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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.

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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.

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This podcast reminds you why economics are import and not just lines and graphs.

iTunes Ratings

22577 Ratings
Average Ratings
18451
1946
857
592
731

Yay

By jordansoyokatnejudh - May 29 2020
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Happy 1,000 episode congrats!!

Always Good Fodder

By SJLovesTrees - May 27 2020
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This podcast reminds you why economics are import and not just lines and graphs.
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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.

Rank #1: Dollar Stores Vs Lettuce

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Every six hours a new dollar store opens in the U.S. Are they killing grocery stores?

Apr 27 2019

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Rank #2: LeBron James Is Still Underpaid

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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.

Jul 11 2018

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Rank #3: So, Should We Recycle?

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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.

Jul 13 2019

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Rank #4: Yes In My Backyard

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There's a simple way to solve the housing crisis in U.S. cities. Only problem is, almost everybody hates it.

Jul 27 2018

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Rank #5: The Student Loan Whistleblower

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Seth Frotman worked overseeing student loans for the government. He saw things that made him quit, and tell all.

Oct 12 2018

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Rank #6: The Tax Plan Is Huge

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Congress just passed the largest tax overhaul in decades. We dig in.

Dec 22 2017

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Rank #7: Two Summer Indicators

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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.

Jul 06 2018

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Rank #8: The Anti-Store

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Costco made shopping harder, and customers loved it. Now a new company is taking the Costco experience to new extremes.

Aug 16 2017

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Rank #9: Tips From Spies

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There's an entire universe of things spies are not allowed to tell us. Today on the show, a few of the teeny things they can say. They might come in handy.

Aug 30 2017

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Rank #10: The Prisoner's Solution

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Today on the show, a businessman goes to prison, and decides he is going to disrupt the biggest captive market in America.

Jun 14 2017

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Rank #11: Rigging The Economy

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Two guys from different ends of the political spectrum agree that the economy is rigged. And they think they know who's responsible.

Mar 09 2018

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Rank #12: Stuck In China's Panopticon

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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

Jul 05 2019

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Rank #13: Walmart's Pickle

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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!

Nov 17 2017

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Rank #14: An Insider Trader Tells All

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A man who got caught insider trading explains everything — what he did, how he did it, and why.

Mar 23 2018

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Rank #15: Worst. Tariffs. Ever.

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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.

Mar 30 2018

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Rank #16: The World's Longest Yard Sale

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Six states. Three days. One ugly cookie jar. Today on the show: Yard sale!

Aug 17 2018

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Rank #17: The New Socialists

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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?

Jul 20 2018

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Mask Communication

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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.

Aug 07 2020

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SUMMER SCHOOL 5: Trade & Santa

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The economics of free trade and what happens when governments get involved.

Aug 05 2020

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College Fails

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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.

Jul 31 2020

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SUMMER SCHOOL 4: Scarcity & Pistachios

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Class 4 brings us an economic conundrum: how do you efficiently share a scarce resource? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Jul 29 2020

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Rest of the Story, Pandemic Edition

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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.

Jul 24 2020

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SUMMER SCHOOL 3: Profit & Cocaine

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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.

Jul 23 2020

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BONUS: The Kerner Commission

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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.

Jul 20 2020

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Getting Out Of Prison Sooner

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

Jul 18 2020

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SUMMER SCHOOL 2: Markets & Pickles

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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.

Jul 16 2020

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Hollywood's Black List

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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.

Jul 10 2020

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SUMMER SCHOOL 1: Choices & Dating

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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.

Jul 08 2020

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Planet Money Summer School

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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 arguments. Throw the words "diminishing marginal utility" into every discussion. Wednesdays in the PM feed this summer. (Fridays will be our usual coverage of the economy). Start listening to the episodes here.

Jul 06 2020

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Reparations For Police Brutality (UPDATE)

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For years, some Chicago police officers tortured suspects. Survivors fought for reparations — and got them. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Jul 03 2020

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Inflation, Deflation

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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.

Jul 01 2020

24mins

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Seed Spy

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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.

Jun 27 2020

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Owner Of A Broken Hertz

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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.

Jun 24 2020

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Money And Justice

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

Jun 19 2020

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The Problem Of The Root (2018)

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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.

Jun 17 2020

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Patent Racism

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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.

Jun 12 2020

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The Very First Vaccine

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

Jun 10 2020

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iTunes Ratings

22577 Ratings
Average Ratings
18451
1946
857
592
731

Yay

By jordansoyokatnejudh - May 29 2020
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Happy 1,000 episode congrats!!

Always Good Fodder

By SJLovesTrees - May 27 2020
Read more
This podcast reminds you why economics are import and not just lines and graphs.