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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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J. Screwed

J. Screwed

2020-05-2321:184

This month, J.Crew went bankrupt. But not before inventing a whole new way of playing hardball with lenders. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Unemployment offices and small banks are getting money from the government to the people who need it. But it's like trying to smoosh a fifty foot pile of money through a ten foot hole. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Episode 1,000

Episode 1,000

2020-05-1626:368

It's here! We did it! 1,000 episodes! And, to thank all our listeners for riding shotgun the whole way — we're gonna let you in on our secrets... | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
With over 5.5 million workers unemployed or furloughed, no other industry has been hit harder than restaurants. Yet one guy is thinking about expanding. Huh? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
We get on a boat and go to the Federal Reserve to talk about why it may be the most important institution in the world right now. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Can you safely reopen a business right now — and should you? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
We spend a morning at a grocery store and we ask: How much is essential work worth? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Over the past decade, American companies spent billions buying back their own shares. Now they need a taxpayer rescue. Do they deserve it? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#994: Making It Work

#994: Making It Work

2020-04-2421:059

Since lockdown began, some companies are doing unexpectedly well. This episode: Farm animals, a crafty comeback, Clint Eastwood, and a story with a twist. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#993: Negative Oil

#993: Negative Oil

2020-04-2316:4917

On Monday, the price of a barrel of oil in the United States fell to negative $37. That's never happened before. What's going on with the price of oil? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#992: The Mask Mover

#992: The Mask Mover

2020-04-1723:3316

States are scrambling to find any way to get more masks, gloves, anything. Including mass emailing people who have nothing to do with it. Enter, a man with a van. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Is it worth it to shut down the economy to save lives? How do you know when to reopen it? Should we let people die to save the economy? Economists say each human life is worth about $10 million dollars. How did they get that number? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
There's a brand new government program with $349 billion in aid for small businesses. The problem? It was thrown together in a week. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
We follow the distress from a laid-off worker, to her landlord, to the multi-trillion-dollar mortgage market. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the nation, has seen everything and survived everything. But even they might not have enough beds. Here's why. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Ventilators are the supply and demand problem of the COVID pandemic. We go inside the scramble to build more, fast. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#986: America Unemployed

#986: America Unemployed

2020-03-2823:1241

A record number of Americans filed for unemployment this week. The system isn't designed for this. What's next? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
The COVID-19 rescue bill is the largest ever. Where will that money come from? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
To find out what's happening with our food, we talk to an economist, a farmer, and, of course, farmworkers. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Some answers: The deal with toilet paper; stock market circuit breakers; coronabucks; corporate paper & how to help. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
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Comments (417)

ezzie83

cute episode guys 💗

May 22nd
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Hully Piper

that was insane.best thriller i've heard/seen in a long time.keep up the great work you do!

May 22nd
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Richard Kulesza

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May 18th
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ID15310427

Love this podcast! My 21 y.o. econ major son turned me into this! You are smart, fun, enlightening, entertaining. Who knew that economists could be funny? P.S. I have 3 of them in the family 😉

May 18th
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Brooke

great work as always, you guys have become my go-to podcast when I want a deeper dive into a complicated issue presented in an interesting way

May 18th
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Rkleap

Wow, most of planey money episodes are awesome. This was 1000th milestone episode which i felt was a fucked up most episode. Being podcast you cannot easily differentiate between a past episode or 1000th jumping past and now, when you try to mix all in one for whatever reason.

May 17th
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Amir Zabihi

best in the world of podcasts

May 17th
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Lei Zhao

400hrs worth listening!

May 16th
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Joshua Davis

best podcast ever

May 16th
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Caleb Anderson

this dude is a fucking boss

May 14th
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Liam Flow

really liked this nuanced reporting! wishing rob (?) all the best - he deserves it with his thoughtfulness! people are gonna remember who stayed decent when the times were hard 🙏

May 9th
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Rkleap

All these struggles actually for what?

May 4th
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Abraham Hsu

Now unemployment is over 30 million! This podcast it was around 3 mill. Crazy.

May 3rd
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BC

Definitely worth a listen.

May 3rd
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Mai

I love this show!!! So fun and informative!

May 1st
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Chinmaya Dave

great episode!

Apr 30th
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BC

Holy cow they spent 96% of their money on buybacks to make their investors richer? what the heck

Apr 30th
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BC

A great podcast, recommend.

Apr 30th
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Joshua Davis

candy crush *poof* I love it

Apr 25th
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Timera Boateng

oh wow, what a story

Apr 25th
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