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Planet Money

The economy explained. Imagine you could call up a friend and say, "Meet me at the bar and tell me what's going on with the economy." Now imagine that's actually a fun evening.

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#921: Tales From The Parking Lot

Three stories: A tire-booting vigilante, a surge price conspiracy, and the civil rights fight over parking tickets.
2019-06-21
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#920: What Should We Be Worried About?

The economic recovery turns 10 this month. Don't get too comfortable. There's plenty to be worried about.
2019-06-19
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#919: Are Cities Overrated?

Big cities used to be the land of opportunity for most people. But with changes in work, some economists are wondering: Are cities overrated?
2019-06-14
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#590: The Planet Money Workout

Gyms don't want you to workout. Or at least, not often. It's better for business that way. Economics explains why.
2019-06-12
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#918: The Day Of Two Noons

People didn't always know what time it was. But in the nineteenth century, a high school principal, a scientist, and a railroad bureaucrat synchronized the nation.
2019-06-07
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#651: The Salmon Taboo

In Japan, salmon used to be garbage fish. Today, it's a delicacy. How one Norwegian with a lot of extra fish changed the tastes of a nation.
2019-06-05
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#917: Quit Threat!

Sometimes an economy can get so strong the power dynamic between bosses and workers flips: Full employment. Are we there yet?
2019-05-31
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#916: The Whistleblower Whisperer

Jordan Thomas is a lawyer who represents some of Wall Street's biggest whistleblowers. The life that led him here is extraordinary.
2019-05-29
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#915: How To Meddle In An Election

In which someone runs a science experiment on an actual election, on actual voters, to test the persuasive power of ethically sketchy methods.
2019-05-24
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#914: Trump and Deutsche, A Long Affair

After Donald Trump's companies declared four bankruptcies, several major banks stopped loaning him money. But Deutsche Bank didn't.
2019-05-23
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#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.
2019-05-18
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#407: A Mathematician, The Last Supper, And The Birth Of Accounting

The story of an innovation that changed the way the world works, and of the man who made this innovation possible: Luca Pacioli.
2019-05-15
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#912: How Uncle Jamie Broke Jeopardy

James Holzhauer took data, probability and a lot of practice with a fake buzzer, and turned it into a fortune on a game show.
2019-05-10
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#911: You Asked The Listener Question Hotline

We answer a bunch of the questions you asked ? and even one you *didn't* ask.
2019-05-08
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#910: Economics, Sexism, Data

A young economist holds a mirror up to her field. And starts a national conversation about women in economics.
2019-05-03
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#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.
2019-05-01
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#909: Dollar Stores Vs Lettuce

Every six hours a new dollar store opens in the U.S. Are they killing grocery stores?
2019-04-27
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#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.
2019-04-24
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#907: Two Spring Indicators

The Indicator from Planet Money explores trade wars, peanuts, hurricanes, and happiness.
2019-04-19
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#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.
2019-04-17
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#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.
2019-04-12
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#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.
2019-04-11
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#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.
2019-04-06
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#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.
2019-04-04
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#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.
2019-03-29
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#902: The Phoebus Cartel

The story behind two sneaky forces that drive us to buy more products, more often: Planned obsolescence and psychological obsolescence.
2019-03-28
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#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.
2019-03-22
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#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?
2019-03-20
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#900: The Stolen Company

When an American company named ABRO learns their goods are being counterfeited in China, they start their own trade war.
2019-03-15
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#724: Cat Scam

The internet was supposed to get rid of middlemen--but instead they are taking over the global economy.
2019-03-13
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#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.
2019-03-08
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#785: The Starbury

The story of an NBA All-Star and an experiment: To make a desirable basketball shoe cheap enough for anyone.
2019-03-07
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#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.
2019-03-02
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#897: New Orleans Vs. Airbnb

Airbnb has changed New Orleans. And now landlords and preservationists are fighting over the future of the city.
2019-02-28
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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.
2019-02-22
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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.
2019-02-20
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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.
2019-02-15
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#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.
2019-02-14
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#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.
2019-02-08
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#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.
2019-02-07
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#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.
2019-02-01
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#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?
2019-01-30
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#890: The Division Problem

Today on the show, we take on one of life's most vexing problems: Sharing.
2019-01-25
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#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.
2019-01-23
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#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.
2019-01-18
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#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.
2019-01-17
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#887: You Asked For It, Yet Again

On today's show we answer questions about silver dollars, Venmo, and Brexit. Why? Because you asked!
2019-01-12
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#690: All In

We go inside a professional poker tournament, where some of the smartest betting takes place behind the scenes.
2019-01-09
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#886: The Price of a Hack

Hackers are an expensive headache for companies. But there might be a simple economic fix.
2019-01-04
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#885: Do It For Your Country

People are the engine that fuels an economy. But what happens when you start running out of people?
2019-01-02
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