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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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#928: Hong Kong

#928: Hong Kong

2019-07-1900:22:1811

In 1960, a 12-year-old boy left mainland China, hidden in the bottom of a fishing boat. He later became one of Hong Kong's richest people. His story is the story of Hong Kong.
Two highlights from our daily podcast, The Indicator, about houses. A plan to lower rents pits state against city, and a private firefighter breaks down his business for us. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
#926: So, Should We Recycle?

#926: So, Should We Recycle?

2019-07-1300:23:2344

Cities might be picking up your recyclables, but there is a very good chance they aren't being recycled. And that might be a good thing...if you really care about the planet. Part two of a two-part series. ⎸Subscribe to our newsletter here.
In 1987, an Alabama man had an idea. So he made a deal with the mob. And ended up with 3,186 tons of trash no landfill would take. This is the accidental birth of recycling in the U.S. ⎸Subscribe to our newsletter here.
China is building a high-tech surveillance state to capture minorities' every move and word. We go inside it and find that some Americans are involved. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter npr.org/planetmoneynewsletter
#752: Eagles vs. Chickens

#752: Eagles vs. Chickens

2019-07-0300:20:5320

A farmer in Georgia became more in tune with nature. Then eagles started killing his chickens. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter: npr.org/planetmoneynewsletter
#923: Good Teachers, Bad Deal

#923: Good Teachers, Bad Deal

2019-06-2800:26:3937

Teachers made a deal with the Department of Education. They kept their end of the bargain. Why didn't the government?
Accidentally sending $1,500 to a stranger on Venmo reveals just how hard it is to get your money back in the new economy.
Three stories: A tire-booting vigilante, a surge price conspiracy, and the civil rights fight over parking tickets.
The economic recovery turns 10 this month. Don't get too comfortable. There's plenty to be worried about.
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Comments (211)

Forrest Elliott

I could listen to that old man talk all day.

Jul 21st
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MJ Wu

Why we hate what we hate should be another episode

Jul 18th
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Archie Smith

MJ Wu a liitle confused?

Jul 19th
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km

Wow.

Jul 18th
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Miguel Mota

My favorite podcast. I learn so much

Jul 17th
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Drew Brid

Miguel Mota I also like it. It's great!

Jul 18th
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Olumuyiwa Fatoba

This is mortifying! The unintended consequences of technological curiosity could effectively lead to the end of mankind as we know it.

Jul 16th
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James Gardner

This is by far the best podcast out there!!!!

Jul 16th
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Jennifer Arabella

James Gardner it's really good!

Jul 16th
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priyank shah

q

Jul 15th
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Mike Weber

"Shot through the heart, and you're to blame. You give recycling a bad name". It's hard to heard, but an important topic to have a more holistic view of.

Jul 14th
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Arkadios Chasirides

How is this related to money?

Jul 14th
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ML Walton

Such an important listen! Yikes.

Jul 14th
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Abhir Jadhav

Mindblown 😲👏👏

Jul 13th
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J.

Yes. And also, note all dilapidated major metropolitan areas with neighborhoods that have below-third-world-conditions are all run by the same political party. Year after year, these people give speeches full of banal platitudes and nothing changes for literally decades.

Jul 10th
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J.

what really happened is that you tried to subtly hint at Venmo that you were a npr reporter (eg. using your npr email address and etc. or ask them to be interviewed), and these tech startups are very good at managing their PR, so they pulled the charges for you. I don't know they would have done it for anyone else.

Jul 10th
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Brendan Hedley

wtf

Jul 10th
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Ariana Dove

I left Hot Springs for Atlanta 12 years ago. I doubled my salary instantly. My daughter still lives there and her new family struggles to pay bills, just like I did. it is beautiful though, if you are rich.

Jul 9th
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Arnold Kamis

why didn't they simply raise their price on Amazon, reducing the arbitrageur spread (markup)?

Jul 5th
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Alexis Soto

Great episode, seems to me the current growth state of the U.S. economy is not sustainable.

Jul 5th
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Sean Noonan

We like our stories to have a villain? How about our national obsession with teachers as unqualified heroes? Teachers are great, my kids go to public school. But in most states they are generously compensated and can retire with a full pension in as early as their 50s, some 20 years before us non-public servants.

Jul 4th
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Stephen Anastasi

Sean Noonan 'Congratulations. You qualify to have your loan,' that wasn't a loan, 'converted back...' !!! Gimme a break. Talk about wording things away. Do teachers really get such tiny amounts for teaching kids in USA? In Australia I started on the equivalent of twice that amount. Oh... of course... the land of the free teachers. Nationwide strike for a couple of weeks. You are being ripped off.

Jul 6th
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Pete Sells

Sean Noonan did you actually even listen to the story? Those teachers being paid well are irrelevant to this story.

Jul 5th
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J Z

That's so messed up that the "fixing this" letter basically says "congratulations for all the stress we have caused you, just kidding you didn't do anything wrong!" 😡 Teachers deserve way more than that!

Jul 1st
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Forrest Elliott

This was interesting but the female reporter needs to speak more clearly, her speech is distractingly difficult to understand sometimes (she slurs words together and over enunciates the ends of others).

Jun 29th
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