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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

Day of the Debt

We make a loan to the U.S. government, and it does not go the way we thought it would. Plus: the story of that one time the U.S. defaulted. 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

26 Nov 2021

21 MINS

21:10

26 Nov 2021


#354

You asked for real raises, free shipping, and a special delivery

It's listener question time. We've got answers about "free" shipping, full employment, when a raise isn't a raise, Taylor Swift, crypto seizures and our very own [Micro-Face] (https://www.npr.org/superhero) [comic] (https://shop.npr.org/products/micro-face-planet-money-comic-book) . | 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 Nov 2021

28 MINS

28:20

25 Nov 2021


#353

A trunk full of truffles (Update)

Truffles are one of the most expensive and sought after ingredients in the world. Today, we look back at our NYC adventure with a truffle smuggler and how the market has changed since we last talked to him. | 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 Nov 2021

25 MINS

25:59

20 Nov 2021


#352

Of boats and boxes

We take a trip to ports on the east and west coasts to ask what's on everyone's mind: why are they so clogged? And how can we fix 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

17 Nov 2021

23 MINS

23:02

17 Nov 2021


#351

Auction fever (Classic)

Today, we go on a Planet Money roadtrip to learn the secrets of the auction world. We find some amazing bargains, some shady strategies and a giant big digger. | 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

12 Nov 2021

15 MINS

15:35

12 Nov 2021


#350

Planes, trains and bad bridges

The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill has passed Congress, but what exactly is in it? Today, the important, surprising, delightful line items. | 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 Nov 2021

21 MINS

21:32

11 Nov 2021


#349

Moonshot in the arm

COVID-19 prompted the quickest vaccine development in history. An inside look at how the government and pharmaceutical companies joined forces to make it happen. ... Read more

05 Nov 2021

27 MINS

27:45

05 Nov 2021


#348

The Wheat Whisperer

Southeast Asia is one of the biggest growth markets for American wheat. Where did this taste for wheat come from and who is responsible? ... Read more

03 Nov 2021

20 MINS

20:38

03 Nov 2021


#347

Night of the living inflation

We look at a hidden form of inflation affecting our economy — we're calling it "skimpflation." [The Indicator] (https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510325/the-indicator-from-planet-money) tells a spooky tale about the inflation demon. | 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

29 Oct 2021

13 MINS

13:51

29 Oct 2021


#346

Nice work week, if you can get it

The 40 hour work week has been the standard for 80 years. What will it take to lower that? | 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

28 Oct 2021

21 MINS

21:06

28 Oct 2021


#345

Two indicators: Congressional Game Theory and the Debt Ceiling

We bring you two stories from [The Indicator] (https://www.npr.org/podcasts/510325/the-indicator-from-planet-money) on the recent battles being fought in Congress. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter [here] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) . ... Read more

22 Oct 2021

17 MINS

17:15

22 Oct 2021


#344

Burnout (Classic)

All types of companies are struggling with burnout. Many try to fix it. Most of them fail. One exception: A 26-year-old call center manager, with stress balls and costumes in her arsenal. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter [here] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) . ... Read more

21 Oct 2021

18 MINS

18:02

21 Oct 2021


#343

Bonus: Janet Jackson's 'Control'

On the 35th anniversary of Janet Jackson's first No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit, our friends at It's Been A Minute look back at Control, her career-defining album that changed the trajectory of pop music in the late '80s and '90s. ... Read more

18 Oct 2021

41 MINS

41:22

18 Oct 2021


#342

Hire power

Noncompete agreements have become an integral part of job contracts. A show about what they are and how we got here. | 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 Oct 2021

19 MINS

19:33

15 Oct 2021


#341

How Do You Feel? (Classic)

We tend to think of economists as cold, unfeeling, attempting to be as rational as possible. But once a month, economists pick up the phone to just... check in with us. How are we feeling? Good, bad, worse than a year ago? It's a very specific phone call with very specific questions and a few years ago we looked into the origins of this very important survey that factors into economic decision making. | 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 Oct 2021

19 MINS

19:51

13 Oct 2021