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Planet Money
Planet Money
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Episodes

The Vapes of Wrath

When the vape brand Juul first hit the market back in 2015, e-cigarettes were in a kind of regulatory limbo.... more

21 Jun 2024 · 27 minutes
Why is everyone talking about Musk's money?

We've lived amongst Elon Musk headlines for so long now that it's easy to forget just how much he sounds... more

19 Jun 2024 · 28 minutes
What's with all the tiny soda cans? And other grocery store mysteries, solved.

There's a behind the scenes industry that helps big brands decide questions like: How big should a bag of chips... more

14 Jun 2024 · 24 minutes
Bringing a tariff to a graphite fight

Graphite is sort of the one-hit wonder of minerals. And that hit? Pencils. Everyone loves to talk about pencils when... more

12 Jun 2024 · 25 minutes
How much national debt is too much?

Most economic textbooks will tell you that there can be real dangers in running up a big national debt. A... more

07 Jun 2024 · 26 minutes
The history of light (classic)

For thousands of years, getting light was a huge hassle. You had to make candles from scratch. This is not... more

05 Jun 2024 · 21 minutes
How the FBI's fake cell phone company put criminals into real jail cells

There is a constant arms race between law enforcement and criminals, especially when it comes to technology. For years, law... more

31 May 2024 · 23 minutes
So you've been scammed, now what?

We are living in a kind of golden age for online fraudsters. As the number of apps and services for... more

29 May 2024 · 27 minutes
The junkyard economist

On today's episode, we ride through the streets of San Francisco with a long-time junkman, Jon Rolston. Jon has spent... more

24 May 2024 · 25 minutes
Anatomy of a layoff

By one estimate, 40 percent of American workers get laid off at least once in their careers. And when that... more

22 May 2024 · 27 minutes
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