Episode 860: The World's Longest Yard Sale

Every August, thousands of people converge on The World's Longest Yard Sale. It spans from Alabama to Michigan. We decided to drive the whole thing, to see 690 miles of microeconomics at work. We follow a yard sale fanatic on her quest to find the perfect bed frame, and learn her strategies for getting the best deals. We buy some records from a man who decides he wants to buy them back. And we pick up some 70s amber goblets, a baseball bat, an ugly cat cookie jar... you get the idea. By the...

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Maersk, the world's largest container line, is about to test the frigid waters of the Arctic in a trial of shorter shipping lanes that could become viable as warmer temperatures due to climate change open up the Northern Sea Route.

On or around Sept. 1, Denmark-based Maersk plans to send its first container ship through the Arctic to explore whether the once inhospitable route could become feasible in the future. Many analysts see the test as a turning point for both the shipping industry and the Arctic.

The presence of two members of Spain's infamous band of convicted sex offenders — known as the "Wolf Pack"— at a public pool in Palomares del Río incited public outcry that led to their ousting from the space, inflaming calls for greater accountability in cases of violence against women.

The Wolf Pack or "La Manada" has been at the center of public vitriol since the group — a total of five men — was convicted to nine years in prison for sexually abusing an 18-year-old girl during the 2016 San Fermin running of the bulls festival in Pamplona.

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All right, joining us now to talk more about these legal developments is Joyce Vance. She's a former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. Welcome.

JOYCE VANCE: Thanks for having me.

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All right, joining us now to talk more about these legal developments is Joyce Vance. She's a former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. Welcome.

JOYCE VANCE: Thanks for having me.

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All right, joining us now to talk more about these legal developments is Joyce Vance. She's a former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. Welcome.

JOYCE VANCE: Thanks for having me.

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All right, joining us now to talk more about these legal developments is Joyce Vance. She's a former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. Welcome.

JOYCE VANCE: Thanks for having me.

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All right, joining us now to talk more about these legal developments is Joyce Vance. She's a former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. Welcome.

JOYCE VANCE: Thanks for having me.

California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife have been indicted on charges of diverting campaign money to pay for personal and family expenses.

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JOYCE VANCE: Thanks for having me.

Madonna is no stranger to controversy, and she stirred it again last night when she showed up to the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) on Monday night wearing jewelry and garb from North Africa's Amazigh people.

Her ensemble included a horned headdress, heavy silver necklaces and a colorful tunic, all of which can be found in shops in Morocco, where she celebrated her 60th birthday last week.

Fashion critics had a field day. They condemned her for cultural appropriation and mocked her stylistic choices.

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