Planet Money

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The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. 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. That's what we're going for at Planet Money. People seem to like it.

After a wildfire, teams of investigators start combing the wreckage for clues. Finding the cause means, maybe, finding someone to pay. But where's the line between a natural disaster and a human one?

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824: Our Valentines Feb. 14, 2018
If you can't beat 'em, send 'em a valentine.
#823: Planet Monet Feb. 9, 2018
Investors are pouring money into art, and a lot of it is disappearing into storage. We try to find out where the art goes, and why it goes there.
In 1978, a group of farmers in a Chinese village wrote a contract and hid it in the roof of a hut. They were afraid the document might get them executed. Instead, it transformed the Chinese economy.
How does the market for Super Bowl tickets work? And why did it collapse in 2015?
#821: The Other Davos Feb. 1, 2018
Billionaires, diplomats, thinkfluencers. This is the Davos everyone hears about. Today on the show, we take you to a different Davos.
Phosphate is a crucial element, for farming, and for life. And there aren't too many places to get it. What if it runs out?
#819: Tax Me If You Can Jan. 25, 2018
Douglas Bruce had a bold vision for Colorado.
#819: Tax Me If You Can Jan. 25, 2018
Douglas Bruce had a bold vision for Colorado.
A biologist predicts a population bomb that will lead to global catastrophe. An economist sees a limitless future for mankind. The result is one of the most famous bets in economics.
The wild ginseng market has gone crazy. We go to a farm hidden in the Appalachian mountains to find out why.
#817: The Gun Man Jan. 13, 2018
Will 3-D printing make gun control impossible?
Why does it take days to send money electronically?
#816: Bitcoin Losers Jan. 5, 2018
The Bitcoin market has gone crazy. And it's revealing something strange. A lot of people can't find their Bitcoins. We go looking for lost billions.
#816: Bitcoin Losers Jan. 5, 2018
The Bitcoin market has gone crazy. And it's revealing something strange. A lot of people can't find their Bitcoins. We go looking for lost billions.
What does a country with no debt look like? To find out, we went back to the United States in 1835.
What does a country with no debt look like? To find out, we went back to the United States in 1835.
Every year at Planet Money, we take a cue from radio legend Paul Harvey and bring you "The Rest of the Story." It's a show where we check in on some of the episodes that we've done in the past year, and tell you what's changed.
Every year at Planet Money, we take a cue from radio legend Paul Harvey and bring you "The Rest of the Story." It's a show where we check in on some of the episodes that we've done in the past year, and tell you what's changed.
#544: The M&M; Anomaly Dec. 27, 2017
David Kestenbaum noticed that a pack of Milk Chocolate M&M;'s weighs 1.69 ounces, but a pack of Peanut Butter M&M;'s weighs 1.63 ounces. He had to know why. But the confectionary world has its secrets.