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#825: Who Started The Wildfire
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#825: Who Started The Wildfire

After a wildfire, teams of investigators start combing the wreckage for clues. Finding the cause means, maybe, finding someone to pay. But where's the line between a natural disaster and a human one?

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824: Our Valentines
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824: Our Valentines

If you can't beat 'em, send 'em a valentine.

824: Our Valentines

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#823: Planet Monet
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#823: Planet Monet

Investors are pouring money into art, and a lot of it is disappearing into storage. We try to find out where the art goes, and why it goes there.

#823: Planet Monet

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#337: The Secret Document that Transformed China

Yen Jingchang was one of the signers of the secret document. Jacob Goldstein/NPR hide caption

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#337: The Secret Document that Transformed China

In 1978, a group of farmers in a Chinese village wrote a contract and hid it in the roof of a hut. They were afraid the document might get them executed. Instead, it transformed the Chinese economy.

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#822: The Shortest Super Bowl
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#822: The Shortest Super Bowl

How does the market for Super Bowl tickets work? And why did it collapse in 2015?

#822: The Shortest Super Bowl

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#821: The Other Davos
Husameddin AlMadani

#821: The Other Davos

Billionaires, diplomats, thinkfluencers. This is the Davos everyone hears about. Today on the show, we take you to a different Davos.

#821: The Other Davos

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#820: P Is For Phosphorus
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#820: P Is For Phosphorus

Phosphate is a crucial element, for farming, and for life. And there aren't too many places to get it. What if it runs out?

#820: P Is For Phosphorus

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#819: Tax Me If You Can
Jay Koelzer

#819: Tax Me If You Can

Douglas Bruce had a bold vision for Colorado.

#819: Tax Me If You Can

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#508: A Bet On The Future Of Humanity
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#508: A Bet On The Future Of Humanity

A biologist predicts a population bomb that will lead to global catastrophe. An economist sees a limitless future for mankind. The result is one of the most famous bets in economics.

#508: A Bet On The Future Of Humanity

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#818: The Problem Of The Root
Julia DeWitt

#818: The Problem Of The Root

The wild ginseng market has gone crazy. We go to a farm hidden in the Appalachian mountains to find out why.

#818: The Problem Of The Root

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