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Synopsis

The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. 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. That's what we're going for at Planet Money. People seem to like it.

Episodes

  • #964: BILLBOARDS

    #964: BILLBOARDS

    16/01/2020 Duration: 24min

    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.

    #963: 13,000 Economists. 1 Question.

    10/01/2020 Duration: 21min

    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

    #386: The Cost Of Free Doughnuts

    08/01/2020 Duration: 20min

    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.

  • #962: Advanced Fairness At The Marathon

    #962: Advanced Fairness At The Marathon

    04/01/2020 Duration: 23min

    Four lessons for creating fairness from a big race in New York. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • #216: How Four Drinking Buddies Saved Brazil

    #216: How Four Drinking Buddies Saved Brazil

    01/01/2020 Duration: 22min

    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

    #961: The Rest Of The Story, 2019

    27/12/2019 Duration: 23min

    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

    #960: The Writers Revolt

    25/12/2019 Duration: 22min

    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

    #959: Things We Learned in 2019

    21/12/2019 Duration: 21min

    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

    #958: When Reagan Broke the Unions

    19/12/2019 Duration: 22min

    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.

  • #957: Youre Giving Your Boss A Loan

    #957: You're Giving Your Boss A Loan

    14/12/2019 Duration: 22min

    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: Bell Wars

    #592: Bell Wars

    11/12/2019 Duration: 21min

    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

    #956: The Carriage Tax

    07/12/2019 Duration: 18min

    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

    #773: Slot Flaw Scofflaws

    04/12/2019 Duration: 22min

    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

    #955: Pirate Videos

    29/11/2019 Duration: 19min

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

  • #674: We Cooked A Peacock

    #674: We Cooked A Peacock

    27/11/2019 Duration: 20min

    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?

    #954: What Is Foreign Interference, Anyway?

    22/11/2019 Duration: 22min

    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

    #953: Three Sides Of A Car Loan

    20/11/2019 Duration: 26min

    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

    #952: Sperm Banks

    16/11/2019 Duration: 24min

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

  • #951: Snakebite

    #951: Snakebite

    13/11/2019 Duration: 24min

    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?

    #950: Overrated Or Underrated?

    08/11/2019 Duration: 14min

    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.

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