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Ep. #79 – Why Botswana Is The Richest Country in Africa

Despite its obscurity, Botswana is the richest country on the African continent. But how did this tiny landlocked country become so much wealthier than its neighbors? Here’s why Botswana is so much richer than the average African nation.
August 12, 2022

Ep. #78 – Why This Empty Hotel Destroyed North Korea’s Economy

In the 1980s, North Korea began constructing a hotel that would never open. 35 years later, the Ryugyong Hotel remains unfinished. Here’s why the dictatorship bankrupted itself by building a hotel that has never served a single guest.
August 4, 2022

Ep. #77 – Why The Spanish Empire Went Bankrupt Mining Too Much Silver

When the Spanish colonized the Americas, they found mountains of gold and silver in Mexico and Bolivia. The Spanish dreamed this would make them the richest empire on earth. Here’s why it bankrupted them instead.
August 4, 2022

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