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Planet Money Podcast

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.

Call Center Call Out
We visit life on the other side of your customer service call and get a glimpse into the troubling future of work in America. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Trump's Tiny Taxes
A totally refreshing 20 minutes or so of infotainment related to Trump, taxes and toy wooden arrows. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Sell Me Your Climate Bombs
There are tanks all over the U.S. that are like little climate change time bombs, ticking away. Today on the show, getting to them before they go off. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


REDMAP (Update)
The result of national elections is shaped in a big and underappreciated way by very local elections. This is the story of the man who shaped many, many local elections to tip the national scales. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Apple v Everybody
When Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney sued Apple over its App Store, it started a war about antitrust and the internet....

After The Plague
The Black Death was one of the worst catastrophes to ever hit humanity. But it also helped upend feudal hierarchies, redistribute wealth, and make daily life better for a lot of medieval Europeans....


Waste Land
Recycling plastic has never worked very well. So who convinced us this was a good idea? In this episode, we might have the answer. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

We Buy A Junk Bond
Team Indicator buys Cardiff a surprise present. A terrible, extremely risky, but wildly interesting investment. Then it gets interesting. The company that issued the junk bond declared bankruptcy. But that wasn't the end of the story. | Subscribe to our daily podcast, The Indicator here....


SUMMER SCHOOL: Graduation!
Summer School graduates take the stage to show us how we can all see our everyday world through the beautiful lens of economics. | Take the final exam and get your diploma here....

The Old Rules Were Dumb Anyway
When the pandemic hit, the old rules went out the window. What rules will stay broken when things go back to normal?Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


Crisis At The Post Office
The United States Postal Service is in the middle of a political firestorm. What happened, and can it be fixed? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Big Rigged
Driving a truck used to mean freedom. Now it means a mountain of debt. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


Mask Communication
Why won't some people wear masks? Is there anything we can do to convince them? We look to behavioral economics for help. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

SUMMER SCHOOL 5: Trade & Santa
The economics of free trade and what happens when governments get involved. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


College Fails
The pandemic is transforming college from a can't-miss into a can't-attend experience. Can colleges survive? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Rest of the Story, Pandemic Edition
Rest of the Story, Pandemic Edition We check in on the people we've met and stories we've covered since this whole thing started. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


SUMMER SCHOOL 3: Profit & Cocaine
In our third class, we take all that we've learned about decisions and markets and bring it to a former drug kingpin. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

BONUS: The Kerner Commission
In 1967, President Johnson created a commission to investigate racial unrest in America. But, the answer they came up with was not the answer he was hoping for. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Getting Out Of Prison Sooner
Shortening prison sentences might be about morals, but it's definitely about money. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


SUMMER SCHOOL 2: Markets & Pickles
In our second class, we meet our old friends supply and demand and do graphs using only the power of the human voice. Then, we show you how markets can be created anywhere by telling the story of a food bank that had too many pickles and not enough pancake syrup. It's economics to the rescue. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Hollywood's Black List
In 2005, an anonymous list of the best unmade scripts in Hollywood shook up the movie biz. This episode: how a math-loving, movie nerd solved Hollywood's script problem. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

SUMMER SCHOOL 1: Choices & Dating
First lesson: Economics is not about money. It's a lens of great power and beauty. In this episode, we meet our teachers and learn the first four fundamental concepts of economic thinking, and watch them applied to things like dating and hailing a cab. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


Planet Money Summer School
Introducing an economics education for your ears! We're calling it Planet Money Summer School. It's all the economics you meant to learn, but didn't get around to. Each Wednesday, we'll serve up a Planet Money story, or selection of excerpts, paired with insights from our economists-in-residence for the summer. Get an understanding of the basic concepts of economics going to the beach. You can pick up your economics knowledge while you bike, stroll the sand or just lay in the grass. Amuse your friends. Win...

Inflation, Deflation
After decades of relative stability, prices in the US may be about to go through the roof — or the floor. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


Seed Spy
Espionage. Deceit. Theft. In this episode we follow the case of a global effort to steal top secret high technology: seeds. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Owner Of A Broken Hertz
Rental car giant Hertz declared bankruptcy last month, which should have made their stock worthless. So how come people keep buying it? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Money And Justice
Money and social change. We talk policing, nonprofits, reparations, and the awkwardness of brands getting woke. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


The Problem Of The Root (2018)
Wild ginseng sells for thousands. We go to a farm hidden in the Appalachian mountains to find out why. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Patent Racism
Violence, including racist attacks, stifles innovation and the economy. Dr. Lisa Cook proved how. It took 10 years to be heard. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

The Very First Vaccine
We've only made vaccines for so many diseases. Let's look at the history. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


Police Unions And Police Violence
We look at the data connecting police unions and police violence. Today's episode comes from our daily podcast, The Indicator. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Where'd The Money Go, And Other Questions
When the economy tanks, does money just vanish? Why are home prices still so high? You asked these and other questions. We try to answer. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Small America Vs. Big Internet
Small towns need fast internet. One town tried to solve the problem itself, but ran into a legal firewall. What gives? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


Three Big Ideas
On today's show, ideas to fight the virus, get people money, and revive a multibillion-dollar corner of the economy. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

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....

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....


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....

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....

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....


Georgia's Open Question
Can you safely reopen a business right now — and should you? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

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....

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....


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....

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....

#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....


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....

#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....

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....


#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....

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....

#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....


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....

#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....

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....


#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....

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....

#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....


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....


#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....

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....

#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....


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....

#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....

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....


#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....

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....

#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....


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....

#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....

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....


#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....

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....

#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....


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....

#976: Terms Of Service
An online review turns into a fine-print nightmare — until the victims fight back. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Terms Of Service
An online review turns into a fine-print nightmare — until the victims fight back. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


Reparations In New Zealand
A wool magnate gets pulled into a fight with the government over reparations. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

#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....


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....

#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....

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....


#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?...

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?...

#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....


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....

#971: Our Valentines 2020
We're sending valentines to books, ideas, and other stuff we love. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Our Valentines 2020
We're sending valentines to books, ideas, and other stuff we love. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


#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....

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....

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....


#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....

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....

#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....


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....

#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....

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....


#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....

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....

#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....


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....

#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....

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....


#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....

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....

#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....


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....


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....

#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...

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...


#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....

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....

#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....


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....

#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....

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....


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....

#592: The Bell Wars
The two biggest handbell companies in the world have been locked in a feud for decades. Why? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


The Bell Wars
The two biggest handbell companies in the world have been locked in a feud for decades. Why? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

#956: The Carriage Tax
People have been arguing over the constitutionality of wealth taxes since 1794, when Washington put a tax on carriages.| Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

The Carriage Tax
People have been arguing over the constitutionality of wealth taxes since 1794, when Washington put a tax on carriages.| Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


#773: Slot Flaw Scofflaws
Where there are casinos, there are people trying to cheat. And now, they're using iPhones. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Slot Flaw Scofflaws
Where there are casinos, there are people trying to cheat. And now, they're using iPhones. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

#955: Pirate Videos
Blackbeard, a filmmaker, and a fight between two powerful forces in American law. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


Pirate Videos
Blackbeard, a filmmaker, and a fight between two powerful forces in American law. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

We Cooked A Peacock
In the 1600s, a good spice rub was the ultimate display of wealth. People would risk their lives for a sack of cloves. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

#954: What Is Foreign Interference, Anyway?
We've heard a lot about illegal foreign meddling in the United States elections. But what about legal foreign participation? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


#954: What Is Foreign Interference, Anyway?
We've heard a lot about illegal foreign meddling in the United States elections. But what about legal foreign participation? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

What Is Foreign Interference, Anyway?
We've heard a lot about illegal foreign meddling in the United States elections. But what about legal foreign participation? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

#953: Three Sides Of A Car Loan
7 million Americans are at least 3 months behind on car payments. It's a record but is it a crisis? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


Three Sides Of A Car Loan
7 million Americans are at least 3 months behind on car payments. It's a record but is it a crisis? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

#952: Sperm Banks
Denmark is a big exporter of human sperm. And mad cow disease may have helped. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Sperm Banks
Denmark is a big exporter of human sperm. And mad cow disease may have helped. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


#951: Snakebite
Snakebites are common but antivenom is expensive to develop. So a doctor goes to extreme lengths to find a solution. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

#951: Snakebite
Snakebites are common but antivenom is expensive to develop. So a doctor goes to extreme lengths to find a solution. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Snakebite
Snakebites are common but antivenom is expensive to develop. So a doctor goes to extreme lengths to find a solution. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


#950: Overrated Or Underrated?
Today on the show, economist Tyler Cowen rates the NBA, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, the humanities, your neighbors, and more. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Overrated Or Underrated?
Today on the show, economist Tyler Cowen rates the NBA, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, the humanities, your neighbors, and more. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Free Love, Free Market
A free-love commune of perfectionists in upstate New York embraced the free market, and became a blockbuster brand. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


#949: The Pigou Club
A hundred years ago, economist Arthur Cecil Pigou explained how to tax things like pollution. Countries are starting to do it. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

The Pigou Club
A hundred years ago, economist Arthur Cecil Pigou explained how to tax things like pollution. Countries are starting to do it. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

#948: A Series Of Unfortunate Recessions
A Halloween journey into the economists' worst nightmare, an endless time loop of recession after recession after... | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


A Series Of Unfortunate Recessions
A Halloween journey into the economists' worst nightmare, an endless time loop of recession after recession after... | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

#947: Some-of-the-Money Ball
Income pools could change the way baseball players, and maybe the rest of us, think about how we get paid. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Some-of-the-Money Ball
Income pools could change the way baseball players, and maybe the rest of us, think about how we get paid. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


#946: Fries Of The Future
Fast food delivery is threatening the french fry. So a band of potato scientists go to work. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

#946: Fries Of The Future
Fast food delivery is threatening the french fry. So a band of potato scientists go to work. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Fries Of The Future
Fast food delivery is threatening the french fry. So a band of potato scientists go to work. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


#945: The Liberty City
A man in Texas had a dream: To build a whole new kind of city, with no property tax, no debt, and a whole lot of freedom. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

The Liberty City
A man in Texas had a dream: To build a whole new kind of city, with no property tax, no debt, and a whole lot of freedom. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Blockchain Gang
Charlie Shrem went from living in his parents' basement, to bitcoin millionaire, to federal prison in just a few years. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


#944: We Should Have Mentioned That
Sometimes we forget to mention something. And our listeners always let us know. Today on the show, we make good. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

We Should Have Mentioned That
Sometimes we forget to mention something. And our listeners always let us know. Today on the show, we make good. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

BOTUS
Two years ago, we built a machine that bought and sold stocks automatically based on President Trump's tweets. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


#943: Unicorn Cowboy
The risk-addicted investor who made WeWork possible and changed the way startups work. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

#943: Unicorn Cowboy
The risk-addicted investor who made WeWork possible and changed the way startups work. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Unicorn Cowboy
The risk-addicted investor who made WeWork possible and changed the way startups work. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


#942: Capitalism In The Courtroom
Investors can fund lawsuits for profit, which gives more people access to the courts. But some worry it will warp the justice system. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

#942: Capitalism In The Courtroom
Investors can fund lawsuits for profit, which gives more people access to the courts. But some worry it will warp the justice system. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Capitalism In The Courtroom
Investors can fund lawsuits for profit, which gives more people access to the courts. But some worry it will warp the justice system. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


#941: Three Bets
We jog to New Jersey to bet on tennis, we solve a mystery in Las Vegas, and we venture into the world of video game loot. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Three Bets
We jog to New Jersey to bet on tennis, we solve a mystery in Las Vegas, and we venture into the world of video game loot. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

#770: When India's Cash Disappeared
When India suddenly got rid of most of its cash, in an effort to end corruption and modernize its economy, chaos ensued. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


When India's Cash Disappeared
When India suddenly got rid of most of its cash, in an effort to end corruption and modernize its economy, chaos ensued. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

#940: Interest Rates... Why So Negative?
All over the world, interest rates are very, very low. In some places, they're negative: you lend out money, and get less back. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Interest Rates... Why So Negative?
All over the world, interest rates are very, very low. In some places, they're negative: you lend out money, and get less back. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


#658: Strike One
Strikes these days are pretty boring. But they weren't always like this. In the past, strikers risked their lives. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Strike One
Strikes these days are pretty boring. But they weren't always like this. In the past, strikers risked their lives. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


The Working Tapes Of Studs Terkel
Hear what ordinary people told Studs Terkel about their jobs in the 70s — and what they have to say now. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

#938: The Marshall Plan
Sometimes the way to help yourself is to help your enemy. After WWII, the U.S. launched what might be the most successful intervention in history, rebuilding Germany and also the rest of Western Europe. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

The Marshall Plan
Sometimes the way to help yourself is to help your enemy. After WWII, the U.S. launched what might be the most successful intervention in history, rebuilding Germany and also the rest of Western Europe. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


#371: Where Dollar Bills Come From
Every dollar bill in the world comes from the same paper mill in Massachusetts. Today on the show, we get a front-row seat to the dollar-making process. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

Where Dollar Bills Come From
Every dollar bill in the world comes from the same paper mill in Massachusetts. Today on the show, we get a front-row seat to the dollar-making process. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

#937: Moving To Opportunity?
In the 90s, the government ran an experiment: What happens if we move people out of high-poverty neighborhoods and into low-poverty ones? Housing policy as hope? The results surprised them. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


Moving To Opportunity?
In the 90s, the government ran an experiment: What happens if we move people out of high-poverty neighborhoods and into low-poverty ones? Housing policy as hope? The results surprised them. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

#936: The Modal American
Kenny takes Jacob on a nerdy quest to find the "typical American." Naturally, it ends up harder⁠—and nerdier⁠—than we planned, and the answer is more subtle than we expected. | Subscribe to our newsletter here....

The Modal American
Kenny takes Jacob on a nerdy quest to find the "typical American." Naturally, it ends up harder⁠—and nerdier⁠—than we planned, and the answer is more subtle than we expected. | Subscribe to our newsletter here....


935: You Asked For A Food Show
The top producer of Top Chef helps us spice up this food edition of listener questions. How do you master the salad bar? Why do Americans refrigerate eggs? The story of Choco Pies and more. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

You Asked For A Food Show
The top producer of Top Chef helps us spice up this food edition of listener questions. How do you master the salad bar? Why do Americans refrigerate eggs? The story of Choco Pies and more. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

#934: Two Yield Curve Indicators
An inverted yield curve has predicted recessions for the past six decades. The curve is inverted right now. What does that tell us? | Subscribe to our newsletter here....


Two Yield Curve Indicators
An inverted yield curve has predicted recessions for the past six decades. The curve is inverted right now. What does that tell us? | Subscribe to our newsletter here....

#933: Find The Helium
Helium is so special, and so rare, that the U.S. government once tried to buy it all up. And hide it. But the government's helium stockpile is running low. And we need it for MRI machines and NASA rockets....

Find The Helium
Helium is so special, and so rare, that the U.S. government once tried to buy it all up. And hide it. But the government's helium stockpile is running low. And we need it for MRI machines and NASA rockets....


#616: How Solar Got Cheap
For a long time, only rich people could afford to put solar panels on the roof. Not anymore. Here's what changed....

How Solar Got Cheap
For a long time, only rich people could afford to put solar panels on the roof. Not anymore. Here's what changed....

#932: Deep Learning With The Elephants
Elephants are in danger. Counting them is crucial to saving them. But they're hard to see in the rainforest. So scientists are enlisting the help of AI technology....


Deep Learning With The Elephants
Elephants are in danger. Counting them is crucial to saving them. But they're hard to see in the rainforest. So scientists are enlisting the help of AI technology....

#931: The IT Guy Vs. The Con Artist
A notorious con artist offered Felipe an IT job. He took the job —and tried to con the con man. | Plus, listen to a full double feature all about cons here....

The IT Guy Vs. The Con Artist
A notorious con artist offered Felipe an IT job. He took the job —and tried to con the con man. | Plus, listen to a full double feature all about cons here....


#930: Twins
Scientists have studied twins for years, hoping to figure out how big a role genes play in human behavior. Our very own pair of twin reporters are on the case....

Twins
Scientists have studied twins for years, hoping to figure out how big a role genes play in human behavior. Our very own pair of twin reporters are on the case....

#598: That Time We Shorted America, Part Two
Everyone said betting against the entire stock market was a terrible idea. We did it anyway. Today, we find out the results, and revisit the first short ever done in the 17th century....


That Time We Shorted America, Part Two
Everyone said betting against the entire stock market was a terrible idea. We did it anyway. Today, we find out the results, and revisit the first short ever done in the 17th century....


#929: Could A Wealth Tax Work?
Elizabeth Warren wants to tax the wealth of the mega-rich to help fix inequality. Europe tried this, and failed. Can it work in the U.S.?...

Could A Wealth Tax Work?
Elizabeth Warren wants to tax the wealth of the mega-rich to help fix inequality. Europe tried this, and failed. Can it work in the U.S.?...

#928: Hong Kong
In 1960, a 12-year-old boy left mainland China, hidden in the bottom of a fishing boat. He later became one of Hong Kong's richest people. His story is the story of Hong Kong....


Hong Kong
In 1960, a 12-year-old boy left mainland China, hidden in the bottom of a fishing boat. He later became one of Hong Kong's richest people. His story is the story of Hong Kong....

#927: The Indicator In The House
Two highlights from our daily podcast, The Indicator, about houses. A plan to lower rents pits state against city, and a private firefighter breaks down his business for us. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....

The Indicator In The House
Two highlights from our daily podcast, The Indicator, about houses. A plan to lower rents pits state against city, and a private firefighter breaks down his business for us. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here....


#926: So, Should We Recycle?
Cities might be picking up your recyclables, but there is a very good chance they aren't being recycled. And that might be a good thing...if you really care about the planet. Part two of a two-part series. ⎸Subscribe to our newsletter here....

So, Should We Recycle?
Cities might be picking up your recyclables, but there is a very good chance they aren't being recycled. And that might be a good thing...if you really care about the planet. Part two of a two-part series. ⎸Subscribe to our newsletter here....

#925: A Mob Boss, A Garbage Boat and Why We Recycle
In 1987, an Alabama man had an idea. So he made a deal with the mob. And ended up with 3,186 tons of trash no landfill would take. This is the accidental birth of recycling in the U.S. ⎸Subscribe to our newsletter here....


A Mob Boss, A Garbage Boat and Why We Recycle
In 1987, an Alabama man had an idea. So he made a deal with the mob. And ended up with 3,186 tons of trash no landfill would take. This is the accidental birth of recycling in the U.S. ⎸Subscribe to our newsletter here....

#924: Stuck In China's Panopticon
China is building a high-tech surveillance state to capture minorities' every move and word. We go inside it and find that some Americans are involved. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter npr.org/planetmoneynewsletter...

Stuck In China's Panopticon
China is building a high-tech surveillance state to capture minorities' every move and word. We go inside it and find that some Americans are involved. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter npr.org/planetmoneynewsletter...


Eagles vs. Chickens
A farmer in Georgia became more in tune with nature. Then eagles started killing his chickens. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter: npr.org/planetmoneynewsletter...

#923: Good Teachers, Bad Deal
Teachers made a deal with the Department of Education. They kept their end of the bargain. Why didn't the government?...

Good Teachers, Bad Deal
Teachers made a deal with the Department of Education. They kept their end of the bargain. Why didn't the government?...



Tales From The Parking Lot
Three stories: A tire-booting vigilante, a surge price conspiracy, and the civil rights fight over parking tickets....


#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?...

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?...

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....


#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....

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....

#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....


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....

#917: Quit Threat!
Sometimes an economy can get so strong the power dynamic between bosses and workers flips: Full employment. Are we there yet?...

Quit Threat!
Sometimes an economy can get so strong the power dynamic between bosses and workers flips: Full employment. Are we there yet?...


#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....

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....

#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....


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....

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....


#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....

Counting The Homeless
From renting hotels to a jobs report-like census in the night, we look at ways communities are helping the homeless....


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....


#910: Economics, Sexism, Data
A young economist holds a mirror up to her field. And starts a national conversation about women in economics....


Economics, Sexism, Data
A young economist holds a mirror up to her field. And starts a national conversation about women in economics....


#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....


I Am Not A Robot
The remarkable story of the online "CAPTCHA" tests we've all taken to prove that we're not robots....

Two Spring Indicators
The Indicator from Planet Money explores trade wars, peanuts, hurricanes, and happiness....


#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....

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....

#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....


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....

#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....

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....


#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....

Joke Theft
Copyrighting comedy is expensive. So comedians have devised an informal system of sanctions to protect their jokes from theft. Sometimes it works....

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....


#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....

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....

#902: The Phoebus Cartel
The story behind two sneaky forces that drive us to buy more products, more often: Planned obsolescence and psychological obsolescence....


The Phoebus Cartel
The story behind two sneaky forces that drive us to buy more products, more often: Planned obsolescence and psychological obsolescence....

#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....

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....


#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?...

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?...

#900: The Stolen Company
When an American company named ABRO learns their goods are being counterfeited in China, they start their own trade war....


The Stolen Company
When an American company named ABRO learns their goods are being counterfeited in China, they start their own trade war....

#724: Cat Scam
The internet was supposed to get rid of middlemen--but instead they are taking over the global economy....

Cat Scam
The internet was supposed to get rid of middlemen--but instead they are taking over the global economy....


#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....

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....


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....

#897: New Orleans Vs. Airbnb
Airbnb has changed New Orleans. And now landlords and preservationists are fighting over the future of the city....

New Orleans Vs. Airbnb
Airbnb has changed New Orleans. And now landlords and preservationists are fighting over the future of the city....


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....

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....

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....


#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....


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....

#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....

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....


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....


The Division Problem
Today on the show, we take on one of life's most vexing problems: Sharing....

#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....

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....


#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....


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....


#690: All In
We go inside a professional poker tournament, where some of the smartest betting takes place behind the scenes....

All In
We go inside a professional poker tournament, where some of the smartest betting takes place behind the scenes....


The Price of a Hack
Hackers are an expensive headache for companies. But there might be a simple economic fix....

Do It For Your Country
People are the engine that fuels an economy. But what happens when you start running out of people?...


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....


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....

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.)...

#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....


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....

#882: Synthetic Reefer Madness
How a professor invented a formula for synthesizing cannabinoids and unintentionally helped launch a drug revolution....

Synthetic Reefer Madness
How a professor invented a formula for synthesizing cannabinoids and unintentionally helped launch a drug revolution....


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.)...

#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....

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....


#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?...


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?...

#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....

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....


#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....

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....

#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....


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....

#878: Mugshots For Sale
We go deep inside the market for online mugshots. Is it extortion? Or is it a First Amendment right?...


Mugshots For Sale
We go deep inside the market for online mugshots. Is it extortion? Or is it a First Amendment right?...

#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?...

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?...


VIDEO: Put A Chip On It
A quick history of slow credit cards. This video also available here: https://youtu.be/2IksSNiEo2g...

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....


#876: Patent Deception
How World Patent Marketing stole nearly $26 million. And how the acting attorney general was involved....

Patent Deception
How World Patent Marketing stole nearly $26 million. And how the acting attorney general was involved....

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...


#874: Hot Dog Hail Mary
The Falcons are trying something radical: Making their food cheaper. It could break stadium economics....


Hot Dog Hail Mary
The Falcons are trying something radical: Making their food cheaper. It could break stadium economics....

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....


The Seattle Experiment
Seattle's radical solution to big money in politics: Flood elections with even more money....


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....

#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?...

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?...



What Causes What?
We try to tell the difference between correlation and causation....


#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....


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....

#868: Moneyland
We follow writer Oliver Bullough as he explores how stolen money moves around the world, and what that might mean for democracies....

Moneyland
We follow writer Oliver Bullough as he explores how stolen money moves around the world, and what that might mean for democracies....


#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....

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....


Modern Monetary Theory
We rethink everything we know about government spending, taxes, the nature of money... All of it....


#865: Tweak This
We propose small fixes for baseball, weddings, salary negotiations and buying your morning coffee. Warning: They may be too rational....

Tweak This
We propose small fixes for baseball, weddings, salary negotiations and buying your morning coffee. Warning: They may be too rational....



The 13th Hole
What a hole-in-one gone awry says about the state of charity....


#729: When Subaru Came Out
Subaru's sales had been slumping for years. Then they went straight to their biggest fans: Lesbians....

When Subaru Came Out
Subaru's sales had been slumping for years. Then they went straight to their biggest fans: Lesbians....


Big Government Cheese
That time we accidentally created a cheese surplus so large it had to be stored in a ginormous cave....

#861: Food Scare Squad
When food makes people sick all around the country, an army of germ detectives jumps into action....

Food Scare Squad
When food makes people sick all around the country, an army of germ detectives jumps into action....


New Jersey Wine
Today on the show: Could New Jersey become the next Napa?...


#613: Trash!
The line between trash and recycling is moving a lot these days. It's a tough time to be a recycler....

Trash!
The line between trash and recycling is moving a lot these days. It's a tough time to be a recycler....


#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....

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....

#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....


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....

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....


#857: The Postal Illuminati
Is there a secretive postal organization fixing international shipping rates, and giving American businesses a bad deal?...

The Postal Illuminati
Is there a secretive postal organization fixing international shipping rates, and giving American businesses a bad deal?...

#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....


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....

#855: The Poop Cartel
What happens when a group of economists applies the number one rule of economics... to number two?...

The Poop Cartel
What happens when a group of economists applies the number one rule of economics... to number two?...


#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?...

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?...


#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....

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....


#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....

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....

#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....


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....

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....


#850: The Fake Review Hunter
Fake product reviews are wrecking the internet. But help is on the way: From a bodybuilding fake review hunter....


The Fake Review Hunter
Fake product reviews are wrecking the internet. But help is on the way: From a bodybuilding fake review hunter....

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....

#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....


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....


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....

#847: Inventing Accidents
The medical world has been trying to cure color blindness for centuries. Then a glass scientist figured it out. By accident....


Inventing Accidents
The medical world has been trying to cure color blindness for centuries. Then a glass scientist figured it out. By accident....

Ungerrymandering Florida
When Florida outlawed partisan gerrymandering, politicians tried to sneak it back in...in disguise....


#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....

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....

#845: REDMAP
Meet the man who figured out how to reshape national politics by making tiny investments in the smallest of places....


REDMAP
Meet the man who figured out how to reshape national politics by making tiny investments in the smallest of places....

#844: Nice Game
In game theory, sometimes the best way to win, is to lose....

Nice Game
In game theory, sometimes the best way to win, is to lose....


#843: Swamp Gravy
Today on the show: A small town stakes its future on writing, directing, and starring in a musical....

Swamp Gravy
Today on the show: A small town stakes its future on writing, directing, and starring in a musical....

#643: The Taxi King
Gene Freidman built a taxi empire. We visited him before he was in legal trouble....


The Taxi King
Gene Freidman built a taxi empire. We visited him before he was in legal trouble....

#842: Showdown at the WTO
The World Trade Organization: Can't live with it, hard to crush your trade opponents without it....

Showdown at the WTO
The World Trade Organization: Can't live with it, hard to crush your trade opponents without it....


#696: Class Action
Class actions run from big civil rights cases to arguments about pepper. Are they noble, or silly?...

Class Action
Class actions run from big civil rights cases to arguments about pepper. Are they noble, or silly?...

#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....


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....

#840: Fixing Chicken
Today on the show: A chicken index, some Wall Street investors, and an unlikely whistle-blower....

Fixing Chicken
Today on the show: A chicken index, some Wall Street investors, and an unlikely whistle-blower....


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....

#575: The Fondue Conspiracy
Today on the show: How a cheese cartel abandoned the rules of economics and convinced the world to eat fondue....


The Fondue Conspiracy
Today on the show: How a cheese cartel abandoned the rules of economics and convinced the world to eat fondue....


#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....

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....

#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.)...


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.)...


#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....

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....

#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....


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....

#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?...

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?...


#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....

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....

#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....


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....

#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....

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....


#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?...


The Golden Rules
Planet Money joins the gold rush 170 years late. And the rules are still about the same. How did that happen?...

#454: The Lollipop War
What do sugar farmers have against candy? A lot, according to candy manufacturers....

The Lollipop War
What do sugar farmers have against candy? A lot, according to candy manufacturers....


#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?...

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?...

#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....


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....

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....


#828: You Asked For More
We ponder the price of chicken, safe haven currencies, and the cash value of coupons. Why? Because you asked....

You Asked For More
We ponder the price of chicken, safe haven currencies, and the cash value of coupons. Why? Because you asked....

#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....


Three Indicators
What do human blood, the conservative tax plan, and beer hops tell us about the world? Find out in today's episode....

#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?...

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?...


The Blue Pallet
How do you reinvent something as simple as the wooden shipping pallet?...

#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?...


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?...


#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....

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....

#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....


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....


#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....

The Other Davos
Billionaires, diplomats, thinkfluencers. This is the Davos everyone hears about. Today on the show, we take you to a different Davos....

#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?...


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?...


#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....

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....


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....

The Gun Man
Will 3-D printing make gun control impossible?...


#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....


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....


#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....

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....

#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....


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....

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.)...


#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....

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....