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

#900: The Stolen Company

When an American company named ABRO learns their goods are being counterfeited in China, they start their own trade war.

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Posted on 15 March 2019 | 6:57 pm

#724: Cat Scam

The internet was supposed to get rid of middlemen--but instead they are taking over the global economy.

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Posted on 13 March 2019 | 3:49 pm

#899: Mexico Fights The Fuel Pirates

Thieves are stealing billions of dollars worth of gasoline in Mexico. The President is taking drastic action to cut them off, and it comes at a serious cost. Content warning: Audio of deadly pipeline explosion.

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Posted on 8 March 2019 | 11:51 pm

#785: The Starbury

The story of an NBA All-Star and an experiment: To make a desirable basketball shoe cheap enough for anyone.

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Posted on 7 March 2019 | 12:02 am

#898: Happy Fed Independence Day

The story of the day the Federal Reserve got its independence and the fight—an actual physical fight—to keep it.

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Posted on 2 March 2019 | 12:53 am

#897: New Orleans Vs. Airbnb

Airbnb has changed New Orleans. And now landlords and preservationists are fighting over the future of the city.

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Posted on 28 February 2019 | 6:17 am

Antitrust 3: Big Tech

What does the rise of dominant tech companies say about competition and the state of antitrust law? Third in a series.

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Posted on 22 February 2019 | 11:27 pm

Antitrust 2: The Paradox

How Robert Bork won the fight over the very meaning of competition in America, and paved the way for some of the biggest companies we've ever seen.

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Posted on 20 February 2019 | 9:29 pm

Antitrust 1: Standard Oil

At the turn of the 20th century, Ida Tarbell investigated John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil. What she discovered changed the economy of the United States.

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Posted on 15 February 2019 | 9:16 pm