Planet Money


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 <em>Planet Money</em>. People seem to like it.

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#901: Bad Cops Are Expensive

2019-03-22 18:01:00

There's an industry of people working to eliminate bad police behavior. They're not activists or protestors. They're insurers.


#189: Why A Dead Shark Costs $12 Million

2019-03-20 18:19:00

Today's show is about the fickle market for art. What makes a dead shark cost $12 million, and a photo of steel wool that looks like a tornado cost only $1,265?


#900: The Stolen Company

2019-03-15 14:57:00

When an American company named ABRO learns their goods are being counterfeited in China, they start their own trade war.


#724: Cat Scam

2019-03-13 11:49:00

The internet was supposed to get rid of middlemen--but instead they are taking over the global economy.


#899: Mexico Fights The Fuel Pirates

2019-03-08 18:51:00

Thieves are stealing billions of dollars worth of gasoline in Mexico. The President is taking drastic action to cut them off, and it comes at a serious cost. Content warning: Audio of deadly pipeline explosion.


#898: Happy Fed Independence Day

2019-03-01 19:53:00

The story of the day the Federal Reserve got its independence and the fight—an actual physical fight—to keep it.


#897: New Orleans Vs. Airbnb

2019-02-28 01:17:00

Airbnb has changed New Orleans. And now landlords and preservationists are fighting over the future of the city.


Antitrust 3: Big Tech

2019-02-22 18:27:00

What does the rise of dominant tech companies say about competition and the state of antitrust law? Third in a series.


Antitrust 2: The Paradox

2019-02-20 16:29:00

How Robert Bork won the fight over the very meaning of competition in America, and paved the way for some of the biggest companies we've ever seen.


#893: Our Valentines 2019

2019-02-08 17:39:00

We give a shout out to the stuff we've been obsessing over in the office — those stories that were so good, we wished we had thought of them ourselves.