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5:25pm

Fri September 28, 2012
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Episode 406: Making Economics Sexy

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 10:17 am

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Earlier this year, we created a presidential candidate. A fake candidate, sure. But a candidate with real ideas — ideas embraced by economists across the political spectrum, and rejected by every politician who wants to get elected.

Getting rid of the mortgage-interest tax deduction. Eliminating corporate taxes. Legalizing marijuana.

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3:06pm

Tue September 25, 2012
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Episode 405: Cheating, Stealing And Quantitative Easing

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 12:10 pm

It could be worse.
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1:40pm

Fri September 21, 2012
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Episode 404: What If You Controlled The Economy?

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 12:34 pm

This guy lives in a computer. Can you get him a job?
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The world inside Mark Zandi's computer model feels pretty familiar. It's full of people who are worried about the economy. Their homes are being foreclosed on. They're paying more for gas. Something like 13 million of them can't find jobs.

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5:08pm

Fri September 14, 2012
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Episode 402: Free Heroin, And Other Ideas That Won't Get You Elected

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 12:43 pm

Heroin.
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Earlier this summer, we assembled five prominent economists from across the political spectrum and gave them a simple task: Identify major economic policies they could all stand behind.

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1:11pm

Tue September 4, 2012
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Episode 279: The Failure Tour Of New York

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 11:37 am

Woolworth's is gone but the building still stands.
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On today's show, we hit the streets of Manhattan with economist Tim Harford. In his book, Adapt, Harford argues that success always starts with failure.

Harford takes us on a failure tour of New York. Highlights include a Gutenberg Bible (turns out the Bible business wasn't so good to Gutenberg) and the Woolworth Building (Woolworth's had some great innovations in its day, but eventually got beat by big-box stores).

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