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Planet Money

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.... Show More

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February 26, 2021 31 min
We have found the perfect superhero. Now we just have to make him our own. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
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February 24, 2021 21 min
The government used to be afraid to borrow too much money. Today, it borrows hand over fist. And it's ... fine? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
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February 19, 2021 23 min
Marvel was not interested in selling us Doorman. But there is another way to jumpstart our superhero empire.| Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
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February 17, 2021 20 min
The real money is in the ink. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
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February 12, 2021 22 min
Marvel has 7,000 characters, many of them forgotten. We want to buy one from their vault and launch our own little Planet Money franchise. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
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February 10, 2021 19 min
Irrational decisions. Things we can't let go. Friend of the show Sam Sanders comes by to talk obsessions. We turn to economics for advice, clarity and comfort. | Subscribe to Sam's podcast, It's Been A Minute.
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February 5, 2021 21 min
When you get out of prison, you have to start paying off fees. Some are related to committing a crime. Others are not. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
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February 3, 2021 20 min
How the stock trading app works. And why it almost broke last week. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
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January 29, 2021 27 min
Video game stores. Hedge Funds. Reddit forums. How this mad lib resulted in the biggest short squeeze in years. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
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January 27, 2021 21 min
California has a ton of solar power. But as soon as night falls, it's gone. Today on the show: how to bottle the sun
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January 22, 2021 28 min
The television was invented by Philo Farnsworth in 1927. TV was invented by Desi Arnaz in 1951.
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January 20, 2021 24 min
We rethink everything we know about government spending, taxes, and the nature of money.
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January 15, 2021 268 min
All of it. Read by the staff of Planet Money.
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January 13, 2021 24 min
The U.S. was going to ban TikTok... and then it didn't. We break down the beef with TikTok, and see what life would have been like without it. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
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January 11, 2021 17 min
Investors are pouring money into art, but a lot of it is disappearing into storage. We find out why. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
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January 8, 2021 23 min
Almonds taste great. And the logistics behind pollinating almond trees are un-bee-lievable. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
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January 6, 2021 16 min
With an insurrection at the Capitol, we interrupt Planet Money and turn the feed over to tonight's episode of the NPR Politics podcast. | Subscribe to Planet Money's weekly newsletter here.
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January 1, 2021 22 min
The Bitcoin market is still crazy, but a lot of people can't even find their Bitcoins. We go looking for lost billions. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
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December 30, 2020 25 min
We check in on The Fed, a vaccine scientist, and the mixed martial arts. Oh, and a bunch of escheaters. So long, 2020! | Support our show here.
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December 25, 2020 24 min
Some smart people say we should be doing more to protect the Earth from asteroids. The technical issues are relatively easy. The economics — figuring out who's going to pay — are much harder. | Support our show here.
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