Planet Money

by NPR

The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. 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. That's what we're going for at Planet Money. People seem to like it.


Latest Episodes

#818: The Problem Of The Root

The wild ginseng market has gone crazy. We go to a farm hidden in the Appalachian mountains to find out why.

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Posted on 18 January 2018 | 1:24 am

#817: The Gun Man

Will 3-D printing make gun control impossible?

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Posted on 13 January 2018 | 2:11 am

#489: The Invisible Plumbing Of Our Economy

Why does it take days to send money electronically?

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Posted on 10 January 2018 | 11:18 pm

#816: Bitcoin Losers

The Bitcoin market has gone crazy. And it's revealing something strange. A lot of people can't find their Bitcoins. We go looking for lost billions.

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Posted on 5 January 2018 | 11:09 pm

#273: When The U.S. Paid Off The Entire National Debt

What does a country with no debt look like? To find out, we went back to the United States in 1835.

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Posted on 3 January 2018 | 9:02 pm

#815: The Rest of the Story 2017

Every year at Planet Money, we take a cue from radio legend Paul Harvey and bring you "The Rest of the Story." It's a show where we check in on some of the episodes that we've done in the past year, and tell you what's changed.

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Posted on 29 December 2017 | 7:07 pm

#544: The M&M Anomaly

David Kestenbaum noticed that a pack of Milk Chocolate M&M's weighs 1.69 ounces, but a pack of Peanut Butter M&M's weighs 1.63 ounces. He had to know why. But the confectionary world has its secrets.

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Posted on 27 December 2017 | 6:03 pm

BONUS INDICATOR: How Airfare Is Changing

Why flying to small airports keeps costing more and more, just as flying to big airports is getting cheaper. (This episode is from our new podcast, The Indicator. Subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts.)

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Posted on 25 December 2017 | 8:50 pm

#814: The Tax Plan Is Huge

Congress just passed the largest tax overhaul in decades. We dig in.

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Posted on 22 December 2017 | 10:39 pm