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

Sell Me Your Climate Bombs

There are tanks all over the U.S. that are like little climate change time bombs, ticking away. Today on the show, getting to them before they go off. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

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Posted on 25 September 2020 | 10:41 pm

REDMAP (Update)

The result of national elections is shaped in a big and underappreciated way by very local elections. This is the story of the man who shaped many, many local elections to tip the national scales. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

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Posted on 23 September 2020 | 9:53 pm

Apple v Everybody

When Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney sued Apple over its App Store, it started a war about antitrust and the internet.

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Posted on 18 September 2020 | 10:01 pm

After The Plague

The Black Death was one of the worst catastrophes to ever hit humanity. But it also helped upend feudal hierarchies, redistribute wealth, and make daily life better for a lot of medieval Europeans.

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Posted on 16 September 2020 | 9:21 pm

Waste Land

Recycling plastic has never worked very well. So who convinced us this was a good idea? In this episode, we might have the answer. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

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Posted on 11 September 2020 | 11:33 pm

We Buy A Junk Bond

Team Indicator buys Cardiff a surprise present. A terrible, extremely risky, but wildly interesting investment. Then it gets interesting. The company that issued the junk bond declared bankruptcy. But that wasn't the end of the story. | Subscribe to our daily podcast, The Indicator here.

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Posted on 9 September 2020 | 8:07 pm

The Murderer, The Boy King, And The Invention Of Modern Finance

John Law killed a man in a duel, brought the first paper money to France, and became one of the richest people in the world. Then it all collapsed.

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Posted on 5 September 2020 | 12:08 am

SUMMER SCHOOL: Graduation!

Summer School graduates take the stage to show us how we can all see our everyday world through the beautiful lens of economics. | Take the final exam and get your diploma here.

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Posted on 2 September 2020 | 10:27 pm

The Old Rules Were Dumb Anyway

When the pandemic hit, the old rules went out the window. What rules will stay broken when things go back to normal?Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

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Posted on 28 August 2020 | 10:49 pm