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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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Bond Voyage

Bond Voyage

2021-02-2422:5312

The government used to be afraid to borrow too much money. Today, it borrows hand over fist. And it's ... fine? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Marvel was not interested in selling us Doorman. But there is another way to jumpstart our superhero empire.| Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
The real money is in the ink. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Marvel has 7,000 characters, many of them forgotten. We want to buy one from their vault and launch our own little Planet Money franchise. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Can't Let It Go

Can't Let It Go

2021-02-1020:288

Irrational decisions. Things we can't let go. Friend of the show Sam Sanders comes by to talk obsessions. We turn to economics for advice, clarity and comfort. | Subscribe to Sam's podcast, It's Been A Minute.
Fine and Punishment

Fine and Punishment

2021-02-0521:529

When you get out of prison, you have to start paying off fees. Some are related to committing a crime. Others are not. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Robinhood's Very Bad Day

Robinhood's Very Bad Day

2021-02-0321:2014

How the stock trading app works. And why it almost broke last week. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Can't Stop GameStop

Can't Stop GameStop

2021-01-3027:4032

Video game stores. Hedge Funds. Reddit forums. How this mad lib resulted in the biggest short squeeze in years. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
California has a ton of solar power. But as soon as night falls, it's gone. Today on the show: how to bottle the sun
The television was invented by Philo Farnsworth in 1927. TV was invented by Desi Arnaz in 1951.
We rethink everything we know about government spending, taxes, and the nature of money.
The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

2021-01-1604:29:1025

All of it. Read by the staff of Planet Money.
Nervous TikTok

Nervous TikTok

2021-01-1425:117

The U.S. was going to ban TikTok... and then it didn't. We break down the beef with TikTok, and see what life would have been like without it. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Planet Monet (Classic)

Planet Monet (Classic)

2021-01-1118:106

Investors are pouring money into art, but a lot of it is disappearing into storage. We find out why. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Almonds taste great. And the logistics behind pollinating almond trees are un-bee-lievable. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Chaos At The Capitol

Chaos At The Capitol

2021-01-0717:126

With an insurrection at the Capitol, we interrupt Planet Money and turn the feed over to tonight's episode of the NPR Politics podcast. | Subscribe to Planet Money's weekly newsletter here.
Bitcoin Losers (Classic)

Bitcoin Losers (Classic)

2021-01-0123:0920

The Bitcoin market is still crazy, but a lot of people can't even find their Bitcoins. We go looking for lost billions. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
We check in on The Fed, a vaccine scientist, and the mixed martial arts. Oh, and a bunch of escheaters. So long, 2020! | Support our show here.
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Gabriella Arroyo

this episode was way better than the shit radiolab one.

Feb 23rd
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Patrecia Sapulette

Again ? 😁😁😁 #OpentheDoorman

Feb 21st
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William Barbour

I was disappointed in this story. It was heavy on entertainment and light on clarity.

Feb 20th
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BC

now I don't trust HP

Feb 17th
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Brooke Herron

I would be more concerned with how much these inmates cost the system/American people ($50,000/year ish) and how to get them to work while inside to pay off as much of what they cost as possible.

Feb 15th
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Patrecia Sapulette

Love Marvel !!! 😁

Feb 13th
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BC

These fees make no sense. sitting out fees is even more nonsensical. We spend more money on collecting tiny fees.

Feb 7th
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Sean O'Heir

If journalist malfeasance were a crime the reporters on the Robinhood story would be heading to prison. Citadel Securties and Citadel the hedge fund are different companies the way Ford and Lincoln are. ‘Robinhood managed to find $3bn and keep trading’. It got the money from Citadel!! You also didn’t disclose that Robinhood advertises/has sponsored Planet Money. This story was a shameful disgrace. I have no skin in the $GME deal, for the record. But listening to terrible reporting about an industry I know makes it impossible for me to trust Planet Money stories on interesting topics I am unfamiliar with. I’ve been a loyal listen for hundreds of episodes. Sad day.

Feb 5th
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BC

YES I KNEW THEY WERE GONNA TALK ABOUT PUMPED HYDRO

Jan 29th
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BC

The duck curve!!! I love this storage problem, there are so many possible solutions. it's endlessly fascinating.

Jan 29th
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Tessa Sydenham

this was one of my favorite episodes.

Jan 28th
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Michelle Hillier

I truly enjoyed listening to you read this! I've never read it before so thank you for introducing me to it. I also watched the 2013 movie after listening... it was a full Gatsby day!

Jan 25th
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BC

I learned about this yesterday, I think.

Jan 24th
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Vera

loved this episode. I had read the book a couple of times but listening to the different voices reading it was an extraordinary pleasure. I like your style, it is a truly journalistic style in that the "news" is brought with the right amount of excitement and objectivity in the voice, in the expression. I also loved the fact that this is out of the ordinary for the podcast. A nice surprise.

Jan 24th
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Vera

how very informative.

Jan 24th
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muffen jr

I am torn between my need to listen to every single episode of Planet Money and my need to never read The Great Gatsy again.

Jan 19th
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BC

someone uploaded the whole thing to Archive of Our Own

Jan 17th
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Big Black Booty Daddy

This is random as hell

Jan 16th
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d0gface

Oh boy, count me in!

Jan 16th
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Patrecia Sapulette

❤❤❤ this!

Jan 14th
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