Planet Money

Planet Money

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355 episodes

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.


  • 30 JUL 2021
    Three Reasons for the Housing Shortage
    16m 27s

    America's housing shortage has been decades in the making. A lot of people blame Baby Boomers — but is it really their fault? We unpack three big reasons for the shortage. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 28 JUL 2021
    SUMMER SCHOOL #1: The Stock Market & Penelope The Cow
    37m 56s

    The first class of Planet Money Summer School starts off with a field trip. With the help of a cow, two economists, and three cute animals, we learn what a stock is and how stocks are priced, and we begin to see the psychological forces tha...

  • 24 JUL 2021
    Banque Worms
    20m 27s

    Last year, one of the biggest banks accidentally paid off a client's loan to its lenders — a $900 million mistake. Some of the recipients wouldn't give the money back. And then a surprising court ruling affirmed their no give-back. | Subscr...

  • 21 JUL 2021
    Video Gaming The System
    21m 52s

    Two groups of people who would never meet in real life collide in a world of wizards and dragons. They battle it out in a low-tech video game, and it shakes the lives of a lot of real people living in a collapsing economy. | Subscribe to ou...

  • 17 JUL 2021
    The Great Inflation (Classic)
    28m 42s

    For much of the 1970s inflation was bad. Prices rose at over 10 percent a year. Nothing could stop it — until one powerful person did something very unpopular. Today's show: How we beat inflation. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 14 JUL 2021
    100 Years Since Sadie Alexander
    23m 18s

    In 1921, Sadie Alexander became the first Black person in America to receive a PhD in economics. Then, she was functionally shut out of economics jobs, got a law degree, and became an attorney instead. A century later, economics has made no...

  • 10 JUL 2021
    Of Memestocks and Milk Bags
    23m 56s

    We answer your questions about memestocks, milk in bags, the size of cereal boxes, and products exclusive to the rich, but not for long? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 07 JUL 2021
    Two Indicators: Clogged Ports And Corporate Vets
    20m 56s

    We bring you two stories from The Indicator on two industries that are undergoing rapid change: vets and container shipping. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 02 JUL 2021
    The Rest Of The Story, Summer 2021
    18m 2s

    We follow up on takeout cocktails, college athletes at the Supreme Court, bankrupt Hertz, and the new shape of pasta. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 01 JUL 2021
    What's A Bubble? (Classic)
    15m 5s

    Can you tell if the economy is in a bubble? How? And why do bubbles happen? Robert Shiller and Eugene Fama shared the economics Nobel back in 2013 despite fundamentally disagreeing over the meaning of a bubble. | Subscribe to our weekly new...

  • 26 JUN 2021
    Bobby Bonilla Day
    21m 7s

    How the worst deal in baseball explains one of the most important concepts in economics. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 23 JUN 2021
    Corporate Fugitive: Carlos Ghosn
    27m 51s

    Japan once served sushi in the shape of Carlos Ghosn's face. Then Japanese authorities arrested the celebrity CEO who remade Nissan. We bring you first hand accounts of his spectacular rise, sudden fall and dramatic escape. | This episode i...

  • 18 JUN 2021
    Predictions!
    16m 54s

    Two forecasters predict the future of the U.S. economy — and promise to come back on the show to see who was right, and who was wrong. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 16 JUN 2021
    How Uncle Jamie Broke Jeopardy (Update)
    29m 53s

    James Holzhauer took a math degree, a gambling career, and a buzzer, and turned it into a fortune on a game show. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 11 JUN 2021
    Used Car Talk
    23m 35s

    How supply and demand stalled out the used car industry. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 09 JUN 2021
    How Stuff Gets Cheaper (Classic)
    15m 24s

    In the world of consumer electronics, it pays to be cheap. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 04 JUN 2021
    Amateur Hour at the Supreme Court
    22m 42s

    College athletes are considered amateur players. And amateurs don't make any money. But can they get more education paid for at least? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 02 JUN 2021
    Black Wall Street
    24m 11s

    100 years ago, Black Wall Street was destroyed. But how was it built? And what does it take to get restitution? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 28 MAY 2021
    One Hack to Fool Them All
    21m 37s

    How a single hack pried open the networks of giant corporations and the U.S. government itself. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 26 MAY 2021
    Runaway Recommendation Engine
    20m 44s

    Recommendation systems have changed how we choose what we want. But are they choosing what we want? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 21 MAY 2021
    Big Government Cheese (CLASSIC)
    20m 42s

    That time the U.S. government accidentally created a cheese surplus so large it had to be stored in a ginormous cave. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 19 MAY 2021
    Get The Vaccine, Lose The Skinny Jeans
    20m 6s

    Two stories from our Indicator team about the sometimes-unlikely people who shape what we buy and what we do. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 14 MAY 2021
    Blood Money
    25m 12s

    The United States is one of the few countries that lets companies pay people for their blood plasma. Why? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 13 MAY 2021
    Hot Cheetos
    27m 15s

    A janitor walks out of a chip factory with a bag of dustless Cheetos and changes the global snack game forever. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 07 MAY 2021
    Emission Impossible
    23m 12s

    Carbon offsets have become a popular tool to combat climate change. But how effective are they? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 05 MAY 2021
    DIY Reparations
    27m 0s

    Some Vermonters were tired of waiting around for reparations. So they decided to take matters into their own hands. | This episode was produced with our friends at Invisibilia. Check out their new season here.

  • 01 MAY 2021
    A Superhero Goes To Hollywood
    28m 44s

    In the last and greatest chapter to our superhero saga, Micro-Face tries to make the jump from comic books to movies. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 28 APR 2021
    The $100 Million Deli
    23m 26s

    Why is a single New Jersey deli worth so much? And what does it tell us about how the stock market works? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 23 APR 2021
    A Superhero Sells Out
    27m 24s

    Two months ago, Planet Money got its own superhero. Today, we sell him out. | Find the full Planet Money Superhero series here.

  • 21 APR 2021
    The Writers Revolt (UPDATE)
    26m 56s

    We have a winner in an epic Hollywood story. A couple years back, 7,000 TV writers across the U.S. fired their agents. All on the same day. It was part of a battle over how creative work gets valued and compensated in TV and film. Now, we h...

  • 16 APR 2021
    India, Farming, and the Free Market
    22m 49s

    For decades, India has shielded its agricultural sector from the free market. Now, the government wants to let it in. Millions and millions of farmers are not happy about it. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 14 APR 2021
    Workin' 9 To 5
    23m 23s

    The movie "9 to 5" used humor to highlight the struggles of women in the workplace 40 years ago. Where are we now? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 09 APR 2021
    About Your Extended Warranty
    24m 25s

    Calls about "extended auto warranties" blow up our phones over and over. But what are these robocalls actually offering? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 07 APR 2021
    How Jacob Loud's Land Was Lost
    23m 43s

    Today's show: the arcane laws that have cost Black landowners their property, and the lawyer who is trying to fix those laws. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 02 APR 2021
    Two Indicators: Boomtown & Bye Bye
    15m 25s

    We look at housing prices in Montana, an oil market milestone, and give a fond farewell. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 31 MAR 2021
    The Curse Of The Black Lotus (Update)
    19m 41s

    When the popular card game Magic: The Gathering entered a speculative bubble, its creators found a way to keep it from bursting. We check in to see if their strategy is still working. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 26 MAR 2021
    Socialism 101
    23m 53s

    Today on the show: The critics of capitalism. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 24 MAR 2021
    You Asked For Shots, Tuna, Metal, and Money
    24m 44s

    Listeners send us questions every day. It's about time we answer a few of them. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 19 MAR 2021
    The New Shape Of Pasta
    24m 26s

    What do you do when you can't find the perfect pasta shape? You invent a new shape. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 17 MAR 2021
    The Even More Minimum Wage
    21m 21s

    The tipped minimum wage hasn't changed for decades. Is now finally the time? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 13 MAR 2021
    The $69 Million JPEG
    22m 16s

    An artist called Beeple just sold a piece at Christie's for millions. But it wasn't a painting... it was a kind of crypto. We speak with him and the others behind the first NFT auction. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 10 MAR 2021
    Nigeria, You Win! (Update)
    19m 45s

    Nigerians heard a radio ad offering millions of dollars for people with business proposals. They thought it was a scam. It wasn't. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 06 MAR 2021
    The Marriage Pact
    20m 43s

    They say true love is hard to find. Whoever says that isn't an economist. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 03 MAR 2021
    Happy Fed Independence Day (Update)
    22m 8s

    The story of the day the Federal Reserve got its independence and the fight — an actual physical fight — to keep it. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 27 FAB 2021
    We Buy A Superhero 3: Resurrection
    31m 53s

    We have found the perfect superhero. Now we just have to make him our own. | Find the full Planet Money Superhero series here.

  • 24 FAB 2021
    Bond Voyage
    21m 46s

    The government used to be afraid to borrow too much money. Today, it borrows hand over fist. And it's ... fine? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 19 FAB 2021
    We Buy A Superhero 2: Loophole
    23m 27s

    Marvel was not interested in selling us Doorman. But there is another way to jumpstart our superhero empire. | Find the full Planet Money Superhero series here.

  • 17 FAB 2021
    Why Printers Are The Worst
    20m 34s

    The real money is in the ink. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

  • 13 FAB 2021
    We Buy A Superhero 1: Origins
    22m 58s

    Marvel has 7,000 characters, many of them forgotten. We want to buy one from their vault and launch our own little Planet Money franchise. | Find the full Planet Money Superhero series here.

  • 10 FAB 2021
    Can't Let It Go
    19m 30s

    Irrational decisions. Things we can't let go. Friend of the show Sam Sanders comes by to talk obsessions. We turn to economics for advice, clarity and comfort. | Subscribe to Sam's podcast, It's Been A Minute.

  • 05 FAB 2021
    Fine and Punishment
    21m 37s

    When you get out of prison, you have to start paying off fees. Some are related to committing a crime. Others are not. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.