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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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#933: Find The Helium

#933: Find The Helium

2019-08-1600:25:2829

Helium is so special, and so rare, that the U.S. government once tried to buy it all up. And hide it. But the government's helium stockpile is running low. And we need it for MRI machines and NASA rockets.
#616: How Solar Got Cheap

#616: How Solar Got Cheap

2019-08-1400:17:5426

For a long time, only rich people could afford to put solar panels on the roof. Not anymore. Here's what changed.
Elephants are in danger. Counting them is crucial to saving them. But they're hard to see in the rainforest. So scientists are enlisting the help of AI technology.
A notorious con artist offered Felipe an IT job. He took the job β€”and tried to con the con man. | Plus, listen to a full double feature all about cons here.
#930: Twins

#930: Twins

2019-08-0300:22:5118

Scientists have studied twins for years, hoping to figure out how big a role genes play in human behavior. Our very own pair of twin reporters are on the case.
Everyone said betting against the entire stock market was a terrible idea. We did it anyway. Today, we find out the results, and revisit the first short ever done in the 17th century.
Today on the show, we ignore the advice of some very smart people and bet against something people love.
#929: Could A Wealth Tax Work?

#929: Could A Wealth Tax Work?

2019-07-2400:22:0240

Elizabeth Warren wants to tax the wealth of the mega-rich to help fix inequality. Europe tried this, and failed. Can it work in the U.S.?
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Jeremy Foster

Cool

Aug 23rd
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Archie Smith

Jeremy Foster Great

Aug 23rd
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Cody Cook

sounds like a like a self absorbed cult leader rather than an "enlightened-helper"

Aug 19th
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Felix Bart

Cody Cook yes, I agree!

Aug 20th
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Vanessa Organo

Such an amazing story, thank you!!

Aug 19th
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Jocc

wow lol

Aug 19th
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Deven Johannessen

Jocc lol

Aug 19th
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Badriku Eugene

Who knew an inert gas would be this interesting! The irony...

Aug 18th
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Stefan Larsson

interesting!

Aug 18th
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Cody Cook

that Finnish anti-joke was hysterical

Aug 17th
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Cody Cook

anybody else notice how guy develops a lisp 17 minutes in

Aug 17th
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fatal_junjun78

this just gave Wolf of Wall Street vibes πŸ’€

Aug 16th
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Shiva Lakshmanan

amazing work. keep it up

Aug 15th
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Sam Kirkwood

Great episode! The ending really stuck with me.

Aug 14th
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A B

Freaking amazing reporting. Such a great case study of what you can only experience by radio. 🐘 🐘 🐘

Aug 14th
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Gemma

A B πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

Aug 14th
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Yang Wei

I feel sick about theses lies thought this media is objective seems not just a evil tool against China

Aug 13th
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Cassandra Collins

Yang Wei πŸ€”πŸ€”

Aug 13th
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Alaina Zulli

I think her voice is lovely.

Aug 13th
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Lukas Parker

Alaina Zulli haha, think so

Aug 13th
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Forrest Elliott

I hate this woman's voice. Please don't give her any speaking parts anymore. I listen to planet money because it is upbeat and informative, this woman's voice sounds depressing and sometimes tries to transparently inject drama into a situation, it's super annoying.

Aug 11th
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Forrest Elliott

T.R. Yelton You want to know what this woman's voice sounds like? Listen to the first episode of Freakonomics. Stephen Levitt even admitted in a later replay of that episode that he sounded like a student from the "av club", over dramatizing his speech. As an avid listener of hidden brain, I can't deny that I may have some hidden biases that I'm not aware of. That being said, yes there are men's voices on radio I can't stand either (Ira Glass comes to mind). It's not even necessarily the voice, it's the intonation of this woman's speech I find incredibly annoying. The false, over dramatization when telling a story sounds grating, like I'm being talked to like a child.

Aug 16th
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T.R. Yelton

T.R. Yelton PS: if I'm honest, I find plenty of radio / podcast people's voices annoying... Some of it is caused by the fault of audio engineers that overuse compression causing breaths between words to sound like gasps, and close microphone techniques to make normal speech to sound like ASMR stuff... And people that refuse to get a sip of water or conversely won't swallow their saliva...

Aug 13th
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Moses P3ri5

Wow, such a good episode. Definitely they should make a movie...Felipe is the Neo the chosen one taking down the bad guys

Aug 9th
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Forrest Elliott

Zoe Chase's accent is painful to listen to. Every time I hear her voice at the beginning of an episode I cringe, knowing I'm going to have to listen to it the rest of the episode. I love planet money so I suffer through, I just wish someone else delivered her lines.

Aug 5th
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Mackenzie

Forrest Elliott I feel the sameπŸ˜”

Aug 5th
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Abbey

My sons are mirror image identical twins. One is very artistic; the other, analytical. I think a study of mirror image twins would be interesting: are they less alike in their preferences/abilities than non mirror image identical twins?

Aug 3rd
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Aarya kp

hey my birthday is August 2 also but I don't have a twin πŸ˜ͺ I study biotech engineering so this got me interested..I love this podcast btw πŸ’›β™₯️

Aug 3rd
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Nate Flippin

Ah yes, make the IRS ten times more powerful, and go through everyone's home to determine if they are "wealthy." There is definetly no problem letting corrupt bureaucrats do that! You know the middle class would be taxed through this eventually. This only guarantee's that no one will get luxury items. Also this is a great way to be sure that no one becomes wealthy. Not to mention this would hurt the economy in the long run. Bigger government is never the solution, they will waste the money they get and spend it all. We should instead focus on giving people in the low and middle class more opportunities to become wealthy. That would be a much better way to reduce income inequality. Bring the bottom up, not the top down.

Aug 1st
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Noah

Nate Flippin Totally agree!! You are so right!

Aug 2nd
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