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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.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

Econ's Brush with the Law

What happens when you take some of the most powerful people in America — federal judges — and teach them economics? We look at the swanky econ retreats that may have changed American law forever.Subscribe to Planet Money+ in [Apple Podcasts] (https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/290783428) or at [plus.npr.org/planetmoney] (https://plus.npr.org/planetmoney) . ... Read more

20 hrs Ago

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#354

The Midnight Connection

Texas's energy grid is largely disconnected from the rest of the U.S. That led to disastrous consequences last year when the state's grid was overloaded during a winter storm. Back in the 1970s, one company attempted to change the system in a secret, middle-of-the-night operation. Subscribe to Planet Money+ in [Apple Podcasts] (https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/290783428) or at [plus.npr.org/planetmoney] (https://plus.npr.org/planetmoney) ... Read more

21 Sep 2022

33 MINS

33:25

21 Sep 2022


#353

Vibecession Vibes Session

We're not in a recession, but why are the vibes feeling so off? We put the question to an economist and one expert on "vibes" and also hire a jazz band to take a pun way too far.Subscribe to Planet Money+ in [Apple Podcasts] (https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/290783428) or at [plus.npr.org/planetmoney] (https://plus.npr.org/planetmoney) ... Read more

17 Sep 2022

26 MINS

26:49

17 Sep 2022


#352

The Good, the Bad, and the Uggly

Eddie Oygur is an Australian businessman who's sold sheepskin ugg boots for years. But one day, he was hit with a lawsuit for breaking American trademark law. On today's show — what's in the name ugg? 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

15 Sep 2022

31 MINS

31:30

15 Sep 2022


#351

Two Indicators: unlikely economic relationships

On today's show - how your social circle is one of the strongest predictors of economic mobility and how pop music reflects the 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) . ... Read more

09 Sep 2022

19 MINS

19:16

09 Sep 2022


#350

The salvage car Silk Road

A practically brand new Lexus with a New Jersey inspection sticker lands on an auto body lot in Turkmenistan. How did it get there? To find out, we journey into the bizarro economy for misfit cars. And we follow a very different kind of journey – of the auto body repairman from Turkmenistan who brought us this story in the first place. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter [here] (https://www.npr.org/newsletter/money) .Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at [plus.npr.org/planetmoney] (http://plus.npr.org/planetmoney) ... Read more

08 Sep 2022

28 MINS

28:44

08 Sep 2022


#349

Breaking down the price of gasoline

High gas prices have fueled speculation and investigations — is anyone raising prices and keeping prices high for profit? To find out, we break down the price of gas, piece by piece, to show you how we get to the price we see at the pump and how much everyone profits at each step of the way. | 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

03 Sep 2022

28 MINS

28:14

03 Sep 2022


#348

SUMMER SCHOOL 8: Productivity & Getting Lit

Productivity is our economic measure for how far our work goes, as individuals and as a society over all. It plays an important role in determining our quality of life, the prices of our goods and services, and, to some extent, the amount of free time we have. Today, we explore how thousands of years of productivity advancements transformed something now so standard that we take it for granted: light. | At this Summer School, phones ARE allowed during class... Check out this week's PM [TikTok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney?lang=en) ! | Listen to past seasons of Summer School [here] (https://www.npr.org/2020/07/15/884827691/planet-money-summer-school) . ... Read more

31 Aug 2022

30 MINS

30:47

31 Aug 2022


#347

Wake up and smell the fraud

Sometimes online shopping can feel a little unsavory. There are the listings that make you question if you'll really be getting exactly what's advertised. And there's no worse feeling than paying for something and then not getting it. But when Nina Kollars ordered coffee pods and got WAY more than she asked for, it made her feel just as uneasy. Her quest for answers and what it teaches us about a new generation of online fraud. | 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

26 Aug 2022

22 MINS

22:08

26 Aug 2022


#346

SUMMER SCHOOL 7: The Fed & Volcker's Socks

The Federal Reserve plays a very important role in the economy. When things start to look uncertain, the central bank is tasked with stepping in to restore people's confidence in the economy. But how do they do it? On today's episode we dive deep on monetary policy and the role of the fed. |At this Summer School, phones ARE allowed during class... Check out this week's PM [TikTok] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney?lang=en) ! | Listen to past seasons of Summer School [here] (https://www.npr.org/2020/07/15/884827691/planet-money-summer-school) . ... Read more

24 Aug 2022

32 MINS

32:22

24 Aug 2022


#345

Inflation Reduction Actually

Congress just passed the biggest, most ambitious climate bill in history. And it's called ... the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022. What's with that branding? And what can the bill teach us about actually fighting inflation? | 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

19 Aug 2022

21 MINS

21:14

19 Aug 2022


#344

SUMMER SCHOOL 6: Trade & The Better Life

International trade is the web of cross-border relationships that binds economies together. Because of trade we have access to cheaper, higher-quality goods, and we get to benefit from other countries' cultures. Economics tells us trade makes society, overall on average, better off, but that doesn't mean everyone wins. Today, the good and bad of trade through the eyes of workers in developing economies who make the things sold around the world. We follow them as they navigate the ever-shifting international trade environment. |At this Summer School, phones ARE allowed during class... Check out this week's PM [TikTok!] (https://www.tiktok.com/@planetmoney?lang=en) | Listen to past seasons of Summer School [here] (https://www.npr.org/2020/07/15/884827691/planet-money-summer-school) . ... Read more

17 Aug 2022

33 MINS

33:11

17 Aug 2022


#343

Carried interest wormhole

The carried interest tax loophole is a way that wealthy Americans – often the people who manage hedge funds or private equity firms – avoid paying billions of dollars worth of taxes. It has been one of the most controversial yet durable features of the U.S. tax code. But where did it come from? Today we romp through space and time to piece together the origins of this loophole. There will be pirates and mutiny. A 50s tax-dodge-a-palooza. And perhaps the Michelangelo of tax lawyers. | 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

13 Aug 2022

26 MINS

26:50

13 Aug 2022


#342

SUMMER SCHOOL 5: Car Parts, Celery & The Labor Market

You can learn a lot about a person from their job. The same can be said of an economy. The market for jobs can us a lot about how the economy is doing, but more importantly, it is where we look to see who the economy is working for, and who is left behind. In today's lesson we'll visit two workplaces each facing a different labor puzzle. At one end, there's the question of when to replace a worker with a robot, and what it is like to be that worker waiting for the robots to come. We'll also visit a farm where raising wages aren't enough to attract the workers needed to do the work. How wages are set, and who gets the raises on this session of Summer School. | 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.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwji3LnEqb35AhW4FmIAHc-JBd8QFnoECB4QAQ&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.tiktok.com%2F%40planetmoney%3Flang%3Den&usg=AOvVaw3Hku7iI9cHL_eclHk5g2N9) | Listen to past seasons of Summer School [here] (https://www.npr.org/2020/07/15/884827691/planet-money-summer-school) . ... Read more

11 Aug 2022

33 MINS

33:13

11 Aug 2022


#341

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