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10:44am

Thu September 6, 2012
Planet Money

The Difference Between A $99 Suit And A $5,000 Suit, In One Graphic

Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 12:41 pm

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For more Planet Money fashion coverage, see our post: Why Did My Wedding Dress Cost So Much?

In his New York Times Magazine column this week, Adam Davidson writes about the surprisingly tough business of making ultra-high-end men's suits.

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1:24am

Wed September 5, 2012
Around the Nation

The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit'

Originally published on Thu September 6, 2012 1:37 pm

Abel Meeropol watches as his sons, Robert and Michael, play with a train set.
Courtesy of Robert and Michael Meeropol

One of Billie Holiday's most iconic songs is "Strange Fruit," a haunting protest against the inhumanity of racism. Many people know that the man who wrote the song was inspired by a photograph of a lynching. But they might not realize that he's also tied to another watershed moment in America's history.

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1:11pm

Tue September 4, 2012
Planet Money

Episode 279: The Failure Tour Of New York

Originally published on Wed September 5, 2012 11:37 am

Woolworth's is gone but the building still stands.
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On today's show, we hit the streets of Manhattan with economist Tim Harford. In his book, Adapt, Harford argues that success always starts with failure.

Harford takes us on a failure tour of New York. Highlights include a Gutenberg Bible (turns out the Bible business wasn't so good to Gutenberg) and the Woolworth Building (Woolworth's had some great innovations in its day, but eventually got beat by big-box stores).

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12:47pm

Tue September 4, 2012
Planet Money

NYT Excerpt: It's Hard To Get Rich Making $4,000 Suits

In his New York Times Magazine column this week, Adam Davidson explains why the business of making ultra-high-end suits is a lot tougher than it sounds. Here's an excerpt.

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5:32am

Thu August 30, 2012
Around the Nation

To Save Change-Making Time, Chipotle Rounds Bill Up

Originally published on Thu August 30, 2012 2:43 pm

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning, I'm Steve Inskeep. Every so often, people talk of eliminating the penny - which isn't worth much anymore. It survives, but not in a Chipotle restaurant in New Jersey. The Star-Ledger says a customer discovered the restaurant rounding his bill to the nearest nickel, often collecting an extra cent.

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