Planet Money

by NPR

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.


Latest Episodes

#854: 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?

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Posted on 20 July 2018 | 9:18 pm

#472: The One-Page Plan To Fix Global Warming Revisited

Tax carbon emissions. That's basically the whole plan. What's the hold up?

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Posted on 18 July 2018 | 9:32 pm

#853: Peak Sand

Sand. It's in buildings, windows, your cell phone. But there isn't enough in the world for everyone. And that's created a dangerous black market.

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Posted on 13 July 2018 | 11:09 pm

#427: 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.

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Posted on 11 July 2018 | 9:54 pm

#852: 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.

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Posted on 6 July 2018 | 9:14 pm

#700: 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.

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Posted on 3 July 2018 | 10:12 pm

#851: 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.

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Posted on 30 June 2018 | 12:46 am

#850: The Fake Review Hunter

Fake product reviews are wrecking the internet. But help is on the way: From a bodybuilding fake review hunter.

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Posted on 27 June 2018 | 9:25 pm

VIDEO: The Chicken Tax

Which came first, the frozen chicken or the tax on foreign trucks? Just kidding, it was the frozen chicken — then came the American tax that helped shape the domestic market for trucks.

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Posted on 25 June 2018 | 5:51 pm