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SUMMER SCHOOL 6: Trade & The Better Life

In theory, trade makes everyone better off, but it doesn't always work out that way. We take the theory and... more

17 Aug 2022 · 33 minutes
Carried interest wormhole

The carried interest tax loophole is a way that wealthy Americans – often the people who manage hedge funds or... more

13 Aug 2022 · 26 minutes
SUMMER SCHOOL 5: Car Parts, Celery & The Labor Market

You can learn a lot about a person from their job. The same can be said of an economy. The... more

11 Aug 2022 · 33 minutes
A new way to pay for college (Update)

College has gotten incredibly expensive. And some colleges are offering students a new way to pay. It's not a scholarship.... more

05 Aug 2022 · 26 minutes
SUMMER SCHOOL 4: Inflation & Drinking Buddies

Inflation can be one of the scariest forces in the economy. As prices rise and your dollar doesn't go as... more

04 Aug 2022 · 30 minutes
BONUS: Micro-Face: The Musical

Mirco-Face: The Musical. A concert recording of a live musical that grew out of our project 'We Buy A Superhero.'... more

01 Aug 2022 · 45 minutes
Two recession Indicators

So are we in a recession or not? The jury is still out, but there are some warning signs. GDP... more

29 Jul 2022 · 20 minutes
SUMMER SCHOOL 3: Booms, Busts & Us

Life has its ups and downs. Same for the economy. Today we ask, can the business cycle be tamed? Two... more

28 Jul 2022 · 32 minutes
Little House on the Blockchain

It has great bones, three bedrooms and one and half baths, and it comes with its own machine that mines... more

22 Jul 2022 · 21 minutes
SUMMER SCHOOL 2: GDP & What Counts

What even is "the economy"? And how do you measure it? Our path out of the economic darkness and into... more

21 Jul 2022 · 25 minutes
Best by, sell by, use by

Wait, wait...don't throw that out! What if much of what you've been told about food expiration dates is... wrong? |... more

16 Jul 2022 · 25 minutes
SUMMER SCHOOL 1: Recessions & Rap Battles

It's macro time! Today: Keynes vs. Hayek. Season 3 of summer school is here asking the biggest economic questions about... more

14 Jul 2022 · 31 minutes
A tale of two cityhoods

There's a movement underway in Georgia. More and more communities around Atlanta are choosing to keep their tax dollars very... more

08 Jul 2022 · 25 minutes
Two crypto crash Indicators

Two stories of consternation from inside the crypto world. Can a crypto crash spread to the wider economy? How does... more

06 Jul 2022 · 19 minutes
Suitcases, secret lists, and Citizens United

On today's show: the Watergate scandal you haven't heard about – that led directly to Citizens United and multi-billion dollar... more

01 Jul 2022 · 26 minutes
When Subaru came out (Classic)

In the early 90s, Subaru was struggling to stand out in a crowded automobile market. In their greatest time... more

29 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
Recession referees

Whenever the economic data start to look rough, we're forced to confront a familiar question: Are we in a recession,... more

25 Jun 2022 · 23 minutes
The tale of the Onion King (Update)

How one man's quest to dominate the onion market changed commodities trading, and potentially how much you pay at the... more

22 Jun 2022 · 20 minutes
The debate over what's causing inflation

The last few months have made us acutely aware of inflation. We all agree that it's making our lives harder,... more

17 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
Let them eat lunch

For many Americans, desk lunches are the norm. You might even be having one right now. But what if it... more

16 Jun 2022 · 22 minutes
The Gecko Effect

Years ago advertising was dominated by cars and beer. Today on the show, how a simple slogan and a talking... more

11 Jun 2022 · 28 minutes
On the case: Recession, formula, and greenbacks

It was just another day at the office. Then the phone started ringing and the caseload kept growing...on today's show,... more

09 Jun 2022 · 20 minutes
Homer Simpson vs. the economy

When the beloved Simpsons family made its TV debut in 1989, it squarely represented middle-class America. Today ... not so... more

03 Jun 2022 · 20 minutes
The bank war (Classic)

In the 1800s, populist president Andrew Jackson went head-to-head with the most powerful banker in America over who should control... more

01 Jun 2022 · 20 minutes
PM Live: The Most Collectible Comic Book Ever?

What transforms a regular object into a collectible? At our live show earlier this month, we went on a journey... more

28 May 2022 · 28 minutes
The NRA's Secret Tapes

Soon after the mass shooting at Columbine High School in 1999, leaders of the National Rifle Association held a conference... more

26 May 2022 · 31 minutes
Investing in mediocrity

Is the key to success in financial markets a matter of luck or skill? One former bond manager shares his... more

20 May 2022 · 24 minutes
How the burrito became a sandwich (Classic)

A sandwich is generally defined as something delicious slapped between two slices of bread. New York tax code would beg... more

18 May 2022 · 16 minutes
Buy now, pay dearly?

A wave of companies that allow customers to pay for items from their favorite stores in four interest-free installments has... more

14 May 2022 · 21 minutes
A 12-year-old girl takes on the video game industry (UPDATE)

When Maddie Messer was 12 years old, she noticed an unfair dynamic in the video games she loved: playing as... more

11 May 2022 · 19 minutes
The day Russia adopted the free market

Jeffrey Sachs explains why he thinks "shock therapy" was so tough in Russia

07 May 2022 · 30 minutes
Escheat show (Classic)

If you're looking for money you've forgotten about, there's a chance the government might have it. The good news is... more

04 May 2022 · 21 minutes
Planet Money book club

Behind every Planet Money episode is a ton of reading. Today, we share some of our favorite books from along... more

29 Apr 2022 · 16 minutes
Risky business

Two stories on how businesses are using insurance to navigate new kinds of risks. First, how music venues are handling... more

27 Apr 2022 · 18 minutes
Finally, our comic book

After many, many delays, the Micro-Face comic book is here! And we answer the burning question: Why did it take... more

22 Apr 2022 · 26 minutes
TikTok to the top

Thanks to TikTok, Tai Verdes went from struggling musician to Top 40 hitmaker. But first, he had to crack the... more

21 Apr 2022 · 21 minutes
The student loan paaaaauuuuuse

The pause on federal student loan payments was just extended for the sixth time in two years. So...what's that been... more

15 Apr 2022 · 20 minutes
Peanuts and Cracker Jack (Classic)

Ballpark vendors share their strategies and other secrets to selling the most hot dogs at baseball games. | Subscribe to... more

13 Apr 2022 · 21 minutes
How manatees got into hot water

While on the brink of extinction in the 1970s, manatees found sanctuary in the warm waters of Florida power plants.... more

08 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
Turkey's runaway inflation problem

Turkey is facing really high inflation, over 60 percent. Its president is taking an unorthodox approach to dealing with it.... more

06 Apr 2022 · 21 minutes
When bricks were rubles

For a brief, strange period after the U.S.S.R. collapsed, "real" money was less valuable than tradeable objects like bricks or... more

01 Apr 2022 · 23 minutes
The Bond King

Investing legend Bill Gross revolutionized the bond market, built an empire, and lost it all. Our very own Mary Childs... more

30 Mar 2022 · 21 minutes
Fashion Fair's makeover

Fashion Fair was the first big national brand to make makeup for Black women, but it slowly faded into obscurity.... more

25 Mar 2022 · 24 minutes
Two inflation Indicators: Corporate greed and mortgage rates

Corporate profits are soaring. So are prices. Can corporations just not raise prices? Would that fight inflation? We examine this... more

24 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
Tech giants and tiny dogs

What a business that makes ramps for wiener dogs teaches us about the massive power of tech giants. | Subscribe... more

18 Mar 2022 · 19 minutes
Escape from Russia

An American business owner with employees in Russia extracts her colleagues from the country. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter... more

16 Mar 2022 · 23 minutes
Grocery delivery wars

Behind the scenes at a new kind of grocery store that promises delivery in minutes. | Subscribe to our weekly... more

11 Mar 2022 · 17 minutes
The dollar at the center of the world (Classic)

After World War II devastated the global economy, there was a push for a new universal currency. This is the... more

10 Mar 2022 · 21 minutes
Of oligarchs, oil and rubles

Three stories about how the sanctions imposed on Russia are playing out – for regular Russian people, for Russia's super-rich,... more

05 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
'Fortress' Russia put to the test

The U.S. is putting Russia's defense plan against sanctions to the test. Meanwhile, Russia's role as a huge exporter of... more

02 Mar 2022 · 18 minutes
Putin's big bet: Sanction-proofing Russia

The U.S. is imposing economic sanctions on Russia to punish it for invading Ukraine. But Russia has spent years trying... more

25 Feb 2022 · 14 minutes
How bad is inflation?

Two stories about the effects of inflation on the economy. We meet a gig worker who's seen an increase in... more

24 Feb 2022 · 19 minutes
Predictions: Inflation!

It's time for another round of "Planet Money Predictions!" Economic forecasters square off to predict the future of inflation and... more

18 Feb 2022 · 16 minutes
SPAM strikes back

Hormel Foods makes SPAM, and for generations, the company also created jobs for families in Austin, Minnesota. Today, the story... more

17 Feb 2022 · 28 minutes
Waste land (Bonus)

Recycling most plastic doesn't work. It never has. In 2020, we ran an episode showing how big oil companies misled... more

14 Feb 2022 · 23 minutes
Our Valentines 2022

We profess our love for our curiosities, obsessions, and the things we wish we'd thought of first. | Subscribe to... more

11 Feb 2022 · 27 minutes
A SWIFT getaway

In 2016, thieves tried to steal nearly a billion dollars from the Bank of Bangladesh's reserves without ever entering the... more

10 Feb 2022 · 21 minutes
Uncle Sam wants YOU to fight inflation

How war bonds, controlled prices, and a national network of nosy neighbors helped beat inflation during WWII. Subscribe to our... more

05 Feb 2022 · 23 minutes
The M&M anomaly (Classic)

Despite costing the same price, a pack of peanut butter M&M's weighs 0.06 ounces less than a pack of milk... more

02 Feb 2022 · 13 minutes
The Spider-Man Problem

Spider-Man isn't the first film franchise to be rebooted over and over again. But the infamous off-screen drama between Marvel... more

29 Jan 2022 · 25 minutes
Two indicators: supply chain solutions

Two stories about people trying to overcome supply chain challenges. We follow a ship that is forced to get creative... more

26 Jan 2022 · 18 minutes
'Soul Train' and the business of Black joy

When Soul Train first launched in 1970, Black audiences weren't understood as a viable target market. Don Cornelius changed that... more

21 Jan 2022 · 26 minutes
Patent racism (classic)

Economist Lisa Cook has been nominated to serve on the Federal Reserve board. In 2020, she talked to us about... more

19 Jan 2022 · 25 minutes
The rapid testing show

The Planet Money team fans out across the nation with one goal: to get a Covid test in 24 hours.... more

15 Jan 2022 · 20 minutes
No such thing as a free return

Lenient policies have shoppers making more returns than ever — around half a trillion dollars worth of products. Today, we... more

13 Jan 2022 · 22 minutes
HBO 2.0

What happens when the iconic symbol of your brand no longer makes sense? Today, HBO tries to evolve their sonic... more

08 Jan 2022 · 18 minutes
The rest of the story, 2021

On protests, pasta and forgiven payments. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

05 Jan 2022 · 28 minutes
The holiday industrial complex (Classic)

Where do holidays like National Potato Chip Day and Argyle Day come from? We trace the roots of one made-up... more

31 Dec 2021 · 17 minutes
The economic indicator of the year

Will it be inflation? Striketober? The supply chain? Our hosts make their case, and the choice is up to you.

30 Dec 2021 · 16 minutes
Bell wars (Classic)

The two biggest handbell companies in the world have been locked in a feud for decades. Why? | Subscribe to... more

24 Dec 2021 · 19 minutes
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What happens when the iconic symbol of your brand no longer makes sense? Today, HBO tries to evolve their sonic brand. This... more