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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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#974: Michael Milken

#974: Michael Milken

2020-02-2100:22:1110

Michael Milken once made $550 million in one year. Then, he went to prison. This week, the President pardoned him. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#973: Indicate This

#973: Indicate This

2020-02-1900:20:3021

From our daily podcast The Indicator: How Amazon Prime packages reach you so damn fast? And why Lancaster, PA became the refugee capital of America?
#972: The CryptoQueen

#972: The CryptoQueen

2020-02-1500:33:5929

A mysterious woman promises a financial revolution. That promise leads to greed, corruption and... a beauty pageant. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#971: Our Valentines 2020

#971: Our Valentines 2020

2020-02-1200:23:4813

We're sending valentines to books, ideas, and other stuff we love. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#970: Raw Milk Deal

#970: Raw Milk Deal

2020-02-0700:19:4517

A farmer in California built an empire dealing raw milk. And then the Feds showed up. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#772: Small Change

#772: Small Change

2020-02-0500:22:0431

How fast is the world really changing? The answer affects everything from how we live, to whether robots really will take all our jobs. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#969: The Island No One Owns

#969: The Island No One Owns

2020-02-0100:29:3125

In Barbuda, land isn't a thing you buy. It's something you just... have. Put up a fence and it's yours. But all that might change. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
We re-engineer a restaurant with a consultant so good, she can move a table a few inches, and make thousands of dollars. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#967: Escheat Show

#967: Escheat Show

2020-01-2400:21:3628

You may be owed money. The government may decide to just use it. So we go looking for it inside a little-known "lost and found" of forgotten fortunes. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#966: The Rise Of Putin

#966: The Rise Of Putin

2020-01-2300:29:1342

Our friends at Throughline dive into the life of Vladimir Putin and try to understand how he became Russia's new "tsar." | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#965: Das Green Old Deal

#965: Das Green Old Deal

2020-01-1700:20:5336

We team up with Vox's The Impact, to tell the story of how one man changed the way Germany – and arguably the world – uses energy. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#964: BILLBOARDS

#964: BILLBOARDS

2020-01-1600:25:1522

We are dedicating an entire show to billboards: good and old-fashioned, or fancy and high-tech. And we put up our own. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
We went to the American Economic Association's annual conference and asked: What's the most useful idea in economics? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Free is cool, but it can backfire. On today's show, what happens when you take something that's free and give it a price. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Four lessons for creating fairness from a big race in New York. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Inflation in Brazil was out of control for a decade. Four former drinking buddies from grad school fixed it. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
A lot can happen after we put an episode out into the world. In The Rest Of The Story, we check-in on stories we've reported. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here
#960: The Writers Revolt

#960: The Writers Revolt

2019-12-2500:22:5727

In April, 7,000 TV writers across the U.S. fired their agents. All on the same day. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Tom Whitwell made an amazing list of 52 things he learned this year. We dig into our favorite items. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
When air traffic controllers went on strike in 1981, Reagan gave them 48 hours to return. Labor would never be the same. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
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Comments (376)

Paul Rhine

This was an interesting episode and I'm definitely planning on listening to the BBC podcast it is based on. I just looked it up. The Missing Cryptoqueen https://castbox.fm/va/2374138

Feb 17th
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Cody Cook

sounds like a Ponzi scheme

Feb 15th
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tashy41

the whole BBC podcast is amazing!!

Feb 15th
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Herman van der Veer

Excellent podcast. This really changed my perspective on the matter of innovation

Feb 15th
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zhang zhazha119

inspiring

Feb 10th
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Casey Wollberg

Blink, blink? It's wink, wink. Blink, blink expresses incredulity. Wink, wink is for subterfuge.

Feb 9th
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Tumwine

It's scary how much tracking is done by modern billboards 😯

Feb 9th
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Chris Wagener

This is an excellent episode. The lack of productivity growth and innovation is rather well understood. People often use the example of the weight brothers discovering flight and how that would be impossible in our modern government regulatory environment. All of those inventions that you mention would be so difficult to get to market right now, with red tape and compliance costs, that is not really much of a surprise that we have stagnated a bit. I was really hoping you would go deeper into that causation part of the story, but that's what econtalk and freakonomics are for I suppose.

Feb 6th
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Lynda McKay

Why do we still have double booking when we have computers?

Feb 5th
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Josh

You're escheating me...

Feb 5th
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Sahand Mozaffari

This episode was so good that made me find the Planet Money archive and start listening from episode #1. I am now through the first 534 episodes and happy.

Feb 4th
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Michael Turek

So now "free" energy only costs the Germans 31 cents per kilowatt hour...congratulations.

Feb 4th
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BC

wild. something I never would have never thought about. informative.

Feb 3rd
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Stefano Leone

Too many ads, I had to stop listening to it as they were getting me nervous.. Really disappointed, other podcasts don't do that

Feb 2nd
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Cody Cook

what an asshole :(

Feb 1st
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BC

ouch.

Jan 31st
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Prabin Timsina

I just watch the Putin video and this podcast exaggerated saying the guy walked all the way to return the pen. he didn't even have to take a step to return it.

Jan 28th
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Casey Wollberg

i really wish i could just get the story without it being filtered through a boy and girl taking turns trying to sound cute.

Jan 26th
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Raymond Safdeye

Wow a pro trump episode and they didn't even realize it

Jan 15th
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Dirk Wijns

On the internet we are paying mostly with our data, free doesn't exist!

Jan 8th
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