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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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1000 episodes, all are amazing!

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We are so close to 1000 episodes yay!

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22370 Ratings
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18304
1915
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584
719

OMG love it!!!

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1000 episodes, all are amazing!

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We are so close to 1000 episodes yay!
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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: #909: 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: #427: 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: #926: 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: #869: 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 #5: #856: 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 #6: #852: 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 #7: #814: 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 #8: #924: 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 #9: #653: 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 #10: #610: 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: #791: 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 #12: #829: 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 #13: #761: The Bank War

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A populist president versus the most powerful banker in America.

Mar 25 2017

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Rank #14: #806: 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 #15: #757: Strong Feelings About Dodd-Frank

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President Trump does not like Dodd-Frank, the 2010 law that transformed banking regulation. On today's show, we ask: What are the key parts of the law? And how are they likely to change?

Mar 04 2017

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Rank #16: #928: Hong Kong

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In 1960, a 12-year-old boy left mainland China, hidden in the bottom of a fishing boat. He later became one of Hong Kong's richest people. His story is the story of Hong Kong.

Jul 19 2019

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Rank #17: #671: 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 #18: #937: Moving To Opportunity?

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In the 90s, the government ran an experiment: What happens if we move people out of high-poverty neighborhoods and into low-poverty ones? Housing policy as hope? The results surprised them. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Aug 30 2019

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Rank #19: #925: A Mob Boss, A Garbage Boat and Why We Recycle

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In 1987, an Alabama man had an idea. So he made a deal with the mob. And ended up with 3,186 tons of trash no landfill would take. This is the accidental birth of recycling in the U.S. ⎸Subscribe to our newsletter here.

Jul 10 2019

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Small America Vs. Big Internet

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Small towns need fast internet. One town tried to solve the problem itself, but ran into a legal firewall. What gives? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

May 30 2020

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Three Big Ideas

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On today's show, ideas to fight the virus, get people money, and revive a multibillion-dollar corner of the economy. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

May 27 2020

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J. Screwed

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This month, J.Crew went bankrupt. But not before inventing a whole new way of playing hardball with lenders. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

May 23 2020

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How To Get Trillions To Millions

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Unemployment offices and small banks are getting money from the government to the people who need it. But it's like trying to smoosh a fifty foot pile of money through a ten foot hole. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

May 20 2020

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Episode 1,000

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It's here! We did it! 1,000 episodes! And, to thank all our listeners for riding shotgun the whole way — we're gonna let you in on our secrets... | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

May 16 2020

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#999: The Restaurant From The Future

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With over 5.5 million workers unemployed or furloughed, no other industry has been hit harder than restaurants. Yet one guy is thinking about expanding. Huh? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

May 13 2020

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#998: Journey To The Center Of The Fed

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We get on a boat and go to the Federal Reserve to talk about why it may be the most important institution in the world right now. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

May 08 2020

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#997: Georgia's Open Question

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Can you safely reopen a business right now — and should you? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

May 07 2020

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#996: About That Hazard Pay

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We spend a morning at a grocery store and we ask: How much is essential work worth? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

May 01 2020

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#995: Buybacks And Bailouts

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Over the past decade, American companies spent billions buying back their own shares. Now they need a taxpayer rescue. Do they deserve it? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Apr 30 2020

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#994: Making It Work

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Since lockdown began, some companies are doing unexpectedly well. This episode: Farm animals, a crafty comeback, Clint Eastwood, and a story with a twist. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Apr 24 2020

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#993: Negative Oil

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On Monday, the price of a barrel of oil in the United States fell to negative $37. That's never happened before. What's going on with the price of oil? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Apr 23 2020

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#992: The Mask Mover

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States are scrambling to find any way to get more masks, gloves, anything. Including mass emailing people who have nothing to do with it. Enter, a man with a van. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Apr 17 2020

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#991: Lives Vs. The Economy

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Is it worth it to shut down the economy to save lives? How do you know when to reopen it? Should we let people die to save the economy? Economists say each human life is worth about $10 million dollars. How did they get that number? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Apr 15 2020

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#990: The Big Small Business Rescue

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There's a brand new government program with $349 billion in aid for small businesses. The problem? It was thrown together in a week. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Apr 11 2020

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#989: What If No One Pays Rent?

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We follow the distress from a laid-off worker, to her landlord, to the multi-trillion-dollar mortgage market. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Apr 09 2020

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#988: The Economics Of Hospital Beds

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Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the nation, has seen everything and survived everything. But even they might not have enough beds. Here's why. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Apr 04 2020

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#987: The Race To Make Ventilators

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Ventilators are the supply and demand problem of the COVID pandemic. We go inside the scramble to build more, fast. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Mar 31 2020

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#986: America Unemployed

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A record number of Americans filed for unemployment this week. The system isn't designed for this. What's next? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Mar 28 2020

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#985: Where Do We Get $2,000,000,000,000?

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The COVID-19 rescue bill is the largest ever. Where will that money come from? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Mar 26 2020

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iTunes Ratings

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Average Ratings
18304
1915
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584
719

OMG love it!!!

By planet money lover - May 17 2020
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1000 episodes, all are amazing!

Yes

By undertalefan100000000 - May 15 2020
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We are so close to 1000 episodes yay!