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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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Apple v Everybody

Apple v Everybody

2020-09-1821:578

When Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney sued Apple over its App Store, it started a war about antitrust and the internet.
After The Plague

After The Plague

2020-09-1623:028

The Black Death was one of the worst catastrophes to ever hit humanity. But it also helped upend feudal hierarchies, redistribute wealth, and make daily life better for a lot of medieval Europeans.
Waste Land

Waste Land

2020-09-1124:2517

Recycling plastic has never worked very well. So who convinced us this was a good idea? In this episode, we might have the answer. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
We Buy A Junk Bond

We Buy A Junk Bond

2020-09-0925:095

Team Indicator buys Cardiff a surprise present. A terrible, extremely risky, but wildly interesting investment. Then it gets interesting. The company that issued the junk bond declared bankruptcy. But that wasn't the end of the story. | Subscribe to our daily podcast, The Indicator here.
John Law killed a man in a duel, brought the first paper money to France, and became one of the richest people in the world. Then it all collapsed.
Summer School graduates take the stage to show us how we can all see our everyday world through the beautiful lens of economics. | Take the final exam and get your diploma here.
When the pandemic hit, the old rules went out the window. What rules will stay broken when things go back to normal?Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Inside one insurance policy is a world of incentives and bad behaviors. Take the final exam and get your diploma here.
The United States Postal Service is in the middle of a political firestorm. What happened, and can it be fixed? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
A Black ad executive figures out how to reach diverse audiences.
Big Rigged

Big Rigged

2020-08-1424:3110

Driving a truck used to mean freedom. Now it means a mountain of debt. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
The surprisingly entertaining history of the income tax. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Mask Communication

Mask Communication

2020-08-0726:3118

Why won't some people wear masks? Is there anything we can do to convince them? We look to behavioral economics for help. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
The economics of free trade and what happens when governments get involved. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
College Fails

College Fails

2020-07-3118:0411

The pandemic is transforming college from a can't-miss into a can't-attend experience. Can colleges survive? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Class 4 brings us an economic conundrum: how do you efficiently share a scarce resource? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Rest of the Story, Pandemic Edition We check in on the people we've met and stories we've covered since this whole thing started. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
In our third class, we take all that we've learned about decisions and markets and bring it to a former drug kingpin. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
In 1967, President Johnson created a commission to investigate racial unrest in America. But, the answer they came up with was not the answer he was hoping for. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Shortening prison sentences might be about morals, but it's definitely about money. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
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Comments (458)

zq

Crazy life

Sep 17th
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C.A. Ryzen

Isn't Exxon an NPR sponsor? They ran ads about sustainability on your podcasts....? Hmm

Sep 15th
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Dart Harpy

Great episode except for the gratuitous Dutch East India Company slavery comment. You just can't help it can you.

Sep 11th
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Catherine Barnett

it has to be fixed. it is one of the only institutions that actually work

Sep 2nd
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samantha chong

there is no number that will ever make the abuse okay but there is a number that will disincentive the perpetrators from repeating their actions. that number is the goal

Aug 20th
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Timothy Drummond

Interesting that income taxes were Only on the rich. Seems to support the idea they Should pay more. And the reason we do pay taxes is fear of punishment. Not some form of duty or however they phrased it. I don't want to but I also do want to go to jail or pay even More of my money I earned.

Aug 13th
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Joshua de Boer

We can't legalise crack because there would be more addicts. What?!? No one is stopping themselves from smoking crack because it's illegal. There's so many other reasons people get into self destructive drugs.

Aug 11th
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zq

Should have talked about avacados

Aug 5th
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Jamie Peppers

jjch

Aug 2nd
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Timothy Drummond

that farmer is greedy as F....

Jul 31st
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Daniel Ratner

The Professor lost me after saying „the economists know how to solve the global warming“. And these „experts“ teach young people to not truely understand how the world realy works

Jul 30th
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swastika shrestha

people in India and the Indian subcontinent are NOT DISCOVERING Pistachio now, they have been importing the nut for hundreds of years , the nut has it's origination in the central Asia and middle East for God sake! Please get your facts straight.

Jul 30th
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Rkleap

Planet money is facing content poverty. Looking over criminal compost like this might be a way for some.

Jul 29th
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Joshua Davis

this is my response: https://medium.com/@bdb68d1f530d/d40c6a8d1a2?sk=

Jul 24th
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Lawrence

Australia is already doing this with the NRL. Fans send in cardboard cutouts of themselves wearing team colours and they put them in the stands. The players isolate from everyone else during the season.

Jul 24th
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Joshua Davis

This is an incredible find, a true treasure.

Jul 20th
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Rkleap

Ho very important episode, i could not complete it. Why are police arresting people with drugs? So sad

Jul 20th
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BC

Excellent episode

Jul 20th
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Xin Du

Great Episode

Jul 10th
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Brilo Renderman

This is great

Jul 10th
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