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    • The Black Market in Scrap Metal (and How It Impacts Transportation)

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 3 mins
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    At a few hundred dollars a ton, scrap metal is decently valuable – and it's most certainly a good source of extra revenue for those who run body shops, construction sites, junkyards and the like. And if you're a thief, it's also a pretty good thing to steal – not only is the demand for scrap metal rather robust (therefore making it pretty easy to find a willing buyer), but scrap metal also looks like any other metal, making tracing it back to its true owner very difficult.

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    • What Happens to US-Canadian Relations When Milk Prices Are out of Sync

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Let's do some math. The drive from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, to Bellingham, Washington State (United States of America) is approximately 40 miles (or 60 kilometers), most of which is highway driving.

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    • hidden massage un the story is good

    • By Wilfrido Tamayo on 03-09-17

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    • How Taylor Swift's Popularity Turned Static into Gold

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    If you don't know who Taylor Swift is – well, you may just be the last person on the planet who can lay claim to that. The 25-year-old singer-songwriter is as big of a superstar as they come.

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    • A Twist of the Knife

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    In September 2013, a New York City man named Antonio Ciccarello died as a result of a stab wound. About five days prior to his death, Ciccarello was commuting to work like he normally did, traveling from Manhattan's Lower East Side to Times Square. But this trip was different.

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    • With a Little Help from My Friends

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    EMI was a British music company that once had many different labels under it. But the company's history is more robust than simply putting music onto records, cassettes, CDs and iTunes.

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    • Van Morrison and the 31 Songs About Nothing but a Bad Contract

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Van Morrison is a legend of the music world. He has won six Grammys to date, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and gets a fraction of a cent whenever you stream 'Brown Eyed Girl' on Spotify (when it plays in your head, however, that one's free).

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    • How to Pay Yourself $2.1 Million in Taxes

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    Tax refunds are tantamount to loans to the government, repaid a few weeks or months late. But many people treat their tax refunds as a windfall—found money, to be spent on whatever extra-budgetary items they desire, much like an unexpected Christmas bonus or a winning lottery ticket. Easy come, easy go.

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    • P.T. Barnum's Final Attraction

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 3 mins
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    In 1875, two men from Wisconsin convinced P.T. Barnum, the famed showman, to join their business – a circus. Barnum's job was to lend his name to the product and, ultimately, his wisdom as well, and the circus became known as "P.T. Barnum's Great Traveling Museum, Menagerie, Caravan, and Hippodrome."

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    • Short. But good story for 3 min.

    • By Andy on 01-13-18

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    • How Potatoes Changed the Outcome of a World War II Naval Battle

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    The USS O'Bannon was a warship used by the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean War. The destroyer's armament was impressive by any measure – depth charges for submarines, 17 anti-aircraft guns, torpedo tubes for ships and subs alike, and five 5"/38 caliber guns for surface targets.

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    • Treemail

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 7 mins
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    In the 1971 book The Lorax, the incomparable Dr. Seuss tells the story of an environmentally conscious monster (the Lorax) and his efforts to protect Truffula trees (a fictional species) from an industrialist named the Once-ler who is chopping them down.

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    • When Minneapolis and St. Paul Battled over Population

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    Minneapolis and St. Paul are, respectively, the largest city and the capital of the state of Minnesota. Together, they're often referred to as the "Twin Cities" because they border one another—the local baseball team (the Minnesota Twins) even adopted the moniker.

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    • The People You Can Check out of the Library

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    Libraries are, increasingly, more than just books—they're repositories of information, and all that knowledge is made open to the public. You can scan decades-old magazines now stored on microfiche, check out CDs and DVDs (and even vinyl and VHS tapes, if you have a device that can play them), and you can surf the internet with reckless abandon.

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    • You Can't Win If You Don't Pay

    • By: Dan Lewis
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    • Length: 4 mins
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    "You can't win if you don't pay"—that's a slogan used by a number of different state-run lotteries in the United States. It's a truism of sorts—the statement is obviously correct (both in the context of lotteries and more generally) and says nothing really interesting, but it makes for good ad copy.

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    • What Happens in Bochum Stays in Bochum

    • By: Dan Lewis
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    The German town of Bochum is the 16th largest in the country by population; as of 2015, Bochum was home to roughly 365,000 people. In the fall of 2014, though, at least one of those people was in a little bit of trouble.

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    • Rocketman

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    Yves Rossy is a pilot. Like most other pilots, he flies things. But unlike any other pilot, the thing he flies is himself.

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    • The Man Who Dropped Candy from the Skies

    • By: Dan Lewis
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    At the close of World War II, the victorious Allies split Germany into four parts—one controlled by France, another by the United Kingdom, another by the United States and another by the Soviet Union. And Berlin, although it was embedded within the Soviet-controlled sector, was itself divided into four similarly managed parts.

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    • The ATM at the Bottom of the Earth

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    ATMs – short for automated teller machines – have become a ubiquitous feature in the lives of most people in developed nations.

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    • We Used to Recycle Penicillin from Patients' Urine

    • By: Dan Lewis
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    Penicillin was discovered by a scientist named Alexander Fleming in September 1928. Two years later, it was used for the first time to cure an infection – on November 25, 1930, British Doctor Cecil George Paine used penicillin to help an infant suffering from neonatal conjunctivitis.

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    • Hey, Dude

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
    • Length: 4 mins
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    The word "dude" means "man" and, nowadays, is generically applicable to any person. (But you already knew that.) The term has been around since the late 1880s, but unlike most words, the etymology of the term was, until recently, mostly a mystery.

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    • The Skyscraper Without a View

    • By: Dan Lewis
    • Narrated by: Giovannie Cruz
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    The building located at 33 Thomas Street in Manhattan – like many buildings in Manhattan – is tall. But at 550 feet, it isn't all that tall by New York City's standards – it doesn't even crack the top 100.

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