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Freakonomics: Spite Happens

In Freakonomics Radio, Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner use the tools of economics to explore real-world behavior. In this episode, they explore our surprising propensity for spite. Dubner talks to economist Benedikt Herrmann about "money-burning" lab experiments, in which people often choose to surrender some of their own cash in order to take money away from other participants. Plus, athlete Bo Jackson's very costly decision to spurn one particular football team.

From Solitary To Stardom On The Court: What It Means To Be 'Tuff'

Before his success in the NBA, Caron Butler overcame a rocky youth in the inner city. Drugs and violence nearly derailed him — but, as he writes in a new memoir, he managed a dramatic turnaround.
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Invasive Insect Could Wreak Havoc On U.S. Tomato Crop

A virginia tech plant pathologist says it's time to implement quarantine measures on tomatoes being imported from other countries where the South American Tomato Leafminer has already taken hold.

Chaffetz Leaps Into Race To Succeed Boehner As Speaker

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, announced he will run for speaker of the House, challenging GOP majority leader Kevin McCarthy to become the successor to outgoing Speaker John Boehner.

#MemeOfTheWeek: That Article From The Onion About Mass Shootings

The article reveals what the writers really feel about mass shootings in America, something mainstream media couldn't do.

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