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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

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 to bypass clogged ports, and we visit a warehouse that is running out of space. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. ... Read more

26 Jan 2022

18 MINS

18:51

26 Jan 2022


#354

'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 forever with his weekly TV dance show. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. ... Read more

21 Jan 2022

26 MINS

26:14

21 Jan 2022


#353

Patent racism (classic)

Economist Lisa Cook has been nominated to serve on the Federal Reserve board. In 2020, she talked to us about proving that racism stifles innovation. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter [ here] (https://npr.org/planetmoneynewsletter) . ... Read more

19 Jan 2022

25 MINS

25:49

19 Jan 2022


#352

The rapid testing show

The Planet Money team fans out across the nation with one goal: to get a Covid test in 24 hours. It is easier said than done. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. ... Read more

15 Jan 2022

20 MINS

20:38

15 Jan 2022


#351

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 find out the fate of some of those returned goods. ... Read more

13 Jan 2022

22 MINS

22:01

13 Jan 2022


#350

HBO 2.0

What happens when the iconic symbol of your brand no longer makes sense? Today, HBO tries to evolve their sonic brand. This episode was adapted from the podcast [Twenty Thousand Hertz] (https://www.20k.org/episodes/hbo20) . | 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 Jan 2022

18 MINS

18:49

08 Jan 2022


#349

The rest of the story, 2021

On protests, pasta and forgiven payments. 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

05 Jan 2022

28 MINS

28:43

05 Jan 2022


#348

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 holiday until we find out who is running the global holiday machine. | 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

31 Dec 2021

17 MINS

17:56

31 Dec 2021


#347

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. ... Read more

30 Dec 2021

16 MINS

16:26

30 Dec 2021


#346

Bell wars (Classic)

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

24 Dec 2021

19 MINS

19:18

24 Dec 2021


#345

Planet Money's Supply Chain Holiday Extravaganza

Planet Money's Supply Chain Holiday Extravaganza Did the supply chain wreck your holiday shopping? Planet Money comes to the rescue. | 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

23 Dec 2021

26 MINS

26:58

23 Dec 2021


#344

No shortages of labor stories

We asked for your dispatches from the labor market, and boy did we hear 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

18 Dec 2021

26 MINS

26:52

18 Dec 2021


#343

We buy a lot of Christmas trees (Classic)

Nick and Robert head to the world's largest Christmas tree auction with $1,000 and a truck. And get schooled in the tree market. | 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

15 Dec 2021

29 MINS

29:19

15 Dec 2021


#342

Two music indicators

Ticket scalping frustrates fans, but it fascinates economists. It's been a favorite topic of ours in the past. This time, Darian turns to friends and experts to navigate the world of concert tickets like an economist who is also a music fan. Then we find out just how big Adele is on vinyl. So big her latest album disrupted the whole market for vinyl, the material itself. | These stories come from our daily podcast [The Indicator] (https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510325/the-indicator-from-planet-money) . Go subscribe if you haven't already. ... Read more

11 Dec 2021

18 MINS

18:43

11 Dec 2021


#341

Is a Stradivarius just a violin? (Classic)

Many music aficionados will tell you that violins and violas made by legendary craftsman Antonio Stradivari represent the pinnacle of the instruments. But what if it's all just an example of really good branding? | 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 Dec 2021

19 MINS

19:41

08 Dec 2021