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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.

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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.

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@planetmoney

Language:

English


Episodes

A locked door, a secret meeting and the birth of the Fed (Classic)

12/1/2021
The story of the back-room dealings that created America's central bank. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:17:19

Day of the Debt

11/26/2021
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.

Duration:00:23:23

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

11/24/2021
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 comic. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:30:07

A trunk full of truffles (Update)

11/19/2021
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.

Duration:00:27:12

Of boats and boxes

11/17/2021
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.

Duration:00:24:48

Auction fever (Classic)

11/12/2021
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.

Duration:00:16:26

Planes, trains and bad bridges

11/10/2021
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.

Duration:00:22:43

Moonshot in the arm

11/5/2021
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.

Duration:00:29:16

The Wheat Whisperer

11/3/2021
Southeast Asia is one of the biggest growth markets for American wheat. Where did this taste for wheat come from and who is responsible?

Duration:00:21:38

Night of the living inflation

10/29/2021
We look at a hidden form of inflation affecting our economy — we're calling it "skimpflation." The Indicator tells a spooky tale about the inflation demon. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:15:10

Nice work week, if you can get it

10/27/2021
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.

Duration:00:23:05

Two indicators: Congressional Game Theory and the Debt Ceiling

10/22/2021
We bring you two stories from The Indicator on the recent battles being fought in Congress. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:18:43

Burnout (Classic)

10/20/2021
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.

Duration:00:20:01

Bonus: Janet Jackson's 'Control'

10/18/2021
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.

Duration:00:42:22

Hire power

10/15/2021
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.

Duration:00:19:54

How Do You Feel? (Classic)

10/13/2021
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.

Duration:00:20:48

LIBOR pains

10/8/2021
For decades, banks used one rate to help set all other rates: LIBOR. After it came out that it'd been rigged, regulators said: no more. Now it's a race — and a road trip — to find an alternative. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:28:36

We set up an offshore company in a tax haven (Classic)

10/6/2021
The Pandora Papers released this week reveal how many world leaders allegedly hold wealth through the use of shell companies. We listen back to when we set up our very own Planet Money shell companies.

Duration:00:31:52

The Rent Help Is Too Damn Slow

10/1/2021
Congress created a massive pile of money to help people pay rent during the pandemic. Why have so few people gotten help? We follow the money. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:24:46

When The U.S. Paid Off The Entire National Debt (Classic)

9/29/2021
There was one time the U.S. federal government stopped borrowing and paid off every penny of national debt. It did not end well. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

Duration:00:20:21