: LIBOR. After it came out that it'd been rigged, regulators said: no more. Now it's a race —... Read more
    Published on: 2021-10-08
  • We set up an offshore company in a tax haven (Classic)
    The Pandora Papers released this week reveal how many world leaders allegedly hold wealth through the use of shell companies. We listen back to when we set up our very... Read more
    Published on: 2021-10-06
  • The Rent Help Is Too Damn Slow
    Congress created a massive pile of money to help people pay rent during the pandemic. Why have so few people gotten help? We follow the money. | Subscribe to our... Read more
    Published on: 2021-10-01

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