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3:07pm

Thu June 27, 2013
Planet Money

Kid Rock Takes On The Scalpers

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 3:46 pm

Ethan Miller Getty Images

Kid Rock is tired of scalpers taking tickets away from his biggest fans.

One way to stop that: Raise ticket prices. If Kid Rock charged more for his tickets, scalpers wouldn't be able to sell them at such a big markup.

But Kid Rock doesn't want to raise prices.

"I don't want to break you by coming to see me, " he says. "I want to make as much money as I can, but I don't need to drive around in a tinted down Rolls-Royce or Maybach and hide from people because I felt like I ripped them off."

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4:21pm

Tue June 18, 2013
The Two-Way

A Field Guide To Jimmy Hoffa Searches

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 4:32 pm

Law enforcement officials search an area in Oakland Township, Mich., on Tuesday for the remains of Jimmy Hoffa. The former Teamsters president was last seen at a Detroit-area restaurant in 1975.
Carlos Osorio AP

The mystery of Jimmy Hoffa's final resting place was opened yet again Monday, when the FBI began digging up a field near Detroit in the hopes of finding the former Teamsters president, who was last seen on July 30, 1975.

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12:22pm

Tue June 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Where's Jimmy Hoffa? Everywhere And Nowhere

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 5:59 pm

Teamsters Union leader Jimmy Hoffa (left) is pictured in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Aug. 21, 1969.
AP

If it's him, it's going to be a letdown.

For the better part of 40 years, the disappearance of former Teamsters President James Hoffa has been a source of fascination on par with Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and the aliens in Roswell, N.M.

If the FBI finds and identifies his body, as agents are currently trying to do just outside Detroit, it will end the mystery and ruin the suspense, says Bob Thompson, a pop culture professor at Syracuse University.

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11:24am

Fri June 14, 2013
The Salt

Nudging Detroit: Program Doubles Food Stamp Bucks In Grocery Stores

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 12:35 pm

A customer in the produce section at Metro Foodland, one of the Detroit grocery stores participating in a healthy food incentive program for people with SNAP benefits. The store will add a section of specially marked local produce as part of the program.
Courtesy of the Fair Food Network

In recent years, programs that double the value of food stamp dollars spent at farmers markets have generated a lot of attention. The basic idea: Spend, say, $10 in food stamps and get an extra $10 credit for purchases at the market.

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3:22am

Fri June 14, 2013
Around the Nation

Detroit's Emergency Manager Meets With Creditors

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 4:49 am

Kevyn Orr will ask unions, retirees and banks to take big losses on debt the city just can't afford to pay. But Orr is walking a fine line trying to convince those parties to accept a bankruptcy-style settlement, without actually going to bankruptcy court — at least, not yet.

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