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.

  

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#927: The Indicator In The House

Two highlights from our daily podcast, The Indicator, about houses. A plan to lower rents pits state against city, and a private firefighter breaks down his business for us.
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Posted on 18 July 2019 | 2:23 am


#926: 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.


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Posted on 13 July 2019 | 3:50 am


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

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.


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Posted on 10 July 2019 | 11:28 pm


#924: Stuck In China's Panopticon

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


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Posted on 5 July 2019 | 8:09 pm


#752: Eagles vs. Chickens

A farmer in Georgia became more in tune with nature. Then eagles started killing his chickens. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter: npr.org/planetmoneynewsletter


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Posted on 3 July 2019 | 6:43 pm


#923: Good Teachers, Bad Deal

Teachers made a deal with the Department of Education. They kept their end of the bargain. Why didn't the government?


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Posted on 28 June 2019 | 9:48 pm


#922: The Cost of Getting Your Money Back

Accidentally sending $1,500 to a stranger on Venmo reveals just how hard it is to get your money back in the new economy.


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Posted on 27 June 2019 | 1:04 am


#921: Tales From The Parking Lot

Three stories: A tire-booting vigilante, a surge price conspiracy, and the civil rights fight over parking tickets.


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Posted on 21 June 2019 | 7:32 pm


#920: What Should We Be Worried About?

The economic recovery turns 10 this month. Don't get too comfortable. There's plenty to be worried about.


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Posted on 19 June 2019 | 9:42 pm