An Arm and a Leg
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An Arm and a Leg

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An Arm and a Leg

A podcast. Because we need to talk about the cost of health care

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An Arm and a Leg

It’s going to be REALLY fun. Also, maybe useful. Catch you here soon!Also, here’s a little video preview.Bonus news: Did you know we're nominated for an award as a TRUE CRIME show? Almost too perfect. Everything on this show is legal, and that's the true crime. Here's a link — please pass it around!Wanna share it with folks? Be our guest! Here it is on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Vimeo. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

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