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

#842: Showdown at the WTO

The World Trade Organization: Can't live with it, hard to crush your trade opponents without it.

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Posted on 18 May 2018 | 8:04 pm

#696: Class Action

Class actions run from big civil rights cases to arguments about pepper. Are they noble, or silly?

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Posted on 16 May 2018 | 8:22 pm

#841: The Land Of Duty Free

We meet the man who invented duty free shopping and find out if these tax free stores are really saving us any money.

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Posted on 11 May 2018 | 11:33 pm

#840: Fixing Chicken

Today on the show: A chicken index, some Wall Street investors, and an unlikely whistle-blower.

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Posted on 9 May 2018 | 11:36 pm

#839: The Indicator Goes To California

California is way more than Hollywood. Today on the show, we look at what else is going on in this powerhouse state economy.

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Posted on 4 May 2018 | 9:45 pm

#575: The Fondue Conspiracy

Today on the show: How a cheese cartel abandoned the rules of economics and convinced the world to eat fondue.

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Posted on 2 May 2018 | 8:53 pm

#838: A Series of Mysterious Packages

Unordered trinkets have been arriving at homes around the country. We try to find out why.

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Posted on 27 April 2018 | 9:22 pm

#640: The Bottom Of The Well

Today on the show: the economics of drought, and why the rational thing to do in California right now is use more water.

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Posted on 25 April 2018 | 11:03 pm

#837: The Belt, The Road And The Money

Today on the show, we connect the dots between New York, Uganda, Prague, and China's thirst for resources. (Music Credit: Thanks to musician Giovanni Kiyingi for the use of his song "Kaleeba" from the album Amakondeere.)

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Posted on 21 April 2018 | 12:09 am