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Why U.S. Taxpayers Are Paying Brazilian Cotton Growers

Planet Money is making the most thoroughly explained t-shirt in the history of the universe. Last week, we nailed down the design. Today’s task: Buying four bales of cotton.

Turns out, the United States and Brazil are in the middle of a war over cotton. It’s an emotional and quiet war complete with global retaliation and a $147 million bribe.  It all started with a man named Pedro Camargo.  Listen here.