Playlist · by eric20160504
99 episodes, 34 hours 48 mins
#833: Worst. Tariffs. Ever.
Tariffs are stupid. This is one of the few things economists can agree on. Today, we bring you the story of the worst tariffs ever.
#832: Mulvaney Vs The CFPB
What happens when you put someone who wants to close an agency, in charge of that agency? Today on the show, we find out.
#671: An Insider Trader Tells All
A man who got caught insider trading explains everything — what he did, how he did it, and why.
#831: The Golden Rules
Planet Money joins the gold rush 170 years late. And the rules are still about the same. How did that happen?
We're in a full-fledged trade war with China. We dig into the list of tariffs on American products. It gets weird...and delicious.
#661: The Less Deadly Catch
Today on the show: how an economic fix helped made the deadliest job in America safer, and why people are angry about it.
#834: NDA Tell-All
Today on the show, we talk to one of the most famous NDA breakers of all time, and ask: Is there a legal way out of your NDA?
#685: Larry vs. The IRS
What exactly would happen if you didn't pay your taxes? Today on the show, we follow one man who did just that.
#640: The Bottom Of The Well
Today on the show: the economics of drought, and why the rational thing to do in California right now is use more water.
#837: The Belt, The Road And The Money
Today on the show, we connect the dots between New York, Uganda, Prague, and China's thirst for resources. (Music Credit: Thanks to musician Giovanni Kiyingi for the use of his song "Kaleeba" from the album Amakondeere.)
#836: The Rational Madness Of The Used Car Salesman
Why are used car commercials so annoying? Meet the original sinner.
#575: The Fondue Conspiracy
Today on the show: How a cheese cartel abandoned the rules of economics and convinced the world to eat fondue.
#838: A Series of Mysterious Packages
Unordered trinkets have been arriving at homes around the country. We try to find out why.
#643: The Taxi King
Gene Freidman built a taxi empire. We visited him before he was in legal trouble.
#842: Showdown at the WTO
The World Trade Organization: Can't live with it, hard to crush your trade opponents without it.
#696: Class Action
Class actions run from big civil rights cases to arguments about pepper. Are they noble, or silly?
#841: The Land Of Duty Free
We meet the man who invented duty free shopping and find out if these tax free stores are really saving us any money.
#840: Fixing Chicken
Today on the show: A chicken index, some Wall Street investors, and an unlikely whistle-blower.
#839: The Indicator Goes To California
California is way more than Hollywood. Today on the show, we look at what else is going on in this powerhouse state economy.
#843: Swamp Gravy
Today on the show: A small town stakes its future on writing, directing, and starring in a musical.
#660: The T-Rex In My Backyard
Meet Sue, the dinosaur who sparked a gold rush for fossils buried in the badlands of North Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana.
Meet the man who figured out how to reshape national politics by making tiny investments in the smallest of places.
#849: It Takes Two To Make A Trade War Fight
President Trump says China is stealing U.S. technology. So we looked into one case. And things got a little complicated.
#848: The World's Biggest Battery
California has a ton of solar power. But as soon as night falls, it's gone. Today on the show: How to bottle the sun.
#847: Inventing Accidents
The medical world has been trying to cure color blindness for centuries. Then a glass scientist figured it out. By accident.
#846: Ungerrymandering Florida
When Florida outlawed partisan gerrymandering, politicians tried to sneak it back in...in disguise.
#853: Peak Sand
Sand. It's in buildings, windows, your cell phone. But there isn't enough in the world for everyone. And that's created a dangerous black market.
#427: LeBron James Is Still Underpaid
The best player in basketball is getting hosed. The NBA team owners, the players, the fans and even LeBron James himself want to keep it that way.
#852: Two Summer Indicators
Two stories from our Indicator team. There's a province in China that makes many of the world's flags. It's a unique window on global trade right now. And we find out why so few teenagers are working summer jobs these days.
#700: Peanuts And Cracker Jack
It takes strategy and skill to sell snacks at a baseball game. Meet the hot dog vending legend of Fenway Park.
#851: The Rest Of The Story Summer 2018
A pesticide wreaks havoc. A listener needs a bitcoin detective. And the search for the rarest economic good continues.
#850: The Fake Review Hunter
Fake product reviews are wrecking the internet. But help is on the way: From a bodybuilding fake review hunter.
VIDEO: The Chicken Tax
Which came first, the frozen chicken or the tax on foreign trucks? Just kidding, it was the frozen chicken -- then came the American tax that helped shape the domestic market for trucks.
#682: When CEO Pay Exploded
Politicians have argued for decades that CEOs are overpaid. But there's this precise moment in the 1990s when CEO pay suddenly shot up. We find out what happened.
#856: Yes In My Backyard
There's a simple way to solve the housing crisis in U.S. cities. Only problem is, almost everybody hates it.
#855: The Poop Cartel
What happens when a group of economists applies the number one rule of economics... to number two?
#854: The New Socialists
Socialism was political poison in the U.S. for decades. Now it's gaining ground. Who are these new socialists? And what do they want?
#472: The One-Page Plan To Fix Global Warming Revisited
Tax carbon emissions. That's basically the whole plan. What's the hold up?
#857: The Postal Illuminati
Is there a secretive postal organization fixing international shipping rates, and giving American businesses a bad deal?
#860: The World's Longest Yard Sale
Six states. Three days. One ugly cookie jar. Today on the show: Yard sale!
The line between trash and recycling is moving a lot these days. It's a tough time to be a recycler.
#859: You Asked For Even More
You have a lot of questions... about tariffs, unemployment rates, and RV dealerships, to name a few. We have answers.
#704: Open Office
This episode is for everyone who ever had to ask their coworkers to quiet down. Today on the show: We meet the man who stole your office door.
#858: Venezuela's Fugitive Money Traders
The Venezuelan government doesn't want you to know the real value of its currency. But Ruben and Mila figured it out. Now they're on the lam.
#864: The Central (Bankers') Question
We crash a party of central bankers to get an answer to one of the biggest economic questions of our time.
For Our 10th Anniversary, Episode #1
In honor of our 10th anniversary, we revisit our very first episode.
#729: When Subaru Came Out
Subaru's sales had been slumping for years. Then they went straight to their biggest fans: Lesbians.
#862: Big Government Cheese
That time we accidentally created a cheese surplus so large it had to be stored in a ginormous cave.
#783: New Jersey Bails Out
California just did away with cash bail. But credit where credit is due. New Jersey already tried something similar.
#861: Food Scare Squad
When food makes people sick all around the country, an army of germ detectives jumps into action.
We follow writer Oliver Bullough as he explores how stolen money moves around the world, and what that might mean for democracies.
#680: Anatomy Of A Scam
Ever seen one of those signs asking if you want to work from home? We find out what happens when you call.
#867: Special Report: Asylum Crackdown
We tell the story of a massive crackdown on asylum fraud, and the fallout.
#866: Modern Monetary Theory
We rethink everything we know about government spending, taxes, the nature of money... All of it.
#865: Tweak This
We propose small fixes for baseball, weddings, salary negotiations and buying your morning coffee. Warning: They may be too rational.
#534: The History of Light (Nobel Edition)
Bill Nordhaus just won the economics Nobel. In this show: He shows how history of light is the history of economic growth — of things getting faster, cheaper, and more efficient.
#871: Blacklisted In China
China is trying a bold experiment to help people trust each other more: The social credit score. Will it work? Does it go too far?
#676: The First Lottery & How To Beat The Odds
The first lottery was a royal affair with poems, golden flatware and invited criminals. Also, how someone won the lottery over and over.
#869: The Student Loan Whistleblower
Seth Frotman worked overseeing student loans for the government. He saw things that made him quit, and tell all.
#876: Patent Deception
How World Patent Marketing stole nearly $26 million. And how the acting attorney general was involved.
#875: Why Did The Cow Cross The Border?
To take advantage of the surprising benefits provided by an interlocked economic system on the other side.
#874: Hot Dog Hail Mary
The Falcons are trying something radical: Making their food cheaper. It could break stadium economics.
#873: The Seattle Experiment
Seattle's radical solution to big money in politics: Flood elections with even more money.
#878: Mugshots For Sale
We go deep inside the market for online mugshots. Is it extortion? Or is it a First Amendment right?
#877: The Laws of The Office
You get what you measure. Work expands to fill the time allotted. Who comes up with this stuff? And is it true?
#699: Kansas City Vs. Kansas City
A bunch of you asked why so many cities threw billions in tax breaks at Amazon. It reminded us of an episode we did in 2016.
#533: Why Car Safety Is A Trade Barrier
The U.S. and Europe just can't agree on car safety standards. That puts car companies in a weird position, makes cars cost more and just seems kind of random and wasteful.
#879: The Secret Target
Their plan was dangerous, risky, and extremely unpopular. But America copied them anyway. Today on the show: how a tiny country on the other side of the world changed how America runs its economy.
#468: Kid Rock Vs. The Scalpers
We talk to Kid Rock about how he tried to cut scalpers out of the business — and still sell cheap tickets to his shows.
BONUS INDICATOR: The Measure Of A Tragedy
Ricardo Hausmann, a Harvard-based Venezuelan economist, has constructed his own indicator, one that captures the horrifying scale of the economic catastrophe in Venezuela. (This episode is from our other podcast, The Indicator. Subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts.)
#881: The Prisoners of the Trade War
A truce in the U.S.-China trade war seemed close. The leaders of China and the United States were meeting to discuss a fix. And then arrests started. It got even more confusing, so today, we call up our man on the ground in Shanghai to make sense of it all. The key to understanding the latest turn in the trade war centers around a giant company most Americans haven't heard of called Huawei. Its rise traces the rise of China's economy and Chinese-style capitalism.
#880: Is Amazon Good For New York?
It feels like all of New York City is arguing about Amazon's new office in Queens. But what do the people in Long Island City think?
#885: Do It For Your Country
People are the engine that fuels an economy. But what happens when you start running out of people?
#884: The Rest Of The Story, Winter 2018
We check in on some stories we did this year to see what's changed. Find a full list of the episodes we referenced at our website, NPR.org/money.
#609: The Curse Of The Black Lotus
How the card game "Magic: The Gathering" deflated a speculative bubble. You can support our show at donate.npr.org/planetmoney.
BONUS INDICATOR: The Calculator That Time Forgot
Most products in this world are vulnerable to creative destruction: as new products are developed, they make old ones obsolete. But there are some exceptions — products that persist, resisting change while economic evolution continues without them. For instance: the graphing calculator. (This episode is from our other podcast, The Indicator from Planet Money. Subscribe to it wherever you get your podcasts.)
#883: A Very Planet Money Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens wanted to pick a fight with economists. So he invented Ebenezer Scrooge. But did he get it all right? Also: If you want to support our show, head over to donate.npr.org/planetmoney. We appreciate it.
#882: Synthetic Reefer Madness
How a professor invented a formula for synthesizing cannabinoids and unintentionally helped launch a drug revolution.
#825: Who Started The Wildfire?
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?
#890: The Division Problem
Today on the show, we take on one of life's most vexing problems: Sharing.
#688: Brilliant Vs. Boring
John Bogle died last week. His creation — the index fund — changed investing. Today, how his invention set off a million dollar bet between some of the biggest brains on Wall Street, including Warren Buffett.
#889: The Pay-What-You-Want Experiment
In 2010, Panera launched several pay-what-you-want cafes. On today's show: How this charitable experiment worked out.
#888: The First Shutdown
In 1879, Congress and the President were locked in a battle over the rights of African-Americans. It led to the first government shutdown.
#887: You Asked For It, Yet Again
On today's show we answer questions about silver dollars, Venmo, and Brexit. Why? Because you asked!
#690: All In
We go inside a professional poker tournament, where some of the smartest betting takes place behind the scenes.
#886: The Price of a Hack
Hackers are an expensive headache for companies. But there might be a simple economic fix.
#893: Our Valentines 2019
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.
#892: The Lost Plane
In December, a commercial flight had to make an emergency landing in Iran. They discovered that landing there would be easy. Getting out – much, much harder.
#891: Who Won The Bet Over Bitcoin?
Five years ago, two sides met on our show to make a bet about the future of bitcoin. Today, we announce the winner.
Antitrust 2: The Paradox
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.
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