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 Episodes275
07/21/2017
23 minutes
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Most athlete endorsements make a product more expensive. But what happens when an NBA All-Star uses his name to make a sneaker much, much cheaper? On today's show: How that worked out.
07/19/2017
21 minutes
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On today's show: The story of two guys who tried to cut the pay of a CEO at a small pneumatic tool company.
07/14/2017
20 minutes
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That meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer was two decades in the making. It began in 1996, when an adventurous American went to Russia, trying to make a buck.
07/12/2017
19 minutes
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Bail is broken. In New Jersey, defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges banded together to try a dramatic solution: Blow it up.
07/07/2017
16 minutes
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We run through the entire federal budget — in 10 minutes. More than $6 billion per second. Go.
07/05/2017
15 minutes
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We visit a company where people work on figuring out how to make stuff get cheaper.
06/30/2017
18 minutes
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In Washington, D.C., there is a place where millions of dollars of ripped, burned, and water-soaked dollar bills are made new. On today's show, we get inside that room.
06/28/2017
27 minutes
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We visited a libertarian summer paradise. What we found: People paying in gold. Exotic bacon dishes. A nine-year-old selling alcohol.
06/23/2017
24 minutes
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Flip-floppers, this one's for you. Changing your mind is hard, but it's one of the smartest things you can do.
06/21/2017
24 minutes
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What happens when an unstoppable shrimp meets an unmovable senator? A researcher goes to Washington to defend herself, her shrimp, and science itself.