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4:41pm

Fri August 10, 2012
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Episode 393: The Building That's In Two Countries At Once

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 10:24 am

Hans Hover has one foot in Germany, and one in the Netherlands.
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On today's show, we visit an office building that straddles the border between Germany and the Netherlands.

On one side of the building, there's a German mailbox and a German policeman. On the other side, a Dutch mailbox and a Dutch policeman.

The building was supposed to make it easy to work in both countries. But it's also a reminder of how the European dream isn't yet a reality.

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1:58pm

Tue August 7, 2012
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Episode 273: When The U.S. Paid Off The Entire National Debt

Originally published on Wed August 8, 2012 12:35 pm

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On Jan. 8, 1835, all the big political names in Washington gathered to celebrate what President Andrew Jackson had just accomplished. A senator rose to make the big announcement: "Gentlemen ... the national debt ... is PAID."

That was the one time in U.S. history when the country was debt free. It lasted exactly one year.

On today's Planet Money: The legend of the national debt. Where the debt came from, what happened the one time we paid it all off, and why Congress created the debt ceiling in the first place.

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