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

#913: Counting The Homeless

From renting hotels to a jobs report-like census in the night, we look at ways communities are helping the homeless.

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Posted on 18 May 2019 | 1:26 am

#407: A Mathematician, The Last Supper, And The Birth Of Accounting

The story of an innovation that changed the way the world works, and of the man who made this innovation possible: Luca Pacioli.

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Posted on 15 May 2019 | 10:47 pm

#912: How Uncle Jamie Broke Jeopardy

James Holzhauer took data, probability and a lot of practice with a fake buzzer, and turned it into a fortune on a game show.

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Posted on 10 May 2019 | 7:55 pm

#911: You Asked The Listener Question Hotline

We answer a bunch of the questions you asked — and even one you *didn't* ask.

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Posted on 8 May 2019 | 7:50 pm

#910: Economics, Sexism, Data

A young economist holds a mirror up to her field. And starts a national conversation about women in economics.

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Posted on 3 May 2019 | 10:40 pm

#416: Why The Price of Coke Didn't Change For 70 years

For 70 years, the price of a bottle of Coca-Cola stayed a nickel. Why? The answer includes a half a million vending machines and a 7.5 cent coin.

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Posted on 1 May 2019 | 10:59 pm

#909: Dollar Stores Vs Lettuce

Every six hours a new dollar store opens in the U.S. Are they killing grocery stores?

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Posted on 27 April 2019 | 12:29 am

#908: I Am Not A Robot

The remarkable story of the online "CAPTCHA" tests we've all taken to prove that we're not robots.

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Posted on 24 April 2019 | 11:06 pm

#907: Two Spring Indicators

The Indicator from Planet Money explores trade wars, peanuts, hurricanes, and happiness.

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Posted on 19 April 2019 | 9:27 pm