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Grocery prices, credit card debt, and your 401K (Two Indicators)

What's going on with consumers? This is one of the trickiest puzzles of this weird economic moment we're in. We've... more

17 Apr 2024 · 17 minutes
TikTok made me deduct it

TikTok, and other apps like it, are filled with financial advice. Some of it is reliable, some... less so. There... more

12 Apr 2024 · 20 minutes
How much does this cow weigh? (Classic)

This episode originally ran in 2015.About one hundred years ago, a scientist and statistician named Francis Galston came upon an... more

10 Apr 2024 · 17 minutes
Japan's Lost Decades

Last month, Japan's central bank raised interest rates for the first time in 17 years. That is a really big... more

05 Apr 2024 · 22 minutes
The real estate industry on trial

In 2019, Mike Ketchmark got a call. Mike is a lawyer in Kansas City, Missouri, and his friend, Brandon Boulware,... more

03 Apr 2024 · 28 minutes
How much of your tax dollars are going to Israel and Ukraine

There's been a lot of disagreement in Congress and in the country about whether the U.S. should continue to financially... more

29 Mar 2024 · 23 minutes
The trouble with Table 101 (Update)

(Note: This episode originally ran in 2020.)In the restaurant game, you need to make the most of every table every... more

27 Mar 2024 · 24 minutes
What is Temu?

It is rare that a new e-commerce company has such a meteoric rise as Temu. The company, which launched in... more

22 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
How Big Steel in the U.S. fell

Steel manufacturing was at one point the most important industry in the United States. It was one of the biggest... more

20 Mar 2024 · 22 minutes
The billion dollar war behind U.S. rum

When you buy a bottle of rum in the United States, by law nearly all the federal taxes on that... more

15 Mar 2024 · 23 minutes
Wind boom, wind bust (Two Windicators)

The wind power business is a bit contradictory right now. It's showing signs of boom and bust seemingly all at... more

13 Mar 2024 · 16 minutes
On the Oscars campaign trail

When you sit down to watch the Oscars, what you are really watching is the final battle in a months-long... more

08 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Is dynamic pricing coming to a supermarket near you?

Dynamic pricing is an increasingly common phenomenon: You can see it when Uber prices surge during rainy weather, or when... more

06 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
Shopping for parental benefits around the world

It is so expensive to have a kid in the United States. The U.S. is one of just a handful... more

01 Mar 2024 · 29 minutes
The secret world behind school fundraisers

Fundraising is a staple of the school experience in the U.S. There's an assembly showing off all the prizes kids... more

29 Feb 2024 · 27 minutes
A controversial idea at the heart of Bidenomics

Réka Juhász is a professor of economics at the University of British Columbia, and she studies what's known as industrial... more

23 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
Two Indicators: Economics of the defense industry

The Department of Defense's proposed budget for 2024 is $842 billion. That is about 3.5% of the U.S.'s GDP. The... more

21 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
How the Navy came to protect cargo ships

The Genco Picardy is not an American ship. It doesn't pay U.S. taxes, none of its crew are U.S. nationals,... more

16 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
It's giving ... Valentines

L, is for the way you Listen to Planet MoneyO, is for the Only podcast I hearV, is Very, very,... more

15 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
A lawsuit for your broken heart

Keith King was upset when his marriage ended. His wife had cheated, and his family broke apart. And that's when... more

09 Feb 2024 · 22 minutes
Morally questionable, economically efficient

There are tons of markets that don't exist because people just don't want to allow a market – for whatever... more

07 Feb 2024 · 24 minutes
Groundhog Day 2024: Trademark, bankruptcy, and the dollar that failed

It's Groundhog Day, and the eyes of the nation have turned to a small town in western Pennsylvania. And, just... more

02 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
The Chicken Tax (Classic)

Note: This episode originally ran in 2015.German families in the 60s loved tasty, cheap American-raised chicken that was suddenly coming... more

31 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
Bonus: Janet Yellen on Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!

Our friends at NPR's news quiz Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! recently had a very Planet Money guest on their show:... more

29 Jan 2024 · 10 minutes
Rescues at sea, and how to make a fortune

At around 1 a.m. on the morning of November 15, 1994, Captain Prentice "Skip" Strong III woke to a distress... more

27 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
Hear us out: We ban left turns and other big ideas

On today's episode, we have three big economic ideas for your consideration – ideas that could potentially improve the economy... more

24 Jan 2024 · 23 minutes
Econ Battle Zone: Disinflation Confrontation

After very high inflation, the United States is finally feeling some relief in the form of "disinflation." But, why exactly... more

20 Jan 2024 · 31 minutes
Mid-East conflict escalation, two indicators

On today's show, we look at two indicators of the economic disruptions of the war in Gaza and try to... more

17 Jan 2024 · 16 minutes
The Maine Potato War of 1976

When you think of a potato, one state probably comes to mind: Idaho. But for much of American history, Maine... more

13 Jan 2024 · 24 minutes
The Universal Basic Income experiment in Kenya

There's this fundamental question in economics that has proven really hard to answer: What's a good way to help people... more

10 Jan 2024 · 24 minutes
The case of the serial sinking Spanish ships

Picture the Pacific Ocean of the 16th century. Spanish Galleons sail the wide open seas, carrying precious cargo like silver,... more

05 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
The Rest of the Story, 2023

It's that time of year again! Our annual year-end tradition of checking in on the stories we've reported and the... more

29 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
The Indicators of this year and next

Today on the show, hosts from Planet Money and The Indicator debate the economic indicators of this year and next... more

27 Dec 2023 · 15 minutes
We buy a lot of Christmas trees (Update)

*Note: This episode originally ran in 2020*'Tis the season for Americans to head out in droves and bring home a... more

22 Dec 2023 · 31 minutes
Dollarizing Argentina

Argentina has been on a decades-long search for economic stability, but it always seems to be out of reach. High... more

21 Dec 2023 · 24 minutes
How to be better at hybrid work, according to research

The research keeps coming in on remote work. New evidence suggests working from home, at least full-time, may not be... more

19 Dec 2023 · 15 minutes
What econ says in the shadows

Economics Job Market Rumors is a website that's half a job information Wiki, where people post about what's going on... more

16 Dec 2023 · 26 minutes
Why '90s ads are unforgettable

Maybe she's born with it, maybe it's __________.The best part of waking up, is _______ in your cup!Got ____?If you... more

14 Dec 2023 · 26 minutes
The U.S. economy's biggest superpower, explained

What if you could borrow money on the cheap and use it to pay for just about anything? The U.S.... more

11 Dec 2023 · 13 minutes
Why do doctors still use pagers?

Remember pagers? They were huge in the 80s — these little devices that could receive short messages. Sir Mix-A-Lot even... more

08 Dec 2023 · 26 minutes
Two food and drink indicators

Today on the show, we have two episodes from our daily podcast, The Indicator, about things we spend a lot... more

06 Dec 2023 · 19 minutes
Why are we so bummed about the economy?

Would you say that you and your family are better off or worse off, financially, than you were a year... more

01 Dec 2023 · 23 minutes
So you want to sell marijuana across state lines

In the state of Oregon, there is a glut of grass. A wealth of weed. A crisis of chronic. And,... more

29 Nov 2023 · 23 minutes
A very Planet Money Thanksgiving

Here at Planet Money, Thanksgiving is not just a time to feast on turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green bean casseroles... more

22 Nov 2023 · 26 minutes
Economic fact in literary fiction

Some of the most influential and beloved novels of the last few years have been about money, finance, and the... more

18 Nov 2023 · 26 minutes
China's real estate crisis, explained

China's economic growth for the past few decades has been extraordinary. And much of that growth was fueled by real... more

15 Nov 2023 · 20 minutes
The alleged theft at the heart of ChatGPT

When best-selling thriller writer Douglas Preston began playing around with OpenAI's new chatbot, ChatGPT, he was, at first, impressed. But... more

10 Nov 2023 · 23 minutes
Never have I ever

The world of economics has these two different sides. One one side, there are the economists in their cozy armchairs... more

08 Nov 2023 · 28 minutes
FTC Chair Lina Khan on Antitrust in the age of Amazon

When Lina Khan was in law school back in 2017, she wrote a law review article called 'Amazon's Antitrust Paradox,'... more

03 Nov 2023 · 30 minutes
Antitrust in America (classic)

Earlier this fall, the Federal Trade Commission filed a high-stakes lawsuit against Amazon.In that suit, the FTC claims Amazon is... more

01 Nov 2023 · 40 minutes
All you can eat economics

You might expect to find economic concepts in the pages of an economics textbook. But you know where you can... more

27 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
Cutting school... by 20%

Right now, a lot of school districts across the country are making a pretty giant change to the way public... more

26 Oct 2023 · 23 minutes
How unions are stopped before they start

Union membership in the U.S. has been declining for decades. But, in 2022, support for unions among Americans was the... more

20 Oct 2023 · 27 minutes
Indicator exploder: jobs and inflation

When someone says "the economy is doing well"—what does that even mean? Like, for workers, for employers, for the country... more

18 Oct 2023 · 18 minutes
Maria Bamford gets personal (about) finance

Note: There is swearing in this episode.In 2017, The University of Minnesota asked comedian Maria Bamford to give their commencement... more

13 Oct 2023 · 27 minutes
Why the price of Coke didn't change for 70 years (classic)

Prices go up. Occasionally, prices go down. But for 70 years, the price of a bottle of Coca-Cola didn't change.... more

11 Oct 2023 · 19 minutes
A man, a plan, wind power, Uruguay

In 2007, Uruguay had a massive problem with no obvious fix. The economy of this country of 3.5 million people... more

06 Oct 2023 · 23 minutes
The flight attendants of CHAOS

When contract negotiations between Alaska Airlines and their flight attendants' union broke down in 1993, the union had a choice... more

04 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
A trucker hat mystery, the curse of September and other listener questions

Ba-dee-yah! Say do you remember? Ba-dee-yah! Questions in September!That's right - it's time for Listener Questions!Every so often, we like... more

29 Sep 2023 · 26 minutes
The natural disaster economist

There seems to be headlines about floods, wildfires, or hurricanes every week. Scientists say this might be the new normal... more

27 Sep 2023 · 23 minutes
A black market, a currency crisis, and a tango competition in Argentina

The Nobel-prize winning economist Simon Kuznets once analyzed the world's economies this way — he said there are four kinds... more

23 Sep 2023 · 23 minutes
"Based on a true story"

When a group of amateur investors rallied around the stock for GameStop back in 2021, the story blew up the... more

20 Sep 2023 · 28 minutes
How to launder $600 million on the internet

Erin Plante is a private detective who specializes in chasing down stolen cryptocurrency. In March of 2022, she got the... more

16 Sep 2023 · 26 minutes
China's weakening economy in two Indicators

In China, data on the economy is sometimes difficult to come by. The Chinese government has put a pause on... more

13 Sep 2023 · 18 minutes
Is economists' favorite tool to crush inflation broken?

When economists and policymakers talk about getting inflation under control, there's an assumption they often make: bringing inflation down will... more

08 Sep 2023 · 23 minutes
The prince of prints and his prints of Prince

In 1981, photographer Lynn Goldsmith took a portrait of the musician Prince. It's a pretty standard headshot — it's in... more

06 Sep 2023 · 28 minutes
How to fight a patent pirate

Back in the 1990s, Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar was in his office in New Delhi when he came across a puzzling... more

01 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
Summer School 8: Graduation and the Guppy Tank

Congratulations to the Planet Money Summer School Class of 2023! Today, you become masters of business administration... spelled with lower-case... more

30 Aug 2023 · 31 minutes
The secret entrance that sidesteps Hollywood picket lines

Across Hollywood right now, writers and actors are picketing in front of studio lots. They're walking back and forth, holding... more

26 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
Summer School 7: Negotiating and the empathetic nibble

How do you get the best deal? How do you know you're getting the best deal? Whether you're talking down... more

23 Aug 2023 · 33 minutes
Vacation, and why the U.S. takes so little of it

Do you work more for more money? Or work less for more time? For some, this is the ultimate economic... more

18 Aug 2023 · 25 minutes
Summer School 6: Operations and 25,000 roses

"It's difficult to control everything," says our guest professor for this week, Santiago Gallino. "What is not difficult is to... more

16 Aug 2023 · 32 minutes
The new Biden plan that could still erase your student loans

This summer, the Supreme Court struck down Biden's plan to forgive student loan debt for millions of borrowers. Except, on... more

11 Aug 2023 · 27 minutes
Summer School 5: Tech and the innovator's dilemma

For anyone running a business, technology is both threat and opportunity. Today, we run through techniques entrepreneurs can use to... more

09 Aug 2023 · 34 minutes
A tarot card reading for the U.S. economy

Predicting the future of the economy is always a dicey proposition. That is especially true after more than three years... more

04 Aug 2023 · 25 minutes
Summer School 4: Marketing and the Ultimate Hose Nozzle

In this session of Planet Money Summer School, we are getting the word out about your brand. How do you... more

02 Aug 2023 · 32 minutes
Tackle your medical debt with Life Kit

There's an estimated $195 billion of medical debt in America. But just because a medical bill comes in the mail... more

31 Jul 2023 · 17 minutes
Did two honesty researchers fabricate their data?

Dan Ariely and Francesca Gino are two of the biggest stars in behavioral science. Both have conducted blockbuster research into... more

28 Jul 2023 · 25 minutes
Summer School 3: Accounting and The Last Supper

Usually, the first class that an MBA student takes is accounting. That involves, yes, equations and counting widgets...but it's more... more

26 Jul 2023 · 34 minutes
Planet Money Paper Club

We here at Planet Money love economics papers. And that is also the case for so many of the economists... more

21 Jul 2023 · 23 minutes
Summer School 2: Competition and the cheaper sneaker

For episode 2 of Planet Money Summer School, we are talking strategy. You have your million dollar business idea, and... more

19 Jul 2023 · 31 minutes
Surprise, you just signed a contract! How hidden contracts took over the internet

When you make an account online or install an app, you are probably entering into a legally enforceable contract. Even... more

15 Jul 2023 · 23 minutes
Summer School 1: Planet Money goes to business school

Find all episodes of Planet Money Summer School here.Planet Money Summer School is back! It's the free economics class you... more

12 Jul 2023 · 32 minutes
The quest to save macroeconomics from itself

When it comes to big questions about the economy, we're still kind of in the dark ages. Why do some... more

07 Jul 2023 · 18 minutes
Two Indicators: After Affirmative Action & why America overpays for subways

Two stories today.First, as we start to understand post-affirmative action America, we look to a natural experiment 25 years ago,... more

05 Jul 2023 · 19 minutes
Supply, demand, extinction

Back in the 90s, Ivan Lozano Ortega was in charge of Bogota's wildlife rescue center. And he kept getting calls... more

30 Jun 2023 · 28 minutes
Planet Money Live: Two Truths and a Lie

The shocks of the pandemic economy gave us a bunch of enormous natural experiments, which helped to prove or disprove... more

28 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
Mike The Mover vs. The Furniture Police

In 1978, a young man named Mike Shanks started a moving business in the north end of Seattle. It was... more

23 Jun 2023 · 25 minutes
Twins (classic)

Twins are used to fielding all sorts of questions, like "Can you read each other's minds?" or "Can you feel... more

21 Jun 2023 · 20 minutes
The 60-day job race

People come from all over the world to work in U.S. tech. And during the tech boom years, the industry... more

16 Jun 2023 · 26 minutes
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Find all episodes of Planet Money Summer School here.Planet Money Summer School is back! It's the free economics class you can take... more