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Planet Money

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.

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#988: The Economics Of Hospital Beds

Bellevue, the oldest public hospital in the nation, has seen everything and survived everything. But even they might not have enough beds. Here's why. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-04-04
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#987: The Race To Make Ventilators

Ventilators are the supply and demand problem of the COVID pandemic. We go inside the scramble to build more, fast. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-31
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#986: America Unemployed

A record number of Americans filed for unemployment this week. The system isn't designed for this. What's next? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-28
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#985: Where Do We Get $2,000,000,000,000?

The COVID-19 rescue bill is the largest ever. Where will that money come from? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-26
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#984: Food And Farmworkers

To find out what's happening with our food, we talk to an economist, a farmer, and, of course, farmworkers. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-25
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#983: You Asked About The Virus Economy

Some answers: The deal with toilet paper; stock market circuit breakers; coronabucks; corporate paper & how to help. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-24
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#982: How To Save The Economy Now

Neel Kashkari is the President of the Minneapolis Fed. And he's run a bailout of an economy already. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-20
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#981: How To Test A Country

Making a test for a pandemic ? which rules should you keep, and which to bend? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-19
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#980: The Fed Fights The Virus

The central bank is trying to prevent a health crisis from becoming a financial crisis. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-16
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#979: Medicine For The Economy

COVID-19 is hammering our economy. We ask three super smart economists what we should do about it. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-14
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#978: Coronavirus, Oil, and Kansas

Oil prices are way down. We follow the story from an outbreak in China, to a meeting in Vienna, to a small-time oilman in Kansas. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-11
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#977: Where's The Vaccine?

Coronaviruses didn't come out of nowhere. They've actually been around for years. But economics makes it hard to find a vaccine. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-07
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#976: Terms Of Service

An online review turns into a fine-print nightmare ? until the victims fight back. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-03-05
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#975: Reparations In New Zealand

A wool magnate gets pulled into a fight with the government over reparations. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-02-28
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#826: Vodka Proof

Vodka is the best-selling spirit in the United States, and there are zillions of brands. But is there any difference between them? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-02-26
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#974: Michael Milken

Michael Milken once made $550 million in one year. Then, he went to prison. This week, the President pardoned him. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-02-21
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#973: Indicate This

From our daily podcast The Indicator: How Amazon Prime packages reach you so damn fast? And why Lancaster, PA became the refugee capital of America?
2020-02-19
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#972: The CryptoQueen

A mysterious woman promises a financial revolution. That promise leads to greed, corruption and... a beauty pageant. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-02-15
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#971: Our Valentines 2020

We're sending valentines to books, ideas, and other stuff we love. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-02-12
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#970: Raw Milk Deal

A farmer in California built an empire dealing raw milk. And then the Feds showed up. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-02-07
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#772: Small Change

How fast is the world really changing? The answer affects everything from how we live, to whether robots really will take all our jobs. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-02-05
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#969: The Island No One Owns

In Barbuda, land isn't a thing you buy. It's something you just... have. Put up a fence and it's yours. But all that might change. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-02-01
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#968: The Trouble With Table 101

We re-engineer a restaurant with a consultant so good, she can move a table a few inches, and make thousands of dollars. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-01-30
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#967: Escheat Show

You may be owed money. The government may decide to just use it. So we go looking for it inside a little-known "lost and found" of forgotten fortunes. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-01-24
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#966: The Rise Of Putin

Our friends at Throughline dive into the life of Vladimir Putin and try to understand how he became Russia's new "tsar." | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-01-23
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#965: Das Green Old Deal

We team up with Vox's The Impact, to tell the story of how one man changed the way Germany ? and arguably the world ? uses energy. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-01-17
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#964: BILLBOARDS

We are dedicating an entire show to billboards: good and old-fashioned, or fancy and high-tech. And we put up our own. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-01-16
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#963: 13,000 Economists. 1 Question.

We went to the American Economic Association's annual conference and asked: What's the most useful idea in economics? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-01-10
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#386: The Cost Of Free Doughnuts

Free is cool, but it can backfire. On today's show, what happens when you take something that's free and give it a price. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-01-08
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#962: Advanced Fairness At The Marathon

Four lessons for creating fairness from a big race in New York. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-01-04
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#216: How Four Drinking Buddies Saved Brazil

Inflation in Brazil was out of control for a decade. Four former drinking buddies from grad school fixed it. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2020-01-01
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#961: The Rest Of The Story, 2019

A lot can happen after we put an episode out into the world. In The Rest Of The Story, we check-in on stories we've reported. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here
2019-12-27
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#960: The Writers Revolt

In April, 7,000 TV writers across the U.S. fired their agents. All on the same day. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-12-25
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#959: Things We Learned in 2019

Tom Whitwell made an amazing list of 52 things he learned this year. We dig into our favorite items. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-12-21
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#958: When Reagan Broke the Unions

When air traffic controllers went on strike in 1981, Reagan gave them 48 hours to return. Labor would never be the same. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-12-19
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#957: You're Giving Your Boss A Loan

Getting paid twice a month is like loaning money to your boss. What if you got paid every day? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-12-14
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#592: The Bell Wars

The two biggest handbell companies in the world have been locked in a feud for decades. Why? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-12-11
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#956: The Carriage Tax

People have been arguing over the constitutionality of wealth taxes since 1794, when Washington put a tax on carriages.| Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-12-07
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#773: Slot Flaw Scofflaws

Where there are casinos, there are people trying to cheat. And now, they're using iPhones. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-12-04
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#955: Pirate Videos

Blackbeard, a filmmaker, and a fight between two powerful forces in American law. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-11-29
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#674: We Cooked A Peacock

In the 1600s, a good spice rub was the ultimate display of wealth. People would risk their lives for a sack of cloves. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-11-27
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#954: What Is Foreign Interference, Anyway?

We've heard a lot about illegal foreign meddling in the United States elections. But what about legal foreign participation? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-11-22
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#953: Three Sides Of A Car Loan

7 million Americans are at least 3 months behind on car payments. It's a record but is it a crisis? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-11-20
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#952: Sperm Banks

Denmark is a big exporter of human sperm. And mad cow disease may have helped. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-11-16
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#951: Snakebite

Snakebites are common but antivenom is expensive to develop. So a doctor goes to extreme lengths to find a solution. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-11-13
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#950: Overrated Or Underrated?

Today on the show, economist Tyler Cowen rates the NBA, Karl Marx, Adam Smith, the humanities, your neighbors, and more. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-11-08
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#777: Free Love, Free Market

A free-love commune of perfectionists in upstate New York embraced the free market, and became a blockbuster brand. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-11-06
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#949: The Pigou Club

A hundred years ago, economist Arthur Cecil Pigou explained how to tax things like pollution. Countries are starting to do it. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-11-02
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#948: A Series Of Unfortunate Recessions

A Halloween journey into the economists' worst nightmare, an endless time loop of recession after recession after... | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-10-31
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#947: Some-of-the-Money Ball

Income pools could change the way baseball players, and maybe the rest of us, think about how we get paid. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
2019-10-25
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