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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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J. Screwed

This month, J.Crew went bankrupt. But not before inventing a whole new way of playing hardball with lenders. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-05-23
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How To Get Trillions To Millions

Unemployment offices and small banks are getting money from the government to the people who need it. But it's like trying to smoosh a fifty foot pile of money through a ten foot hole. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-05-20
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Episode 1,000

It's here! We did it! 1,000 episodes! And, to thank all our listeners for riding shotgun the whole way ? we're gonna let you in on our secrets... | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-05-16
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#999: The Restaurant From The Future

With over 5.5 million workers unemployed or furloughed, no other industry has been hit harder than restaurants. Yet one guy is thinking about expanding. Huh? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-05-13
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#998: Journey To The Center Of The Fed

We get on a boat and go to the Federal Reserve to talk about why it may be the most important institution in the world right now. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-05-08
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#997: Georgia's Open Question

Can you safely reopen a business right now ? and should you? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-05-07
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#996: About That Hazard Pay

We spend a morning at a grocery store and we ask: How much is essential work worth? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-05-01
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#995: Buybacks And Bailouts

Over the past decade, American companies spent billions buying back their own shares. Now they need a taxpayer rescue. Do they deserve it? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-04-30
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#994: Making It Work

Since lockdown began, some companies are doing unexpectedly well. This episode: Farm animals, a crafty comeback, Clint Eastwood, and a story with a twist. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-04-24
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#993: Negative Oil

On Monday, the price of a barrel of oil in the United States fell to negative $37. That's never happened before. What's going on with the price of oil? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-04-23
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#992: The Mask Mover

States are scrambling to find any way to get more masks, gloves, anything. Including mass emailing people who have nothing to do with it. Enter, a man with a van. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-04-17
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#991: Lives Vs. The Economy

Is it worth it to shut down the economy to save lives? How do you know when to reopen it? Should we let people die to save the economy? Economists say each human life is worth about $10 million dollars. How did they get that number? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-04-15
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#990: The Big Small Business Rescue

There's a brand new government program with $349 billion in aid for small businesses. The problem? It was thrown together in a week. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-04-11
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#989: What If No One Pays Rent?

We follow the distress from a laid-off worker, to her landlord, to the multi-trillion-dollar mortgage market. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-04-09
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#988: The Economics Of Hospital Beds

Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the nation, has seen everything and survived everything. But even they might not have enough beds. Here's why. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-04-04
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#987: The Race To Make Ventilators

Ventilators are the supply and demand problem of the COVID pandemic. We go inside the scramble to build more, fast. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-31
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#986: America Unemployed

A record number of Americans filed for unemployment this week. The system isn't designed for this. What's next? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-28
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#985: Where Do We Get $2,000,000,000,000?

The COVID-19 rescue bill is the largest ever. Where will that money come from? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-26
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#984: Food And Farmworkers

To find out what's happening with our food, we talk to an economist, a farmer, and, of course, farmworkers. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-25
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#983: You Asked About The Virus Economy

Some answers: The deal with toilet paper; stock market circuit breakers; coronabucks; corporate paper & how to help. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-24
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#982: How To Save The Economy Now

Neel Kashkari is the President of the Minneapolis Fed. And he's run a bailout of an economy already. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-20
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#981: How To Test A Country

Making a test for a pandemic ? which rules should you keep, and which to bend? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-19
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#980: The Fed Fights The Virus

The central bank is trying to prevent a health crisis from becoming a financial crisis. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-16
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#979: Medicine For The Economy

COVID-19 is hammering our economy. We ask three super smart economists what we should do about it. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-14
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#978: Coronavirus, Oil, and Kansas

Oil prices are way down. We follow the story from an outbreak in China, to a meeting in Vienna, to a small-time oilman in Kansas. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-11
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#977: Where's The Vaccine?

Coronaviruses didn't come out of nowhere. They've actually been around for years. But economics makes it hard to find a vaccine. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-07
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#976: Terms Of Service

An online review turns into a fine-print nightmare ? until the victims fight back. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-05
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#975: Reparations In New Zealand

A wool magnate gets pulled into a fight with the government over reparations. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-02-28
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#826: 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? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-02-26
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#974: Michael Milken

Michael Milken once made $550 million in one year. Then, he went to prison. This week, the President pardoned him. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-02-21
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#973: Indicate This

From our daily podcast The Indicator: How Amazon Prime packages reach you so damn fast? And why Lancaster, PA became the refugee capital of America?
2020-02-19
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#972: The CryptoQueen

A mysterious woman promises a financial revolution. That promise leads to greed, corruption and... a beauty pageant. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-02-15
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#971: Our Valentines 2020

We're sending valentines to books, ideas, and other stuff we love. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-02-12
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#970: Raw Milk Deal

A farmer in California built an empire dealing raw milk. And then the Feds showed up. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-02-07
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#772: Small Change

How fast is the world really changing? The answer affects everything from how we live, to whether robots really will take all our jobs. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-02-05
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#969: The Island No One Owns

In Barbuda, land isn't a thing you buy. It's something you just... have. Put up a fence and it's yours. But all that might change. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-02-01
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#968: The Trouble With Table 101

We re-engineer a restaurant with a consultant so good, she can move a table a few inches, and make thousands of dollars. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-01-30
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#967: Escheat Show

You may be owed money. The government may decide to just use it. So we go looking for it inside a little-known "lost and found" of forgotten fortunes. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-01-24
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#966: The Rise Of Putin

Our friends at Throughline dive into the life of Vladimir Putin and try to understand how he became Russia's new "tsar." | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-01-23
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#965: Das Green Old Deal

We team up with Vox's The Impact, to tell the story of how one man changed the way Germany ? and arguably the world ? uses energy. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-01-17
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#964: BILLBOARDS

We are dedicating an entire show to billboards: good and old-fashioned, or fancy and high-tech. And we put up our own. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-01-16
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#963: 13,000 Economists. 1 Question.

We went to the American Economic Association's annual conference and asked: What's the most useful idea in economics? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-01-10
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#386: The Cost Of Free Doughnuts

Free is cool, but it can backfire. On today's show, what happens when you take something that's free and give it a price. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-01-08
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#962: Advanced Fairness At The Marathon

Four lessons for creating fairness from a big race in New York. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-01-04
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#216: How Four Drinking Buddies Saved Brazil

Inflation in Brazil was out of control for a decade. Four former drinking buddies from grad school fixed it. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-01-01
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#961: The Rest Of The Story, 2019

A lot can happen after we put an episode out into the world. In The Rest Of The Story, we check-in on stories we've reported. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here
2019-12-27
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#960: The Writers Revolt

In April, 7,000 TV writers across the U.S. fired their agents. All on the same day. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-12-25
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#959: Things We Learned in 2019

Tom Whitwell made an amazing list of 52 things he learned this year. We dig into our favorite items. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-12-21
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#958: When Reagan Broke the Unions

When air traffic controllers went on strike in 1981, Reagan gave them 48 hours to return. Labor would never be the same. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-12-19
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#957: You're Giving Your Boss A Loan

Getting paid twice a month is like loaning money to your boss. What if you got paid every day? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-12-14
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