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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.


SUMMER SCHOOL 6: Taxes & Donald Duck

The surprisingly entertaining history of the income tax.
12/08/2027m 41s

Mask Communication

Why won't some people wear masks? Is there anything we can do to convince them? We look to behavioral economics for help. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
07/08/2026m 26s

SUMMER SCHOOL 5: Trade & Santa

The economics of free trade and what happens when governments get involved.
05/08/2026m 24s

College Fails

The pandemic is transforming college from a can't-miss into a can't-attend experience. Can colleges survive? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
31/07/2026m 26s

SUMMER SCHOOL 4: Scarcity & Pistachios

Class 4 brings us an economic conundrum: how do you efficiently share a scarce resource? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
29/07/2028m 31s

Rest of the Story, Pandemic Edition

Rest of the Story, Pandemic Edition We check in on the people we've met and stories we've covered since this whole thing started. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
24/07/2025m 32s

SUMMER SCHOOL 3: Profit & Cocaine

In our third class, we take all that we've learned about decisions and markets and bring it to a former drug kingpin. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
23/07/2027m 58s

BONUS: The Kerner Commission

In 1967, President Johnson created a commission to investigate racial unrest in America. But, the answer they came up with was not the answer he was hoping for. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
20/07/2026m 24s

Getting Out Of Prison Sooner

Shortening prison sentences might be about morals, but it's definitely about money. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
18/07/2027m 51s

SUMMER SCHOOL 2: Markets & Pickles

In our second class, we meet our old friends supply and demand and do graphs using only the power of the human voice. Then, we show you how markets can be created anywhere by telling the story of a food bank that had too many pickles and not enough pancake syrup. It's economics to the rescue. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
16/07/2031m 23s

Hollywood's Black List

In 2005, an anonymous list of the best unmade scripts in Hollywood shook up the movie biz. This episode: how a math-loving, movie nerd solved Hollywood's script problem. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
10/07/2024m 20s

SUMMER SCHOOL 1: Choices & Dating

First lesson: Economics is not about money. It's a lens of great power and beauty. In this episode, we meet our teachers and learn the first four fundamental concepts of economic thinking, and watch them applied to things like dating and hailing a cab. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
08/07/2032m 43s

Planet Money Summer School

Introducing an economics education for your ears! We're calling it Planet Money Summer School. It's all the economics you meant to learn, but didn't get around to. Each Wednesday, we'll serve up a Planet Money story, or selection of excerpts, paired with insights from our economists-in-residence for the summer. Get an understanding of the basic concepts of economics going to the beach. You can pick up your economics knowledge while you bike, stroll the sand or just lay in the grass. Amuse your friends. Win arguments. Throw the words "diminishing marginal utility" into every discussion. Wednesdays in the PM feed this summer. (Fridays will be our usual coverage of the economy). Start listening to the episodes here.
06/07/202m 0s

Reparations For Police Brutality (UPDATE)

For years, some Chicago police officers tortured suspects. Survivors fought for reparations — and got them. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
03/07/2031m 11s

Inflation, Deflation

After decades of relative stability, prices in the US may be about to go through the roof — or the floor. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
01/07/2024m 12s

Seed Spy

Espionage. Deceit. Theft. In this episode we follow the case of a global effort to steal top secret high technology: seeds. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
27/06/2025m 5s

Owner Of A Broken Hertz

Rental car giant Hertz declared bankruptcy last month, which should have made their stock worthless. So how come people keep buying it? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
24/06/2024m 14s

Money And Justice

Money and social change. We talk policing, nonprofits, reparations, and the awkwardness of brands getting woke. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
19/06/2026m 49s

The Problem Of The Root (2018)

Wild ginseng sells for thousands. We go to a farm hidden in the Appalachian mountains to find out why. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
17/06/2022m 35s

Patent Racism

Violence, including racist attacks, stifles innovation and the economy. Dr. Lisa Cook proved how. It took 10 years to be heard. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
12/06/2025m 50s

The Very First Vaccine

We've only made vaccines for so many diseases. Let's look at the history. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
10/06/2021m 35s

Police Unions And Police Violence

We look at the data connecting police unions and police violence. Today's episode comes from our daily podcast, The Indicator. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
05/06/2013m 53s

Where'd The Money Go, And Other Questions

When the economy tanks, does money just vanish? Why are home prices still so high? You asked these and other questions. We try to answer. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
04/06/2022m 31s

Small America Vs. Big Internet

Small towns need fast internet. One town tried to solve the problem itself, but ran into a legal firewall. What gives? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
30/05/2022m 47s

Three Big Ideas

On today's show, ideas to fight the virus, get people money, and revive a multibillion-dollar corner of the economy. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
27/05/2020m 17s

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.
23/05/2020m 55s

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.
20/05/2017m 5s

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.
16/05/2025m 38s

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.
13/05/2022m 13s

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.
08/05/2023m 55s

Georgia's Open Question

Can you safely reopen a business right now — and should you? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
07/05/2026m 13s

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.
01/05/2021m 57s

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.
30/04/2023m 20s

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.
24/04/2020m 47s

Negative Oil

On Monday, the price of a barrel of oil in the United States fell to negative $37. That's never happened before. What's going on with the price of oil? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
23/04/2016m 22s

The Mask Mover

States are scrambling to find any way to get more masks, gloves, anything. Including mass emailing people who have nothing to do with it. Enter, a man with a van. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
17/04/2023m 11s

Lives Vs. The Economy

Is it worth it to shut down the economy to save lives? How do you know when to reopen it? Should we let people die to save the economy? Economists say each human life is worth about $10 million dollars. How did they get that number? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
15/04/2025m 24s

The Big Small Business Rescue

There's a brand new government program with $349 billion in aid for small businesses. The problem? It was thrown together in a week. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
11/04/2022m 54s

What If No One Pays Rent?

We follow the distress from a laid-off worker, to her landlord, to the multi-trillion-dollar mortgage market. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
09/04/2021m 59s

The Economics Of Hospital Beds

Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the nation, has seen everything and survived everything. But even they might not have enough beds. Here's why. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
04/04/2021m 14s

The Race To Make Ventilators

Ventilators are the supply and demand problem of the COVID pandemic. We go inside the scramble to build more, fast. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
31/03/2024m 3s

America Unemployed

A record number of Americans filed for unemployment this week. The system isn't designed for this. What's next? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
28/03/2022m 58s

Where Do We Get $2,000,000,000,000?

The COVID-19 rescue bill is the largest ever. Where will that money come from? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
26/03/2020m 29s

Food And Farmworkers

To find out what's happening with our food, we talk to an economist, a farmer, and, of course, farmworkers. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
25/03/2017m 7s

You Asked About The Virus Economy

Some answers: The deal with toilet paper; stock market circuit breakers; coronabucks; corporate paper & how to help. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
24/03/2028m 44s

How To Save The Economy Now

Neel Kashkari is the President of the Minneapolis Fed. And he's run a bailout of an economy already. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
20/03/2013m 43s

How To Test A Country

Making a test for a pandemic — which rules should you keep, and which to bend? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
19/03/2021m 51s

The Fed Fights The Virus

The central bank is trying to prevent a health crisis from becoming a financial crisis. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
16/03/2018m 17s

Medicine For The Economy

COVID-19 is hammering our economy. We ask three super smart economists what we should do about it. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
14/03/2025m 17s

Coronavirus, Oil, and Kansas

Oil prices are way down. We follow the story from an outbreak in China, to a meeting in Vienna, to a small-time oilman in Kansas. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
11/03/2018m 16s

Where's The Vaccine?

Coronaviruses didn't come out of nowhere. They've actually been around for years. But economics makes it hard to find a vaccine. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
07/03/2020m 36s

Terms Of Service

An online review turns into a fine-print nightmare — until the victims fight back. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
05/03/2017m 25s

Reparations In New Zealand

A wool magnate gets pulled into a fight with the government over reparations. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
28/02/2027m 46s

Vodka Proof

Vodka is the best-selling spirit in the United States, and there are zillions of brands. But is there any difference between them? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
26/02/2020m 29s

Michael Milken

Michael Milken once made $550 million in one year. Then, he went to prison. This week, the President pardoned him. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
21/02/2021m 26s

Indicate This

From our daily podcast The Indicator: How Amazon Prime packages reach you so damn fast? And why Lancaster, PA became the refugee capital of America?
19/02/2020m 9s

The CryptoQueen

A mysterious woman promises a financial revolution. That promise leads to greed, corruption and... a beauty pageant. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
15/02/2033m 41s

Our Valentines 2020

We're sending valentines to books, ideas, and other stuff we love. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
12/02/2023m 31s

Raw Milk Deal

A farmer in California built an empire dealing raw milk. And then the Feds showed up. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
07/02/2019m 11s

Small Change

How fast is the world really changing? The answer affects everything from how we live, to whether robots really will take all our jobs. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
05/02/2021m 45s

The Island No One Owns

In Barbuda, land isn't a thing you buy. It's something you just... have. Put up a fence and it's yours. But all that might change. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
01/02/2029m 13s

The Trouble With Table 101

We re-engineer a restaurant with a consultant so good, she can move a table a few inches, and make thousands of dollars. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
30/01/2023m 21s

Escheat Show

You may be owed money. The government may decide to just use it. So we go looking for it inside a little-known "lost and found" of forgotten fortunes. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
24/01/2021m 17s

The Rise Of Putin

Our friends at Throughline dive into the life of Vladimir Putin and try to understand how he became Russia's new "tsar." | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
23/01/2028m 37s

Das Green Old Deal

We team up with Vox's The Impact, to tell the story of how one man changed the way Germany – and arguably the world – uses energy. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
17/01/2020m 39s


We are dedicating an entire show to billboards: good and old-fashioned, or fancy and high-tech. And we put up our own. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
16/01/2024m 9s

13,000 Economists. 1 Question.

We went to the American Economic Association's annual conference and asked: What's the most useful idea in economics? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
10/01/2021m 1s

The Cost Of Free Doughnuts

Free is cool, but it can backfire. On today's show, what happens when you take something that's free and give it a price. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
08/01/2020m 2s

Advanced Fairness At The Marathon

Four lessons for creating fairness from a big race in New York. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
04/01/2023m 56s

How Four Drinking Buddies Saved Brazil

Inflation in Brazil was out of control for a decade. Four former drinking buddies from grad school fixed it. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
01/01/2022m 6s

The Rest Of The Story, 2019

A lot can happen after we put an episode out into the world. In The Rest Of The Story, we check-in on stories we've reported. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here
27/12/1923m 16s

The Writers Revolt

In April, 7,000 TV writers across the U.S. fired their agents. All on the same day. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
25/12/1922m 32s

Things We Learned in 2019

Tom Whitwell made an amazing list of 52 things he learned this year. We dig into our favorite items. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
21/12/1921m 9s

When Reagan Broke the Unions

When air traffic controllers went on strike in 1981, Reagan gave them 48 hours to return. Labor would never be the same. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
19/12/1922m 35s

You're Giving Your Boss A Loan

Getting paid twice a month is like loaning money to your boss. What if you got paid every day? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
14/12/1922m 5s

The Bell Wars

The two biggest handbell companies in the world have been locked in a feud for decades. Why? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
11/12/1921m 7s

The Carriage Tax

People have been arguing over the constitutionality of wealth taxes since 1794, when Washington put a tax on carriages.| Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
07/12/1918m 40s

Slot Flaw Scofflaws

Where there are casinos, there are people trying to cheat. And now, they're using iPhones. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
04/12/1922m 43s

Pirate Videos

Blackbeard, a filmmaker, and a fight between two powerful forces in American law. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
29/11/1919m 35s

We Cooked A Peacock

In the 1600s, a good spice rub was the ultimate display of wealth. People would risk their lives for a sack of cloves. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
27/11/1920m 34s

What Is Foreign Interference, Anyway?

We've heard a lot about illegal foreign meddling in the United States elections. But what about legal foreign participation? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
22/11/1922m 57s

Three Sides Of A Car Loan

7 million Americans are at least 3 months behind on car payments. It's a record but is it a crisis? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
20/11/1926m 4s

Sperm Banks

Denmark is a big exporter of human sperm. And mad cow disease may have helped. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
16/11/1924m 45s


Snakebites are common but antivenom is expensive to develop. So a doctor goes to extreme lengths to find a solution. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
13/11/1924m 35s

Overrated Or Underrated?

Today on the show, economist Tyler Cowen rates the NBA, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, the humanities, your neighbors, and more. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
08/11/1914m 44s

Free Love, Free Market

A free-love commune of perfectionists in upstate New York embraced the free market, and became a blockbuster brand. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
06/11/1922m 24s

The Pigou Club

A hundred years ago, economist Arthur Cecil Pigou explained how to tax things like pollution. Countries are starting to do it. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
02/11/1921m 35s

A Series Of Unfortunate Recessions

A Halloween journey into the economists' worst nightmare, an endless time loop of recession after recession after... | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
31/10/1916m 51s

Some-of-the-Money Ball

Income pools could change the way baseball players, and maybe the rest of us, think about how we get paid. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
25/10/1921m 1s

Fries Of The Future

Fast food delivery is threatening the french fry. So a band of potato scientists go to work. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
23/10/1921m 7s

The Liberty City

A man in Texas had a dream: To build a whole new kind of city, with no property tax, no debt, and a whole lot of freedom. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
19/10/1923m 30s

Blockchain Gang

Charlie Shrem went from living in his parents' basement, to bitcoin millionaire, to federal prison in just a few years. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
16/10/1922m 23s

We Should Have Mentioned That

Sometimes we forget to mention something. And our listeners always let us know. Today on the show, we make good. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
11/10/1922m 31s


Two years ago, we built a machine that bought and sold stocks automatically based on President Trump's tweets. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
09/10/1921m 59s

Unicorn Cowboy

The risk-addicted investor who made WeWork possible and changed the way startups work. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
04/10/1921m 47s

Capitalism In The Courtroom

Investors can fund lawsuits for profit, which gives more people access to the courts. But some worry it will warp the justice system. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
02/10/1921m 18s

Three Bets

We jog to New Jersey to bet on tennis, we solve a mystery in Las Vegas, and we venture into the world of video game loot. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
28/09/1922m 16s

When India's Cash Disappeared

When India suddenly got rid of most of its cash, in an effort to end corruption and modernize its economy, chaos ensued. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
25/09/1925m 1s

Interest Rates... Why So Negative?

All over the world, interest rates are very, very low. In some places, they're negative: you lend out money, and get less back. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
20/09/1919m 30s

Strike One

Strikes these days are pretty boring. But they weren't always like this. In the past, strikers risked their lives. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
18/09/1917m 32s

The Working Tapes Of Studs Terkel

Hear what ordinary people told Studs Terkel about their jobs in the 70s — and what they have to say now. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
13/09/1928m 58s

How To Make It In The Music Business

The hidden economy of producers buying and selling sonic snippets, texting each other beats, and angling for royalties. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
11/09/1922m 37s

The Marshall Plan

Sometimes the way to help yourself is to help your enemy. After WWII, the U.S. launched what might be the most successful intervention in history, rebuilding Germany and also the rest of Western Europe. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
07/09/1921m 13s

Where Dollar Bills Come From

Every dollar bill in the world comes from the same paper mill in Massachusetts. Today on the show, we get a front-row seat to the dollar-making process. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
04/09/1916m 17s

Moving To Opportunity?

In the 90s, the government ran an experiment: What happens if we move people out of high-poverty neighborhoods and into low-poverty ones? Housing policy as hope? The results surprised them. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
30/08/1920m 49s

The Modal American

Kenny takes Jacob on a nerdy quest to find the "typical American." Naturally, it ends up harder⁠—and nerdier⁠—than we planned, and the answer is more subtle than we expected. | Subscribe to our newsletter here.
29/08/1928m 25s

You Asked For A Food Show

The top producer of Top Chef helps us spice up this food edition of listener questions. How do you master the salad bar? Why do Americans refrigerate eggs? The story of Choco Pies and more. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
23/08/1925m 49s

Two Yield Curve Indicators

An inverted yield curve has predicted recessions for the past six decades. The curve is inverted right now. What does that tell us? | Subscribe to our newsletter here.
21/08/1918m 54s

Find The Helium

Helium is so special, and so rare, that the U.S. government once tried to buy it all up. And hide it. But the government's helium stockpile is running low. And we need it for MRI machines and NASA rockets.
16/08/1925m 12s

How Solar Got Cheap

For a long time, only rich people could afford to put solar panels on the roof. Not anymore. Here's what changed.
14/08/1917m 31s

Deep Learning With The Elephants

Elephants are in danger. Counting them is crucial to saving them. But they're hard to see in the rainforest. So scientists are enlisting the help of AI technology.
09/08/1925m 24s

The IT Guy Vs. The Con Artist

A notorious con artist offered Felipe an IT job. He took the job —and tried to con the con man. | Plus, listen to a full double feature all about cons here.
07/08/1921m 53s


Scientists have studied twins for years, hoping to figure out how big a role genes play in human behavior. Our very own pair of twin reporters are on the case.
03/08/1922m 36s

That Time We Shorted America, Part Two

Everyone said betting against the entire stock market was a terrible idea. We did it anyway. Today, we find out the results, and revisit the first short ever done in the 17th century.
31/07/1919m 58s

That Time We Shorted America, Part One

Today on the show, we ignore the advice of some very smart people and bet against something people love.
26/07/1921m 35s

Could A Wealth Tax Work?

Elizabeth Warren wants to tax the wealth of the mega-rich to help fix inequality. Europe tried this, and failed. Can it work in the U.S.?
24/07/1922m 36s

Hong Kong

In 1960, a 12-year-old boy left mainland China, hidden in the bottom of a fishing boat. He later became one of Hong Kong's richest people. His story is the story of Hong Kong.
19/07/1922m 1s

The Indicator In The House

Two highlights from our daily podcast, The Indicator, about houses. A plan to lower rents pits state against city, and a private firefighter breaks down his business for us. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
18/07/1920m 51s

So, Should We Recycle?

Cities might be picking up your recyclables, but there is a very good chance they aren't being recycled. And that might be a good thing...if you really care about the planet. Part two of a two-part series. ⎸Subscribe to our newsletter here.
13/07/1923m 6s

A Mob Boss, A Garbage Boat and Why We Recycle

In 1987, an Alabama man had an idea. So he made a deal with the mob. And ended up with 3,186 tons of trash no landfill would take. This is the accidental birth of recycling in the U.S. ⎸Subscribe to our newsletter here.
10/07/1925m 3s

Stuck In China's Panopticon

China is building a high-tech surveillance state to capture minorities' every move and word. We go inside it and find that some Americans are involved. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter
05/07/1926m 36s

Eagles vs. Chickens

A farmer in Georgia became more in tune with nature. Then eagles started killing his chickens. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter:
03/07/1920m 35s

Good Teachers, Bad Deal

Teachers made a deal with the Department of Education. They kept their end of the bargain. Why didn't the government?
28/06/1926m 18s

The Cost of Getting Your Money Back

Accidentally sending $1,500 to a stranger on Venmo reveals just how hard it is to get your money back in the new economy.
27/06/1919m 45s

Tales From The Parking Lot

Three stories: A tire-booting vigilante, a surge price conspiracy, and the civil rights fight over parking tickets.
21/06/1923m 44s

What Should We Be Worried About?

The economic recovery turns 10 this month. Don't get too comfortable. There's plenty to be worried about.
19/06/1918m 47s

Are Cities Overrated?

Big cities used to be the land of opportunity for most people. But with changes in work, some economists are wondering: Are cities overrated?
14/06/1917m 52s

The Planet Money Workout

Gyms don't want you to workout. Or at least, not often. It's better for business that way. Economics explains why.
12/06/1917m 12s

The Day Of Two Noons

People didn't always know what time it was. But in the nineteenth century, a high school principal, a scientist, and a railroad bureaucrat synchronized the nation.
07/06/1920m 46s

The Salmon Taboo

In Japan, salmon used to be garbage fish. Today, it's a delicacy. How one Norwegian with a lot of extra fish changed the tastes of a nation.
05/06/1916m 41s

Quit Threat!

Sometimes an economy can get so strong the power dynamic between bosses and workers flips: Full employment. Are we there yet?
31/05/1922m 1s

The Whistleblower Whisperer

Jordan Thomas is a lawyer who represents some of Wall Street's biggest whistleblowers. The life that led him here is extraordinary.
29/05/1923m 15s

How To Meddle In An Election

In which someone runs a science experiment on an actual election, on actual voters, to test the persuasive power of ethically sketchy methods.
24/05/1923m 17s

Trump and Deutsche, A Long Affair

After Donald Trump's companies declared four bankruptcies, several major banks stopped loaning him money. But Deutsche Bank didn't.
23/05/1926m 41s

Counting The Homeless

From renting hotels to a jobs report-like census in the night, we look at ways communities are helping the homeless.
18/05/1922m 0s

A Mathematician, The Last Supper, And The Birth Of Accounting

The story of an innovation that changed the way the world works, and of the man who made this innovation possible: Luca Pacioli.
15/05/1917m 39s

How Uncle Jamie Broke Jeopardy

James Holzhauer took data, probability and a lot of practice with a fake buzzer, and turned it into a fortune on a game show.
10/05/1927m 51s

You Asked The Listener Question Hotline

We answer a bunch of the questions you asked — and even one you *didn't* ask.
08/05/1920m 53s

Economics, Sexism, Data

A young economist holds a mirror up to her field. And starts a national conversation about women in economics.
03/05/1924m 20s

Why The Price of Coke Didn't Change For 70 years

For 70 years, the price of a bottle of Coca-Cola stayed a nickel. Why? The answer includes a half a million vending machines and a 7.5 cent coin.
01/05/1920m 34s

Dollar Stores Vs Lettuce

Every six hours a new dollar store opens in the U.S. Are they killing grocery stores?
27/04/1920m 35s

I Am Not A Robot

The remarkable story of the online "CAPTCHA" tests we've all taken to prove that we're not robots.
24/04/1924m 45s

Two Spring Indicators

The Indicator from Planet Money explores trade wars, peanuts, hurricanes, and happiness.
19/04/1921m 8s

How Much Does This Cow Weigh?

We wanted to understand an eerie phenomenon that drives everything from the stock market to the price of orange juice. So we asked you to guess the weight of a cow.
17/04/1919m 15s

The Chicago Boys, Part II

How a ruthless dictator, and a bunch of economists known as the Chicago Boys, took Chile from socialism to capitalism.
12/04/1927m 27s

The Chicago Boys, Part I

In the late 1950s and early '60s a handful of Chilean students went to study economics at the University of Chicago. What they learned changed their country.
11/04/1924m 27s

Joke Theft

Copyrighting comedy is expensive. So comedians have devised an informal system of sanctions to protect their jokes from theft. Sometimes it works.
06/04/1926m 24s

Tax Hero

Joe Bankman, professor at Stanford, figured out a way to make filing your taxes easy and painless. Then the tax lobby found out about it.
04/04/1923m 50s

A New Way To Pay For College

Some colleges are offering students a new way to pay. It's not a scholarship. It's not a loan. It's more like the students are selling stock in themselves.
29/03/1919m 45s

The Phoebus Cartel

The story behind two sneaky forces that drive us to buy more products, more often: Planned obsolescence and psychological obsolescence.
28/03/1931m 4s

Bad Cops Are Expensive

There's an industry of people working to eliminate bad police behavior. They're not activists or protestors. They're insurers.
22/03/1920m 23s

Why A Dead Shark Costs $12 Million

Today's show is about the fickle market for art. What makes a dead shark cost $12 million, and a photo of steel wool that looks like a tornado cost only $1,265?
20/03/1919m 31s

The Stolen Company

When an American company named ABRO learns their goods are being counterfeited in China, they start their own trade war.
15/03/1922m 5s

Cat Scam

The internet was supposed to get rid of middlemen--but instead they are taking over the global economy.
13/03/1923m 0s

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.
08/03/1917m 59s

The Starbury

The story of an NBA All-Star and an experiment: To make a desirable basketball shoe cheap enough for anyone.
07/03/1925m 18s

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.
02/03/1919m 55s

New Orleans Vs. Airbnb

Airbnb has changed New Orleans. And now landlords and preservationists are fighting over the future of the city.
28/02/1922m 25s

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.
22/02/1923m 56s

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.
20/02/1919m 53s

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.
15/02/1923m 53s

A Fake Bank For Money Laundering Run By The Government

To catch drug traffickers, the U.S. government tried something it had never tried before. It set up and ran a fake offshore bank for money laundering. Fake name. Fake employees. Real drug money.
14/02/1919m 37s

Our Valentines 2019

We give a shout out to the stuff we've been obsessing over in the office — those stories that were so good, we wished we had thought of them ourselves.
08/02/1917m 56s

The Lost Plane

In December, a commercial flight had to make an emergency landing in Iran. They discovered that landing there would be easy. Getting out – much, much harder.
07/02/1916m 37s

Who Won The Bet Over Bitcoin?

Five years ago, two sides met on our show to make a bet about the future of bitcoin. Today, we announce the winner.
01/02/1919m 16s

Who Started The Wildfire?

After a wildfire, teams of investigators start combing the wreckage for clues. Finding the cause means, maybe, finding someone to pay. But where's the line between a natural disaster and a human one?
30/01/1921m 14s

The Division Problem

Today on the show, we take on one of life's most vexing problems: Sharing.
25/01/1921m 12s

Brilliant Vs. Boring

John Bogle died last week. His creation — the index fund — changed investing. Today, how his invention set off a million dollar bet between some of the biggest brains on Wall Street, including Warren Buffett.
23/01/1922m 38s

The Pay-What-You-Want Experiment

In 2010, Panera launched several pay-what-you-want cafes. On today's show: How this charitable experiment worked out.
18/01/1919m 19s

The First Shutdown

In 1879, Congress and the President were locked in a battle over the rights of African-Americans. It led to the first government shutdown.
17/01/1915m 26s

You Asked For It, Yet Again

On today's show we answer questions about silver dollars, Venmo, and Brexit. Why? Because you asked!
12/01/1925m 1s

All In

We go inside a professional poker tournament, where some of the smartest betting takes place behind the scenes.
09/01/1920m 54s

The Price of a Hack

Hackers are an expensive headache for companies. But there might be a simple economic fix.
04/01/1916m 19s

Do It For Your Country

People are the engine that fuels an economy. But what happens when you start running out of people?
02/01/1918m 42s

The Rest Of The Story, Winter 2018

We check in on some stories we did this year to see what's changed. Find a full list of the episodes we referenced at our website,
28/12/1823m 40s

The Curse Of The Black Lotus

How the card game "Magic: The Gathering" deflated a speculative bubble. You can support our show at
26/12/1820m 10s

BONUS INDICATOR: The Calculator That Time Forgot

Most products in this world are vulnerable to creative destruction: as new products are developed, they make old ones obsolete. But there are some exceptions — products that persist, resisting change while economic evolution continues without them. For instance: the graphing calculator. (This episode is from our other podcast, The Indicator from Planet Money. Subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts.)
24/12/188m 8s

A Very Planet Money Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens wanted to pick a fight with economists. So he invented Ebenezer Scrooge. But did he get it all right? Also: If you want to support our show, head over to We appreciate it.
21/12/1826m 55s

Synthetic Reefer Madness

How a professor invented a formula for synthesizing cannabinoids and unintentionally helped launch a drug revolution.
20/12/1828m 36s

BONUS INDICATOR: The Measure Of A Tragedy

Ricardo Hausmann, a Harvard-based Venezuelan economist, has constructed his own indicator, one that captures the horrifying scale of the economic catastrophe in Venezuela. (This episode is from our other podcast, The Indicator. Subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts.)
17/12/1810m 36s

The Prisoners of the Trade War

A truce in the U.S.-China trade war seemed close. The leaders of China and the United States were meeting to discuss a fix. And then arrests started. It got even more confusing, so today, we call up our man on the ground in Shanghai to make sense of it all. The key to understanding the latest turn in the trade war centers around a giant company most Americans haven't heard of called Huawei. Its rise traces the rise of China's economy and Chinese-style capitalism.
15/12/1817m 46s

What's A Penny Worth?

We try to figure out what makes cents.
13/12/1822m 45s

Is Amazon Good For New York?

It feels like all of New York City is arguing about Amazon's new office in Queens. But what do the people in Long Island City think?
07/12/1821m 37s

Why Car Safety Is A Trade Barrier

The U.S. and Europe just can't agree on car safety standards. That puts car companies in a weird position, makes cars cost more and just seems kind of random and wasteful.
06/12/1821m 0s

The Secret Target

Their plan was dangerous, risky, and extremely unpopular. But America copied them anyway. Today on the show: how a tiny country on the other side of the world changed how America runs its economy.
01/12/1823m 12s

Kid Rock Vs. The Scalpers

We talk to Kid Rock about how he tried to cut scalpers out of the business — and still sell cheap tickets to his shows.
28/11/1822m 20s

VIDEO: The Price Of Coke Stayed The Same For 70 Years — Why?

For 70 years, a Coca-Cola cost a nickel. The price didn't change. How is that even possible? You can also watch the video here:
26/11/184m 14s

Mugshots For Sale

We go deep inside the market for online mugshots. Is it extortion? Or is it a First Amendment right?
23/11/1820m 47s

The Laws of The Office

You get what you measure. Work expands to fill the time allotted. Who comes up with this stuff? And is it true?
21/11/1824m 12s

VIDEO: Put A Chip On It

A quick history of slow credit cards. This video also available here:
19/11/184m 27s

Kansas City Vs. Kansas City

A bunch of you asked why so many cities threw billions in tax breaks at Amazon. It reminded us of an episode we did in 2016.
17/11/1822m 8s

Patent Deception

How World Patent Marketing stole nearly $26 million. And how the acting attorney general was involved.
15/11/1828m 34s

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. You can also watch this video here:
12/11/183m 12s

Why Did The Cow Cross The Border?

To take advantage of the surprising benefits provided by an interlocked economic system on the other side.
10/11/1821m 12s

Hot Dog Hail Mary

The Falcons are trying something radical: Making their food cheaper. It could break stadium economics.
07/11/1819m 31s

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.
05/11/185m 48s

The Seattle Experiment

Seattle's radical solution to big money in politics: Flood elections with even more money.
02/11/1822m 58s

The Halloween Tapes

Something spooky has been happening here at Planet Money.
31/10/1824m 32s

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.
30/10/186m 45s

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?
26/10/1820m 34s

The First Lottery & How To Beat The Odds

The first lottery was a royal affair with poems, golden flatware and invited criminals. Also, how someone won the lottery over and over.
23/10/1823m 43s

Trump vs. Red Tape

President Trump promised to slash regulations. How has he done?
19/10/1820m 57s

What Causes What?

We try to tell the difference between correlation and causation.
17/10/1819m 24s

The Student Loan Whistleblower

Seth Frotman worked overseeing student loans for the government. He saw things that made him quit, and tell all.
12/10/1820m 32s

The History of Light (Nobel Edition)

Bill Nordhaus just won the economics Nobel. In this show: He shows how history of light is the history of economic growth — of things getting faster, cheaper, and more efficient.
08/10/1821m 51s


We follow writer Oliver Bullough as he explores how stolen money moves around the world, and what that might mean for democracies.
05/10/1821m 35s

Anatomy Of A Scam

Ever seen one of those signs asking if you want to work from home? We find out what happens when you call.
03/10/1823m 28s

Special Report: Asylum Crackdown

We tell the story of a massive crackdown on asylum fraud, and the fallout.
29/09/1834m 56s

Modern Monetary Theory

We rethink everything we know about government spending, taxes, the nature of money... All of it.
27/09/1822m 32s

Tweak This

We propose small fixes for baseball, weddings, salary negotiations and buying your morning coffee. Warning: They may be too rational.
21/09/1818m 0s

The Tale Of The Onion King

How one man took the onion market hostage.
19/09/1816m 23s

The Central (Bankers') Question

We crash a party of central bankers to get an answer to one of the biggest economic questions of our time.
15/09/1822m 9s

For Our 10th Anniversary, Episode #1

In honor of our 10th anniversary, we revisit our very first episode.
12/09/1829m 0s

The 13th Hole

What a hole-in-one gone awry says about the state of charity.
08/09/1820m 49s

When Subaru Came Out

Subaru's sales had been slumping for years. Then they went straight to their biggest fans: Lesbians.
05/09/1820m 18s

Big Government Cheese

That time we accidentally created a cheese surplus so large it had to be stored in a ginormous cave.
31/08/1823m 8s

New Jersey Bails Out

California just did away with cash bail. But credit where credit is due. New Jersey already tried something similar.
29/08/1820m 37s

Food Scare Squad

When food makes people sick all around the country, an army of germ detectives jumps into action.
24/08/1822m 30s

New Jersey Wine

Today on the show: Could New Jersey become the next Napa?
22/08/1820m 30s

The World's Longest Yard Sale

Six states. Three days. One ugly cookie jar. Today on the show: Yard sale!
17/08/1825m 34s


The line between trash and recycling is moving a lot these days. It's a tough time to be a recycler.
15/08/1815m 56s

You Asked For Even More

You have a lot of questions... about tariffs, unemployment rates, and RV dealerships, to name a few. We have answers.
10/08/1819m 59s

Open Office

This episode is for everyone who ever had to ask their coworkers to quiet down. Today on the show: We meet the man who stole your office door.
08/08/1819m 6s

Venezuela's Fugitive Money Traders

The Venezuelan government doesn't want you to know the real value of its currency. But Ruben and Mila figured it out. Now they're on the lam.
03/08/1819m 2s

The Postal Illuminati

Is there a secretive postal organization fixing international shipping rates, and giving American businesses a bad deal?
01/08/1822m 15s

Yes In My Backyard

There's a simple way to solve the housing crisis in U.S. cities. Only problem is, almost everybody hates it.
27/07/1819m 41s

The Poop Cartel

What happens when a group of economists applies the number one rule of economics... to number two?
25/07/1824m 19s

The New Socialists

Socialism was political poison in the U.S. for decades. Now it's gaining ground. Who are these new socialists? And what do they want?
20/07/1815m 44s

The One-Page Plan To Fix Global Warming Revisited

Tax carbon emissions. That's basically the whole plan. What's the hold up?
18/07/1824m 6s

Peak Sand

Sand. It's in buildings, windows, your cell phone. But there isn't enough in the world for everyone. And that's created a dangerous black market.
13/07/1818m 54s

LeBron James Is Still Underpaid

The best player in basketball is getting hosed. The NBA team owners, the players, the fans and even LeBron James himself want to keep it that way.
11/07/1821m 39s

Two Summer Indicators

Two stories from our Indicator team. There's a province in China that makes many of the world's flags. It's a unique window on global trade right now. And we find out why so few teenagers are working summer jobs these days.
06/07/1821m 57s

Peanuts And Cracker Jack

It takes strategy and skill to sell snacks at a baseball game. Meet the hot dog vending legend of Fenway Park.
03/07/1824m 21s

The Rest Of The Story Summer 2018

A pesticide wreaks havoc. A listener needs a bitcoin detective. And the search for the rarest economic good continues.
30/06/1821m 7s

The Fake Review Hunter

Fake product reviews are wrecking the internet. But help is on the way: From a bodybuilding fake review hunter.
27/06/1819m 32s

VIDEO: The Chicken Tax

Which came first, the frozen chicken or the tax on foreign trucks? Just kidding, it was the frozen chicken — then came the American tax that helped shape the domestic market for trucks.
25/06/183m 31s

When CEO Pay Exploded

Politicians have argued for decades that CEOs are overpaid. But there's this precise moment in the 1990s when CEO pay suddenly shot up. We find out what happened.
22/06/1821m 7s

It Takes Two To Make A Trade War Fight

President Trump says China is stealing U.S. technology. So we looked into one case. And things got a little complicated.
20/06/1822m 51s

The World's Biggest Battery

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.
15/06/1821m 8s

Inventing Accidents

The medical world has been trying to cure color blindness for centuries. Then a glass scientist figured it out. By accident.
13/06/1821m 20s

Ungerrymandering Florida

When Florida outlawed partisan gerrymandering, politicians tried to sneak it back disguise.
09/06/1820m 56s

The T-Rex In My Backyard

Meet Sue, the dinosaur who sparked a gold rush for fossils buried in the badlands of North Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana.
06/06/1819m 28s


Meet the man who figured out how to reshape national politics by making tiny investments in the smallest of places.
02/06/1821m 59s

Nice Game

In game theory, sometimes the best way to win, is to lose.
31/05/1816m 58s

Swamp Gravy

Today on the show: A small town stakes its future on writing, directing, and starring in a musical.
25/05/1829m 32s

The Taxi King

Gene Freidman built a taxi empire. We visited him before he was in legal trouble.
23/05/1820m 29s

Showdown at the WTO

The World Trade Organization: Can't live with it, hard to crush your trade opponents without it.
18/05/1819m 22s

Class Action

Class actions run from big civil rights cases to arguments about pepper. Are they noble, or silly?
16/05/1822m 31s

The Land Of Duty Free

We meet the man who invented duty free shopping and find out if these tax free stores are really saving us any money.
11/05/1821m 31s

Fixing Chicken

Today on the show: A chicken index, some Wall Street investors, and an unlikely whistle-blower.
09/05/1819m 31s

The Indicator Goes To California

California is way more than Hollywood. Today on the show, we look at what else is going on in this powerhouse state economy.
04/05/1826m 46s

The Fondue Conspiracy

Today on the show: How a cheese cartel abandoned the rules of economics and convinced the world to eat fondue.
02/05/1816m 41s

A Series of Mysterious Packages

Unordered trinkets have been arriving at homes around the country. We try to find out why.
27/04/1817m 52s

The Bottom Of The Well

Today on the show: the economics of drought, and why the rational thing to do in California right now is use more water.
25/04/1822m 33s

The Belt, The Road And The Money

Today on the show, we connect the dots between New York, Uganda, Prague, and China's thirst for resources. (Music Credit: Thanks to musician Giovanni Kiyingi for the use of his song "Kaleeba" from the album Amakondeere.)
21/04/1822m 29s

The Rational Madness Of The Used Car Salesman

Why are used car commercials so annoying? Meet the original sinner.
19/04/1817m 30s


We're in a full-fledged trade war with China. We dig into the list of tariffs on American products. It gets weird...and delicious.
13/04/1821m 32s

The Less Deadly Catch

Today on the show: how an economic fix helped made the deadliest job in America safer, and why people are angry about it.
11/04/1818m 32s

NDA Tell-All

Today on the show, we talk to one of the most famous NDA breakers of all time, and ask: Is there a legal way out of your NDA?
07/04/1821m 46s

Larry vs. The IRS

What exactly would happen if you didn't pay your taxes? Today on the show, we follow one man who did just that.
04/04/1820m 35s

Worst. Tariffs. Ever.

Tariffs are stupid. This is one of the few things economists can agree on. Today, we bring you the story of the worst tariffs ever.
30/03/1821m 6s

Mulvaney Vs The CFPB

What happens when you put someone who wants to close an agency, in charge of that agency? Today on the show, we find out.
28/03/1821m 41s

An Insider Trader Tells All

A man who got caught insider trading explains everything — what he did, how he did it, and why.
23/03/1819m 42s

The Golden Rules

Planet Money joins the gold rush 170 years late. And the rules are still about the same. How did that happen?
21/03/1819m 29s

The Lollipop War

What do sugar farmers have against candy? A lot, according to candy manufacturers.
16/03/1821m 14s


How did the social security number become the most important identifier in the United States? And is that even a good idea?
14/03/1820m 43s

Rigging The Economy

Two guys from different ends of the political spectrum agree that the economy is rigged. And they think they know who's responsible.
09/03/1819m 50s

The Experiment Experiment

There's something wrong with the way we're doing science. Today on the show, we find out how to fix it.
07/03/1822m 39s

You Asked For More

We ponder the price of chicken, safe haven currencies, and the cash value of coupons. Why? Because you asked.
02/03/1823m 14s

Three Indicators

What do human blood, the conservative tax plan, and beer hops tell us about the world? Find out in today's episode.
28/02/1819m 14s

The Vodka Proof

Vodka is the best selling spirit in the United States, and there are zillions of brands. But is there any difference between them?
23/02/1820m 36s

The Blue Pallet

How do you reinvent something as simple as the wooden shipping pallet?
21/02/1816m 52s

Who Started The Wildfire

After a wildfire, teams of investigators start combing the wreckage for clues. Finding the cause means, maybe, finding someone to pay. But where's the line between a natural disaster and a human one?
16/02/1819m 49s

Our Valentines

If you can't beat 'em, send 'em a valentine.
14/02/1820m 32s

Planet Monet

Investors are pouring money into art, and a lot of it is disappearing into storage. We try to find out where the art goes, and why it goes there.
09/02/1817m 5s

The Secret Document that Transformed China

In 1978, a group of farmers in a Chinese village wrote a contract and hid it in the roof of a hut. They were afraid the document might get them executed. Instead, it transformed the Chinese economy.
07/02/1817m 51s

The Shortest Super Bowl

How does the market for Super Bowl tickets work? And why did it collapse in 2015?
02/02/1823m 45s

The Other Davos

Billionaires, diplomats, thinkfluencers. This is the Davos everyone hears about. Today on the show, we take you to a different Davos.
01/02/1818m 37s

P Is For Phosphorus

Phosphate is a crucial element, for farming, and for life. And there aren't too many places to get it. What if it runs out?
26/01/1820m 2s

Tax Me If You Can

Douglas Bruce had a bold vision for Colorado.
25/01/1823m 25s

A Bet On The Future Of Humanity

A biologist predicts a population bomb that will lead to global catastrophe. An economist sees a limitless future for mankind. The result is one of the most famous bets in economics.
19/01/1820m 15s

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.
18/01/1822m 1s

The Gun Man

Will 3-D printing make gun control impossible?
13/01/1827m 27s

The Invisible Plumbing Of Our Economy

Why does it take days to send money electronically?
10/01/1823m 22s

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.
05/01/1822m 5s

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.
03/01/1820m 38s

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.
29/12/1720m 1s

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.
27/12/1713m 33s

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.)
25/12/176m 16s

The Tax Plan Is Huge

Congress just passed the largest tax overhaul in decades. We dig in.
22/12/1722m 58s

The Santa Suit

Today on the show: A lawsuit over a Santa suit is a window into countless hidden fights that shape the stuff we buy. It's one man's battle against the U.S. government — and, in a way, against himself.
20/12/1717m 55s

BONUS INDICATOR: Forget Neutrality

From our new podcast, The Indicator: Opponents of net neutrality argue that the government should get out of the way and let the market work, that's what leads to better service and more choice. We examine that logic.
18/12/178m 3s

SPACE 4: 3 2 1

Five reporters go to the New York Produce Show and Conference, each on a mission.
16/12/1725m 0s

High Rise, Low Returns

As a businessman, President Trump is known for his towering buildings. Today we tell the story of one of those skyscrapers and what it says about how and with whom Trump does business.
13/12/1726m 52s

BONUS: The Indicator, From Planet Money

We've made a new show. You can subscribe to it now. It's called 'The Indicator'. It's for those times you want Planet Money to explain the news, quickly. It's short (about five minutes) and three days a week.
11/12/178m 12s

SPACE 4: 3 2 1

We've got a satellite. We got a rocket. We're heading to the launch pad.
09/12/1725m 15s

SPACE 3: Rocket Shopping

We found a satellite. We tried to figure out what it would do. Now we need to choose our rocket.
07/12/1723m 0s

SPACE 2: Wait, Why Are We Going To Space?

We hitched a ride on a satellite. Now we have to figure out what we're going to do up there.
01/12/1723m 19s

SPACE 1: We're Going To Space

We really are going to space.
30/11/1726m 51s

Anatomy of a Hustle

What did Paul Manafort do, exactly? Robert Mueller's indictment is 31 pages of hard-to-understand financial crime. We try to figure it out.
24/11/1721m 4s

The Free Food Market

A while back, the charity Feeding America was a mess. It was sending pickles to food banks that wanted produce, and potatoes to Idaho. So they called some economists, and a free food market was born.
22/11/1718m 0s

Walmart's Pickle

Walmart and Amazon are in a battle to be the store where you buy everything. But when both companies sell everything, what sets them apart? Food inventions like a bright, red pickle!
17/11/1718m 55s

War And Peace And Cows

In South Sudan, there is a kind of money that works even through bank failures and unstable governments. But when war struck, it upended a whole economy: the economy of cows.
15/11/1719m 7s

Bagging the Birkin

Once you've got a Birkin bag, you've made it. But to get one, you need more than just money. Birkins always seem to be mysteriously out of stock. This is no accident.
10/11/1717m 22s

Your Cell Phone's A Snitch

Timothy Carpenter stole cell phones. Then his phone sold him out to the Feds. Now the Supreme Court has to decide how private our cell phone data should be.
08/11/1721m 17s

If Teens Ran the Fed

Once a year, teenagers from across the country team up and compete to run the U.S. Federal Reserve.
03/11/1716m 25s

Nudge, Nudge, Nobel

Why do smart people make dumb decisions? Figuring that out won Richard Thaler a Nobel Prize.
01/11/1718m 47s

The Hotel at the Center of the World

A Chinese company pays millions of dollars for a failing hotel in a small, rural town. We follow the trail of money, and it explains the world economy.
28/10/1721m 10s

Is the NCAA An Illegal Cartel?

In any other industry, it's illegal for a group of companies to get together and cap wages. What makes the NCAA different?
25/10/1719m 34s

The Death Show

Today on the show: death. We have four stories about how people prepare for death and what they leave behind for the living.
20/10/1716m 31s

Free Money

Bob Peterson claims to have found the thing people have sought for thousands of years — an investment guaranteed to double in value. He keeps it in a storage locker in Utah. It's protected by a single padlock.
18/10/1715m 53s

North Korea's Capitalists

Capitalism isn't supposed to exist in North Korea. But all over the country, small businesses are popping up, growing the nation's economy. And much of that money is going straight to the country's nuclear program.
14/10/1724m 25s

Corporate! Income! Tax!

Republicans are proposing big changes to the corporate income tax. Trillions of dollars are at stake. Here's what it all means.
11/10/1717m 55s

Bad Credit Bureau

For most of our lives, Equifax has been slurping up our financial data. Now the company's been hacked and our data is loose. Today, we trace this mess back to two brothers and one fateful decision.
07/10/1719m 4s

The Benefits of Bankruptcy

It might just be the secret weapon of the U.S. economy.
04/10/1721m 36s

Flood Money

Bill Pennington's house floods a lot: Three times in the last three years. And every time his house floods, the government pays to help him repair the damage. Is something wrong here?
29/09/1720m 13s

Mr Jones' Act

The government suspended the Jones Act last week, to allow non-US ships to move fuel to victims of hurricanes in Houston and Florida. Which once again made us wonder why the act even exists.
27/09/1716m 56s

The Basic Income Experiment

The basic income. A flat payment to citizens, without strings. Is it a progressive fever dream, or sensible policy? We may soon find out. The Finnish Government is testing it on 2,000 citizens.
22/09/1726m 58s

Is Record Breaking Broken?

The Guinness Book of World Records had a problem. It was a book. And books aren't selling as well as they used to. So Guinness changed what they were selling, and who they were selling to.
20/09/1722m 57s

How To Make It In The Music Business

Behind almost all popular music, there is this hidden economy of music producers buying and selling sonic snippets, texting each other half-finished beats, and angling for back-end royalties.
15/09/1721m 11s

Hard Work Is Irrelevant

Patty McCord helped create a workplace at Netflix that runs more like a professional sports team than a family. If you're not up to scratch, you're off the team. Is this the future of work?
13/09/1721m 21s

This Week in Time Bombs

We look at three time bombs Congress is sitting on: The federal budget, the debt ceiling, and DREAMers.
09/09/1723m 12s

This Ad's For You

Tom Burrell was the first black man in Chicago advertising. He went on to change the way we think about ads, and the way advertisers think about us.
06/09/1725m 7s

The Ransom Problem

When someone has been kidnapped, what do you do? If you pay ransom, you create a market for hostages. If you don't, people die. Different countries have different policies with different results.
02/09/1720m 12s

Tips From Spies

There's an entire universe of things spies are not allowed to tell us. Today on the show, a few of the teeny things they can say. They might come in handy.
30/08/1715m 48s

Rough Translation in Ukraine

Fake news from Russia helped spark a real war in Ukraine. What can Ukraine's fight against fake news teach the US?
25/08/1729m 9s

The Hydrox Resurrection

Hidden in the trash heap of commerce there is buried treasure. Abandoned brands--including trusted, beloved brands--are waiting to be claimed and reborn. Today on the show: A cookie comeback.
23/08/1719m 46s

Robocall Invasion

Your phone rings--it looks like your neighbor's calling. But instead, it's the creepiest scam of the year.
18/08/1718m 30s

The Anti-Store

Costco made shopping harder, and customers loved it. Now a new company is taking the Costco experience to new extremes.
16/08/1715m 31s

Robert And Kenny Go To The Fair

When we go to the state fair, we don't go for the rides, deep-fried tacos or the butter cow. We head straight for the vendor marketplace to meet the masters of the lost art of salesmanship.
11/08/1723m 20s

Can You Patent a Steak?

We visit the workshop of the meat inventor who came up with Steak-Umm and KFC's popcorn chicken. And we try to figure out what meat inventors tell us about patents and innovation.
09/08/1719m 43s

Google Is Big. Is That Bad?

Google just got hit with a multibillion-dollar antitrust fine. Here's what it tells us about competition, market power, and the biggest corporations on the planet.
04/08/1711m 11s

The Eddie Murphy Rule

We answer one of the most important questions in finance: What actually happens at the end of Trading Places?
02/08/1726m 59s

Rest of the Story 2017, Vol. 1

News moves fast. Some of our best stories from this year have new chapters. Here, we catch up on three: Dirty trademarks, trading bots, and the war against the bald eagle.
28/07/1722m 38s

Buy Low, Sell Prime

Sam Cohen buys stuff at big retail stores, then turns around and sells it on Amazon for a quick profit. It defies economic logic. But somehow, there's a whole multimillion-dollar industry doing this.
26/07/1715m 0s

The Starbury

Most athlete endorsements make a product more expensive. But what happens when an NBA All-Star uses his name to make a sneaker much, much cheaper? On today's show: How that worked out.
21/07/1723m 12s

Board Games

On today's show: The story of two guys who tried to cut the pay of a CEO at a small pneumatic tool company.
19/07/1720m 34s

Meeting The Russians

That meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer was two decades in the making. It began in 1996, when an adventurous American went to Russia, trying to make a buck.
14/07/1720m 5s

New Jersey Bails Out

Bail is broken. In New Jersey, defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges banded together to try a dramatic solution: Blow it up.
12/07/1718m 48s

Budget Time

We run through the entire federal budget — in 10 minutes. More than $6 billion per second. Go.
07/07/1715m 49s

How Stuff Gets Cheaper

We visit a company where people work on figuring out how to make stuff get cheaper.
05/07/1714m 49s

The Money Fixers

In Washington, D.C., there is a place where millions of dollars of ripped, burned, and water-soaked dollar bills are made new. On today's show, we get inside that room.
30/06/1717m 35s

Libertarian Summer Camp

We visited a libertarian summer paradise. What we found: People paying in gold. Exotic bacon dishes. A nine-year-old selling alcohol.
28/06/1726m 38s

On Second Thought

Flip-floppers, this one's for you. Changing your mind is hard, but it's one of the smartest things you can do.
23/06/1723m 21s

Shrimp Fight Club

What happens when an unstoppable shrimp meets an unmovable senator? A researcher goes to Washington to defend herself, her shrimp, and science itself.
21/06/1723m 50s

What the Falcon's Up With Qatar?

Qatar was on top of the world. Seemingly overnight, it became a pariah. On this episode, we drill into a rift years in the making: It's a tale of falcons, kidnapping, and a glowing Saudi Arabian orb.
16/06/1719m 10s

The Prisoner's Solution

Today on the show, a businessman goes to prison, and decides he is going to disrupt the biggest captive market in America.
14/06/1718m 42s

Free Love, Free Market

How a free-love commune embraced the free market and became a blockbuster brand.
10/06/1722m 13s

Here We Grow Again

The president's budget promises 3% growth. Is that doable? Yes, but he won't like what it would take.
07/06/1719m 35s

The Pigweed Killer

A battle with a weed divides neighbors and leads one farmer to shoot another dead. Today's show: The hunt for a better pesticide gets way out of hand.
03/06/1724m 8s

The Invisible Wall

A man goes looking for the invisible wall that traps poor people in poverty. Finding it almost gets him killed.
31/05/1718m 55s

Unspeakable Trademark

You can name your business whatever you want. But the government won't register it as a trademark if it thinks it's offensive. It gets weird when you try to decide what is too offensive to trademark.
26/05/1720m 56s

Slot Flaws Scofflaws

As long as there have been casinos, people have tried to cheat them. The latest attempt was by a group of hackers who tried to take down slot machines using math, iPhones, and a whole lot of swiping.
24/05/1722m 30s

Small Change

How fast is the world really changing? The answer has implications for everything from how the next generation will live to whether robots really will take all our jobs.
19/05/1720m 58s


The creation of the electronic spreadsheet transformed industries. But its effects ran deeper than that.
17/05/1720m 5s

When India's Cash Disappeared, Part Two

What happened when India's Prime Minister declared most of the paper money in India worthless? We travel to India to see what happened after the country's demonetization.
12/05/1720m 37s

When India's Cash Disappeared, Part One

Something incredible happened in India about six months ago. The government declared most of the paper money invalid. Demonetization they called it. Today, we meet the man who came up with the plan.
11/05/1723m 43s

Speed Dating For Economists

We visit a job market created by economists, for economists. It's a hyper-efficient, optimized system, tested by game theorists, tweaked by a Nobel Prize winner, but it requires comfortable shoes.
05/05/1724m 5s

A Chat With Ben Bernanke

Ten years ago, two little-known funds at Bear Stearns blew up, and the financial crisis was on its way. Today, we ask the person at the center of it all, former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, why it happened.
03/05/1718m 17s

The Dollar At The Center Of The World

Today on the show, how a New Hampshire hotel filled with boozing economists saved the global economy.
28/04/1720m 54s

Georgetown, Louisiana, Part Two

In 1838, the Maryland Jesuits sold 272 people, slaves, to pay the debts of Georgetown University. We talk with the descendants about what - if anything - they're owed.
27/04/1730m 36s

Georgetown, Louisiana, Part One

For the residents of a small Louisiana town, there's always been a question about their past: How'd they get there? Solving the mystery only raised more questions.
21/04/1725m 0s

The Holiday Industrial Complex

Where do holidays like National Potato Chip Day and Argyle Day come from? We trace the roots of one made-up holiday until we find out who is running the global holiday machine.
18/04/1718m 56s

When Business Loves Regulation

One in three American jobs require a license. Today on the show, why those licensing rules hurt the U.S. economy.
14/04/1714m 45s

Pub In A Box

One man figured out how to reproduce the magic of an Irish pub, and ship it in a container to anywhere in the world.
12/04/1717m 19s


On today's show, we get in on the future of investing. We build an automated stock-trading bot. It analyzes the twitter feed of President Donald Trump, then trades stocks with real money. Our money. You can follow our bot on twitter, @BOTUS.
07/04/1718m 56s

The Tough, The Sweet, The Nosy

The tricks and mind games tax collectors use to get people to pay up.
05/04/1722m 17s

The Fine Print

On today's show: Snuggies, printer toner, and a banking road trip. Three stories about what happens when you actually read the fine print.
31/03/1719m 32s

The Business Genius Behind Get Out

Jason Blum makes a lot of movies and makes them cheap. So why are so many turning into blockbusters?
29/03/1725m 59s

The Bank War

A populist president versus the most powerful banker in America.
25/03/1720m 55s

Tax Hero

One professor had a way to make filing taxes easy and painless. It worked. People loved it. But then a big tax lobby heard about it...
23/03/1722m 54s

What's It Worth To You?

Three short stories about putting a price on something hard to value precisely. We go from $4.66 under a pillow all the way up to $1 trillion across every inch of highway in America.
17/03/1718m 51s

The Invention Of 'The Economy'

A hundred years ago, nobody talked about "the economy." That's because easy ways to measure and talk about it hadn't been invented. On today's show: how we started boiling nations down to a number.
15/03/1717m 19s

Can Trump Take The Money?

The Constitution contains a paragraph known as the Emoluments Clause. It's 49 words meant to prevent foreign influence on US officials. How does it apply to a president with a global business empire?
11/03/1721m 0s

Hacking The iPhone For Fun, Profit, And Maybe Espionage

Wikileaks released documents listing the hacks the CIA uses to spy on people. So we revisit our story on hackers for hire: people hunting for flaws in your phone to sell to people, or even the CIA.
09/03/1719m 13s

Strong Feelings About Dodd-Frank

President Trump does not like Dodd-Frank, the 2010 law that transformed banking regulation. On today's show, we ask: What are the key parts of the law? And how are they likely to change?
04/03/1725m 11s

#513: Dear Economist, I Need A Date

Here at Planet Money, we often wonder: how useful is economics in our everyday lives? Could the principles of economics be applied to the most intimate of human experiences, like, say, love?
01/03/1723m 13s

#756: The Bees Go To California

Early every year, 30 billion bees make their way across the country to California's Central Valley. Here's why.
25/02/1722m 54s

#654: When The Boats Arrive

In the span of a few months in 1980, more than 100,000 Cuban immigrants arrived in Miami. So what happened to Florida's economy with all these new people coming in? And what can we learn from it?
22/02/1715m 45s

#755: The Phone At The End Of The World

A charismatic populist president wanted to boost manufacturing and create jobs. She told companies, 'if you want to sell your stuff here, you have to build it here.' This is what happened.
18/02/1719m 23s

#754: I'm So Happy For You!

Here at Planet Money, our favorite stories are the ones we wish we'd done ourselves. On the show, we call out rivals and colleagues who did what we try to do better than we could have done it.
14/02/1720m 55s

#753: Blockchain Gang

Charlie Shrem went to prison. While he was there, he thought up a better way to move money behind bars. Now he's out and trying to sell his idea to international investors.
11/02/1722m 17s

#436: If Economists Controlled The Borders

What would the perfect immigration system look like? We ask three economists and get three very different answers. (None of which include building a wall.)
08/02/1719m 35s

#752: Eagles vs. Chickens

Picture an organic farm, with thousands of free-range chickens roaming wide-open land. Now picture it from above, from the vantage of a soaring bald eagle. It's an all-you-can-eat buffet.
04/02/1717m 28s

#751: The Thing About That Border Tax

Over the next few months, we're going to explain President Trump's economic plans. Today: a totally new idea for corporate taxes. What's the plan, what's the theory behind it, and does it work?
02/02/1719m 54s

#750: Retraining Day

When an American loses his/her job to trade, there is program to help. It's been around for decades. It makes a lot of sense. It is a generous program. And almost nobody's heard of it. But why?
28/01/1719m 44s

#632: The Chicken Tax

President Trump talks about putting tariffs on foreign cars. But there are already tariffs on auto imports and one got there because of chickens in Germany. This is how trade barriers tend to spread.
25/01/1716m 56s

#749: Professor Blackjack

Ed Thorp started his career teaching math at MIT. Then he slid sideways into blackjack, changed the game forever, and set his sights on Wall Street investing. He changed that forever too.
20/01/1719m 5s

#748: Undoing Obama

Congress writes laws, but the president makes the rules that put the laws in action. President Obama's staff has been scrambling to lock in rules before Trump takes the helm. But will they stick?
19/01/1723m 28s

#747: The Man Who Sued Iran

When Steve Flatow's daughter was killed in a terror attack, he wanted someone to pay. His target was the Iranian government. His quest would pit him against both Iran and the White House.
13/01/1725m 37s

#577: The Kansas Experiment

A Republican governor lives the dream. He cuts taxes dramatically in his state and he promises good times ahead. But the good times do not come.
12/01/1721m 18s

#746: Wall Street Goes To Vegas

Wall Street traders and Las Vegas gamblers have a lot in common. But when a Wall Street firm set up shop taking Vegas bets, both sides got a surprise.
06/01/1720m 45s

#443: Don't Believe The Hype

People are talking about how the Dow Jones Industrial Average is about to hit a new record: Twenty thousand. We have a pretty strong opinion about the Dow. We think you should ignore it.
05/01/1717m 40s

#745: The Rest Of The Story, 2016 Edition

It's time for an annual Planet Money tradition--we revisit some of our favorite stories from the past year, and see what's changed since we turned off our mics.
30/12/1618m 48s

#744: The Last Bank Bailout

The man who ran the last bank bailout has a plan to prevent the next one.
27/12/1616m 54s

587: Jubilee! (?)

There's an idea that dates back at least to biblical times. That there should be a moment when debts are forgiven. Its called a jubilee. One country tried it.
23/12/1620m 0s

#743: 50 Ways to Leave Your Union

Today on the show, two unions separated by 200 years, an ocean and an exit clause. The United States has no exit clause. It led to civil war. Europe, on the other hand, has Article 50.
21/12/1617m 1s

#742: Making Bank

On today's show, how a band of medieval warrior monks sworn to poverty got into the banking business and changed the way we think about money forever.
17/12/1613m 1s

#592: Bell Wars

A special holiday episode about the epic, decades-long feud between the two companies that make just about every handbell in the world.
14/12/1619m 28s

#741: Amy and Steve vs. Facebook

The story of a court case. On one side, the best lawyers money can buy. On the other, a night school lawyer who had never argued a case before. The outcome could affect everyone on the internet.
10/12/1618m 9s
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