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For one of the most distinguished critics of automation, MIT economist Daron Acemoglu has been, ironically, cranking out research on the subject lately like he's a machine. He and his co-author Pascual Restrepo have produced so many studies on the subject that he couldn't tell us how many they've done. "I've lost count," he says.

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Whidbey Island is a lovely place about 30 miles north of Seattle on the Puget Sound. Most days the tranquil sounds of rolling waves and chirping birds provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. But these days, all is not so serene. Residents are complaining about the ruckus created by humongous container ships anchored off their shore.

For a city as opulent as San Francisco, it's long been jarring to see the extreme poverty of those experiencing homelessness on its streets. If you walk around downtown, tents, makeshift cardboard beds and human excrement can be seen littering the sidewalks. Impoverished people lie on the ground as a blur of highly paid professionals whiz by.

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The pandemic destroyed jobs that require people to be face to face. But vaccines bring hope of recovery. And history offers encouragement. Here's Greg Rosalsky from our Planet Money podcast.

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Being an elite athlete takes discipline, talent and hard work. But according to a new book, there are also a bunch of invisible factors that help create champions. Planet Money's Greg Rosalsky has the story.

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The Backcountry Boom

Dec 15, 2020

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OK. You may be surprised to hear there's currently a startup boom in the United States. Despite the pandemic - or maybe because of it - new businesses are starting at record rates. Here's Greg Rosalsky of NPR's Planet Money.

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