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Latest Episodes

#876: Patent Deception

How World Patent Marketing stole nearly $26 million. And how the acting attorney general was involved.

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Posted on 15 November 2018 | 1:35 am

VIDEO: A Grave Promise

If you die in America, chances are the cemetery is going to promise to maintain your grave forever. Americans take this for granted, but it's a wacky, wild promise that we maybe should not be making.

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Posted on 12 November 2018 | 6:24 pm

#875: Why Did The Cow Cross The Border?

To take advantage of the surprising benefits provided by an interlocked economic system on the other side.

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Posted on 10 November 2018 | 4:21 am

#874: Hot Dog Hail Mary

The Falcons are trying something radical: Making their food cheaper. It could break stadium economics.

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Posted on 7 November 2018 | 9:54 pm

VIDEO: Inventing Price Tags

For most of human history, you had to haggle over prices before you could buy something. Then came the idea of the price tag.

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Posted on 5 November 2018 | 4:09 pm

#873: The Seattle Experiment

Seattle's radical solution to big money in politics: Flood elections with even more money.

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Posted on 2 November 2018 | 8:38 pm

#872: The Halloween Tapes

Something spooky has been happening here at Planet Money.

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Posted on 31 October 2018 | 10:01 am

Video: The Miracle Apple

We're kicking off a quick season of our bonus video series, Planet Money Shorts. Watch how apples became brands, and started being more than delicious.

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Posted on 30 October 2018 | 1:42 pm

#871: Blacklisted In China

China is trying a bold experiment to help people trust each other more: The social credit score. Will it work? Does it go too far?

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Posted on 26 October 2018 | 10:30 pm