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.

Tom Whitwell made an amazing list of 52 things he learned this year. We dig into our favorite items.
Tom Whitwell made an amazing list of 52 things he learned this year. We dig into our favorite items.
When air traffic controllers went on strike in 1981, Reagan gave them 48 hours to get back to work. In that short time, American labor would change forever.
When air traffic controllers went on strike in 1981, Reagan gave them 48 hours to get back to work. In that short time, American labor would change forever.
Some of the biggest companies in the U.S. are reinventing how employees get paid. Saying you don't have to wait two weeks to get paid anymore. You can get paid every day.
The Bell Wars Dec. 11, 2019
A special holiday episode about the epic, decades-long feud between the two companies that make just about every handbell in the world.
#956: The Carriage Tax Dec. 7, 2019
The argument over the constitutionality of wealth taxes has been going on since 1794, when George Washington decided to raise money by taxing the rich, through their carriages.
The Carriage Tax Dec. 7, 2019
The argument over the constitutionality of wealth taxes has been going on since 1794, when George Washington decided to raise money by taxing the rich, through their carriages.
Slot Flaw Scofflaws Dec. 4, 2019
Where there are casinos, there are wannabe cheaters. One group of Russian hackers cracked slot machines with math, iPhones, and a whole lot of swiping.
Where there are casinos, there are wannabe cheaters. One group of Russian hackers cracked slot machines with math, iPhones, and a whole lot of swiping.
Pirate Videos Nov. 29, 2019
On today's show, Blackbeard the pirate and a fight between two of the most powerful forces in American law: states' rights and property rights.
We Cooked A Peacock Nov. 27, 2019
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.