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The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. 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. That's what we're going for at Planet Money. People seem to like it.

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#821: The Other Davos Feb. 1, 2018
Billionaires, diplomats, thinkfluencers. This is the Davos everyone hears about. Today on the show, we take you to a different Davos.
Phosphate is a crucial element, for farming, and for life. And there aren't too many places to get it. What if it runs out?
#819: Tax Me If You Can Jan. 25, 2018
Douglas Bruce had a bold vision for Colorado.
#819: Tax Me If You Can Jan. 25, 2018
Douglas Bruce had a bold vision for Colorado.
A biologist predicts a population bomb that will lead to global catastrophe. An economist sees a limitless future for mankind. The result is one of the most famous bets in economics.
The wild ginseng market has gone crazy. We go to a farm hidden in the Appalachian mountains to find out why.
#817: The Gun Man Jan. 13, 2018
Will 3-D printing make gun control impossible?
Why does it take days to send money electronically?
#816: Bitcoin Losers Jan. 5, 2018
The Bitcoin market has gone crazy. And it's revealing something strange. A lot of people can't find their Bitcoins. We go looking for lost billions.
What does a country with no debt look like? To find out, we went back to the United States in 1835.
Every year at Planet Money, we take a cue from radio legend Paul Harvey and bring you "The Rest of the Story." It's a show where we check in on some of the episodes that we've done in the past year, and tell you what's changed.
#544: The M&M; Anomaly Dec. 27, 2017
David Kestenbaum noticed that a pack of Milk Chocolate M&M;'s weighs 1.69 ounces, but a pack of Peanut Butter M&M;'s weighs 1.63 ounces. He had to know why. But the confectionary world has its secrets.
Why flying to small airports keeps costing more and more, just as flying to big airports is getting cheaper. (This episode is from our new podcast, The Indicator. Subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts.)
Why flying to small airports keeps costing more and more, just as flying to big airports is getting cheaper. (This episode is from our new podcast, The Indicator. Subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts.)
Congress just passed the largest tax overhaul in decades. We dig in.
Congress just passed the largest tax overhaul in decades. We dig in.
#670: The Santa Suit Dec. 20, 2017
Today on the show: A lawsuit over a Santa suit is a window into countless hidden fights that shape the stuff we buy. It's one man's battle against the U.S. government — and, in a way, against himself.
#670: The Santa Suit Dec. 20, 2017
Today on the show: A lawsuit over a Santa suit is a window into countless hidden fights that shape the stuff we buy. It's one man's battle against the U.S. government — and, in a way, against himself.
From our new podcast, The Indicator: Opponents of net neutrality argue that the government should get out of the way and let the market work, that's what leads to better service and more choice. We examine that logic.