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May 18, 2019
#913: Counting The Homeless
From renting hotels to a jobs report-like census in the night, we look at ways communities are helping the homeless.
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22 min
May 15, 2019
#407: A Mathematician, The Last Supper, And The Birth Of Accounting
The story of Luca Pacioli, who brought double-entry bookkeeping to the masses, transforming accounting and businesses around the world.
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17 min
May 10, 2019
#912: How Uncle Jamie Broke Jeopardy
How James Holzhauer built on the strategies of Ken Jennings, Roger Craig, and Monica Thieu, to crack the game show Jeopardy.
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27 min
May 8, 2019
#911: You Asked The Listener Question Hotline
What's the cost of being tall? Are people less productive when the weather is bad? Why is vanilla so expensive? Answers to those questions and more.
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20 min
May 3, 2019
#910: Economics, Sexism, Data
Alice Wu's undergraduate senior thesis on gender bias on the Econ Job Rumors forum sparked a movement to address sexism in the field of economics.
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24 min
May 1, 2019
#416: Why The Price of Coke Didn't Change For 70 years
For 70 years, the price of a bottle of Coca-Cola stayed a nickel. Why? The answer includes a half a million vending machines and a 7.5 cent coin.
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20 min
April 27, 2019
#909: Dollar Stores Vs Lettuce
Every six hours a new dollar store opens in the U.S. Are they killing grocery stores?
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20 min
April 24, 2019
#908: I Am Not A Robot
The remarkable story of the online "CAPTCHA" tests we've all taken to prove that we're not robots.
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24 min
April 19, 2019
#907: Two Spring Indicators
The Indicator from Planet Money explores trade wars, peanuts, hurricanes, and happiness.
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21 min
April 17, 2019
#644: How Much Does This Cow Weigh?
We wanted to understand an eerie phenomenon that drives everything from the stock market to the price of orange juice. So we asked you to guess the weight of a cow.
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19 min
April 12, 2019
#906: The Chicago Boys, Part II
How a ruthless dictator, and a bunch of economists known as the Chicago Boys, took Chile from socialism to capitalism.
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27 min
April 11, 2019
#905: The Chicago Boys, Part I
In the late 1950s and early '60s a handful of Chilean students went to study economics at the University of Chicago. What they learned changed their country.
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24 min
April 6, 2019
#904: Joke Theft
Copyrighting comedy is expensive. So comedians have devised an informal system of sanctions to protect their jokes from theft. Sometimes it works.
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26 min
April 4, 2019
#760: Tax Hero
Joe Bankman, professor at Stanford, figured out a way to make filing your taxes easy and painless. Then the tax lobby found out about it.
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23 min
March 29, 2019
#903: A New Way To Pay For College
Some colleges are offering students a new way to pay. It's not a scholarship. It's not a loan. It's more like the students are selling stock in themselves.
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19 min
March 28, 2019
#902: The Phoebus Cartel
The story behind two sneaky forces that drive us to buy more products, more often: Planned obsolescence and psychological obsolescence.
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31 min
March 22, 2019
#901: Bad Cops Are Expensive
There's an industry of people working to eliminate bad police behavior. They're not activists or protestors. They're insurers.
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20 min
March 20, 2019
#189: Why A Dead Shark Costs $12 Million
Today's show is about the fickle market for art. What makes a dead shark cost $12 million, and a photo of steel wool that looks like a tornado cost only $1,265?
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19 min
March 15, 2019
#900: The Stolen Company
When an American company named ABRO learns their goods are being counterfeited in China, they start their own trade war.
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22 min
March 13, 2019
#724: Cat Scam
The internet was supposed to get rid of middlemen--but instead they are taking over the global economy.
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23 min
March 8, 2019
#899: Mexico Fights The Fuel Pirates
Thieves are stealing billions of dollars worth of gasoline in Mexico. The President is taking drastic action to cut them off, and it comes at a serious cost. Content warning: Audio of deadly pipeline explosion.
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17 min
March 7, 2019
#785: The Starbury
The story of an NBA All-Star and an experiment: To make a desirable basketball shoe cheap enough for anyone.
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25 min
March 2, 2019
#898: Happy Fed Independence Day
The story of the day the Federal Reserve got its independence and the fight—an actual physical fight—to keep it.
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19 min
February 28, 2019
#897: New Orleans Vs. Airbnb
Airbnb has changed New Orleans. And now landlords and preservationists are fighting over the future of the city.
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22 min
February 22, 2019
Antitrust 3: Big Tech
What does the rise of dominant tech companies say about competition and the state of antitrust law? Third in a series.
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23 min
February 20, 2019
Antitrust 2: The Paradox
How Robert Bork won the fight over the very meaning of competition in America, and paved the way for some of the biggest companies we've ever seen.
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19 min
February 15, 2019
Antitrust 1: Standard Oil
At the turn of the 20th century, Ida Tarbell investigated John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil. What she discovered changed the economy of the United States.
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23 min
February 14, 2019
#418: A Fake Bank For Money Laundering Run By The Government
To catch drug traffickers, the U.S. government tried something it had never tried before. It set up and ran a fake offshore bank for money laundering. Fake name. Fake employees. Real drug money.
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19 min
February 8, 2019
#893: Our Valentines 2019
We give a shout out to the stuff we've been obsessing over in the office — those stories that were so good, we wished we had thought of them ourselves.
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17 min
February 7, 2019
#892: The Lost Plane
In December, a commercial flight had to make an emergency landing in Iran. They discovered that landing there would be easy. Getting out – much, much harder.
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16 min
February 1, 2019
#891: Who Won The Bet Over Bitcoin?
Five years ago, two sides met on our show to make a bet about the future of bitcoin. Today, we announce the winner.
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19 min
January 30, 2019
#825: Who Started The Wildfire?
After a wildfire, teams of investigators start combing the wreckage for clues. Finding the cause means, maybe, finding someone to pay. But where's the line between a natural disaster and a human one?
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21 min
January 25, 2019
#890: The Division Problem
Today on the show, we take on one of life's most vexing problems: Sharing.
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21 min
January 23, 2019
#688: Brilliant Vs. Boring
John Bogle died last week. His creation — the index fund — changed investing. Today, how his invention set off a million dollar bet between some of the biggest brains on Wall Street, including Warren Buffett.
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22 min
January 18, 2019
#889: The Pay-What-You-Want Experiment
In 2010, Panera launched several pay-what-you-want cafes. On today's show: How this charitable experiment worked out.
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19 min
January 17, 2019
#888: The First Shutdown
In 1879, Congress and the President were locked in a battle over the rights of African-Americans. It led to the first government shutdown.
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15 min
January 12, 2019
#887: You Asked For It, Yet Again
On today's show we answer questions about silver dollars, Venmo, and Brexit. Why? Because you asked!
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25 min
January 9, 2019
#690: All In
We go inside a professional poker tournament, where some of the smartest betting takes place behind the scenes.
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20 min
January 4, 2019
#886: The Price of a Hack
Hackers are an expensive headache for companies. But there might be a simple economic fix.
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16 min
January 2, 2019
#885: Do It For Your Country
People are the engine that fuels an economy. But what happens when you start running out of people?
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18 min
December 28, 2018
#884: The Rest Of The Story, Winter 2018
We check in on some stories we did this year to see what's changed. Find a full list of the episodes we referenced at our website, NPR.org/money.
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23 min
December 26, 2018
#609: The Curse Of The Black Lotus
How the card game "Magic: The Gathering" deflated a speculative bubble. You can support our show at donate.npr.org/planetmoney.
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20 min
December 24, 2018
BONUS INDICATOR: The Calculator That Time Forgot
Most products in this world are vulnerable to creative destruction: as new products are developed, they make old ones obsolete. But there are some exceptions — products that persist, resisting change while economic evolution continues without them. For instance: the graphing calculator. (This episode is from our other podcast, The Indicator from Planet Money. Subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts.)
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8 min
December 21, 2018
#883: A Very Planet Money Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens wanted to pick a fight with economists. So he invented Ebenezer Scrooge. But did he get it all right? Also: If you want to support our show, head over to donate.npr.org/planetmoney. We appreciate it.
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26 min
December 20, 2018
#882: Synthetic Reefer Madness
How a professor invented a formula for synthesizing cannabinoids and unintentionally helped launch a drug revolution.
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28 min
December 17, 2018
BONUS INDICATOR: The Measure Of A Tragedy
Ricardo Hausmann, a Harvard-based Venezuelan economist, has constructed his own indicator, one that captures the horrifying scale of the economic catastrophe in Venezuela. (This episode is from our other podcast, The Indicator. Subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts.)
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10 min
December 15, 2018
#881: The Prisoners of the Trade War
A truce in the U.S.-China trade war seemed close. The leaders of China and the United States were meeting to discuss a fix. And then arrests started. It got even more confusing, so today, we call up our man on the ground in Shanghai to make sense of it all. The key to understanding the latest turn in the trade war centers around a giant company most Americans haven't heard of called Huawei. Its rise traces the rise of China's economy and Chinese-style capitalism.
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17 min
December 13, 2018
#539: What's A Penny Worth?
We try to figure out what makes cents.
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22 min
December 7, 2018
#880: Is Amazon Good For New York?
It feels like all of New York City is arguing about Amazon's new office in Queens. But what do the people in Long Island City think?
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21 min
December 6, 2018
#533: Why Car Safety Is A Trade Barrier
The U.S. and Europe just can't agree on car safety standards. That puts car companies in a weird position, makes cars cost more and just seems kind of random and wasteful.
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21 min
December 1, 2018
#879: The Secret Target
Their plan was dangerous, risky, and extremely unpopular. But America copied them anyway. Today on the show: how a tiny country on the other side of the world changed how America runs its economy.
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23 min
November 28, 2018
#468: Kid Rock Vs. The Scalpers
We talk to Kid Rock about how he tried to cut scalpers out of the business — and still sell cheap tickets to his shows.
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22 min
November 26, 2018
VIDEO: The Price Of Coke Stayed The Same For 70 Years — Why?
For 70 years, a Coca-Cola cost a nickel. The price didn't change. How is that even possible? You can also watch the video here: https://youtu.be/Bcz0BJGEVUY
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4 min
November 23, 2018
#878: Mugshots For Sale
We go deep inside the market for online mugshots. Is it extortion? Or is it a First Amendment right?
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20 min
November 21, 2018
#877: The Laws of The Office
You get what you measure. Work expands to fill the time allotted. Who comes up with this stuff? And is it true?
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24 min
November 19, 2018
VIDEO: Put A Chip On It
A quick history of slow credit cards. This video also available here: https://youtu.be/2IksSNiEo2g
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4 min
November 17, 2018
#699: Kansas City Vs. Kansas City
A bunch of you asked why so many cities threw billions in tax breaks at Amazon. It reminded us of an episode we did in 2016.
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22 min
November 15, 2018
#876: Patent Deception
How World Patent Marketing stole nearly $26 million. And how the acting attorney general was involved.
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28 min
November 12, 2018
VIDEO: A Grave Promise
If you die in America, chances are the cemetery is going to promise to maintain your grave forever. Americans take this for granted, but it's a wacky, wild promise that we maybe should not be making. You can also watch this video here: https://youtu.be/xYDYDThuJe4
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3 min
November 10, 2018
#875: Why Did The Cow Cross The Border?
To take advantage of the surprising benefits provided by an interlocked economic system on the other side.
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21 min
November 7, 2018
#874: Hot Dog Hail Mary
The Falcons are trying something radical: Making their food cheaper. It could break stadium economics.
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19 min
November 5, 2018
VIDEO: Inventing Price Tags
For most of human history, you had to haggle over prices before you could buy something. Then came the idea of the price tag.
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5 min
November 2, 2018
#873: The Seattle Experiment
Seattle's radical solution to big money in politics: Flood elections with even more money.
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22 min
October 31, 2018
#872: The Halloween Tapes
Something spooky has been happening here at Planet Money.
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24 min
October 30, 2018
Video: The Miracle Apple
We're kicking off a quick season of our bonus video series, Planet Money Shorts. Watch how apples became brands, and started being more than delicious.
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6 min
October 26, 2018
#871: Blacklisted In China
China is trying a bold experiment to help people trust each other more: The social credit score. Will it work? Does it go too far?
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20 min
October 23, 2018
#676: The First Lottery & How To Beat The Odds
The first lottery was a royal affair with poems, golden flatware and invited criminals. Also, how someone won the lottery over and over.
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23 min
October 19, 2018
#870: Trump vs. Red Tape
President Trump promised to slash regulations. How has he done?
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20 min
October 17, 2018
#453: What Causes What?
We try to tell the difference between correlation and causation.
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19 min
October 12, 2018
#869: The Student Loan Whistleblower
Seth Frotman worked overseeing student loans for the government. He saw things that made him quit, and tell all.
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20 min
October 8, 2018
#534: The History of Light (Nobel Edition)
Bill Nordhaus just won the economics Nobel. In this show: He shows how history of light is the history of economic growth — of things getting faster, cheaper, and more efficient.
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21 min
October 5, 2018
#868: Moneyland
We follow writer Oliver Bullough as he explores how stolen money moves around the world, and what that might mean for democracies.
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21 min
October 3, 2018
#680: Anatomy Of A Scam
Ever seen one of those signs asking if you want to work from home? We find out what happens when you call.
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23 min
September 29, 2018
#867: Special Report: Asylum Crackdown
We tell the story of a massive crackdown on asylum fraud, and the fallout.
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34 min
September 27, 2018
#866: Modern Monetary Theory
We rethink everything we know about government spending, taxes, the nature of money... All of it.
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22 min
September 21, 2018
#865: Tweak This
We propose small fixes for baseball, weddings, salary negotiations and buying your morning coffee. Warning: They may be too rational.
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18 min
September 19, 2018
#657: The Tale Of The Onion King
How one man took the onion market hostage.
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16 min
September 15, 2018
#864: The Central (Bankers') Question
We crash a party of central bankers to get an answer to one of the biggest economic questions of our time.
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22 min
September 12, 2018
For Our 10th Anniversary, Episode #1
In honor of our 10th anniversary, we revisit our very first episode.
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29 min
September 8, 2018
#863: The 13th Hole
What a hole-in-one gone awry says about the state of charity.
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20 min
September 5, 2018
#729: When Subaru Came Out
Subaru's sales had been slumping for years. Then they went straight to their biggest fans: Lesbians.
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20 min
August 31, 2018
#862: Big Government Cheese
That time we accidentally created a cheese surplus so large it had to be stored in a ginormous cave.
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23 min
August 29, 2018
#783: New Jersey Bails Out
California just did away with cash bail. But credit where credit is due. New Jersey already tried something similar.
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20 min
August 24, 2018
#861: Food Scare Squad
When food makes people sick all around the country, an army of germ detectives jumps into action.
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22 min
August 22, 2018
#444: New Jersey Wine
Today on the show: Could New Jersey become the next Napa?
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20 min
August 17, 2018
#860: The World's Longest Yard Sale
Six states. Three days. One ugly cookie jar. Today on the show: Yard sale!
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25 min
August 15, 2018
#613: Trash!
The line between trash and recycling is moving a lot these days. It's a tough time to be a recycler.
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15 min
August 10, 2018
#859: You Asked For Even More
You have a lot of questions... about tariffs, unemployment rates, and RV dealerships, to name a few. We have answers.
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19 min
August 8, 2018
#704: Open Office
This episode is for everyone who ever had to ask their coworkers to quiet down. Today on the show: We meet the man who stole your office door.
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19 min
August 3, 2018
#858: Venezuela's Fugitive Money Traders
The Venezuelan government doesn't want you to know the real value of its currency. But Ruben and Mila figured it out. Now they're on the lam.
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19 min
August 1, 2018
#857: The Postal Illuminati
Is there a secretive postal organization fixing international shipping rates, and giving American businesses a bad deal?
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22 min
July 27, 2018
#856: Yes In My Backyard
There's a simple way to solve the housing crisis in U.S. cities. Only problem is, almost everybody hates it.
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19 min
July 25, 2018
#855: The Poop Cartel
What happens when a group of economists applies the number one rule of economics... to number two?
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24 min
July 20, 2018
#854: The New Socialists
Socialism was political poison in the U.S. for decades. Now it's gaining ground. Who are these new socialists? And what do they want?
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15 min
July 18, 2018
#472: The One-Page Plan To Fix Global Warming Revisited
Tax carbon emissions. That's basically the whole plan. What's the hold up?
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24 min
July 13, 2018
#853: Peak Sand
Sand. It's in buildings, windows, your cell phone. But there isn't enough in the world for everyone. And that's created a dangerous black market.
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18 min
July 11, 2018
#427: LeBron James Is Still Underpaid
The best player in basketball is getting hosed. The NBA team owners, the players, the fans and even LeBron James himself want to keep it that way.
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21 min
July 6, 2018
#852: Two Summer Indicators
Two stories from our Indicator team. There's a province in China that makes many of the world's flags. It's a unique window on global trade right now. And we find out why so few teenagers are working summer jobs these days.
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21 min
July 3, 2018
#700: Peanuts And Cracker Jack
It takes strategy and skill to sell snacks at a baseball game. Meet the hot dog vending legend of Fenway Park.
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24 min
June 30, 2018
#851: The Rest Of The Story Summer 2018
A pesticide wreaks havoc. A listener needs a bitcoin detective. And the search for the rarest economic good continues.
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21 min
June 27, 2018
#850: The Fake Review Hunter
Fake product reviews are wrecking the internet. But help is on the way: From a bodybuilding fake review hunter.
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19 min
June 25, 2018
VIDEO: The Chicken Tax
Which came first, the frozen chicken or the tax on foreign trucks? Just kidding, it was the frozen chicken — then came the American tax that helped shape the domestic market for trucks.
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3 min
June 22, 2018
#682: When CEO Pay Exploded
Politicians have argued for decades that CEOs are overpaid. But there's this precise moment in the 1990s when CEO pay suddenly shot up. We find out what happened.
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21 min
June 20, 2018
#849: It Takes Two To Make A Trade War Fight
President Trump says China is stealing U.S. technology. So we looked into one case. And things got a little complicated.
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22 min
June 15, 2018
#848: The World's Biggest Battery
California has a ton of solar power. But as soon as night falls, it's gone. Today on the show: How to bottle the sun.
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21 min
June 13, 2018
#847: Inventing Accidents
The medical world has been trying to cure color blindness for centuries. Then a glass scientist figured it out. By accident.
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21 min
June 9, 2018
#846: Ungerrymandering Florida
When Florida outlawed partisan gerrymandering, politicians tried to sneak it back in...in disguise.
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20 min
June 6, 2018
#660: The T-Rex In My Backyard
Meet Sue, the dinosaur who sparked a gold rush for fossils buried in the badlands of North Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana.
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19 min
June 2, 2018
#845: REDMAP
Meet the man who figured out how to reshape national politics by making tiny investments in the smallest of places.
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21 min
May 31, 2018
#844: Nice Game
In game theory, sometimes the best way to win, is to lose.
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16 min
May 25, 2018
#843: Swamp Gravy
Today on the show: A small town stakes its future on writing, directing, and starring in a musical.
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29 min
May 23, 2018
#643: The Taxi King
Gene Freidman built a taxi empire. We visited him before he was in legal trouble.
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20 min
May 18, 2018
#842: Showdown at the WTO
The World Trade Organization: Can't live with it, hard to crush your trade opponents without it.
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19 min
May 16, 2018
#696: Class Action
Class actions run from big civil rights cases to arguments about pepper. Are they noble, or silly?
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22 min
May 11, 2018
#841: The Land Of Duty Free
We meet the man who invented duty free shopping and find out if these tax free stores are really saving us any money.
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21 min
May 9, 2018
#840: Fixing Chicken
Today on the show: A chicken index, some Wall Street investors, and an unlikely whistle-blower.
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19 min
May 4, 2018
#839: The Indicator Goes To California
California is way more than Hollywood. Today on the show, we look at what else is going on in this powerhouse state economy.
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26 min
May 2, 2018
#575: The Fondue Conspiracy
Today on the show: How a cheese cartel abandoned the rules of economics and convinced the world to eat fondue.
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16 min
April 27, 2018
#838: A Series of Mysterious Packages
Unordered trinkets have been arriving at homes around the country. We try to find out why.
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17 min
April 25, 2018
#640: The Bottom Of The Well
Today on the show: the economics of drought, and why the rational thing to do in California right now is use more water.
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22 min
April 21, 2018
#837: The Belt, The Road And The Money
Today on the show, we connect the dots between New York, Uganda, Prague, and China's thirst for resources. (Music Credit: Thanks to musician Giovanni Kiyingi for the use of his song "Kaleeba" from the album Amakondeere.)
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22 min
April 19, 2018
#836: The Rational Madness Of The Used Car Salesman
Why are used car commercials so annoying? Meet the original sinner.
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17 min
April 13, 2018
#835: Tariffied
We're in a full-fledged trade war with China. We dig into the list of tariffs on American products. It gets weird...and delicious.
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21 min
April 11, 2018
#661: The Less Deadly Catch
Today on the show: how an economic fix helped made the deadliest job in America safer, and why people are angry about it.
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18 min
April 7, 2018
#834: NDA Tell-All
Today on the show, we talk to one of the most famous NDA breakers of all time, and ask: Is there a legal way out of your NDA?
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21 min
April 4, 2018
#685: Larry vs. The IRS
What exactly would happen if you didn't pay your taxes? Today on the show, we follow one man who did just that.
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20 min
March 30, 2018
#833: Worst. Tariffs. Ever.
Tariffs are stupid. This is one of the few things economists can agree on. Today, we bring you the story of the worst tariffs ever.
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21 min
March 28, 2018
#832: Mulvaney Vs The CFPB
What happens when you put someone who wants to close an agency, in charge of that agency? Today on the show, we find out.
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21 min
March 23, 2018
#671: An Insider Trader Tells All
A man who got caught insider trading explains everything — what he did, how he did it, and why.
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19 min
March 21, 2018
#831: The Golden Rules
Planet Money joins the gold rush 170 years late. And the rules are still about the same. How did that happen?
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19 min
March 16, 2018
#454: The Lollipop War
What do sugar farmers have against candy? A lot, according to candy manufacturers.
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21 min
March 14, 2018
#830: XXX-XX-XXXX
How did the social security number become the most important identifier in the United States? And is that even a good idea?
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20 min
March 9, 2018
#829: Rigging The Economy
Two guys from different ends of the political spectrum agree that the economy is rigged. And they think they know who's responsible.
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19 min
March 7, 2018
#677: The Experiment Experiment
There's something wrong with the way we're doing science. Today on the show, we find out how to fix it.
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22 min
March 2, 2018
#828: You Asked For More
We ponder the price of chicken, safe haven currencies, and the cash value of coupons. Why? Because you asked.
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23 min
February 28, 2018
#827: Three Indicators
What do human blood, the conservative tax plan, and beer hops tell us about the world? Find out in today's episode.
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19 min
February 23, 2018
#826: The Vodka Proof
Vodka is the best selling spirit in the United States, and there are zillions of brands. But is there any difference between them?
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20 min
February 21, 2018
#545: The Blue Pallet
How do you reinvent something as simple as the wooden shipping pallet?
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16 min
February 16, 2018
#825: Who Started The Wildfire
After a wildfire, teams of investigators start combing the wreckage for clues. Finding the cause means, maybe, finding someone to pay. But where's the line between a natural disaster and a human one?
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19 min
February 14, 2018
#824: Our Valentines
If you can't beat 'em, send 'em a valentine.
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20 min
February 9, 2018
#823: Planet Monet
Investors are pouring money into art, and a lot of it is disappearing into storage. We try to find out where the art goes, and why it goes there.
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17 min
February 7, 2018
#337: The Secret Document that Transformed China
In 1978, a group of farmers in a Chinese village wrote a contract and hid it in the roof of a hut. They were afraid the document might get them executed. Instead, it transformed the Chinese economy.
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17 min
February 2, 2018
#822: The Shortest Super Bowl
How does the market for Super Bowl tickets work? And why did it collapse in 2015?
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23 min
February 1, 2018
#821: The Other Davos
Billionaires, diplomats, thinkfluencers. This is the Davos everyone hears about. Today on the show, we take you to a different Davos.
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18 min
January 26, 2018
#820: P Is For Phosphorus
Phosphate is a crucial element, for farming, and for life. And there aren't too many places to get it. What if it runs out?
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20 min
January 25, 2018
#819: Tax Me If You Can
Douglas Bruce had a bold vision for Colorado.
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23 min
January 19, 2018
#508: A Bet On The Future Of Humanity
A biologist predicts a population bomb that will lead to global catastrophe. An economist sees a limitless future for mankind. The result is one of the most famous bets in economics.
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20 min
January 18, 2018
#818: The Problem Of The Root
The wild ginseng market has gone crazy. We go to a farm hidden in the Appalachian mountains to find out why.
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22 min
January 13, 2018
#817: The Gun Man
Will 3-D printing make gun control impossible?
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27 min
January 10, 2018
#489: The Invisible Plumbing Of Our Economy
Why does it take days to send money electronically?
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23 min
January 5, 2018
#816: Bitcoin Losers
The Bitcoin market has gone crazy. And it's revealing something strange. A lot of people can't find their Bitcoins. We go looking for lost billions.
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22 min
January 3, 2018
#273: When The U.S. Paid Off The Entire National Debt
What does a country with no debt look like? To find out, we went back to the United States in 1835.
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20 min
December 29, 2017
#815: The Rest of the Story 2017
Every year at Planet Money, we take a cue from radio legend Paul Harvey and bring you "The Rest of the Story." It's a show where we check in on some of the episodes that we've done in the past year, and tell you what's changed.
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20 min
December 27, 2017
#544: The M&M Anomaly
David Kestenbaum noticed that a pack of Milk Chocolate M&M's weighs 1.69 ounces, but a pack of Peanut Butter M&M's weighs 1.63 ounces. He had to know why. But the confectionary world has its secrets.
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13 min
December 25, 2017
BONUS INDICATOR: How Airfare Is Changing
Why flying to small airports keeps costing more and more, just as flying to big airports is getting cheaper. (This episode is from our new podcast, The Indicator. Subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts.)
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6 min
December 22, 2017
#814: The Tax Plan Is Huge
Congress just passed the largest tax overhaul in decades. We dig in.
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22 min
December 20, 2017
#670: The Santa Suit
Today on the show: A lawsuit over a Santa suit is a window into countless hidden fights that shape the stuff we buy. It's one man's battle against the U.S. government — and, in a way, against himself.
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17 min
December 18, 2017
BONUS INDICATOR: Forget Neutrality
From our new podcast, The Indicator: Opponents of net neutrality argue that the government should get out of the way and let the market work, that's what leads to better service and more choice. We examine that logic.
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8 min
December 16, 2017
#813: The Produce Show
Five reporters go to the New York Produce Show and Conference, each on a mission.
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25 min
December 13, 2017
#812: High Rise, Low Returns
As a businessman, President Trump is known for his towering buildings. Today we tell the story of one of those skyscrapers and what it says about how and with whom Trump does business.
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26 min
December 11, 2017
BONUS: The Indicator, From Planet Money
We've made a new show. You can subscribe to it now. It's called 'The Indicator'. It's for those times you want Planet Money to explain the news, quickly. It's short (about five minutes) and three days a week.
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8 min
December 9, 2017
SPACE 4: 3 2 1
We've got a satellite. We got a rocket. We're heading to the launch pad.
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25 min
December 7, 2017
SPACE 3: Rocket Shopping
We found a satellite. We tried to figure out what it would do. Now we need to choose our rocket.
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23 min
December 1, 2017
SPACE 2: Wait, Why Are We Going To Space?
We hitched a ride on a satellite. Now we have to figure out what we're going to do up there.
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23 min
November 30, 2017
SPACE 1: We're Going To Space
We really are going to space.
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26 min
November 24, 2017
#807: Anatomy of a Hustle
What did Paul Manafort do, exactly? Robert Mueller's indictment is 31 pages of hard-to-understand financial crime. We try to figure it out.
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21 min
November 22, 2017
#665: The Free Food Market
A while back, the charity Feeding America was a mess. It was sending pickles to food banks that wanted produce, and potatoes to Idaho. So they called some economists, and a free food market was born.
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18 min
November 17, 2017
#806: Walmart's Pickle
Walmart and Amazon are in a battle to be the store where you buy everything. But when both companies sell everything, what sets them apart? Food inventions like a bright, red pickle!
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18 min
November 15, 2017
#805: War And Peace And Cows
In South Sudan, there is a kind of money that works even through bank failures and unstable governments. But when war struck, it upended a whole economy: the economy of cows.
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19 min
November 10, 2017
#672: Bagging the Birkin
Once you've got a Birkin bag, you've made it. But to get one, you need more than just money. Birkins always seem to be mysteriously out of stock. This is no accident.
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17 min
November 8, 2017
#804: Your Cell Phone's A Snitch
Timothy Carpenter stole cell phones. Then his phone sold him out to the Feds. Now the Supreme Court has to decide how private our cell phone data should be.
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21 min
November 3, 2017
#369: If Teens Ran the Fed
Once a year, teenagers from across the country team up and compete to run the U.S. Federal Reserve.
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16 min
November 1, 2017
#803: Nudge, Nudge, Nobel
Why do smart people make dumb decisions? Figuring that out won Richard Thaler a Nobel Prize.
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18 min
October 28, 2017
#802: The Hotel at the Center of the World
A Chinese company pays millions of dollars for a failing hotel in a small, rural town. We follow the trail of money, and it explains the world economy.
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21 min
October 25, 2017
#579: Is the NCAA An Illegal Cartel?
In any other industry, it's illegal for a group of companies to get together and cap wages. What makes the NCAA different?
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19 min
October 20, 2017
#801: The Death Show
Today on the show: death. We have four stories about how people prepare for death and what they leave behind for the living.
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16 min
October 18, 2017
#581: Free Money
Bob Peterson claims to have found the thing people have sought for thousands of years — an investment guaranteed to double in value. He keeps it in a storage locker in Utah. It's protected by a single padlock.
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15 min
October 14, 2017
#800: North Korea's Capitalists
Capitalism isn't supposed to exist in North Korea. But all over the country, small businesses are popping up, growing the nation's economy. And much of that money is going straight to the country's nuclear program.
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24 min
October 11, 2017
#799: Corporate! Income! Tax!
Republicans are proposing big changes to the corporate income tax. Trillions of dollars are at stake. Here's what it all means.
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17 min
October 7, 2017
#798: Bad Credit Bureau
For most of our lives, Equifax has been slurping up our financial data. Now the company's been hacked and our data is loose. Today, we trace this mess back to two brothers and one fateful decision.
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19 min
October 4, 2017
#648: The Benefits of Bankruptcy
It might just be the secret weapon of the U.S. economy.
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21 min
September 29, 2017
#797: Flood Money
Bill Pennington's house floods a lot: Three times in the last three years. And every time his house floods, the government pays to help him repair the damage. Is something wrong here?
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20 min
September 27, 2017
#524: Mr Jones' Act
The government suspended the Jones Act last week, to allow non-US ships to move fuel to victims of hurricanes in Houston and Florida. Which once again made us wonder why the act even exists.
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16 min
September 22, 2017
#796: The Basic Income Experiment
The basic income. A flat payment to citizens, without strings. Is it a progressive fever dream, or sensible policy? We may soon find out. The Finnish Government is testing it on 2,000 citizens.
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26 min
September 20, 2017
#795: Is Record Breaking Broken?
The Guinness Book of World Records had a problem. It was a book. And books aren't selling as well as they used to. So Guinness changed what they were selling, and who they were selling to.
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22 min
September 15, 2017
#794: How To Make It In The Music Business
Behind almost all popular music, there is this hidden economy of music producers buying and selling sonic snippets, texting each other half-finished beats, and angling for back-end royalties.
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21 min
September 13, 2017
#647: Hard Work Is Irrelevant
Patty McCord helped create a workplace at Netflix that runs more like a professional sports team than a family. If you're not up to scratch, you're off the team. Is this the future of work?
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21 min
September 9, 2017
#793: This Week in Time Bombs
We look at three time bombs Congress is sitting on: The federal budget, the debt ceiling, and DREAMers.
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23 min
September 6, 2017
#628: This Ad's For You
Tom Burrell was the first black man in Chicago advertising. He went on to change the way we think about ads, and the way advertisers think about us.
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25 min
September 2, 2017
#792: The Ransom Problem
When someone has been kidnapped, what do you do? If you pay ransom, you create a market for hostages. If you don't, people die. Different countries have different policies with different results.
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20 min
August 30, 2017
#791: Tips From Spies
There's an entire universe of things spies are not allowed to tell us. Today on the show, a few of the teeny things they can say. They might come in handy.
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15 min
August 25, 2017
#790: Rough Translation in Ukraine
Fake news from Russia helped spark a real war in Ukraine. What can Ukraine's fight against fake news teach the US?
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29 min
August 23, 2017
#652: The Hydrox Resurrection
Hidden in the trash heap of commerce there is buried treasure. Abandoned brands--including trusted, beloved brands--are waiting to be claimed and reborn. Today on the show: A cookie comeback.
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19 min
August 18, 2017
#789: Robocall Invasion
Your phone rings--it looks like your neighbor's calling. But instead, it's the creepiest scam of the year.
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18 min
August 16, 2017
#653: The Anti-Store
Costco made shopping harder, and customers loved it. Now a new company is taking the Costco experience to new extremes.
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15 min
August 11, 2017
#788: Robert And Kenny Go To The Fair
When we go to the state fair, we don't go for the rides, deep-fried tacos or the butter cow. We head straight for the vendor marketplace to meet the masters of the lost art of salesmanship.
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23 min
August 9, 2017
#399: Can You Patent a Steak?
We visit the workshop of the meat inventor who came up with Steak-Umm and KFC's popcorn chicken. And we try to figure out what meat inventors tell us about patents and innovation.
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19 min
August 4, 2017
#787: Google Is Big. Is That Bad?
Google just got hit with a multibillion-dollar antitrust fine. Here's what it tells us about competition, market power, and the biggest corporations on the planet.
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11 min
August 2, 2017
#471: The Eddie Murphy Rule
We answer one of the most important questions in finance: What actually happens at the end of Trading Places?
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26 min
July 28, 2017
#786: Rest of the Story 2017, Vol. 1
News moves fast. Some of our best stories from this year have new chapters. Here, we catch up on three: Dirty trademarks, trading bots, and the war against the bald eagle.
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22 min
July 26, 2017
#629: Buy Low, Sell Prime
Sam Cohen buys stuff at big retail stores, then turns around and sells it on Amazon for a quick profit. It defies economic logic. But somehow, there's a whole multimillion-dollar industry doing this.
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15 min
July 21, 2017
#785: The Starbury
Most athlete endorsements make a product more expensive. But what happens when an NBA All-Star uses his name to make a sneaker much, much cheaper? On today's show: How that worked out.
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23 min
July 19, 2017
#594: Board Games
On today's show: The story of two guys who tried to cut the pay of a CEO at a small pneumatic tool company.
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20 min
July 14, 2017
#784: Meeting The Russians
That meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer was two decades in the making. It began in 1996, when an adventurous American went to Russia, trying to make a buck.
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20 min
July 12, 2017
#783: New Jersey Bails Out
Bail is broken. In New Jersey, defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges banded together to try a dramatic solution: Blow it up.
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18 min
July 7, 2017
#782: Budget Time
We run through the entire federal budget — in 10 minutes. More than $6 billion per second. Go.
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15 min
July 5, 2017
#586: How Stuff Gets Cheaper
We visit a company where people work on figuring out how to make stuff get cheaper.
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14 min
June 30, 2017
#781: The Money Fixers
In Washington, D.C., there is a place where millions of dollars of ripped, burned, and water-soaked dollar bills are made new. On today's show, we get inside that room.
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17 min
June 28, 2017
#286: Libertarian Summer Camp
We visited a libertarian summer paradise. What we found: People paying in gold. Exotic bacon dishes. A nine-year-old selling alcohol.
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26 min
June 23, 2017
#780: On Second Thought
Flip-floppers, this one's for you. Changing your mind is hard, but it's one of the smartest things you can do.
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23 min
June 21, 2017
#779: Shrimp Fight Club
What happens when an unstoppable shrimp meets an unmovable senator? A researcher goes to Washington to defend herself, her shrimp, and science itself.
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23 min
June 16, 2017
#778: What the Falcon's Up With Qatar?
Qatar was on top of the world. Seemingly overnight, it became a pariah. On this episode, we drill into a rift years in the making: It's a tale of falcons, kidnapping, and a glowing Saudi Arabian orb.
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19 min
June 14, 2017
#610: The Prisoner's Solution
Today on the show, a businessman goes to prison, and decides he is going to disrupt the biggest captive market in America.
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18 min
June 10, 2017
#777: Free Love, Free Market
How a free-love commune embraced the free market and became a blockbuster brand.
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22 min
June 7, 2017
#776: Here We Grow Again
The president's budget promises 3% growth. Is that doable? Yes, but he won't like what it would take.
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19 min
June 3, 2017
#775: The Pigweed Killer
A battle with a weed divides neighbors and leads one farmer to shoot another dead. Today's show: The hunt for a better pesticide gets way out of hand.
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24 min
May 31, 2017
#599: The Invisible Wall
A man goes looking for the invisible wall that traps poor people in poverty. Finding it almost gets him killed.
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18 min
May 26, 2017
#774: Unspeakable Trademark
You can name your business whatever you want. But the government won't register it as a trademark if it thinks it's offensive. It gets weird when you try to decide what is too offensive to trademark.
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20 min
May 24, 2017
#773: Slot Flaws Scofflaws
As long as there have been casinos, people have tried to cheat them. The latest attempt was by a group of hackers who tried to take down slot machines using math, iPhones, and a whole lot of swiping.
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22 min
May 19, 2017
#772: Small Change
How fast is the world really changing? The answer has implications for everything from how the next generation will live to whether robots really will take all our jobs.
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20 min
May 17, 2017
#606: Spreadsheets!
The creation of the electronic spreadsheet transformed industries. But its effects ran deeper than that.
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20 min
May 12, 2017
#771: When India's Cash Disappeared, Part Two
What happened when India's Prime Minister declared most of the paper money in India worthless? We travel to India to see what happened after the country's demonetization.
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20 min
May 11, 2017
#770: When India's Cash Disappeared, Part One
Something incredible happened in India about six months ago. The government declared most of the paper money invalid. Demonetization they called it. Today, we meet the man who came up with the plan.
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23 min
May 5, 2017
#769: Speed Dating For Economists
We visit a job market created by economists, for economists. It's a hyper-efficient, optimized system, tested by game theorists, tweaked by a Nobel Prize winner, but it requires comfortable shoes.
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24 min
May 3, 2017
#768: A Chat With Ben Bernanke
Ten years ago, two little-known funds at Bear Stearns blew up, and the financial crisis was on its way. Today, we ask the person at the center of it all, former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, why it happened.
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18 min
April 28, 2017
#553: The Dollar At The Center Of The World
Today on the show, how a New Hampshire hotel filled with boozing economists saved the global economy.
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20 min
April 27, 2017
#767: Georgetown, Louisiana, Part Two
In 1838, the Maryland Jesuits sold 272 people, slaves, to pay the debts of Georgetown University. We talk with the descendants about what - if anything - they're owed.
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30 min
April 21, 2017
#766: Georgetown, Louisiana, Part One
For the residents of a small Louisiana town, there's always been a question about their past: How'd they get there? Solving the mystery only raised more questions.
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25 min
April 18, 2017
#765: The Holiday Industrial Complex
Where do holidays like National Potato Chip Day and Argyle Day come from? We trace the roots of one made-up holiday until we find out who is running the global holiday machine.
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18 min
April 14, 2017
#381: When Business Loves Regulation
One in three American jobs require a license. Today on the show, why those licensing rules hurt the U.S. economy.
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14 min
April 12, 2017
#764: Pub In A Box
One man figured out how to reproduce the magic of an Irish pub, and ship it in a container to anywhere in the world.
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17 min
April 7, 2017
#763: BOTUS
On today's show, we get in on the future of investing. We build an automated stock-trading bot. It analyzes the twitter feed of President Donald Trump, then trades stocks with real money. Our money. You can follow our bot on twitter, @BOTUS.
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18 min
April 5, 2017
#531: The Tough, The Sweet, The Nosy
The tricks and mind games tax collectors use to get people to pay up.
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22 min
March 31, 2017
#762: The Fine Print
On today's show: Snuggies, printer toner, and a banking road trip. Three stories about what happens when you actually read the fine print.
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19 min
March 29, 2017
#650: The Business Genius Behind Get Out
Jason Blum makes a lot of movies and makes them cheap. So why are so many turning into blockbusters?
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25 min
March 25, 2017
#761: The Bank War
A populist president versus the most powerful banker in America.
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20 min
March 23, 2017
#760: Tax Hero
One professor had a way to make filing taxes easy and painless. It worked. People loved it. But then a big tax lobby heard about it...
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22 min
March 17, 2017
#759: What's It Worth To You?
Three short stories about putting a price on something hard to value precisely. We go from $4.66 under a pillow all the way up to $1 trillion across every inch of highway in America.
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18 min
March 15, 2017
#522: The Invention Of 'The Economy'
A hundred years ago, nobody talked about "the economy." That's because easy ways to measure and talk about it hadn't been invented. On today's show: how we started boiling nations down to a number.
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17 min
March 11, 2017
#758: Can Trump Take The Money?
The Constitution contains a paragraph known as the Emoluments Clause. It's 49 words meant to prevent foreign influence on US officials. How does it apply to a president with a global business empire?
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21 min
March 9, 2017
#596: Hacking The iPhone For Fun, Profit, And Maybe Espionage
Wikileaks released documents listing the hacks the CIA uses to spy on people. So we revisit our story on hackers for hire: people hunting for flaws in your phone to sell to people, or even the CIA.
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19 min
March 4, 2017
#757: Strong Feelings About Dodd-Frank
President Trump does not like Dodd-Frank, the 2010 law that transformed banking regulation. On today's show, we ask: What are the key parts of the law? And how are they likely to change?
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25 min
March 1, 2017
#513: Dear Economist, I Need A Date
Here at Planet Money, we often wonder: how useful is economics in our everyday lives? Could the principles of economics be applied to the most intimate of human experiences, like, say, love?
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23 min
February 25, 2017
#756: The Bees Go To California
Early every year, 30 billion bees make their way across the country to California's Central Valley. Here's why.
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22 min
February 22, 2017
#654: When The Boats Arrive
In the span of a few months in 1980, more than 100,000 Cuban immigrants arrived in Miami. So what happened to Florida's economy with all these new people coming in? And what can we learn from it?
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15 min
February 18, 2017
#755: The Phone At The End Of The World
A charismatic populist president wanted to boost manufacturing and create jobs. She told companies, 'if you want to sell your stuff here, you have to build it here.' This is what happened.
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19 min
February 14, 2017
#754: I'm So Happy For You!
Here at Planet Money, our favorite stories are the ones we wish we'd done ourselves. On the show, we call out rivals and colleagues who did what we try to do better than we could have done it.
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20 min
February 11, 2017
#753: Blockchain Gang
Charlie Shrem went to prison. While he was there, he thought up a better way to move money behind bars. Now he's out and trying to sell his idea to international investors.
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22 min
February 8, 2017
#436: If Economists Controlled The Borders
What would the perfect immigration system look like? We ask three economists and get three very different answers. (None of which include building a wall.)
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19 min
February 4, 2017
#752: Eagles vs. Chickens
Picture an organic farm, with thousands of free-range chickens roaming wide-open land. Now picture it from above, from the vantage of a soaring bald eagle. It's an all-you-can-eat buffet.
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17 min
February 2, 2017
#751: The Thing About That Border Tax
Over the next few months, we're going to explain President Trump's economic plans. Today: a totally new idea for corporate taxes. What's the plan, what's the theory behind it, and does it work?
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19 min
January 28, 2017
#750: Retraining Day
When an American loses his/her job to trade, there is program to help. It's been around for decades. It makes a lot of sense. It is a generous program. And almost nobody's heard of it. But why?
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19 min
January 25, 2017
#632: The Chicken Tax
President Trump talks about putting tariffs on foreign cars. But there are already tariffs on auto imports and one got there because of chickens in Germany. This is how trade barriers tend to spread.
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16 min
January 20, 2017
#749: Professor Blackjack
Ed Thorp started his career teaching math at MIT. Then he slid sideways into blackjack, changed the game forever, and set his sights on Wall Street investing. He changed that forever too.
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19 min
January 19, 2017
#748: Undoing Obama
Congress writes laws, but the president makes the rules that put the laws in action. President Obama's staff has been scrambling to lock in rules before Trump takes the helm. But will they stick?
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23 min
January 13, 2017
#747: The Man Who Sued Iran
When Steve Flatow's daughter was killed in a terror attack, he wanted someone to pay. His target was the Iranian government. His quest would pit him against both Iran and the White House.
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25 min
January 12, 2017
#577: The Kansas Experiment
A Republican governor lives the dream. He cuts taxes dramatically in his state and he promises good times ahead. But the good times do not come.
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21 min
January 6, 2017
#746: Wall Street Goes To Vegas
Wall Street traders and Las Vegas gamblers have a lot in common. But when a Wall Street firm set up shop taking Vegas bets, both sides got a surprise.
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20 min
January 5, 2017
#443: Don't Believe The Hype
People are talking about how the Dow Jones Industrial Average is about to hit a new record: Twenty thousand. We have a pretty strong opinion about the Dow. We think you should ignore it.
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17 min
December 30, 2016
#745: The Rest Of The Story, 2016 Edition
It's time for an annual Planet Money tradition--we revisit some of our favorite stories from the past year, and see what's changed since we turned off our mics.
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18 min
December 27, 2016
#744: The Last Bank Bailout
The man who ran the last bank bailout has a plan to prevent the next one.
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16 min
December 23, 2016
587: Jubilee! (?)
There's an idea that dates back at least to biblical times. That there should be a moment when debts are forgiven. Its called a jubilee. One country tried it.
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20 min
December 21, 2016
#743: 50 Ways to Leave Your Union
Today on the show, two unions separated by 200 years, an ocean and an exit clause. The United States has no exit clause. It led to civil war. Europe, on the other hand, has Article 50.
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17 min
December 17, 2016
#742: Making Bank
On today's show, how a band of medieval warrior monks sworn to poverty got into the banking business and changed the way we think about money forever.
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13 min
December 14, 2016
#592: Bell Wars
A special holiday episode about the epic, decades-long feud between the two companies that make just about every handbell in the world.
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19 min
December 10, 2016
#741: Amy and Steve vs. Facebook
The story of a court case. On one side, the best lawyers money can buy. On the other, a night school lawyer who had never argued a case before. The outcome could affect everyone on the internet.
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18 min
December 8, 2016
#740: Burnout
All types of companies are struggling with burnout. Many try to fix it. Most of them fail. One exception: A 26-year-old call center manager, with stress balls and costumes in her arsenal.
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19 min
December 3, 2016
#739: Finding The Fake-News King
We track down a fake-news creator in the suburbs, uncover his empire of fake-news sites, and get him to tell us his secrets.
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18 min
November 30, 2016
#534: The History Of Light
In this episode: How we got from candles made out of cow fat to as much light as we want. The history of light is the history of economic growth — of things getting faster, cheaper, and more efficient.
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20 min
November 25, 2016
#738: Russian Cowboys
Russia's latest ambition: To build a steak empire. On today's show, a fourth-generation American cowboy teaches Russian ranchers how to make American-style steaks. Some things get lost in translation.
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18 min
November 23, 2016
#737: 17 Deals In 17 Minutes
We go on a madcap dash through discounts, bargains and tough tradeoffs. Like the headline says: We bring you stories of 17 deals in just 17 minutes (not counting the intro, the ad, or the credits).
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17 min
November 18, 2016
#736: Messy Nobel
What happens when a creativity guru meets the winner of this year's Nobel Memorial Prize in economics? You get life lessons in making art, and negotiating contracts.
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25 min
November 16, 2016
#574: The Buffalo Talk-Off
The story of a guy who tried to make something of himself by getting into a rough business. And the story of a time when the world went wild for debt.
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18 min
November 12, 2016
#735: President Trump
Candidates promise all kinds of things. But once they get into office, it's not always possible to carry through on them. We ask, can Trump do the things he's pledged to do?
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24 min
November 10, 2016
#734: The Trump Indicators
Donald Trump is our president elect. We look at three economic indicators to see what they can tell us about a Trump presidency.
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13 min
November 5, 2016
#733: A Trunk Full of Truffles
Truffles are a lumpy, smelly fungus. They're also one of the most coveted foods in the world. Why are they so expensive? And why are people willing to pay so much for them?
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21 min
November 2, 2016
#413: Our Fake Candidate Meets The People
On today's show, Planet Money's economist-approved fake candidate makes his first ads. Then we nervously watch to see what a focus group thinks of them.
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22 min
October 29, 2016
#732: Bad Form, Wells Fargo
Banks like Wells Fargo have a weapon that can destroy an employee's career: A form. A long, boring form most people don't even know exists.
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17 min
October 26, 2016
#387: The No-Brainer Economic Platform
Behold the Planet Money economic platform, crafted by brilliant economists of all stripes, and pure poison to any politician who embraces it.
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24 min
October 21, 2016
#731: How Venezuela Imploded
Venezuela has just about every economic advantage a country could ask for: fertile land, good climate, educated population, and oil, lots and lots of oil. So how did it go so wrong?
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19 min
October 20, 2016
#730: Self Checkout
A doctor treating psychiatric patients in an emergency room created the first self-checkout machine in his spare time. Now he can't stand self checkout. So we take him shopping.
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20 min
October 15, 2016
#729: When Subaru Came Out
Subaru's sales had been slumping for years. So the car company took a big risk and targeted a group of consumers that just about everyone else was ignoring.
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19 min
October 12, 2016
#627: The Miracle Apple
How we got from mealy, nasty apples to apples that taste delicious. The story starts with a breeder who discovered a miracle apple. But discovering that apple wasn't enough.
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14 min
October 8, 2016
#728: The Wells Fargo Hustle
We take you inside the headquarters of Wells Fargo bank. It's a place where a bunch of young, stressed-out workers were rewarded for doing some very bad things.
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18 min
October 5, 2016
#521: The Town That Loves Death
On today's episode, we'll take you to a place where dying has become acceptable dinner conversation. A place that also happens to have the lowest healthcare spending of any region in the country.
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23 min
October 1, 2016
#727: You Asked For It, Again
New show! You asked us questions about the economy and oddities in your world. We answer.
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23 min
September 28, 2016
#726: Terms of the Debate
We made an audio glossary for the confusing economic jargon that came up during the first presidential debate.
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20 min
September 24, 2016
#725: Trade Show
On today's show: The fight over free trade. Come for the man who dreamed of world peace through trade. Stay for Robert Smith in the mean streets of Seattle.
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37 min
September 21, 2016
#555: Why Is The Milk In The Back Of The Store?
We test two competing theories, from a food writer and an economist. Are customers being forced to walk through the store or is it just practical to keep the milk at the back?
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16 min
September 16, 2016
#573: Why Textbook Prices Keep Climbing
Prices of new textbooks have been going up like crazy — faster than food, cars, even healthcare. On today's show: Why textbooks have gotten so expensive.
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15 min
September 14, 2016
#724: Cat Scam
The internet was supposed to get rid of middlemen--but instead they are taking over the global economy.
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21 min
September 9, 2016
#566: The Zoo Economy
If you're a zoo or aquarium and you want a new animal, you don't use money to get it. You have to find another way. In this episode, we investigate: How many mackerel is a flock of puffins worth?
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17 min
September 7, 2016
#723: The Risk Farmers
There is a mystery in many poor countries. Why don't farmers specialize and grow more food? Two economists with very different theories go head to head to find out.
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20 min
September 2, 2016
#532: The Wild West of the Internet
For decades, most websites ended in either .com, .net, or .org. But a few years ago, everything changed.
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18 min
August 31, 2016
#722: The New Telenovela
One telenovela actress-turned-executive decided to write a new kind of drama. Her show changed the landscape of Spanish language TV--and of all TV.
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20 min
August 26, 2016
#721: Unbuilding A City
Why is it so hard to knock down 17 vacant houses in a shrinking city?
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19 min
August 24, 2016
Oil #5: Imagine A World Without Oil
Last of five episodes. We follow the Planet Money oil to a gas station. And we ask: What would our world look like if there were no fossil fuels?
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26 min
August 19, 2016
Oil #4: How Oil Got Into Everything
Fourth of five episodes. Oil is in our sneakers, our clothes, and the computer or phone you're using right now. On today's show: The story of the man who made it happen.
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25 min
August 17, 2016
Oil #3: How Fracking Changed the World
Third of five episodes. The Planet Money oil faces a test, we sell it, and we meet the man who set off the fracking boom in America.
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27 min
August 12, 2016
Oil #2: The Price Of Oil
Second of five episodes. Oil is priced down to the penny, and the price changes every day. Who sets that price?
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22 min
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