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Planet Money

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.

Total Episodes306
11/17/2017
19 minutes
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Walmart and Amazon are in a battle to be the store where you buy everything. But when both companies sell everything, what sets them apart? Food inventions like a bright, red pickle!
11/15/2017
19 minutes
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In South Sudan, there is a kind of money that works even through bank failures and unstable governments. But when war struck, it upended a whole economy: the economy of cows.
11/10/2017
18 minutes
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Once you've got a Birkin bag, you've made it. But to get one, you need more than just money. Birkins always seem to be mysteriously out of stock. This is no accident.
11/08/2017
22 minutes
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Timothy Carpenter stole cell phones. Then his phone sold him out to the Feds. Now the Supreme Court has to decide how private our cell phone data should be.
11/03/2017
17 minutes
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Once a year, teenagers from across the country team up and compete to run the U.S. Federal Reserve.
11/01/2017
19 minutes
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Why do smart people make dumb decisions? Figuring that out won Richard Thaler a Nobel Prize.
10/27/2017
21 minutes
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A Chinese company pays millions of dollars for a failing hotel in a small, rural town. We follow the trail of money, and it explains the world economy.
10/25/2017
20 minutes
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In any other industry, it's illegal for a group of companies to get together and cap wages. What makes the NCAA different?
10/20/2017
17 minutes
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Today on the show: death. We have four stories about how people prepare for death and what they leave behind for the living.
10/18/2017
16 minutes
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Bob Peterson claims to have found the thing people have sought for thousands of years — an investment guaranteed to double in value. He keeps it in a storage locker in Utah. It's protected by a single padlock.