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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.
  1. January 14, 2022
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    The rapid testing show
    The Planet Money team fans out across the nation with one goal: to get a Covid test in 24 hours. It is easier said than done. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
  2. January 12, 2022
    22 min
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    No such thing as a free return
    Lenient policies have shoppers making more returns than ever — around half a trillion dollars worth of products. Today, we find out the fate of some of those returned goods.
  3. January 07, 2022
    18 min
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    HBO 2.0
    What happens when the iconic symbol of your brand no longer makes sense? Today, HBO tries to evolve their sonic brand. This episode was adapted from the podcast Twenty Thousand Hertz. | Subscribe to our weekly…
  4. January 05, 2022
    28 min
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    The rest of the story, 2021
    On protests, pasta and forgiven payments. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
  5. December 31, 2021
    17 min
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    The holiday industrial complex (Classic)
    Where do holidays like National Potato Chip Day and Argyle Day come from? We trace the roots of one made-up holiday until we find out who is running the global holiday machine. | Subscribe to our weekly newslet…
  6. December 29, 2021
    16 min
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    The economic indicator of the year
    Will it be inflation? Striketober? The supply chain? Our hosts make their case, and the choice is up to you.
  7. December 24, 2021
    19 min
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    Bell wars (Classic)
    The two biggest handbell companies in the world have been locked in a feud for decades. Why? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
  8. December 23, 2021
    26 min
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    Planet Money's Supply Chain Holiday Extravaganza
    Planet Money's Supply Chain Holiday Extravaganza Did the supply chain wreck your holiday shopping? Planet Money comes to the rescue. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
  9. December 17, 2021
    26 min
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    No shortages of labor stories
    We asked for your dispatches from the labor market, and boy did we hear back. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
  10. December 15, 2021
    29 min
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    We buy a lot of Christmas trees (Classic)
    Nick and Robert head to the world's largest Christmas tree auction with $1,000 and a truck. And get schooled in the tree market. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
  11. December 10, 2021
    18 min
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    Two music indicators
    Ticket scalping frustrates fans, but it fascinates economists. It's been a favorite topic of ours in the past. This time, Darian turns to friends and experts to navigate the world of concert tickets like an eco…
  12. December 08, 2021
    19 min
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    Is a Stradivarius just a violin? (Classic)
    Many music aficionados will tell you that violins and violas made by legendary craftsman Antonio Stradivari represent the pinnacle of the instruments. But what if it's all just an example of really good brandin…
  13. December 03, 2021
    24 min
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    Consider the lobstermen
    A tense conflict between Indigenous fishermen and commercial lobstermen flared up in Nova Scotia in the fall of 2020. Today, how it all got started and how the Canadian government added fuel to the fire. | Sub…
  14. December 01, 2021
    15 min
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    A locked door, a secret meeting and the birth of the Fed (Classic)
    The story of the back-room dealings that created America's central bank. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
  15. November 26, 2021
    21 min
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    Day of the Debt
    We make a loan to the U.S. government, and it does not go the way we thought it would. Plus: the story of that one time the U.S. defaulted. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
  16. November 24, 2021
    28 min
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    You asked for real raises, free shipping, and a special delivery
    It's listener question time. We've got answers about "free" shipping, full employment, when a raise isn't a raise, Taylor Swift, crypto seizures and our very own Micro-Face comic. | Subscribe to our weekly news…
  17. November 19, 2021
    25 min
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    A trunk full of truffles (Update)
    Truffles are one of the most expensive and sought after ingredients in the world. Today, we look back at our NYC adventure with a truffle smuggler and how the market has changed since we last talked to him. | S…
  18. November 17, 2021
    23 min
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    Of boats and boxes
    We take a trip to ports on the east and west coasts to ask what's on everyone's mind: why are they so clogged? And how can we fix it? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
  19. November 12, 2021
    15 min
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    Auction fever (Classic)
    Today, we go on a Planet Money roadtrip to learn the secrets of the auction world. We find some amazing bargains, some shady strategies and a giant big digger. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
  20. November 10, 2021
    21 min
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    Planes, trains and bad bridges
    The $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill has passed Congress, but what exactly is in it? Today, the important, surprising, delightful line items. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

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