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October 11, 2019
We answer some of the most popular questions our listeners had after listening to our recent shows: on baseball cards, the repo market, and the least common American.
October 9, 2019
The Volfefe Index measures how much the President's tweets affect volatility in the bond market. In 2017, we launched our own investing project based on the President's tweets.
October 4, 2019
Masayoshi Son raised the biggest venture capital fund in the history of the world, made WeWork possible, and radically changed the way startups work.
October 2, 2019
Investors can fund lawsuits for profit, which gives more people access to the courts. But some worry it will warp the justice system.
September 28, 2019
Planet Money takes a gamble on three stories about bets gone... every which way.
September 25, 2019
One of the most dramatic things to happen in economics in the last few years was when India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to suddenly "demonetize" the country.
September 20, 2019
Interest rates are low and getting lower. Some are even negative. Which means we live in a weird world, where people are lending out money and getting back less.
September 18, 2019
An automakers' strike against General Motors in the 1930s changed the world of unions forever. Before, striking was dangerous and illegal. Today, it's a fairly civilized business.
September 13, 2019
In the 1970s, Studs Terkel interviewed scores of people about their jobs for his book Working. Today, we hear a few of those conversations — and follow up with the subjects.
September 11, 2019
Behind popular music, there is this hidden economy of music producers buying and selling sonic snippets, texting each other half-finished beats, and angling for back-end royalties.
September 7, 2019
Sometimes to help yourself, you help your enemy. After WWII, the U.S. launched what might be the most successful intervention in history, rebuilding Germany and more.
September 7, 2019
Sometimes to help yourself, you help your enemy. After WWII, the U.S. launched what might be the most successful intervention in history, rebuilding Germany and more.
September 4, 2019
Imagine being the company that makes all the world's dollar bills. We found that company and took a look inside.
August 30, 2019
In the 1990s, the government ran an experiment to test the economic impact of moving people to lower-poverty neighborhoods. The results surprised them.
August 29, 2019
Who is the average American? Bad question. You end up with a clumpy amalgamation of qualities. If you want to know how real people are living, you want the Modal American.
August 23, 2019
How to get the best value from the salad bar? Why do Americans refrigerate their eggs? What's the deal with Choco Pies? It's the food edition of listener questions.
August 21, 2019
A 13-year-old listener wrote in asking if the inverted yield curve means that a recession is on the way. Today on the show, we try to answer him.
August 16, 2019
You need helium to launch rockets into space. It's also essential for MRI machines and cellphones. But the world is running short on helium. So we're going looking for more.
August 14, 2019
Solar energy used to be a fantasy. Then it arrived, but was too expensive for most people to afford. Now it's cheap. Here's how it happened.
August 9, 2019
Counting elephants is key to saving them. But in the rainforest, they're hard to spot. One scientist is listening for them instead, with the help of artificial intelligence.
August 7, 2019
Felipe was an IT professional looking for a new gig. Then a notorious con artist offered him a job. Felipe took the job — and tried to con the con man.
August 3, 2019
Scientists have been studying twins for a long time, trying to figure out how much of human behavior is influenced by the environment, and how much of it is in our genes.
July 31, 2019
We shorted America, taking a bet against its entire stock market. Today, we find out the results, and revisit the very first person to short a stock back in the 17th century.
July 26, 2019
Today on the show, we ignore the advice of some very smart people and bet against something people love.
July 24, 2019
Elizabeth Warren wants to tackle inequality by taxing the wealth of the mega-rich ($50-million-or-more rich). Wealth taxes failed in Europe. Can they work in the U.S.?
July 19, 2019
The Hong Kong protests tap into a complex history between China and the West. It's a story of isolationism, opium wars, and the rise of capitalism.
July 18, 2019
One state, two very different stories: Why Huntington Beach won't build new homes during a housing shortage, and what private firefighters say about their industry and inequality.
July 13, 2019
Recycling in America is on life support. Some towns aren't even picking it up anymore. And it might be a good thing for the planet.
July 10, 2019
In 1987, an Alabama man made a deal with the mob. He ended up with 3,186 tons of trash no landfill would take. It was the accidental birth of recycling in the U.S.
July 5, 2019
The Chinese government is using face recognition, DNA samples and more to track the Uighur population. Americans — some unknowingly — have helped build this surveillance state.
July 3, 2019
Picture an organic farm, with thousands of free-range chickens roaming on open land. Now picture it from the vantage of a soaring bald eagle. It's an all-you-can-eat buffet.
June 28, 2019
Thousands of teachers got grants from the Department of Education to help pay for college. Then, some of those same teachers found out they owed thousands of dollars in debt.
June 27, 2019
It's easy to reverse transactions on credit cards. But Venmo is a different story. A woman who accidentally sent $1,500 to a complete stranger found this out the hard way.
June 21, 2019
What can you do when your car is booted in a private parking lot? Is that even legal? Can Uber drivers cause surge pricing? When do parking tickets become a civil rights issue?
June 19, 2019
Things are looking up in the economy, but there's still plenty to worry about: Corporate debt, the trade war, and worry itself.
June 14, 2019
Moving to the big city used to provide an escalator to a more prosperous life, even if you didn't have a college degree. But now economists are wondering: Are cities overrated?
June 12, 2019
Barely workout? Gyms like it that way. They're one of a few businesses that benefit from low attendance. Economics explains why gyms encourage members to commit, but not too much.
June 7, 2019
In the 1800s, every town had its own "local time," which was not only confusing, but sometimes dangerous. So railroads implemented the standardized time we have today.
June 5, 2019
People in Japan never ate raw salmon. Then Norway had a salmon surplus—and persuaded Japanese sushi eaters to try something new.
May 31, 2019
The unemployment rate in the U.S. is just 3.6%. Many people think we are at, or near, full employment. For the first time in a long while, power is shifting toward workers.
May 29, 2019
Jordan Thomas represents Wall Street whistleblowers in some of the biggest SEC cases against banks. In addition to protecting their secrets, he's also kept some of his own.
May 24, 2019
David Goldstein decides to copy Cambridge Analytica and run an experiment on actual voters during the 2017 Alabama special election.
May 23, 2019
After Donald Trump's companies declared four bankruptcies, several major banks stopped loaning him money. But Deutsche Bank didn't.
May 18, 2019
From renting hotels to a jobs report-like census in the night, we look at ways communities are helping the homeless.
May 15, 2019
The story of Luca Pacioli, who brought double-entry bookkeeping to the masses, transforming accounting and businesses around the world.
May 10, 2019
How James Holzhauer built on the strategies of Ken Jennings, Roger Craig, and Monica Thieu, to crack the game show Jeopardy.
May 8, 2019
What's the cost of being tall? Are people less productive when the weather is bad? Why is vanilla so expensive? Answers to those questions and more.
May 3, 2019
Alice Wu's undergraduate senior thesis on gender bias on the Econ Job Rumors forum sparked a movement to address sexism in the field of economics.
May 1, 2019
For 70 years, the price of a bottle of Coca-Cola stayed a nickel. Why? The answer includes a half a million vending machines and a 7.5 cent coin.
April 27, 2019
Every six hours a new dollar store opens in the U.S. Are they killing grocery stores?
April 24, 2019
The remarkable story of the online "CAPTCHA" tests we've all taken to prove that we're not robots.
April 19, 2019
The Indicator from Planet Money explores trade wars, peanuts, hurricanes, and happiness.
April 17, 2019
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.
April 12, 2019
How a ruthless dictator, and a bunch of economists known as the Chicago Boys, took Chile from socialism to capitalism.
April 11, 2019
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.
April 6, 2019
Copyrighting comedy is expensive. So comedians have devised an informal system of sanctions to protect their jokes from theft. Sometimes it works.
April 4, 2019
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.
March 29, 2019
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.
March 28, 2019
The story behind two sneaky forces that drive us to buy more products, more often: Planned obsolescence and psychological obsolescence.
March 22, 2019
There's an industry of people working to eliminate bad police behavior. They're not activists or protestors. They're insurers.
March 20, 2019
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?
March 15, 2019
When an American company named ABRO learns their goods are being counterfeited in China, they start their own trade war.
March 13, 2019
The internet was supposed to get rid of middlemen--but instead they are taking over the global economy.
March 8, 2019
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.
March 7, 2019
The story of an NBA All-Star and an experiment: To make a desirable basketball shoe cheap enough for anyone.
March 2, 2019
The story of the day the Federal Reserve got its independence and the fight—an actual physical fight—to keep it.
February 28, 2019
Airbnb has changed New Orleans. And now landlords and preservationists are fighting over the future of the city.
February 22, 2019
What does the rise of dominant tech companies say about competition and the state of antitrust law? Third in a series.
February 20, 2019
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.
February 15, 2019
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.
February 14, 2019
To catch drug traffickers, the U.S. government tried something it had never tried before. It set up and ran a fake offshore bank for money laundering. Fake name. Fake employees. Real drug money.
February 8, 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.
February 7, 2019
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.
February 1, 2019
Five years ago, two sides met on our show to make a bet about the future of bitcoin. Today, we announce the winner.
January 30, 2019
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?
January 25, 2019
Today on the show, we take on one of life's most vexing problems: Sharing.
January 23, 2019
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.
January 18, 2019
In 2010, Panera launched several pay-what-you-want cafes. On today's show: How this charitable experiment worked out.
January 17, 2019
In 1879, Congress and the President were locked in a battle over the rights of African-Americans. It led to the first government shutdown.
January 12, 2019
On today's show we answer questions about silver dollars, Venmo, and Brexit. Why? Because you asked!
January 9, 2019
We go inside a professional poker tournament, where some of the smartest betting takes place behind the scenes.
January 4, 2019
Hackers are an expensive headache for companies. But there might be a simple economic fix.
January 2, 2019
People are the engine that fuels an economy. But what happens when you start running out of people?
December 28, 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.
December 26, 2018
How the card game "Magic: The Gathering" deflated a speculative bubble. You can support our show at donate.npr.org/planetmoney.
December 24, 2018
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.)
December 21, 2018
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.
December 20, 2018
How a professor invented a formula for synthesizing cannabinoids and unintentionally helped launch a drug revolution.
December 17, 2018
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.)
December 15, 2018
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.
December 13, 2018
We try to figure out what makes cents.
December 7, 2018
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?
December 6, 2018
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.
December 1, 2018
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.
November 28, 2018
We talk to Kid Rock about how he tried to cut scalpers out of the business — and still sell cheap tickets to his shows.
November 26, 2018
For 70 years, a Coca-Cola cost a nickel. The price didn't change. How is that even possible? You can also watch the video here: https://youtu.be/Bcz0BJGEVUY
November 23, 2018
We go deep inside the market for online mugshots. Is it extortion? Or is it a First Amendment right?
November 21, 2018
You get what you measure. Work expands to fill the time allotted. Who comes up with this stuff? And is it true?
November 19, 2018
A quick history of slow credit cards. This video also available here: https://youtu.be/2IksSNiEo2g
November 17, 2018
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.
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