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.

  

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J. Screwed

This month, J.Crew went bankrupt. But not before inventing a whole new way of playing hardball with lenders. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.


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Posted on 23 May 2020 | 1:10 am


How To Get Trillions To Millions

Unemployment offices and small banks are getting money from the government to the people who need it. But it's like trying to smoosh a fifty foot pile of money through a ten foot hole. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.


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Posted on 20 May 2020 | 8:50 pm


Episode 1,000

It's here! We did it! 1,000 episodes! And, to thank all our listeners for riding shotgun the whole way — we're gonna let you in on our secrets... | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.


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Posted on 16 May 2020 | 12:37 am


#999: The Restaurant From The Future

With over 5.5 million workers unemployed or furloughed, no other industry has been hit harder than restaurants. Yet one guy is thinking about expanding. Huh? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.


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Posted on 13 May 2020 | 10:37 pm


#998: Journey To The Center Of The Fed

We get on a boat and go to the Federal Reserve to talk about why it may be the most important institution in the world right now. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.


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Posted on 8 May 2020 | 8:48 pm


#997: Georgia's Open Question

Can you safely reopen a business right now — and should you? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.


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Posted on 7 May 2020 | 3:48 am


#996: About That Hazard Pay

We spend a morning at a grocery store and we ask: How much is essential work worth? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.


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Posted on 1 May 2020 | 9:54 pm


#995: Buybacks And Bailouts

Over the past decade, American companies spent billions buying back their own shares. Now they need a taxpayer rescue. Do they deserve it? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.


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Posted on 30 April 2020 | 2:43 am


#994: Making It Work

Since lockdown began, some companies are doing unexpectedly well. This episode: Farm animals, a crafty comeback, Clint Eastwood, and a story with a twist. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.


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Posted on 24 April 2020 | 8:36 pm