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Planet Money

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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LeBron James Is Still Underpaid

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.

21mins

11 Jul 2018

Rank #1

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College Fails

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.

18mins

31 Jul 2020

Rank #2

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Worst. Tariffs. Ever.

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.

21mins

30 Mar 2018

Rank #3

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Two Summer Indicators

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.

21mins

6 Jul 2018

Rank #4

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Yes In My Backyard

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

19mins

27 Jul 2018

Rank #5

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Dollar Stores Vs Lettuce

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

20mins

27 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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So, Should We Recycle?

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.

23mins

13 Jul 2019

Rank #7

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NDA Tell-All

Today on the show, we talk to one of the most famous NDA breakers of all time, and ask: Is there a legal way out of your NDA?

21mins

7 Apr 2018

Rank #8

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The New Socialists

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?

15mins

20 Jul 2018

Rank #9

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The World's Longest Yard Sale

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

25mins

17 Aug 2018

Rank #10

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The Poop Cartel

What happens when a group of economists applies the number one rule of economics... to number two?

24mins

25 Jul 2018

Rank #11

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REDMAP

Meet the man who figured out how to reshape national politics by making tiny investments in the smallest of places.

21mins

2 Jun 2018

Rank #12

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Peanuts And Cracker Jack

It takes strategy and skill to sell snacks at a baseball game. Meet the hot dog vending legend of Fenway Park.

24mins

3 Jul 2018

Rank #13

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Ungerrymandering Florida

When Florida outlawed partisan gerrymandering, politicians tried to sneak it back in...in disguise.

20mins

9 Jun 2018

Rank #14

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Nice Game

In game theory, sometimes the best way to win, is to lose.

16mins

31 May 2018

Rank #15

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The World's Biggest Battery

California has a ton of solar power. But as soon as night falls, it's gone. Today on the show: How to bottle the sun.

21mins

15 Jun 2018

Rank #16

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Swamp Gravy

Today on the show: A small town stakes its future on writing, directing, and starring in a musical.

29mins

25 May 2018

Rank #17

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You Asked For Even More

You have a lot of questions... about tariffs, unemployment rates, and RV dealerships, to name a few. We have answers.

19mins

10 Aug 2018

Rank #18

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The Student Loan Whistleblower

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

20mins

12 Oct 2018

Rank #19

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The Rest Of The Story Summer 2018

A pesticide wreaks havoc. A listener needs a bitcoin detective. And the search for the rarest economic good continues.

21mins

30 Jun 2018

Rank #20