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Sun, Jan 21, 2018 -- 7:30 PM
Sun, Jan 21, 2018 -- 7:30 PM How I Built This with Guy Raz: Sara Blakely of Spanx

Guy Raz talks to Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx. At 27, Sara Blakely was selling fax machines and desperate to reinvent her life. So she came up with Spanx hosiery that eliminates panty lines and set to work building her business.

Sun, Jan 21, 2018 -- 7:00 PM
Sun, Jan 21, 2018 -- 7:00 PM Planet Money: 4, 3, 2, 1-- Liftoff

It's launch day for the Planet Money satellite, POD - 1, and the intrepid Planeteers discover all the superstitions and complications of going to space. They eat the traditional pancake breakfast with the launch team. And learn that the one time they did not eat pancakes, the rocket didn't make it to orbit. That's not the only launch danger. Will Marshall, the CEO of their satellite partner Planet, always makes a speech where he lists what can go wrong (BOOM). But Will says taking risks is actually part of the business plan. Even if POD - 1 does make it to space, there is one more obstacle. Actually, there are thousands of them. Little bits of space junk. How does a rocket and a satellite avoid them all? Visit the people who make sure we have a clear path to the heavens.

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