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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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#956: The Carriage Tax

#956: The Carriage Tax

2019-12-0700:19:3711

People have been arguing over the constitutionality of wealth taxes since 1794, when Washington put a tax on carriages.| Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#773: Slot Flaw Scofflaws

#773: Slot Flaw Scofflaws

2019-12-0400:23:0213

Where there are casinos, there are people trying to cheat. And now, they're using iPhones. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#955: Pirate Videos

#955: Pirate Videos

2019-11-2900:19:5422

Blackbeard, a filmmaker, and a fight between two powerful forces in American law. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#674: We Cooked A Peacock

#674: We Cooked A Peacock

2019-11-2700:21:2913

In the 1600s, a good spice rub was the ultimate display of wealth. People would risk their lives for a sack of cloves. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
We've heard a lot about illegal foreign meddling in the United States elections. But what about legal foreign participation? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
7 million Americans are at least 3 months behind on car payments. It's a record but is it a crisis? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#952: Sperm Banks

#952: Sperm Banks

2019-11-1600:25:4529

Denmark is a big exporter of human sperm. And mad cow disease may have helped. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#951: Snakebite

#951: Snakebite

2019-11-1300:25:3525

Snakebites are common but antivenom is expensive to develop. So a doctor goes to extreme lengths to find a solution. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Today on the show, economist Tyler Cowen rates the NBA, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, the humanities, your neighbors, and more. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#777: Free Love, Free Market

#777: Free Love, Free Market

2019-11-0600:22:5613

A free-love commune of perfectionists in upstate New York embraced the free market, and became a blockbuster brand. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#949: The Pigou Club

#949: The Pigou Club

2019-11-0200:22:2433

A hundred years ago, economist Arthur Cecil Pigou explained how to tax things like pollution. Countries are starting to do it. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
A Halloween journey into the economists' worst nightmare, an endless time loop of recession after recession after... | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#947: Some-of-the-Money Ball

#947: Some-of-the-Money Ball

2019-10-2500:20:5928

Income pools could change the way baseball players, and maybe the rest of us, think about how we get paid. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#946: Fries Of The Future

#946: Fries Of The Future

2019-10-2300:20:5623

Fast food delivery is threatening the french fry. So a band of potato scientists go to work. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#945: The Liberty City

#945: The Liberty City

2019-10-1900:23:2635

A man in Texas had a dream: To build a whole new kind of city, with no property tax, no debt, and a whole lot of freedom. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#753: Blockchain Gang

#753: Blockchain Gang

2019-10-1600:22:0736

Charlie Shrem went from living in his parents' basement, to bitcoin millionaire, to federal prison in just a few years. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Sometimes we forget to mention something. And our listeners always let us know. Today on the show, we make good. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#763: BOTUS

#763: BOTUS

2019-10-0900:22:4319

Two years ago, we built a machine that bought and sold stocks automatically based on President Trump's tweets. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#943: Unicorn Cowboy

#943: Unicorn Cowboy

2019-10-0400:21:3644

The risk-addicted investor who made WeWork possible and changed the way startups work. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Investors can fund lawsuits for profit, which gives more people access to the courts. But some worry it will warp the justice system. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
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Comments (323)

Jodi F. Paroff

should I care when one set of crooks steal from another set of crooks? no.

Dec 8th
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Sarang Metkar

Worst podcast hosts! A terrible podcast!

Dec 1st
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B. C.

what does "starchy coating" mean? it sounds like it's not just starch.

Nov 28th
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Greta Matulaityte

how the hell it can be healthy even to try if it last forever... big no

Nov 28th
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Mandell Degerness

Thank you for this. I have been wondering about this precise issue. The one question I would like to add is this: how do these rulings apply to companies with some amount of foreign ownership?

Nov 26th
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Caeon

Someone let the kids do the editing and script for this episode. Learnt nothing about recessions or economics this episode

Nov 24th
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Caden W

Wow this is a terrible episode

Nov 21st
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Marcel Brus-Ramer

this is story is somewhat similar to the Barry Marshall story and his discovery that H.pylori leads to gastric ulcers. That discovery eventually led to a Nobel prize (2005). Also interesting how Dr. Lewin's background and scattered interests and connections led to the dots being connected here. Fits with the thesis of the recent book 'Range' by David Epstein.

Nov 14th
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Chidube Ezeozue

This was a terrible episode

Nov 12th
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Brady Carrico

the most overated economist? Don't forget there's AOC and Elizabeth Warren (which planet money would probably never talk about their rediculous ideas on air for fear of being ostracized). The media massage Warren's political shoulders every day and they've gotten to a point where they can hardly hold her back anymore. lol

Nov 11th
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Jack Edwards

the way loot boxes are decribed here make it feel more like buying a pack of baseball cards. you're collecting random stuff and don't know what is inside. or like putting a quarter into a vending machine with randomized toy trinkets. I would say that it's gambling only if you can win items that make you more powerful in the game.

Nov 10th
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Shalena

I don't know what they are using on the fries but I wonder how healthy the coating is for you?

Nov 10th
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Tony Boughman

The cow-weight show was the most thought provoking episode of all, I thought.

Nov 10th
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Mark Myers

maybe the most annoying episode of a podcast I've ever heard.

Nov 6th
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Eduardo Escárez Gómez

A great episode 😂

Nov 2nd
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ZB Fasih

Brilliant episode.

Nov 1st
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d0gface

I love the coin intro and her voice so this ep was gold 👍

Oct 31st
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Andres Rosales

Did I just listen to a paid advertisement? There was very little of substance in this episode. This show as a whole sometimes has trouble with going in depth. But episodes like this (and, e.g., the guess the cow's weight episode) make you question the thesis of the show. The more fluff episodes the show puts out the harder it gets to take a chance on a new episode. And I really hope it was just a fluff episode, and not that the producers forewent to mention they were paid to do this episode in the description because that would be dishonest.

Oct 24th
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Arun S A G

The corruption didn't disappear. Poverty didn't disappear. Anil's idea just caused pain and suffering millions of Indians.

Oct 24th
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Mark Lee

X. 不 知道. The The gc of the nnu

Oct 16th
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