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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.
525 Episodes
Hire power

Hire power


Noncompete agreements have become an integral part of job contracts. A show about what they are and how we got here. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
We tend to think of economists as cold, unfeeling, attempting to be as rational as possible. But once a month, economists pick up the phone to just... check in with us. How are we feeling? Good, bad, worse than a year ago? It's a very specific phone call with very specific questions and a few years ago we looked into the origins of this very important survey that factors into economic decision making. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
LIBOR pains

LIBOR pains


For decades, banks used one rate to help set all other rates: LIBOR. After it came out that it'd been rigged, regulators said: no more. Now it's a race — and a road trip — to find an alternative. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
The Pandora Papers released this week reveal how many world leaders allegedly hold wealth through the use of shell companies. We listen back to when we set up our very own Planet Money shell companies.
Congress created a massive pile of money to help people pay rent during the pandemic. Why have so few people gotten help? We follow the money. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
There was one time the U.S. federal government stopped borrowing and paid off every penny of national debt. It did not end well. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
A couple centuries ago, a group of English clothworkers set out to destroy the machines that had been taking their jobs. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Original Sign

Original Sign


A request for dozens of stop signs flummoxes a town and angers a resident. A show about infrastructure, decision making and stop signs. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Women start a lot of businesses, but when it comes time for them to grow, many hit a wall, or the women founders end up losing control. Why? We bring you two indicators on women and work from our daily podcast The Indicator. Also, Amanda and Stacey go on a picnic to prove a point. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Afghanistan's economy changed — almost overnight — after the Taliban retook control of the country | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Flood Money (Classic)

Flood Money (Classic)


Bill Pennington's house floods a lot: Three times over the course of three years. And every time his house floods, the government pays to help him repair the damage. Is something wrong here? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Apologies to listeners who received two episodes in their feed today. The U.S. is one of two countries in the world that allows pharmaceutical companies to advertise prescription drugs directly to consumers. Why? And what does that do to us Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
It's another extremely dry, hot summer for the American West. Our daily podcast, The Indicator from Planet Money, brings us two stories about the water shortage in the West with economic ideas that may help. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
In the last class of Planet Money Summer School Season 2, we cover one more important market — cryptocurrency. If you're thinking about investing in crypto, do you know exactly what it is that you're buying? Or how it should (if at all) fit alongside the rest of your investments? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here and take don't forget to take the Summer School Final Quiz.
The work of our first Black economist was lost to history. Professor Nina Banks set out on a quest to find it. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Investing during a bubble can leave you bust. But how to tell the difference between a bubble before it bursts and an investing rocket ship taking off? We'll run through a historical example and look inside our own thinking to find the mental biases that can contribute or exacerbate bad bubble thinking. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
It's Stacey vs Greg in a face off on the future of the office. Each takes a side, armed with studies, historical examples, theories on efficiency and happiness and from their closet studios, they bring their indicators for the future of the office. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here. And our daily podcast The Indicator hosted by Stacey here.
A few years back, Cardiff asked for an unusual Christmas present: a junk bond... Parallel to the stock market, the bond market offers different levels of risk and reward. In this class, what is a bond, how do they differ from stocks, and how do they help companies grow? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Big Little Ideas

Big Little Ideas


There are a lot of fancy terms for the things we experience — but are they really useful? Yes! We explain four social-science terms that can help us understand our world. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Even if you don't own stocks, there are a lot of reasons to care about investing. We meet some of the folks left out of the stock market who deploy sophisticated economic thinking, even creating their own alternate financial systems. Our professors help us understand how consumption smoothing and life-cycle hypothesis apply to personal finance. And we meet the creator of the 401(k). | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Comments (594)

Stefan Larsson

Good. Fuck capitalism

Oct 17th
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Charles Campson

When in doubt, blame white people. Well done planet money, well done.

Aug 10th


Not a fan of the percussion outro.

Aug 4th

Jason Rotter

I hate to say this but fresh air has become much less intelligent.

Aug 3rd

Gatita Vaughan

the average number of homes owned by an individual boomer is certainly greater than the average number owned by a millenial. This is a huge factor in my hometown where over 75% of homes are rentals (in owned by people who do not live in them, usually boomers) and rarely come onto the market. this massively decreases supply and increase demand and cost. It's a behavior most prevelant in the boomer generation (currently) and is a huge contributing factor to housing prices and homelessness. I can't help but notice this wasn't touched on here.

Jul 30th
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the guest made a comment that seemed throwaway but that i think would be with digging into "there's a fine amount of investment" - is that true when gdp and wealth can just keep growing?

Jul 30th

Peg Perry

You missed the best part of the milk bag thing. There is a special cutter that you can clip on the pitcher to snick off the corner of the milk bag. Google search for milk bag snipper and you should find it. I also think milk bags predated metric. They may have come in at the same time that we were doing margarine in plastic bags. Those bags had a little internal bladder of orange dye. Our job as kids was to knead the colour into the margarine. Why the margarine was white is another Canadian dairy story for you to research.

Jul 14th

Susan Kllimchuk

Loved hearing a story that hits close to home but I need to challenge the notion that eastern Canada uses bags because of the adoption of the metric system. We definitely had bags before that, as I remember the frustration my parents had with the fact that the pitcher we had no longer adequately fit the bags of milk. The bags were too big! So we had get a new pitcher, that or fight and struggle to get the dang thing in. Previously, milk was sold as 3 imperial quarts (each pouch 1 quart) and then, with metric, the bags were 4L, with each pouch being 1.33L or 1.17 quarts. Just that little bit too big. Thanks for the story...wonder if there is anyone who can get at the beginnings of the bag. That's all I remember.

Jul 10th


good job

Jul 5th



Jul 1st

Hully Piper

Some people now claim he's lying.not sure if true though

Jun 22nd

Aninditya Wiji Asri

As an illustrator, this episode is saddening. I can't imagine a great artist make an amazing artwork to just end up like that. So heartbreaking.

Jun 17th

PK Bratney

Hmmm, this sounds like a scam. Planet Money: "Four out of five programs proposed scored one check mark out of five." Yup, it's a scam.

Jun 13th

Deepankar Chakraborty

An extraordinary episode.

Jun 12th

Account for Transactions

That is crazy lol. That is also MAJOR DICK MOVE, with not giving any credit. There were more than enough people that could have collaborate the history.

Jun 11th

Isabel Felix

Finally I got to listen to this! I love Manoush.

Jun 3rd

Gabriella Arroyo

this explains Spotify's shitty radio

May 30th
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Maggie Sawyer

love government cheese! Rich flavor and melted beautifully. Last week when I went to commodities I was given several bags of cooked Italian sausage was supper stoked. Brought it home filled my freezer so happy that I had a freezer with enough meat for at least two months. Now I can eat most anything from the food banks. This stuff was inedible! More sour then biting into a fresh lemon. I boiled, & fried put lists of seasonings nothing worked. I tried several bags just in case. Nope they were all the same. It was very hard to throw it all away. I felt I should have tried harder to make it work. I felt; defeated, hurt and the fool. Because someone somewhere must have tasted this product and said "Yes this is fine for those people to eat" Could you do a follow-up on what is currently being give out at the USDA Commodities distribution. I would like you to taste the food. Also, who and how producers are chosen. There's lots of us eating this food. it's always on the news but I have yet to see someone anyone look at the nutritional value (sodium levels) and palatability of the government produced food. Thank you for your time Maggie 🦋☮️♥️

May 28th

Galin Manolov

I like this podcast but in this case the authors should have consulted the shock doctrine by naomi klein.

May 18th

Dirk Wijns

Couldn't download and/or listen this episode on this platform.

May 17th
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