Season 8, Episode 24

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The typical supermarket stocks roughly 35,000 items. Trader Joe’s averages just 3,000. Are they proof that less is more? (Photo: Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

A quirky little grocery chain with California roots and German ownership has a lot to teach all of us about choice architecture, efficiency, frugality, collaboration, and team spirit.

To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “Should America Be Run by … Trader Joe’s?” and “Is the Protestant Work Ethic Real?