How Uncle Jamie Broke Jeopardy May 10, 2019
How James Holzhauer built on the strategies of Ken Jennings, Roger Craig, and Monica Thieu, to crack the game show Jeopardy.
You Asked The Listener Question Hotline May 8, 2019
What's the cost of being tall? Are people less productive when the weather is bad? Why is vanilla so expensive? Answers to those questions and more.
Economics, Sexism, Data May 3, 2019
Alice Wu's undergraduate senior thesis on gender bias on the Econ Job Rumors forum sparked a movement to address sexism in the field of economics.
Why The Price of Coke Didn't Change For 70 years May 1, 2019
For 70 years, the price of a bottle of Coca-Cola stayed a nickel. Why? The answer includes a half a million vending machines and a 7.5 cent coin.
Dollar Stores Vs Lettuce April 27, 2019
Every six hours a new dollar store opens in the U.S. Are they killing grocery stores?
I Am Not A Robot April 24, 2019
The remarkable story of the online "CAPTCHA" tests we've all taken to prove that we're not robots.
Two Spring Indicators April 19, 2019
The Indicator from Planet Money explores trade wars, peanuts, hurricanes, and happiness.
How Much Does This Cow Weigh? April 17, 2019
We wanted to understand an eerie phenomenon that drives everything from the stock market to the price of orange juice. So we asked you to guess the weight of a cow.
The Chicago Boys, Part II April 12, 2019
How a ruthless dictator, and a bunch of economists known as the Chicago Boys, took Chile from socialism to capitalism.
The Chicago Boys, Part I April 11, 2019
In the late 1950s and early '60s a handful of Chilean students went to study economics at the University of Chicago. What they learned changed their country.
Joke Theft April 6, 2019
Copyrighting comedy is expensive. So comedians have devised an informal system of sanctions to protect their jokes from theft. Sometimes it works.
Tax Hero April 4, 2019
Joe Bankman, professor at Stanford, figured out a way to make filing your taxes easy and painless. Then the tax lobby found out about it.
A New Way To Pay For College March 29, 2019
Some colleges are offering students a new way to pay. It's not a scholarship. It's not a loan. It's more like the students are selling stock in themselves.
The Phoebus Cartel March 28, 2019
The story behind two sneaky forces that drive us to buy more products, more often: Planned obsolescence and psychological obsolescence.
Bad Cops Are Expensive March 22, 2019
There's an industry of people working to eliminate bad police behavior. They're not activists or protestors. They're insurers.
Why A Dead Shark Costs $12 Million March 20, 2019
Today's show is about the fickle market for art. What makes a dead shark cost $12 million, and a photo of steel wool that looks like a tornado cost only $1,265?
The Stolen Company March 15, 2019
When an American company named ABRO learns their goods are being counterfeited in China, they start their own trade war.
Cat Scam March 13, 2019
The internet was supposed to get rid of middlemen--but instead they are taking over the global economy.
Mexico Fights The Fuel Pirates March 8, 2019
Thieves are stealing billions of dollars worth of gasoline in Mexico. The President is taking drastic action to cut them off, and it comes at a serious cost. Content warning: Audio of deadly pipeline explosion.
The Starbury March 7, 2019
The story of an NBA All-Star and an experiment: To make a desirable basketball shoe cheap enough for anyone.