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Recession referees

Recession referees

2022-06-2525:222

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 or at plus.npr.org/planetmoney.
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 or at plus.npr.org/planetmoney.
The last few months have made us acutely aware of inflation. We all agree that it's making our lives harder, but economists disagree about what's causing it. | Fill out our listener survey: npr.org/podcastsurvey
Let them eat lunch

Let them eat lunch

2022-06-1624:245

For many Americans, desk lunches are the norm. You might even be having one right now. But what if it didn't have to be this way? | Fill out our listener survey here
The Gecko Effect

The Gecko Effect

2022-06-1130:086

Years ago advertising was dominated by cars and beer. Today on the show, how a simple slogan and a talking gecko helped the insurance industry become one of the most dominant forces in advertising. Now, we're all living with the consequences. | Fill out our listener survey here
It was just another day at the office. Then the phone started ringing and the caseload kept growing...on today's show, your favorite Planet Money gumshoes investigate your listener questions. | Fill out our listener survey here.
When the beloved Simpsons family made its TV debut in 1989, it squarely represented middle-class America. Today ... not so much. That house, those two cars, those three kids all on one salary doesn't seem so believable anymore. Today we examine the changing reality of what middle-class means in America through the Simpsons. It's a wild, musical journey into the heart of the US economy. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
The bank war (Classic)

The bank war (Classic)

2022-06-0121:248

In the 1800s, populist president Andrew Jackson went head-to-head with the most powerful banker in America over who should control the country's money. This clash ended in disastrous results.
What transforms a regular object into a collectible? At our live show earlier this month, we went on a journey through collectibles history. And we had a goal: to turn our Micro-Face comic book into the most collectible item of all time. | Bid on our collectible Micro-Face comic book here!
The NRA's Secret Tapes

The NRA's Secret Tapes

2022-05-2632:158

Soon after the mass shooting at Columbine High School in 1999, leaders of the National Rifle Association held a conference call to craft their response. Secret tapes from this call obtained by NPR's Investigations team reveal how the NRA developed what would become their standard response after decades of school shootings. | Listen to the original Up First episode: n.pr/nratapes
Investing in mediocrity

Investing in mediocrity

2022-05-2025:117

Is the key to success in financial markets a matter of luck or skill? One former bond manager shares his strategy: Win big by avoiding winning. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
A sandwich is generally defined as something delicious slapped between two slices of bread. New York tax code would beg to differ. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Buy now, pay dearly?

Buy now, pay dearly?

2022-05-1423:135

A wave of companies that allow customers to pay for items from their favorite stores in four interest-free installments has taken over the country. But is "buy now, pay later" lending too good to be true? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
When Maddie Messer was 12 years old, she noticed an unfair dynamic in the video games she loved: playing as a man was often free, but she had to pay to play as a woman. So ... she decided to take on the video game industry. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
In the early 90s, American economist Jeffrey Sachs was a part of a team that tried to transform Russia's economy. It did not go as planned. He tells us what he thinks went so wrong. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Escheat show (Classic)

Escheat show (Classic)

2022-05-0422:587

If you're looking for money you've forgotten about, there's a chance the government might have it. The good news is that you can get it back. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Planet Money book club

Planet Money book club

2022-04-2917:0510

Behind every Planet Money episode is a ton of reading. Today, we share some of our favorite books from along the way. Here are our picks:From Mary, American Bonds: How Credit Markets Shaped a Nation by Sarah L. QuinnFrom Erika, The End of Globalization: Lessons from the Great Depression by Harold JamesFrom Alexi, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
Risky business

Risky business

2022-04-2720:234

Two stories on how businesses are using insurance to navigate new kinds of risks. First, how music venues are handling pandemic-related risks. And how Russia's invasion of Ukraine is affecting cyber insurance. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Finally, our comic book

Finally, our comic book

2022-04-2227:297

After many, many delays, the Micro-Face comic book is here! And we answer the burning question: Why did it take so long to make a comic book? | Come see Planet Money Live in NYC on May 10th! One night only. Tickets on sale here. And buy our now-ready Micro-Face comic book.
TikTok to the top

TikTok to the top

2022-04-2123:4410

Thanks to TikTok, Tai Verdes went from struggling musician to Top 40 hitmaker. But first, he had to crack the algorithm of how to go viral. | Come see Planet Money Live in NYC on May 10th! One night only. Tickets on sale here.
Comments (627)

Bamble Ambadon

How and why are you calling him "King"? He made one set of shady, underhanded deals that fucked everybody else over. Don't call him King from that, he's an example of what is wrong with the way people think.

Jun 23rd
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Charles Campson

Love te one sided reporting …textbook NPR.

May 28th
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ID22565400

Second

May 23rd
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Sean Everett

In this episode ... smart enough for college, but not smart enough to comprehend basic economics and how credit works

May 16th
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Alex McNaughton

one of the best episodes!

Apr 24th
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Sohail

Bricks or tea bricks?

Apr 2nd
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Dylan Thomas

i LOVEd learning about this

Mar 12th
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Helya Dadkhah

couldn't find Jakob's podcast "what's your problem?" . Could you share the link please?

Feb 20th
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Aninditya Wiji Asri

The story hits home after covid19

Feb 17th
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Aninditya Wiji Asri

congratulations!!

Feb 17th
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km

Criminality that transcends borders and generations. They got away with it.

Feb 17th
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Sveta Mobile

I would like everyone listen to this and stop believe if there is green arrows it means something.

Feb 15th
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Hurist Morgan

You're not the only one however I do return items when they do work. but seeing that we're paying for it anyway, I feel the need to return more when a product doesn't meet my expectations.

Feb 11th
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Mehrdad Jackson

I loved this chapter

Feb 1st
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PlusCH3

Pretty cool, and I had no idea.

Jan 29th
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Cody Buttron

If you can drive out to a rural area cvs or Walgreens no one is using them there so often they'll have some. It took me 4 hrs of running around and calling clinics before my coworker said he found some at his CVS 20 miles out of town.

Jan 17th
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Cody Buttron

I am one or the suckers too I hate returning things but my wife is slowly curing me of that lol

Jan 17th
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Chris Abele

A former colleague used to say "If my boss thinks he pays me enough, I'll let him think I work hard enough."

Dec 18th
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Sam Love

Fuck that loud ass dial tone, that phones do not make anymore.

Dec 18th
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Gold Nile

Kinda wanna listen to the full version of the Christmas song

Dec 16th
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