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Episode 139: When student athletes play hard, who gets paid?

Nov 12, 2019

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by Justin Ho Jul 1, 2019
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by Nancy Marshall-Genzer May 23, 2019
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by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Aug 21, 2018
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by Stephen Beard Jul 24, 2018
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Your foreign car may be as "Made in America" as a Chevy

by Jed Kim Jul 24, 2018
Tariffs against car parts would impact all vehicles, even ones widely recognized to be American.
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German automakers are looking for a better trade deal

by Kai Ryssdal and Josie Fan Jun 21, 2018
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