Planet Money

by NPR

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.


Latest Episodes

#831: The Golden Rules

Planet Money joins the gold rush 170 years late. And the rules are still about the same. How did that happen?

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Posted on 21 March 2018 | 6:39 pm

#454: The Lollipop War

What do sugar farmers have against candy? A lot, according to candy manufacturers.

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Posted on 16 March 2018 | 9:19 pm


How did the social security number become the most important identifier in the United States? And is that even a good idea?

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Posted on 14 March 2018 | 10:10 pm

#829: Rigging The Economy

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

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Posted on 9 March 2018 | 10:44 pm

#677: The Experiment Experiment

There's something wrong with the way we're doing science. Today on the show, we find out how to fix it.

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Posted on 7 March 2018 | 9:38 pm

#828: You Asked For More

We ponder the price of chicken, safe haven currencies, and the cash value of coupons. Why? Because you asked.

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Posted on 2 March 2018 | 10:52 pm

#827: Three Indicators

What do human blood, the conservative tax plan, and beer hops tell us about the world? Find out in today's episode.

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Posted on 28 February 2018 | 10:32 pm

#826: The Vodka Proof

Vodka is the best selling spirit in the United States, and there are zillions of brands. But is there any difference between them?

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Posted on 23 February 2018 | 10:27 pm

#545: The Blue Pallet

How do you reinvent something as simple as the wooden shipping pallet?

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Posted on 21 February 2018 | 7:56 pm