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.
July 31, 2020
With a month to go before the fall semester starts, universities are closing due to coronavirus, and also making hard cu..
With a month to go before the ..
July 29, 2020
Learn about scarce resources and the tragedy of the commons from drought-stricken California.
Learn about scarce resources a..
July 24, 2020
Rest of the Story, Pandemic Edition We check in on the people we've met and stories we've covered since this whole thing..
Rest of the Story, Pandemic Ed..
July 23, 2020
In our third class, we take all that we've learned about decisions and markets and bring it to a former drug kingpin. | ..
In our third class, we take al..
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July 20, 2020
In 1967, President Johnson created a commission to investigate racial unrest in America. But, the answer they came up wi..
In 1967, President Johnson cre..
July 18, 2020
Shortening prison sentences might be about morals, but it's definitely about money. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter..
Shortening prison sentences mi..
July 16, 2020
In our second class, we meet our old friends supply and demand and do graphs using only the power of the human voice. Th..
In our second class, we meet o..
July 10, 2020
In 2005, an anonymous list of the best unmade scripts in Hollywood shook up the movie biz. This episode: how a math-lovi..
In 2005, an anonymous list of ..
July 8, 2020
First lesson: Economics is not about money. It's a lens of great power and beauty. In this episode, we meet our teachers..
First lesson: Economics is not..
July 6, 2020
Planet Money Summer School is a crash course in economics for your ears.
Planet Money Summer School is ..
July 3, 2020
For years, some Chicago police officers tortured suspects. Survivors fought for reparations — and got them. | Subscribe ..
For years, some Chicago police..
July 1, 2020
After decades of relative stability, prices in the US may be about to go through the roof — or the floor. | Subscribe to..
After decades of relative stab..
June 27, 2020
Espionage. Deceit. Theft. In this episode we follow the case of a global effort to steal top secret high technology: see..
Espionage. Deceit. Theft. In t..
June 24, 2020
Rental car giant Hertz declared bankruptcy last month, which should have made their stock worthless. So how come people ..
Rental car giant Hertz declare..
June 19, 2020
We talk to podcast host Sam Sanders, Professor William A Darity Jr., social activist Oluchi Omeoga, nonprofit runner Kev..
We talk to podcast host Sam Sa..
June 17, 2020
Wild ginseng sells for thousands. We go to a farm hidden in the Appalachian mountains to find out why. | Subscribe to ou..
Wild ginseng sells for thousan..
June 12, 2020
Dr. Lisa Cook found a hole in a central economic growth theory — how violence and the lack of rule of law impacts innova..
Dr. Lisa Cook found a hole in ..
June 10, 2020
We've only made vaccines for so many diseases. Let's look at the history. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
We've only made vaccines for s..
June 5, 2020
We look at the data connecting police unions and police violence. Today's episode comes from our daily podcast, The Indi..
We look at the data connecting..
June 4, 2020
When the economy tanks, does money just vanish? Why are home prices still so high? You asked these and other questions. ..
When the economy tanks, does m..
May 30, 2020
Small-town internet is often terrible... though not for lack of trying. Today on the show, one small city starts their o..
Small-town internet is often t..
May 27, 2020
Spend billions on vaccine factories we'll never use. Set up autopay to send checks to almost everybody. Build a giant bu..
Spend billions on vaccine fact..
May 23, 2020
This month, J.Crew went bankrupt. But not before inventing a whole new way of thinking about promises to lenders.
This month, J.Crew went bankru..
May 20, 2020
In March, Congress passed the CARES act. But the stroke of a pen only does so much. This episode — two stories from the ..
In March, Congress passed the ..
May 16, 2020
We did it! Planet Money is officially 1,000. And to thank all of our listeners for joining us on this heck of a ride — w..
We did it! Planet Money is off..