Featured

Free podcast player

Limited Time Offer

 

Loading…

Planet Money podcast

Planet Money

·

  NPR  

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.Got money on your mind? Try Planet Money+ — a new way to support the show you love, get a sponsor-free feed of the podcast, *and* get access to bonus content. A subscription also gets you access to The Indicator and Planet Money Summer School, both without ads. 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.Got money on your mind? Try Planet Money+ — a new way to support the show you love, get a sponsor-free feed of the podcast, *and* get access to bonus content. A subscription also gets you access to The Indicator and Planet Money Summer School, both without ads. Learn more at plus.npr.org/planetmoney.

 

#355

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. It's not quite a loan. It's more like the students are selling stock in themselves. We check in on how income share agreements at one school have been working. | Subscribe to Planet Money+ in [Apple Podcasts ] (https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/290783428) or at [plus.npr.org/planetmone] (http://plus.npr.org/planetmoney) y. ... Read more

05 Aug 2022

26 MINS

26:48

05 Aug 2022


#354

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 far, you feel poorer, and it's all out of your control. To better understand inflation, we turn to the story of Brazil, where, in the 90s, hyperinflation threatened to derail the whole economy until the country turned to a group of unlikely heroes: four drinking buddies. | Subscribe to Planet Money+ in [Apple Podcasts] (https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/290783428) or at [plus.npr.org/planetmoney.] (http://plus.npr.org/planetmoney) |At this Summer School, phones ARE allowed during class... Check out this week's PM TikTok! | Listen to past seasons of Summer School [here] (https://www.npr.org/2020/07/15/884827691/planet-money-summer-school) . ... Read more

04 Aug 2022

30 MINS

30:32

04 Aug 2022


#353

BONUS: Micro-Face: The Musical

This episode, Micro-Face: The Musical. A full concert recording of a one-of-a-kind Planet Money superhero musical, taped during our recent live show at the Roulette Theater in Brooklyn, New York. [Here's more from our project We Buy A Superhero.] (https://www.npr.org/series/967404527/planet-money-buys-a-superhero) Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at [plus.npr.org/planetmoney] (http://plus.npr.org/planetmoney) . ... Read more

01 Aug 2022

45 MINS

45:06

01 Aug 2022


#352

Two recession Indicators

So are we in a recession or not? The jury is still out, but there are some warning signs. GDP is down and inflation is up. But how much do we know about the 'indicators' that tell us how the economy is doing? Today, the stories of two of our most important indicators, the Consumer Price Index and GDP, and what they can and can't tell us about our current economic predicament.| Subscribe to Planet Money+ in [Apple Podcasts] (https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/290783428) or at [plus.npr.org/planetmoney] (http://plus.npr.org/planetmoney) . ... Read more

29 Jul 2022

20 MINS

20:11

29 Jul 2022


#351

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 stories of recession and techniques for moderating the ferocity of booms and busts. Plus, how bankruptcy is a secret weapon of the American economy. | Subscribe to Planet Money+ in [Apple Podcasts ] (https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/290783428) or at [plus.npr.org/planetmoney] (http://plus.npr.org/planetmoney) . | At this Summer School, phones ARE allowed during class... Check out this week's [PM TikTok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney/video/7124430273009257770?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id=7119593897223456302) ! | Listen to past seasons of Summer School [here] (https://www.npr.org/2020/07/15/884827691/planet-money-summer-school) . ... Read more

28 Jul 2022

32 MINS

32:47

28 Jul 2022


#350

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 cryptocurrency. But in a year of reckoning for crypto, how interested are potential buyers? | Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org/planetmoney. ... Read more

22 Jul 2022

21 MINS

21:52

22 Jul 2022


#349

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 the light has been guided in large part by one single statistic: GDP. This week: the origins, history, and problems with the economic indicator to rule them all. | At this Summer School, phones ARE allowed during class... Check out this week's [PM TikTok!] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney/video/7123240294765841710?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id=7119593897223456302) | Listen to past seasons of Summer School [here] (https://www.npr.org/2020/07/15/884827691/planet-money-summer-school) . ... Read more

21 Jul 2022

25 MINS

25:05

21 Jul 2022


#348

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? | Subscribe to Planet Money+ [in Apple Podcasts] (https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/290783428) or at [plus.npr.org/planetmoney] (http://plus.npr.org/planetmoney) . ... Read more

16 Jul 2022

25 MINS

25:08

16 Jul 2022


#347

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 what makes an entire economy grow or contract? Things like, is there a "right" level of unemployment? Who gains from trade? What rhymes with 'paradox of thrift'? Also, inflation, we'll get to inflation. Episode 1 begins with the rise of macroeconomics as a field, with one of the great economic debates of the 20th century: what causes booms and busts, and what can the government do about it? How free should a free market be? It's a debate (over beats and with an actual rap battle) between John Maynard Keynes and F.A Hayek. [Watch this Tik Tok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney/video/7119990664825261358?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pc&web_id=7119593897223456302) to learn more. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter [here] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money?utm_source=rss_feed_copy&utm_medium=podcast&utm_term=planet_money) . | Listen to past seasons of Summer School [here] (https://open.spotify.com/show/2naS9Y5nWSli9vi9bOvGxp) . ... Read more

14 Jul 2022

31 MINS

31:07

14 Jul 2022


#346

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 local, and become their own cities. It's a story about equity and exclusion – and also potholes. | Subscribe to Planet Money+ in [Apple Podcasts ] (https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/290783428) or at [plus.npr.org/planetmoney] (http://plus.npr.org/planetmoney) . ... Read more

08 Jul 2022

25 MINS

25:04

08 Jul 2022


#345

Two crypto crash Indicators

Two stories of consternation from inside the crypto world. Can a crypto crash spread to the wider economy? How does contagion work? And ... why has crypto had such appeal with Black investors? | Subscribe to Planet Money+ in [Apple Podcasts ] (https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/290783428) or at [plus.npr.org/planetmoney] (http://plus.npr.org/planetmoney) . ... Read more

06 Jul 2022

19 MINS

19:11

06 Jul 2022


#344

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 elections. | 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 2022

26 MINS

26:44

01 Jul 2022


#343

When Subaru came out (Classic)

In the early 90s, Subaru was struggling to stand out in a crowded automobile market. In their greatest time of need, they turned to an unlikely ally: lesbians | 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 Jun 2022

19 MINS

19:31

29 Jun 2022


#342

Recession referees

Whenever the economic data start to look rough, we're forced to confront a familiar question: Are we in a recession, or about to be? But there are actually only eight opinions in the country that officially matter. Today on the show, we meet the committee that calls recessions. | Subscribe to Planet Money+ [in Apple Podcasts] (https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/290783428) or at [plus.npr.org/planetmoney.] (http://plus.npr.org/planetmoney) ... Read more

25 Jun 2022

23 MINS

23:03

25 Jun 2022


#341

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 grocery store, forever. | Subscribe to Planet Money+ [in Apple Podcasts] (https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/290783428) or at [plus.npr.org/planetmoney.] (http://plus.npr.org/planetmoney) ... Read more

22 Jun 2022

20 MINS

20:17

22 Jun 2022