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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
Two Indicators: The economics of innovation

Innovation is crucial for game-changing advancements in society, whether it's treatments for serious diseases, developments in AI technology, or rocket... more

14 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
The town that changed economics

In the early 90s, when a young economist named Michael Kremer finished his PhD, there had been a few economic... more

09 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
The Spider-Man Problem (update)

(Note: This episode originally ran back in 2022.)This past weekend, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse had the second largest domestic opening... more

07 Jun 2023 · 30 minutes
AI Podcast 3.0: Dial M for Mechanization

It's the thrilling conclusion to our three-part series on AI — the world premiere of the first episode of Planet... more

02 Jun 2023 · 33 minutes
AI Podcast 2.0: The host in the machine

In Part 1 of this series, AI proved that it could use real research and real interviews to write an... more

31 May 2023 · 31 minutes
AI Podcast 1.0: Rise of the machines

We used to think some jobs were safe from automation. Though machines have transformed industries like agriculture and manufacturing, the... more

26 May 2023 · 34 minutes
Green energy gridlock

Lyle Jack wants to build a wind farm on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. But to make the... more

24 May 2023 · 22 minutes
Predictions: Jobs!

It's time for another installment of ... Planet Money Predictions! *air horn* Last year, we invited two economic forecasters to... more

19 May 2023 · 20 minutes
How AI could help rebuild the middle class

For the last four decades, technology has been mostly a force for greater inequality and a shrinking middle class. But... more

17 May 2023 · 21 minutes
Inflation and the Profit-Price Spiral

Economists say that inflation is just too much money chasing too few goods.But something else can make inflation stick around.If... more

12 May 2023 · 26 minutes
The Day of Two Noons (Classic)

(Note: this episode originally ran in 2019.)In the 1800s, catching your train on time was no easy feat. Every town... more

10 May 2023 · 18 minutes
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Lyle Jack wants to build a wind farm on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. But to make the project work,... more