Radio Archive by Tag

Business

  • Prologue.

    536: The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra 09.26.2014

    Ira introduces Carmen Segarra, a bank examiner for the Federal Reserve in New York who, in 2012, ...Business

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  • Act One.

    536: The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra 09.26.2014

    ProPublica's Jake Bernstein tells the story of Carmen's first months at the New York Fed, and ...Business

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  • Act Two.

    536: The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra 09.26.2014

    We hear what the New York Fed and Goldman Sachs say about all this. We hear a New York Fed ...Business

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  • Prologue.

    535: Origin Story 2014 09.19.2014

    Host Ira Glass talks to business professor Pino Audia and Fast Company magazine columnist Dan ...Business

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  • Prologue.

    524: I Was So High 05.02.2014

    Producer Sean Cole heads to Toronto to see if it was true what he heard: that lots and lots of ...BusinessDrugs

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  • Prologue.

    515: Good Guys 01.10.2014

    Producer Ben Calhoun tells Ira about a secret move his friend uses all the time — the ...BusinessFunny

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  • Takes One To Know One.

    515: Good Guys 01.10.2014

    Ben tries the good guy discount, to see if he can pull it off, as Ira tags along. (7 minutes)BusinessFunny

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  • Prologue.

    513: 129 Cars 12.13.2013

    It’s mid-October, 2013. Freddie Hoyt tries to rally his sales staff to sell 129 cars and trucks ...Advertising/MarketingAutomobilesBusiness

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  • Act Two.

    513: 129 Cars 12.13.2013

    A quick primer of who’s who, and how the place works. (6 minutes)Business

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  • Act Three.

    513: 129 Cars 12.13.2013

    Salesman Bob Tantillo has the fewest sales of anyone at Town and Country this month. Robyn ...AutomobilesBusinessFamily

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  • Act Four.

    513: 129 Cars 12.13.2013

    Salesman Jason Mascia has the most sales of anyone this month, as usual. Sean Cole spent a week ...AutomobilesBusiness

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  • Act Five.

    513: 129 Cars 12.13.2013

    The next-to-last day of the month. Deals fall apart, but not all of them. (10 minutes)AutomobilesBusiness

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  • Act Six.

    513: 129 Cars 12.13.2013

    The last day of the month begins. They have to sell nine cars by the end of the day. "God help ...AutomobilesBusiness

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  • Act Seven.

    513: 129 Cars 12.13.2013

    Web Extra: Joe Monti’s real name is Joe Montalbano. But when he started in the car business, he ...AutomobilesBusiness

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  • Act Eight.

    513: 129 Cars 12.13.2013

    The last day of the month continues and the truism is accurate: some people get great deals ...AutomobilesBusinessEconomics

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  • Act Nine.

    513: 129 Cars 12.13.2013

    Salesman Manny Rosales keeps to himself in the showroom, with his own sales philosophy. He ...AutomobilesBusiness

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  • Act Ten.

    513: 129 Cars 12.13.2013

    The last day of the month ends. (8 minutes)AutomobilesBusiness

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  • Prologue.

    496: When Patents Attack... Part Two! 05.31.2013

    Host Ira Glass and Zoe Chace from NPR’s Planet Money talk with Jim Logan and Richard Baker of ...BusinessTechnology

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  • 2011.

    496: When Patents Attack... Part Two! 05.31.2013

    NPR reporter Laura Sydell and This American Life producer/Planet Money co-host Alex Blumberg ...BusinessEconomics

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  • 2013.

    496: When Patents Attack... Part Two! 05.31.2013

    The dramatic conclusion to Laura and Alex's search for information about Intellectual Ventures, ...BusinessEconomics

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  • The Hamster Wheel.

    461: Take the Money and Run for Office 03.30.2012

    Planet Money's Alex Blumberg and NPR Congressional correspondent Andrea Seabrook take a tour ...BusinessEconomicsGovernment

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  • Prologue.

    460: Retraction 03.16.2012

    Host Ira Glass tells listeners we can no longer stand behind the reporting in the recently aired ...BusinessJournalism

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  • The News That's Fit to Print.

    460: Retraction 03.16.2012

    To get a sense of what really is true of Apple's working conditions in China, Ira talks to New ...BusinessJournalismLabor

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  • Mister Daisey Goes to China.

    454: Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory 01.06.2012

    Mike Daisey performs an excerpt that was adapted for radio from his one-man show "The Agony and ...BusinessLaborPolitics

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  • Gameboy Grows Up.

    443: Amusement Park 08.12.2011

    Ira continues with Cole Lindbergh and the hundred teenagers who work for him in the games ...BusinessJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    441: When Patents Attack! 07.22.2011

    There's a derogatory term in Silicon Valley for companies that amass huge troves of patents and ...BusinessLegal SystemTechnology

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  • Act One.

    441: When Patents Attack! 07.22.2011

    NPR reporter Laura Sydell and This American Life producer/Planet Money co-host Alex Blumberg ...BusinessLegal System

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  • Act Two.

    441: When Patents Attack! 07.22.2011

    Laura and Alex continue their story about Intellectual Ventures and the practice of patent ...BusinessLegal SystemTechnology

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  • King of the Forest.

    436: The Psychopath Test 05.27.2011

    Jon Ronson investigates whether corporate leaders can, in fact, be psychopaths by visiting a ...BusinessMental Health

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  • Can the Government Move My Cheese?

    435: How To Create a Job 05.13.2011

    Chana Joffe-Walt visits a governor who first became famous for promising his state he'd create ...BusinessJobs/EmploymentPolitics

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  • This Story Might Be Recorded for Training and Quality Assurance.

    435: How To Create a Job 05.13.2011

    In this terrible economy, we wanted to hear the sound of someone actually getting a job, and ...BusinessJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    433: Fine Print 2011 04.15.2011

    Host Ira Glass talks about the infamous line in the band Van Halen's contract insisting that the ...BusinessMusic

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  • Occupancy May Be Revoked Without Notice.

    433: Fine Print 2011 04.15.2011

    David Rakoff tells the story of a contract between a son and his visiting mother. David Rakoff ...BusinessHousingMothers

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  • I Worked at the Kennedy Center and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt.

    431: See No Evil 04.01.2011

    In the 1970s, Dave Kestenbaum's cousin Dan Weiss got promoted from stocker to gift shop manager ...BusinessJobs/EmploymentPresidents

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  • Message In a Bottle.

    427: Original Recipe 02.11.2011

    The formula for Coca-Cola is one of the most jealously guarded trade secrets in the world. So we ...BusinessFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Ira Glass Writes:

    427: Original Recipe 02.11.2011

    This episode of our show kicked off a wave of international press coverage that, inevitably, ...BusinessFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Fire Sale in Kansas City.

    418: Toxie 11.05.2010

    David and Chana buy a toxic asset, from a guy named Wit Solberg, who used to work on Wall Street ...BusinessEconomicsRetail/Commerce

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  • The Squeaky Wheelchair Gets the Grease.

    415: Crybabies 09.24.2010

    In California, a kind of crybaby cottage industry has popped up around, of all things, the ...Business

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  • Coffee County and Bacon County.

    413: Georgia Rambler 07.30.2010

    Producer Jane Feltes speaks with Adam Vickers, one of the owners of Vickers Music in the town of ...BusinessMusic

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  • Prologue.

    412: Million Dollar Idea 07.16.2010

    Hanco's and Henry's are two restaurants in Brooklyn that sell Vietnamese sandwiches and bubble ...BusinessFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • If You Were Stranded on a Desert Island and Could Only Bring One Economic Plan...

    410: Social Contract 06.18.2010

    Why is it that Barbados and Jamaica faced almost identical financial crises, but now Jamaica is ...BusinessEconomicsGovernment

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  • Prologue.

    409: Held Hostage 06.04.2010

    Ira Glass speaks with a man named Daniel Johnson, who is in the K&R business. That's the ...BusinessCrime

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  • Prologue.

    405: Inside Job 04.09.2010

    Ira talks about a friend who for years had a very trusted business partner and bookkeeper, until ...Business

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  • Prologue.

    403: NUMMI 03.26.2010

    Host Ira Glass introduces the story of the New United Motor Manufacturing Inc., aka NUMMI. In ...AutomobilesBusiness

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  • Act One.

    403: NUMMI 03.26.2010

    The rise of NUMMI, or how one of the worst auto plants in America started producing some of its ...AutomobilesBusinessJobs/Employment

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  • Act Two.

    403: NUMMI 03.26.2010

    Why did it take so many years for GM to begin implementing the lessons of NUMMI across the ...AutomobilesBusinessJobs/Employment

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  • Alex's Dad's Story.

    400: Stories Pitched by Our Parents 02.12.2010

    Corporate Personhood. (6 minutes) Web bonus: in the broadcast, we interrupt Alex's story in the ...BusinessFathers

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  • Funny You Don't Look Two-ish.

    397: 2010 01.01.2010

    Adam Davidson and Alex Blumberg from our Planet Money team report on economic forecasts for 2010 ...BusinessEconomics

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  • If God Isn't A Penn State Fan, Then Why Is The Sky Blue And White?

    396: #1 Party School 12.18.2009

    Because of the University, State College is in the only county in Pennsylvania where GDP grew in ...AlcoholBusinessRetail/Commerce

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  • Me And Cherry.

    394: Bait and Switch 11.06.2009

    A few years back, Bill Cotter was a rare book binder who decided to get into the rare book ...BusinessEconomics

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  • Prologue.

    392: Someone Else's Money 10.16.2009

    Host Ira Glass talks to Rob Lamberts, a doctor and blogger in Georgia, who describes the crazy ...BusinessHealth Care/Medicine

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  • One Pill Two Pill, Red Pill Blue Pill.

    392: Someone Else's Money 10.16.2009

    Planet Money's Chana Joffe-Walt explains why prescription drug coupons could actually be ...BusinessDrugsHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Insurance? Ruh Roh!

    392: Someone Else's Money 10.16.2009

    Planet Money correspondent David Kestenbaum investigates the growing popularity of pet ...AnimalsBusinessHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Sorry Johnny... It's Only Business.

    392: Someone Else's Money 10.16.2009

    This American Life producer Sarah Koenig reports on a very surprising reason why insurance ...BusinessGovernmentHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Dartmouth Atlas Shrugged.

    391: More Is Less 10.09.2009

    Are doctors to blame for the rising costs? NPR Science Correspondent Alix Spiegel reports on the ...BusinessHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Every Cat Scan Has Nine Lives.

    391: More Is Less 10.09.2009

    Or is the problem the patients? Producer Lisa Pollak reports. (13 minutes) BusinessHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Who Would Win In A Fight Between A Polar Bear And An Insurance Company?

    391: More Is Less 10.09.2009

    Or maybe the insurance companies are to blame? Producer Sarah Koenig reports. (13 minutes ) BusinessHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Now What?

    391: More Is Less 10.09.2009

    Host Ira Glass talks with Susan Dentzer, editor of the journal Health Affairs, about what ...BusinessGovernmentHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    390: Return To The Giant Pool of Money 09.25.2009

    Host Ira Glass talks with NPR correspondent Adam Davidson about a black tie event he attended in ...BusinessEconomics

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  • Fall 2009.

    390: Return To The Giant Pool of Money 09.25.2009

    We catch back up with the people we met in 2008, to see how they've fared over the last 18 ...BusinessEconomicsHousing

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  • Prologue.

    386: Fine Print 07.24.2009

    Host Ira Glass talks about the infamous line in the band Van Halen's contract insisting that the ...BusinessMusic

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  • Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough.

    384: Fall Guy 06.26.2009

    Planet Money's Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson talk to Ira about the lawsuit phase of the ...BusinessEconomicsLegal System

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  • Prologue.

    383: Origin Story 06.19.2009

    Host Ira Glass talks to business professor Pino Audia and Fast Company magazine columnist Dan ...Advertising/MarketingBusiness

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  • Prologue.

    382: The Watchmen 06.05.2009

    Host Ira Glass talks with Michael Perrino, a law professor at St Johns University School of Law ...BusinessEconomicsLegal System

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  • Investigation Report #1.

    382: The Watchmen 06.05.2009

    Planet Money reporter Chana Joffe-Walt asks a simple question: Who was the federal regulator who ...BusinessEconomicsGovernment

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  • Investigation Report #2.

    382: The Watchmen 06.05.2009

    Alex Blumberg and NPR correspondent (and "Planet Money" reporter) Dave Kestenbaum examine what ...BusinessEconomicsGovernment

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  • The Mod Squad.

    380: No Map 05.15.2009

    Reporter Chris Arnold visits a foreclosure prevention event to find out the painful truth about ...BusinessEconomicsHousing

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  • Unbreaking The Bank.

    377: Scenes From a Recession 03.27.2009

    NPR reporter and Planet Money contributor Chana Jaffe-Walt reports this story of what it really ...BusinessEconomicsJobs/Employment

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  • Punching the Clock in the Enthusiasm Factory.

    372: The Inauguration Show 01.16.2009

    Well over two years ago, long before the country chose Barack Obama...a company called Tigereye ...BusinessPoliticsRetail/Commerce

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  • Prologue.

    366: A Better Mousetrap 2008 10.10.2008

    Host Ira Glass talks with Andy Woolworth, an executive vice president in charge of new product ...BusinessTechnology

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  • Financial Mousetrap.

    366: A Better Mousetrap 2008 10.10.2008

    Looked at one way, the current flailing economy is a victim of invention—Wall Street invention. ...Advertising/MarketingBusinessEconomics

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  • Prologue.

    365: Another Frightening Show About the Economy 10.03.2008

    Host Ira Glass goes to Union Square, a 15-minute subway ride from Wall Street, where it doesn't ...BusinessEconomics

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  • The Day The Market Died.

    365: Another Frightening Show About the Economy 10.03.2008

    Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson recount the 36-hour period, two weeks ago, when the credit ...BusinessEconomics

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  • Out Of The Hedges And Into The Woods.

    365: Another Frightening Show About the Economy 10.03.2008

    One more confusing financial product that's bringing down the global economy. And one of way to ...BusinessEconomics

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  • Swap Cops.

    365: Another Frightening Show About the Economy 10.03.2008

    Ira talks with Michael Greenberger, a former commodities regulator, who tells the story of when ...BusinessEconomics

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  • Now You Sec Me, Now You Don't.

    363: Enforcers 09.12.2008

    TAL producer Alex Blumberg reports on a peculiar Wall Street practice with a dirty-sounding ...BusinessEconomics

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  • Prologue.

    355: The Giant Pool of Money 05.09.2008

    Host Ira Glass talks with an NPR business and economics correspondent about two gatherings he ...BusinessEconomicsHousing

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  • Act One.

    355: The Giant Pool of Money 05.09.2008

    This American Life producer Alex Blumberg teams up with NPR's Adam Davidson for the entire hour ...BusinessEconomicsGovernment

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  • Act Two.

    355: The Giant Pool of Money 05.09.2008

    Alex and Adam's story continues. (23 minutes)BusinessEconomicsGovernment

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  • You’re As Cold As Ice.

    354: Mistakes Were Made 04.18.2008

    In the late 1960s, a California TV repairman named Bob Nelson joined a group of enthusiasts who ...BusinessDeathScience

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  • Please Re-lease Me.

    323: The Super 01.05.2007

    A man we're calling "Dennis" inherits his father's job as a landlord of a big apartment ...BusinessFathersHousing

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  • America, The Ad Campaign.

    322: Shouting Across the Divide 12.15.2006

    The New York advertising agency where Shalom Auslander works got an assignment from the State ...9/11Business

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  • What Would Fill-in-the-blank Do?

    311: A Better Mousetrap 04.14.2006

    Reporter Brett Martin tries to use the tools of modern marketing to invent a new religion...one ...BusinessReligion

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  • Act One.

    292: The Arms Trader 07.08.2005

    Hemant Lakhani, an Indian-born British citizen, had been a salesman all his life. Clothing, ...BusinessCrimeGovernment

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  • Act Two.

    292: The Arms Trader 07.08.2005

    Our story about Hemant Lakhani's case continues, through the sting and the trial. (23 minutes) BusinessCrimeGovernment

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  • Farm Eye For The Farm Guy.

    273: Put Your Heart In It 09.24.2004

    Hilary Hoffman wanted to give up his nine-to-five urban life. So he convinced his wife they ...BusinessPersonal Finance

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  • Indecent Proposal.

    272: Big Tent 09.10.2004

    Mike is a Democrat, the yellow dog kind. The guys he works with—rich guys, like him—are mostly ...BusinessPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    266: I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help 06.04.2004

    This American Life host Ira Glass talks about one thing you probably haven't heard about the ...BusinessIraqJobs/Employment

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  • Airport.

    266: I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help 06.04.2004

    The private security guys (from a company called Custer Battles) who guard Baghdad International ...BusinessIraqMilitary

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  • Hank.

    266: I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help 06.04.2004

    A former military man, Hank was hired by Custer Battles to clean up one of its other Iraq ...BusinessIraqJobs/Employment

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  • Green Zone.

    266: I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help 06.04.2004

    The Green Zone is where the Coalition Provisional Authority has set up its headquarters, and the ...BusinessIraq

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  • Electricity.

    266: I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help 06.04.2004

    On their way out to a power plant, Nancy and Lee, a supervisor for Fluor in Iraq, get shot at by ...BusinessIraq

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  • Karen.

    266: I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help 06.04.2004

    Karen Hahn, who works for Custer Battles at the airport, started out there screening women ...BusinessIraqJobs/Employment

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  • Hank Redux.

    266: I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help 06.04.2004

    Nancy finally gets Hank, the Custer Battles employee, to answer the question of whether he ever ...BusinessIraqJobs/Employment

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  • Unconquerable.

    237: Regime Change 04.18.2003

    Katie Davis tells the story of one storefront in her bustling commercial neighborhood that ...BusinessRetail/Commerce

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  • Stock Making Sense.

    236: My Two Cents 04.11.2003

    Producer Alex Blumberg bought a stock on a tip in 1997. By 1998 it was worthless. And now, in ...BusinessEconomics

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  • Prologue.

    208: Office Politics 03.15.2002

    We hear three stories of how conflicts are resolved in offices. Two of those stories come from ...BusinessJobs/Employment

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  • Hang In There Kitty Cat, It's Almost Friday.

    208: Office Politics 03.15.2002

    This American Life producer Starlee Kine with a story of a company in turmoil. A young employee ...Business

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  • When The Job That Takes You Off The Streets Is On The Streets.

    208: Office Politics 03.15.2002

    This American Life senior producer Julie Snyder explains the office politics of street vendors ...BusinessFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Prologue.

    200: Hearts and Minds 11.30.2001

    We hear clips from the recent press conference with Charlotte Beers, recently appointed ...BusinessGovernmentRetail/Commerce

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  • Prologue.

    184: Neighbors 05.11.2001

    Host Ira Glass talks to the Arnold Abbott, the founder of "Love Thy Neighbor," a Florida charity ...BusinessLegal System

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  • Punk In A Grey Flannel Suit.

    180: Return to Childhood 03.23.2001

    A mortgage broker named David Philp discovers that his old punk band from the 1970s is hot in ...BusinessChildhoodJobs/Employment

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  • Self-deception.

    173: Three Kinds of Deception 12.15.2000

    Producer Alex Blumberg tells the story of an ex-con-turned-actor named Richie Castellano. After ...BusinessEconomicsFilm/Film Making

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  • Prologue.

    168: The Fix Is In 09.15.2000

    Host Ira Glass speaks with two people who believe they've uncovered behind-the-scenes ...BusinessGovernmentPolitics

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  • Act One.

    168: The Fix Is In 09.15.2000

    We hear the first part of our story about Archer Daniels Midland and FBI informant Mark ...BusinessCrimeGovernment

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  • Act Two.

    168: The Fix Is In 09.15.2000

    Our story about ADM and Mark Whitacre continues. The FBI finds out that their star cooperating ...BusinessCrimeGovernment

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  • Money Versus Man.

    163: Can You Fight City Hall…If You Are City Hall? 06.30.2000

    A small-town mayor tries to keep a developer from building in his town...and it results in the ...BusinessGovernmentHousing

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  • Who You Gonna Call?

    160: Character Assassination 05.19.2000

    There is an entire class of consultant who does nothing but help people and companies that are ...BusinessJobs/EmploymentJournalism

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  • Shopping for a Better Future.

    156: What Remains 03.31.2000

    Producer Julie Snyder looks at what happens in one poor Chicago neighborhood when the community ...BusinessRaceRetail/Commerce

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  • Conning The Con Men.

    155: Hoaxing Yourself 03.17.2000

    The story of a con man, one of the most successful salesmen in a long-running ...BusinessCrimeLegal System

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  • Prologue.

    140: Family Business 09.24.1999

    Host Ira Glass with Rory Evans, who describes the day her father fired his own mother from their ...BusinessFamilyFathers

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  • What's A Grecian Urn?

    140: Family Business 09.24.1999

    David Rakoff takes us inside the world of a Greek family-owned ice cream parlour, and what he ...BusinessDrugsFamily

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  • Silent Partner.

    140: Family Business 09.24.1999

    Sean Cole visits Chad's Trading Post in Southampton, Massachussetts. One person who works there ...BusinessDeathFamily

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  • Every Unhappy Family Cleaning Supplies Business Is Unhappy In Its Own Way.

    140: Family Business 09.24.1999

    Hillary Frank explains how an invitation to a business meeting, sent through the mail in 1963, ...BusinessFamily

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  • Prologue.

    138: The Real Thing 08.27.1999

    The story of Jug Burkett, a businessman in Dallas and a Vietnam vet, who years ago routinely ...BusinessCrimeMental Health

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  • Prologue.

    133: Sales 06.25.1999

    Host Ira Glass lays out the premise of this week's show. (2 minutes) Business

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  • How To Talk Your Way Into A Half Million Dollars ... In 45 Minutes.

    133: Sales 06.25.1999

    A story that takes place at the crossroads where art meets commerce—a place where we can ask the ...ArtBusinessFilm/Film Making

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  • Jail Sell.

    133: Sales 06.25.1999

    Writer/performer Danny Hoch performs a monologue taken from his one man show, Jails, Hospitals ...BusinessCriminal JusticeFunny

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  • Who's The Man?

    133: Sales 06.25.1999

    Becoming a salesman can make you more confident and happy, make you ignore it when someone tells ...BusinessJobs/Employment

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  • The Secret To Being Rich And Happy.

    133: Sales 06.25.1999

    What happens to you if you stay in sales all your life? 76-year-old salesman "Diamond" Jimmy Roy ...BusinessHistory

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  • When Businesses Act Like Humans.

    115: First Day 11.13.1998

    Then Chicago-radio-listener and writer Alex Blumberg (he's now one of our producers) tells the ...BusinessMusic

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  • Biblical Thinking In A Digital World.

    112: Ladies and Germs 10.02.1998

    Reporter Hanna Rosen did an investigation of those new antibacterial products—the antibacterial ...BusinessHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Note Four. Ritual.

    109: Notes on Camp 08.28.1998

    Camp Lake of the Woods holds a fake Indian powwow during the summer. This kind of fake Native ...BusinessChildhoodHistory

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  • The Radio Most People Listen To.

    100: Radio 04.24.1998

    How the science of radio enabled V103 to become tied for number one in the Chicago market. And ...BusinessJobs/EmploymentRadio

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  • Prologue.

    97: Death to Wacky 03.20.1998

    Ira and the movie Fast, Cheap & Out of Control. Advertised as wacky, it is anything but. (6 ...BusinessFilm/Film Making

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  • Negative.

    97: Death to Wacky 03.20.1998

    David Sedaris tells true stories of photographers who try to take pictures of him which will ...ArtBusinessLiterature

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  • The Good, The Bad, And The Wacky.

    97: Death to Wacky 03.20.1998

    Ira talks with Josh Glenn, editor of Hermenaut, who explains the difference between Good Wacky ...BusinessRetail/Commerce

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  • How To Increase Your Value As A Person.

    94: How To 02.27.1998

    In which we tackle the biggest possible how-to we could think of: how to make your life worth ...BusinessHealth Care/MedicineJobs/Employment

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  • When The Telephone Is Your Medium.

    90: Telephone 01.16.1998

    Sure you can try to get your pop songs onto records, or on the radio, or onto MTV. But what ...BusinessMusicTelephone

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  • Paint By Numbers.

    88: Numbers 01.02.1998

    Alex Melamid and Vitaly Komar hired a polling firm to investigate what people want to see in ...ArtBusinessMusic

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  • The Salesman.

    88: Numbers 01.02.1998

    Will Powers — his real name — decided to try to use all the tools of modern brand marketing to ...BusinessJobs/EmploymentMarriage

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  • What Makes Grammy Run?

    86: How to Take Money from Strangers 12.12.1997

    Sarah Vowell, on selling the secrets of art dealer Graham Arader. (14 minutes)ArtBusinessJobs/Employment

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  • Dish Out Of Water.

    74: Conventions 08.29.1997

    Dishwasher Pete, author of the book Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty ...BusinessFood/Drinks/CookingJobs/Employment

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  • When Worlds Collide.

    74: Conventions 08.29.1997

    John Perry Barlow, a founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and former rancher and ...BusinessJobs/EmploymentMusic

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  • Prologue. Lottery Players.

    62: Something for Nothing 05.02.1997

    Ira visits the lottery stand in Chicago that sells more lottery tickets than any other: Hannah's ...BusinessPersonal FinanceRetail/Commerce

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  • Basketball and Commerce.

    25: Basketball 06.07.1996

    Chicago playwright Beau O'Reilly goes with Ira to the Scottie Pippin Dodge Store. Then, ...BusinessRetail/CommerceSports

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  • Pier Pressure.

    17: Name Change / No Theme 03.21.1996

    Navy Pier's renovation was presented as a success in last week's show, but recent press reveals ...BusinessChildrenCity

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  • The Economy.

    16: Economy 03.14.1996

    Temporary employment agencies' business has exploded in the last few years as corporations lay ...BusinessEconomicsJobs/Employment

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  • Economic Development, Chicago Style.

    16: Economy 03.14.1996

    Ira takes a look at the remarkably successful $156 million renovation of Chicago's Navy Pier. He ...BusinessEconomicsJobs/Employment

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