Planet Money

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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.

#856: Yes In My Backyard July 27, 2018

There's a simple way to solve the housing crisis in U.S. cities. Only problem is, almost everybody hates it.

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#855: The Poop Cartel July 25, 2018
What happens when a group of economists applies the number one rule of economics... to number two?
#854: The New Socialists July 20, 2018
Socialism was political poison in the U.S. for decades. Now it's gaining ground. Who are these new socialists? And what do they want?
Tax carbon emissions. That's basically the whole plan. What's the hold up?
#853: Peak Sand July 13, 2018
Sand. It's in buildings, windows, your cell phone. But there isn't enough in the world for everyone. And that's created a dangerous black market.
The best player in basketball is getting hosed. The NBA team owners, the players, the fans and even LeBron James himself want to keep it that way.
Two stories from our Indicator team. There's a province in China that makes many of the world's flags. It's a unique window on global trade right now. And we find out why so few teenagers are working summer jobs these days.
It takes strategy and skill to sell snacks at a baseball game. Meet the hot dog vending legend of Fenway Park.
A pesticide wreaks havoc. A listener needs a bitcoin detective. And the search for the rarest economic good continues.
Fake product reviews are wrecking the internet. But help is on the way: From a bodybuilding fake review hunter.
VIDEO: The Chicken Tax June 25, 2018
Which came first, the frozen chicken or the tax on foreign trucks? Just kidding, it was the frozen chicken — then came the American tax that helped shape the domestic market for trucks.
VIDEO: The Chicken Tax June 25, 2018
Which came first, the frozen chicken or the tax on foreign trucks? Just kidding, it was the frozen chicken — then came the American tax that helped shape the domestic market for trucks.
Politicians have argued for decades that CEOs are overpaid. But there's this precise moment in the 1990s when CEO pay suddenly shot up. We find out what happened.
President Trump says China is stealing U.S. technology. So we looked into one case. And things got a little complicated.
California has a ton of solar power. But as soon as night falls, it's gone. Today on the show: How to bottle the sun.
The medical world has been trying to cure color blindness for centuries. Then a glass scientist figured it out. By accident.
When Florida outlawed partisan gerrymandering, politicians tried to sneak it back in...in disguise.
Meet Sue, the dinosaur who sparked a gold rush for fossils buried in the badlands of North Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana.
#845: REDMAP June 2, 2018
Meet the man who figured out how to reshape national politics by making tiny investments in the smallest of places.
#844: Nice Game May 31, 2018
In game theory, sometimes the best way to win, is to lose.