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#941: Three Bets Sept. 28, 2019
Planet Money takes a gamble on three stories about bets gone... every which way.
#770: When India's Cash Disappeared Sept. 25, 2019
One of the most dramatic things to happen in economics in the last few years was when India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to suddenly "demonetize" the country.
#940: Interest Rates... Why So Negative? Sept. 20, 2019
Interest rates are low and getting lower. Some are even negative. Which means we live in a weird world, where people are lending out money and getting back less.
#658: Strike One Sept. 18, 2019
An automakers' strike against General Motors in the 1930s changed the world of unions forever. Before, striking was dangerous and illegal. Today, it's a fairly civilized business.
#939: The Working Tapes Of Studs Terkel Sept. 13, 2019
In the 1970s, Studs Terkel interviewed scores of people about their jobs for his book Working. Today, we hear a few of those conversations — and follow up with the subjects.
#794: How To Make It In The Music Business Sept. 11, 2019
Behind popular music, there is this hidden economy of music producers buying and selling sonic snippets, texting each other half-finished beats, and angling for back-end royalties.
#938: The Marshall Plan Sept. 7, 2019
Sometimes to help yourself, you help your enemy. After WWII, the U.S. launched what might be the most successful intervention in history, rebuilding Germany and more.
#371: Where Dollar Bills Come From Sept. 4, 2019
Imagine being the company that makes all the world's dollar bills. We found that company and took a look inside.
#937: Moving To Opportunity? Aug. 30, 2019
In the 1990s, the government ran an experiment to test the economic impact of moving people to lower-poverty neighborhoods. The results surprised them.
#936: The Modal American Aug. 29, 2019
Who is the average American? Bad question. You end up with a clumpy amalgamation of qualities. If you want to know how real people are living, you want the Modal American.
935: You Asked For A Food Show Aug. 23, 2019
How to get the best value from the salad bar? Why do Americans refrigerate their eggs? What's the deal with Choco Pies? It's the food edition of listener questions.
#934: Two Yield Curve Indicators Aug. 21, 2019
A 13-year-old listener wrote in asking if the inverted yield curve means that a recession is on the way. Today on the show, we try to answer him.
#933: Find The Helium Aug. 16, 2019
You need helium to launch rockets into space. It's also essential for MRI machines and cellphones. But the world is running short on helium. So we're going looking for more.
#616: How Solar Got Cheap Aug. 14, 2019
Solar energy used to be a fantasy. Then it arrived, but was too expensive for most people to afford. Now it's cheap. Here's how it happened.
#932: Deep Learning With The Elephants Aug. 9, 2019
Counting elephants is key to saving them. But in the rainforest, they're hard to spot. One scientist is listening for them instead, with the help of artificial intelligence.
#931: The IT Guy Vs. The Con Artist Aug. 7, 2019
Felipe was an IT professional looking for a new gig. Then a notorious con artist offered him a job. Felipe took the job — and tried to con the con man.
#930: Twins Aug. 3, 2019
Scientists have been studying twins for a long time, trying to figure out how much of human behavior is influenced by the environment, and how much of it is in our genes.
#598: That Time We Shorted America, Part Two July 31, 2019
We shorted America, taking a bet against its entire stock market. Today, we find out the results, and revisit the very first person to short a stock back in the 17th century.
#597: That Time We Shorted America, Part One July 26, 2019
Today on the show, we ignore the advice of some very smart people and bet against something people love.