Season 9, Episode 49

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Everyone agrees that massive deforestation is an environmental disaster. But most of the standard solutions — scolding the Brazilians, invoking universal morality — ignore the one solution that might actually work. And: humans, it has long been thought, are the only animal to engage in economic activity. But what if we’ve had it exactly backward?

To find out more, check out the podcasts from which this hour was drawn: “The Simple Economics of Saving the Amazon Rain Forest” and “The Invisible Paw.”