Planet Money

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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.


Latest Episodes

#889: The Pay-What-You-Want Experiment

In 2010, Panera launched several pay-what-you-want cafes. On today's show: How this charitable experiment worked out.

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Posted on 18 January 2019 | 11:39 pm

#888: The First Shutdown

In 1879, Congress and the President were locked in a battle over the rights of African-Americans. It led to the first government shutdown.

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Posted on 17 January 2019 | 12:39 am

#887: You Asked For It, Yet Again

On today's show we answer questions about silver dollars, Venmo, and Brexit. Why? Because you asked!

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Posted on 12 January 2019 | 2:50 am

#690: All In

We go inside a professional poker tournament, where some of the smartest betting takes place behind the scenes.

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Posted on 9 January 2019 | 11:25 pm

#886: The Price of a Hack

Hackers are an expensive headache for companies. But there might be a simple economic fix.

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Posted on 4 January 2019 | 11:23 pm

#885: Do It For Your Country

People are the engine that fuels an economy. But what happens when you start running out of people?

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Posted on 2 January 2019 | 11:57 pm

#884: The Rest Of The Story, Winter 2018

We check in on some stories we did this year to see what's changed. Find a full list of the episodes we referenced at our website,

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Posted on 28 December 2018 | 8:04 pm

#609: The Curse Of The Black Lotus

How the card game "Magic: The Gathering" deflated a speculative bubble. You can support our show at

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Posted on 26 December 2018 | 6:03 pm

BONUS INDICATOR: The Calculator That Time Forgot

Most products in this world are vulnerable to creative destruction: as new products are developed, they make old ones obsolete. But there are some exceptions — products that persist, resisting change while economic evolution continues without them. For instance: the graphing calculator. (This episode is from our other podcast, The Indicator from Planet Money. Subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts.)

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Posted on 24 December 2018 | 6:01 pm