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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.Want to really power up your fandom? Try Planet Money Plus. Your subscription supports the show and unlocks a sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/planetmoney

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.Want to really power up your fandom? Try Planet Money Plus. Your subscription supports the show and unlocks a sponsor-free feed. Learn more at plus.npr.org/planetmoney

 

#355

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 taken over the country. But is "buy now, pay later" lending too good to be true? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter [here] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money?utm_source=rss_feed_copy&utm_medium=podcast&utm_term=planet_money) . ... Read more

14 May 2022

21 MINS

21:27

14 May 2022


#354

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 a man was often free, but she had to pay to play as a woman. So ... she decided to take on the video game industry. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter [here] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money?utm_source=rss_feed_copy&utm_medium=podcast&utm_term=planet_money) . ... Read more

11 May 2022

19 MINS

19:23

11 May 2022


#353

The day Russia adopted the free market

In the early 90s, American economist Jeffrey Sachs was a part of a team that tried to transform Russia's economy. It did not go as planned. He tells us what he thinks went so wrong. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter [here] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money?utm_source=rss_feed_copy&utm_medium=podcast&utm_term=planet_money) . ... Read more

07 May 2022

30 MINS

30:57

07 May 2022


#352

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 that you can get it back. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter [here] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money?utm_source=rss_feed_copy&utm_medium=podcast&utm_term=planet_money) . ... Read more

04 May 2022

21 MINS

21:41

04 May 2022


#351

Planet Money book club

Behind every Planet Money episode is a ton of reading. Today, we share some of our favorite books from along the way. Here are our picks:From Mary, [American Bonds: How Credit Markets Shaped a Nation by Sarah L. Quinn] (https://press.princeton.edu/books/hardcover/9780691156750/american-bonds) From Erika, [The End of Globalization: Lessons from the Great Depression by Harold James] (https://history.princeton.edu/about/publications/end-globalization-lessons-great-depression) From Alexi, [The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert] (https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250062185/thesixthextinction) ... Read more

29 Apr 2022

16 MINS

16:29

29 Apr 2022


#350

Risky business

Two stories on how businesses are using insurance to navigate new kinds of risks. First, how music venues are handling pandemic-related risks. And how Russia's invasion of Ukraine is affecting cyber insurance. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter [here] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money?utm_source=rss_feed_copy&utm_medium=podcast&utm_term=planet_money) . ... Read more

27 Apr 2022

18 MINS

18:27

27 Apr 2022


#349

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 so long to make a comic book? | Come see Planet Money Live in NYC on May 10th! One night only. Tickets on sale [here] (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://planetmoneylive.nprpresents.org/?utm_source%3Dnewsletter&sa=D&source=docs&ust=1650665322249276&usg=AOvVaw0CLB71sAvkCR035DjQ_mJI) . And buy our now-ready [Micro-Face comic book] (https://shop.npr.org/products/micro-face-planet-money-comic-book) . ... Read more

22 Apr 2022

26 MINS

26:20

22 Apr 2022


#348

TikTok to the top

Thanks to TikTok, Tai Verdes went from struggling musician to Top 40 hitmaker. But first, he had to crack the algorithm of how to go viral. | Come see Planet Money Live in NYC on May 10th! One night only. Tickets on sale [here] (https://www.google.com/url?q=https://planetmoneylive.nprpresents.org/?utm_source%3Dnewsletter&sa=D&source=docs&ust=1650492768443370&usg=AOvVaw1pRHGD3GTiHf42lKHek9cK) . ... Read more

21 Apr 2022

21 MINS

21:38

21 Apr 2022


#347

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 like for the borrowers, and what's in store for them when the system eventually restarts? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter [here] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money?utm_source=rss_feed_copy&utm_medium=podcast&utm_term=planet_money) . | Planet Money TikTok has been nominated for a Webby award! Cast your vote for us [here] (https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2022/social/social-video/education-discovery) . ... Read more

15 Apr 2022

20 MINS

20:31

15 Apr 2022


#346

Peanuts and Cracker Jack (Classic)

Ballpark vendors share their strategies and other secrets to selling the most hot dogs at baseball games. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter [here] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money?utm_source=rss_feed_copy&utm_medium=podcast&utm_term=planet_money) . ... Read more

13 Apr 2022

21 MINS

21:31

13 Apr 2022


#345

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. Now, they're hooked on fossil fuels. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter [here] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money?utm_source=rss_feed_copy&utm_medium=podcast&utm_term=planet_money) . ... Read more

08 Apr 2022

24 MINS

24:02

08 Apr 2022


#344

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. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter [here] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money?utm_source=rss_feed_copy&utm_medium=podcast&utm_term=planet_money) . ... Read more

06 Apr 2022

21 MINS

21:18

06 Apr 2022


#343

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 towels. We look back at the Russian barter economy and we see the nature of money and value underneath all currency. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter [here] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money?utm_source=rss_feed_copy&utm_medium=podcast&utm_term=planet_money) . ... Read more

01 Apr 2022

23 MINS

23:22

01 Apr 2022


#342

The Bond King

Investing legend Bill Gross revolutionized the bond market, built an empire, and lost it all. Our very own Mary Childs talks about her new book, The Bond King. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter [here] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money?utm_source=rss_feed_copy&utm_medium=podcast&utm_term=planet_money) . ... Read more

30 Mar 2022

21 MINS

21:52

30 Mar 2022


#341

Fashion Fair's makeover

Fashion Fair was the first big national brand to make makeup for Black women, but it slowly faded into obscurity. Now that it's relaunched, can it compete in an industry it helped create? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter [here] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money?utm_source=rss_feed_copy&utm_medium=podcast&utm_term=planet_money) . ... Read more

25 Mar 2022

24 MINS

24:28

25 Mar 2022