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The job application for Al-Qaeda

Kai Ryssdal | May 20, 2015
The U.S. Government declassified documents found in Osama Bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.
Max Dawson was the fifth contestant to be eliminated on this season of  Survivor.

Northwestern professor is a real 'Survivor'

Kai Ryssdal and Julian Burrell | May 20, 2015
Max Dawson's class on the economics of the reality show wins him an invitation.
The outside of the shuttered FMC Corp. plant in Baltimore. The plant used to produce insecticides and other agricultural chemicals, but in 2008, the company moved its operations overseas to save costs. About 130 employees were laid off.

How many jobs does $100 million get you?

Noel King and Caitlin Esch | May 20, 2015
Baltimore's "Empowerment Zones" offer a history of qualified success.
Digital advertising is expected to hit $50 billion this year.

Technology meets advertising, with you as the target

Molly Wood | May 20, 2015
Thanks to automation, the digital ad business is expected to hit $50 billion.

PODCAST: Skin in the game

David Brancaccio | May 20, 2015
Wall Street eyes the fed, colleges may have to pay up for defaulted loans, and the costs of investing in a hedge fund.

If students default, should colleges pay up?

Nova Safo | May 20, 2015
A Senate committee is considering changes to college loan default rules.

Even with insurance, people avoid the doctor

Gigi Douban | May 20, 2015
Insurance plans with high deductibles and co-pays, mean rising out-of-pocket costs.

The perfect writing surface

David Brancaccio | May 20, 2015
A writer talks about how his process starts with the paper.

Apple says the best things in life aren't freemium

Tony Wagner and Tobin Low | May 20, 2015
Here are the numbers we're watching and stories we're reading Wednesday.
Construction crews work on a freeway overpass along Highway 101 in Novato, California.

America's infrastructure isn't sexy

Kai Ryssdal | May 19, 2015
What it'll take to put America's infrastructure back in the lead.