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Until not so long ago, chicken feet were essentially waste material. Now they provide enough money to keep U.S. chicken producers in the black by exporting 300,000 metric tons of chicken “paws” to China and Hong Kong each year.
In the first part of this hour-long episode of Freakonomics Radio, host Stephen Dubner explores this and other examples of weird recycling. We hear the story of a Cleveland non-profit called MedWish, which ships unused or outdated hospital equipment to hospitals in poor countries around the world. We also hear Intellectual Ventures founder Nathan Myhrvold describe a new nuclear-power reactor that runs on radioactive waste.