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Widely circulated U.S. Census data have revealed that the most common job for American women in 2010 was the same as it was in 1950.

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There’s probably nothing more unsettling than a Congolese rebel leader with a bent toward magic coming at you with a straight razor. I don’t know this personally (though I strongly suspect I’m right) but a guy named Dr. Mario Zarza Manresa has firsthand knowledge of just this scenario.

Zarza Manresa was traveling on vacation down the Congo River when his boat was pirated by rebels from the Enyele ethnic group. The doctor was taken hostage, and he is still held by his captors. He is, however, alive and well — the Telegraph reports that a fisherman saw him — although he is now hairless.

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A guy named Bill Sparkman was looking for extra money when he took a job as a part-time census taker (called an enumerator, Chuck and I recently learned). It turns out that he was looking for a bit more than the $350 a week the Census Bureau paid him as a part-time temporary worker. He was looking for something more like a $600,000 pay off, not for himself, but for his son. Whom he’d named as the sole beneficiary to two life insurance policies he’d taken out before heading door to door in Clay County, Kentucky, where he’d been assigned.

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Population may not seem like the most scintillating topic in the world, but Josh and Chuck beg to differ. Join them as they explore how population works, from demographics to population control, in this episode.

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