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Planet Money

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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.

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.

 

#355

SUMMER SCHOOL 6: Taxes & Donald Duck

The surprisingly entertaining history of the income tax. ... Read more

12 Aug 2020

27 MINS

27:41

12 Aug 2020


#354

Mask Communication

Why won't some people wear masks? Is there anything we can do to convince them? We look to behavioral economics for help. | 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 Aug 2020

26 MINS

26:26

07 Aug 2020


#353

SUMMER SCHOOL 5: Trade & Santa

The economics of free trade and what happens when governments get involved. ... Read more

05 Aug 2020

26 MINS

26:24

05 Aug 2020


#352

College Fails

The pandemic is transforming college from a can't-miss into a can't-attend experience. Can colleges survive? | 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 Jul 2020

26 MINS

26:26

31 Jul 2020


#351

SUMMER SCHOOL 4: Scarcity & Pistachios

Class 4 brings us an economic conundrum: how do you efficiently share a scarce resource? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. ... Read more

29 Jul 2020

28 MINS

28:31

29 Jul 2020


#350

Rest of the Story, Pandemic Edition

Rest of the Story, Pandemic Edition We check in on the people we've met and stories we've covered since this whole thing started. | 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 Jul 2020

25 MINS

25:32

24 Jul 2020


#349

SUMMER SCHOOL 3: Profit & Cocaine

In our third class, we take all that we've learned about decisions and markets and bring it to a former drug kingpin. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter [here] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) . ... Read more

23 Jul 2020

27 MINS

27:58

23 Jul 2020


#348

BONUS: The Kerner Commission

In 1967, President Johnson created a commission to investigate racial unrest in America. But, the answer they came up with was not the answer he was hoping for. | 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

20 Jul 2020

26 MINS

26:24

20 Jul 2020


#347

Getting Out Of Prison Sooner

Shortening prison sentences might be about morals, but it's definitely about money. | 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 Jul 2020

27 MINS

27:51

18 Jul 2020


#346

SUMMER SCHOOL 2: Markets & Pickles

In our second class, we meet our old friends supply and demand and do graphs using only the power of the human voice. Then, we show you how markets can be created anywhere by telling the story of a food bank that had too many pickles and not enough pancake syrup. It's economics to the rescue. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter [here] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) . ... Read more

16 Jul 2020

31 MINS

31:23

16 Jul 2020


#345

Hollywood's Black List

In 2005, an anonymous list of the best unmade scripts in Hollywood shook up the movie biz. This episode: how a math-loving, movie nerd solved Hollywood's script problem. | 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

10 Jul 2020

24 MINS

24:20

10 Jul 2020


#344

SUMMER SCHOOL 1: Choices & Dating

First lesson: Economics is not about money. It's a lens of great power and beauty. In this episode, we meet our teachers and learn the first four fundamental concepts of economic thinking, and watch them applied to things like dating and hailing a cab. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter [here] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) . ... Read more

08 Jul 2020

32 MINS

32:43

08 Jul 2020


#343

Planet Money Summer School

Introducing an economics education for your ears! We're calling it [Planet Money Summer School] (https://www.npr.org/2020/07/15/884827691/planet-money-summer-school) . It's all the economics you meant to learn, but didn't get around to. Each Wednesday, we'll serve up a Planet Money story, or selection of excerpts, paired with insights from our economists-in-residence for the summer. Get an understanding of the basic concepts of economics going to the beach. You can pick up your economics knowledge while you bike, stroll the sand or just lay in the grass. Amuse your friends. Win arguments. Throw the words "diminishing marginal utility" into every discussion. Wednesdays in the PM feed this summer. (Fridays will be our usual coverage of the economy). [Start listening to the episodes here. ] (https://www.npr.org/2020/07/15/884827691/planet-money-summer-school) ... Read more

06 Jul 2020

02 MINS

02:00

06 Jul 2020


#342

Reparations For Police Brutality (UPDATE)

For years, some Chicago police officers tortured suspects. Survivors fought for reparations — and got them. | 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

03 Jul 2020

31 MINS

31:11

03 Jul 2020


#341

Inflation, Deflation

After decades of relative stability, prices in the US may be about to go through the roof — or the floor. | 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 Jul 2020

24 MINS

24:12

01 Jul 2020