Planet Money Summer School

Planet Money Summer School

Planet Money Summer School

CATEGORY: Education
Economics is a game you should know how to play. And once you get the fundamental concepts, you start to see it everywhere: the news, the supermarket and even your dating life. So it's time to learn the rules. Planet Money Summer School is a crash course in economics for your ears. See the world through the lens of an economist and you'll start to feel a little less overwhelmed when making financial decisions. And if you're in front of the classroom? Teachers, this is made for you, too. Let us be your breezy and fun companion to assigned readings. We'll even assign the homework (and spare you the groans). Go beyond summer school and stay up-to-date on the economy with the latest episodes of the Planet Money podcast.Got money on your mind? Try Planet Money+ — a new way to support the show you love, get a sponsor-free feed of the podcast, *and* get access to bonus content. A subscription also gets you access to The Indicator and Planet Money Summer School, both without interruptions.
  1. August 10, 2022
    33 min
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    Macroeconomics 5: Car Parts, Celery & The Labor Market
    You can learn a lot about a person from their job. The same can be said of an economy. The market for jobs can us a lot about how the economy is doing, but more importantly, it is where we look to see who the e…
  2. August 03, 2022
    30 min
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    Macroeconomics 4: Inflation & Drinking Buddies
    Inflation can be one of the scariest forces in the economy. As prices rise and your dollar doesn't go as far, you feel poorer, and it's all out of your control. To better understand inflation, we turn to the st…
  3. July 27, 2022
    32 min
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    Macroeconomics 3: Booms, Busts & Us
    Life has its ups and downs. Same for the economy. Today we ask, can the business cycle be tamed? Two stories of recession and techniques for moderating the ferocity of booms and busts. Plus, how bankruptcy is a…
  4. July 20, 2022
    25 min
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    Macroeconomics 2: GDP & What Counts
    What even is "the economy"? And how do you measure it? Our path out of the economic darkness and into the light has been guided in large part by one single statistic: GDP. This week: the origins, history, and p…
  5. July 14, 2022
    31 min
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    Macroeconomics 1: Recessions & Rap Battles
    Season 3 of summer school is here asking the biggest economic questions about what makes an entire economy grow or contract.Episode 1 begins with the rise of macroeconomics as a field, with one of the great eco…
  6. September 01, 2021
    36 min
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    Investing 6: Crypto & Commencement
    In the last class of Planet Money Summer School Season 2, we cover one more important market — cryptocurrency. If you're thinking about investing in crypto, do you know exactly what it is that you're buying? Or…
  7. August 25, 2021
    29 min
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    Investing 5: Bubbles, Bikes, & Biases
    Investing during a bubble can leave you bust. But how to tell the difference between a bubble before it bursts and an investing rocket ship taking off? We'll run through a historical example and look inside our…
  8. August 18, 2021
    33 min
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    Investing 4: Bonds & Becky With the Good Yield
    A few years back, Cardiff asked for an unusual Christmas present: a junk bond... Parallel to the stock market, the bond market offers different levels of risk and reward. In this class, what is a bond, how do t…
  9. August 11, 2021
    34 min
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    Investing 3: Smooth Spending & The 401K
    Even if you don't own stocks, there are a lot of reasons to care about investing. We meet some of the folks left out of the stock market who deploy sophisticated economic thinking, even creating their own alter…
  10. August 04, 2021
    34 min
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    Investing 2: Index Funds & The Bet
    In 2006, Warren Buffett bet a million dollars that the most brainless, boring investment around would do better than the researched, handpicked investments of some of the smartest hedge fund managers in the wor…
  11. July 28, 2021
    38 min
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    Investing 1: The Stock Market & Penelope The Cow
    The first class of Planet Money Summer School starts off with a field trip. With the help of a cow, two economists, and three cute animals, we learn what a stock is and how stocks are priced, and we begin to se…
  12. September 02, 2020
    20 min
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    Intro Econ: Graduation!
    Summer School graduates take the stage to show us how we can all see our everyday world through the beautiful lens of economics. | Take the final exam and get your diploma here.
  13. August 26, 2020
    27 min
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    Intro Econ 8: Risk & Disaster
    Inside one insurance policy is a world of incentives and bad behaviors. Take the final exam and get your diploma here.
  14. August 19, 2020
    29 min
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    Intro Econ 7: Advertising & Race
    A Black ad executive figures out how to reach diverse audiences.
  15. August 12, 2020
    27 min
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    Intro Econ 6: Taxes & Donald Duck
    The surprisingly entertaining history of the income tax. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
  16. August 05, 2020
    26 min
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    Intro Econ 5: Trade & Santa
    The economics of free trade and what happens when governments get involved. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
  17. July 29, 2020
    28 min
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    Intro Econ 4: Scarcity & Pistachios
    Class 4 brings us an economic conundrum: how do you efficiently share a scarce resource? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
  18. July 22, 2020
    27 min
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    Intro Econ 3: Profit & Cocaine
    In our third class, we take all that we've learned about decisions and markets and bring it to a former drug kingpin. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
  19. July 15, 2020
    31 min
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    Intro Econ 2: Markets & Pickles
    In our second class, we meet our old friends supply and demand and do graphs using only the power of the human voice. Then, we show you how markets can be created anywhere by telling the story of a food bank th…
  20. July 08, 2020
    32 min
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    Intro Econ 1: Choices & Dating
    First lesson: Economics is not about money. It's a lens of great power and beauty. In this episode, we meet our teachers and learn the first four fundamental concepts of economic thinking, and watch them applie…

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