Planet Money

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In the 1600s, a good spice rub was the ultimate display of wealth. People would risk their lives for a sack of cloves. On today's show, we cook a recipe from the spice trade days.
Millions of foreigners with temporary visas live and work in the US. Some of them want to participate in the elections. What's the line between participating and meddling?
There is an alarming trend in the U.S. right now: 7 million people are at least 3 months behind on car payments. It's a record high, but is it a crisis?
#952: Sperm Banks Nov. 16, 2019
Sperm banks are whisking DNA around the world. And a sperm banker in Denmark created one of the biggest sperm operations, with help from his mom's freezer... and mad cow disease.
#951: Snakebite Nov. 13, 2019
There are millions of snakebite victims per year, but antivenom hasn't really changed since its development over 100 years ago. A doctor goes to extremes to find a solution.
Tyler Cowen rates the NBA, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, the humanities, your neighbors, and more.
A free-love commune of perfectionists in upstate New York embraced the free market, and became a blockbuster brand.
#949: The Pigou Club Nov. 2, 2019
Canada has put a price on pollution. The economist behind the idea thought about it more than a century ago.
There is one real-life economic monster that can take away your money, your job, and your future: A recession.
There is one real-life economic monster that can take away your money, your job, and your future: A recession.
Baseball is a winner-take-all career path. But income pools could change the way baseball players, and other people in high risk/high reward professions, think about uncertainty.
Baseball is a winner-take-all career path. But income pools could change the way baseball players, and other people in high risk/high reward professions, think about uncertainty.
Baseball is a winner-take-all career path. But income pools could change the way baseball players, and other people in high risk/high reward professions, think about uncertainty.
The modern french fry isn't just crispy and delicious, it's a technological marvel.
The modern french fry isn't just crispy and delicious, it's a technological marvel.
The modern french fry isn't just crispy and delicious, it's a technological marvel.
The modern french fry isn't just crispy and delicious, it's a technological marvel.
#945: The Liberty City Oct. 19, 2019
Von Ormy, Texas is a small city with a big dream: To thrive with almost no regulations, property taxes, or debt.
#945: The Liberty City Oct. 19, 2019
Von Ormy, Texas is a small city with a big dream: To thrive with almost no regulations, property taxes, or debt.