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Note: This episode originally ran in December 2012.

In this episode, we visit Fire Station Six in Contra Costa County, California.

Episode 685: Larry vs. The IRS

Feb 19, 2016

A lot of people dream of not paying their taxes. Larry Williams scoured the fine print of IRS code, talked to lawyers, settled on a plan, then just stopped paying taxes. Today on the show, we tell his story. It starts on a fateful camping trip, it winds through a jail cell in Australia and a courtroom in California, and it ends up in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Music: "Jumble Sale." Find us: Twitter/ Facebook.

Episode 684: The Return Of The Colonel

Feb 17, 2016

We think of franchises as corporate behemoths: Tons of identical stores all selling the same thing. But actually, each store is run kind of like a small business--and the franchise owners don't always get along with corporate headquarters. In this episode, we look at the secret war going on inside every franchise. It all goes back to a guy with a white beard and a black string tie: Colonel Harland Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Episode 683: Our Valentines

Feb 12, 2016

Regret. Self-loathing. Jealousy. Happy Valentine's Day! We have it all.

All the time here at Planet Money we read stories that other people have done and we say, "Why didn't we do that?" Today on the show, we bring you the little stories that we love so much we wish we had thought of them ourselves.

Our Valentines go out to:

Episode 466: DIY Finance

Feb 10, 2016

This episode originally ran in June 2013.

On today's show, we look at how people create their own financial systems from scratch.

One man has thousands of dollars stashed around his house in different "accounts." Tamara Bullock and Patricia Hamilton are part of an informal savings club. Miguelo Rada has a whole bank in his pocket — he gives out loans and acts like an ATM who looks out for your best interest.

In a closely watched visit to Capitol Hill, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen listed risk factors in the global economic scene, such as concerns over China's currency and market volatility. It's the first time Yellen has testified since the Fed nudged interest rates higher in December.

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The first thing you need to know about Lucille Perry is that she has a great laugh. The second thing is that she works…a lot.

“I got here at 7:00 a.m., and I’ll leave at 4:30 p.m. I have to be to my next job at 5:45 p.m., and I’ll probably get off at 10:00 p.m. tonight,” she said.

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