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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 Planet Money. People seem to like it.

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#780: On Second Thought


Published: Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:29:00 -0400
Summary: Flip-floppers, this one's for you. Changing your mind is hard, but it's one of the smartest things you can do...


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#779: Shrimp Fight Club


Published: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:26:00 -0400
Summary: What happens when an unstoppable shrimp meets an unmovable senator? A researcher goes to Washington to defend herself, her shrimp, and science itself...


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#778: What the Falcon's Up With Qatar?


Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:40:00 -0400
Summary: Qatar was on top of the world. Seemingly overnight, it became a pariah. On this episode, we drill into a rift years in the making: It's a tale of falcons, kidnapping, and a glowing Saudi Arabian orb...


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#610: The Prisoner's Solution


Published: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:06:00 -0400
Summary: Today on the show, a businessman goes to prison, and decides he is going to disrupt the biggest captive market in America...


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#777: Free Love, Free Market


Published: Fri, 09 Jun 2017 20:19:00 -0400
Summary: How a free-love commune embraced the free market and became a blockbuster brand...


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#776: Here We Grow Again


Published: Wed, 07 Jun 2017 19:26:00 -0400
Summary: The president's budget promises 3% growth. Is that doable? Yes, but he won't like what it would take...


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#775: The Pigweed Killer


Published: Fri, 02 Jun 2017 21:34:00 -0400
Summary: A battle with a weed divides neighbors and leads one farmer to shoot another dead. Today's show: The hunt for a better pesticide gets way out of hand...


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#599: The Invisible Wall


Published: Wed, 31 May 2017 16:52:00 -0400
Summary: A man goes looking for the invisible wall that traps poor people in poverty. Finding it almost gets him killed...


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#774: Unspeakable Trademark


Published: Fri, 26 May 2017 16:17:00 -0400
Summary: You can name your business whatever you want. But the government won't register it as a trademark if it thinks it's offensive. It gets weird when you try to decide what is too offensive to trademark...


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#773: Slot Flaws Scofflaws


Published: Wed, 24 May 2017 17:19:00 -0400
Summary: As long as there have been casinos, people have tried to cheat them. The latest attempt was by a group of hackers who tried to take down slot machines using math, iPhones, and a whole lot of swiping...


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#772: Small Change


Published: Fri, 19 May 2017 17:27:00 -0400
Summary: How fast is the world really changing? The answer has implications for everything from how the next generation will live to whether robots really will take all our jobs...


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#606: Spreadsheets!


Published: Wed, 17 May 2017 17:15:00 -0400
Summary: The creation of the electronic spreadsheet transformed industries. But its effects ran deeper than that...


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#771: When India's Cash Disappeared, Part Two


Published: Fri, 12 May 2017 19:52:00 -0400
Summary: What happened when India's Prime Minister declared most of the paper money in India worthless? We travel to India to see what happened after the country's demonetization...


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#770: When India's Cash Disappeared, Part One


Published: Wed, 10 May 2017 20:23:00 -0400
Summary: Something incredible happened in India about six months ago. The government declared most of the paper money invalid. Demonetization they called it. Today, we meet the man who came up with the plan...


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#769: Speed Dating For Economists


Published: Fri, 05 May 2017 19:18:00 -0400
Summary: We visit a job market created by economists, for economists. It's a hyper-efficient, optimized system, tested by game theorists, tweaked by a Nobel Prize winner, but it requires comfortable shoes...


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#768: A Chat With Ben Bernanke


Published: Wed, 03 May 2017 19:48:00 -0400
Summary: Ten years ago, two little-known funds at Bear Stearns blew up, and the financial crisis was on its way. Today, we ask the person at the center of it all, former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, why it happened...


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#553: The Dollar At The Center Of The World


Published: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:13:00 -0400
Summary: Today on the show, how a New Hampshire hotel filled with boozing economists saved the global economy...


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#767: Georgetown, Louisiana, Part Two


Published: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 22:02:00 -0400
Summary: In 1838, the Maryland Jesuits sold 272 people, slaves, to pay the debts of Georgetown University. We talk with the descendants about what - if anything - they're owed...


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#766: Georgetown, Louisiana, Part One


Published: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 19:27:00 -0400
Summary: For the residents of a small Louisiana town, there's always been a question about their past: How'd they get there? Solving the mystery only raised more questions...


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#765: The Holiday Industrial Complex


Published: Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:17:00 -0400
Summary: 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...


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#381: When Business Loves Regulation


Published: Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:54:00 -0400
Summary: One in three American jobs require a license. Today on the show, why those licensing rules hurt the U.S. economy...


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#764: Pub In A Box


Published: Wed, 12 Apr 2017 18:22:00 -0400
Summary: One man figured out how to reproduce the magic of an Irish pub, and ship it in a container to anywhere in the world...


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#763: BOTUS


Published: Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:10:00 -0400
Summary: On today's show, we get in on the future of investing. We build an automated stock-trading bot. It analyzes the twitter feed of President Donald Trump, then trades stocks with real money. Our money. You can follow our bot on twitter, @BOTUS...


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#531: The Tough, The Sweet, The Nosy


Published: Wed, 05 Apr 2017 15:24:00 -0400
Summary: The tricks and mind games tax collectors use to get people to pay up...


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#762: The Fine Print


Published: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 19:20:00 -0400
Summary: On today's show: Snuggies, printer toner, and a banking road trip. Three stories about what happens when you actually read the fine print...


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#650: The Business Genius Behind Get Out


Published: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 17:44:00 -0400
Summary: Jason Blum makes a lot of movies and makes them cheap. So why are so many turning into blockbusters?..


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#761: The Bank War


Published: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:53:00 -0400
Summary: A populist president versus the most powerful banker in America...


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#760: Tax Hero


Published: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 20:28:00 -0400
Summary: One professor had a way to make filing taxes easy and painless. It worked. People loved it. But then a big tax lobby heard about it.....


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#759: What's It Worth To You?


Published: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:31:00 -0400
Summary: Three short stories about putting a price on something hard to value precisely. We go from $4.66 under a pillow all the way up to $1 trillion across every inch of highway in America...


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#522: The Invention Of 'The Economy'


Published: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:49:00 -0400
Summary: A hundred years ago, nobody talked about "the economy." That's because easy ways to measure and talk about it hadn't been invented. On today's show: how we started boiling nations down to a number...


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#758: Can Trump Take The Money?


Published: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 19:16:00 -0500
Summary: The Constitution contains a paragraph known as the Emoluments Clause. It's 49 words meant to prevent foreign influence on US officials. How does it apply to a president with a global business empire?..


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#596: Hacking The iPhone For Fun, Profit, And Maybe Espionage


Published: Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:46:00 -0500
Summary: Wikileaks released documents listing the hacks the CIA uses to spy on people. So we revisit our story on hackers for hire: people hunting for flaws in your phone to sell to people, or even the CIA...


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#757: Strong Feelings About Dodd-Frank


Published: Fri, 03 Mar 2017 21:57:00 -0500
Summary: President Trump does not like Dodd-Frank, the 2010 law that transformed banking regulation. On today's show, we ask: What are the key parts of the law? And how are they likely to change?..


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#513: Dear Economist, I Need A Date


Published: Wed, 01 Mar 2017 17:55:00 -0500
Summary: Here at Planet Money, we often wonder: how useful is economics in our everyday lives? Could the principles of economics be applied to the most intimate of human experiences, like, say, love?..


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#756: The Bees Go To California


Published: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 20:23:00 -0500
Summary: Early every year, 30 billion bees make their way across the country to California's Central Valley. Here's why...


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#654: When The Boats Arrive


Published: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:29:00 -0500
Summary: In the span of a few months in 1980, more than 100,000 Cuban immigrants arrived in Miami. So what happened to Florida's economy with all these new people coming in? And what can we learn from it?..


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#755: The Phone At The End Of The World


Published: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:47:00 -0500
Summary: A charismatic populist president wanted to boost manufacturing and create jobs. She told companies, 'if you want to sell your stuff here, you have to build it here.' This is what happened...


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#754: I'm So Happy For You!


Published: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 20:32:00 -0500
Summary: Here at Planet Money, our favorite stories are the ones we wish we'd done ourselves. On the show, we call out rivals and colleagues who did what we try to do better than we could have done it...


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#753: Blockchain Gang


Published: Fri, 10 Feb 2017 21:15:00 -0500
Summary: Charlie Shrem went to prison. While he was there, he thought up a better way to move money behind bars. Now he's out and trying to sell his idea to international investors...


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#436: If Economists Controlled The Borders


Published: Wed, 08 Feb 2017 18:24:00 -0500
Summary: What would the perfect immigration system look like? We ask three economists and get three very different answers. (None of which include building a wall.)..


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#752: Eagles vs. Chickens


Published: Fri, 03 Feb 2017 19:41:00 -0500
Summary: Picture an organic farm, with thousands of free-range chickens roaming wide-open land. Now picture it from above, from the vantage of a soaring bald eagle. It's an all-you-can-eat buffet...


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#751: The Thing About That Border Tax


Published: Wed, 01 Feb 2017 21:29:00 -0500
Summary: Over the next few months, we're going to explain President Trump's economic plans. Today: a totally new idea for corporate taxes. What's the plan, what's the theory behind it, and does it work?..


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#750: Retraining Day


Published: Fri, 27 Jan 2017 20:54:00 -0500
Summary: When an American loses his/her job to trade, there is program to help. It's been around for decades. It makes a lot of sense. It is a generous program. And almost nobody's heard of it. But why?..


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#632: The Chicken Tax


Published: Wed, 25 Jan 2017 17:05:00 -0500
Summary: President Trump talks about putting tariffs on foreign cars. But there are already tariffs on auto imports and one got there because of chickens in Germany. This is how trade barriers tend to spread...


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#749: Professor Blackjack


Published: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:56:00 -0500
Summary: Ed Thorp started his career teaching math at MIT. Then he slid sideways into blackjack, changed the game forever, and set his sights on Wall Street investing. He changed that forever too...


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#748: Undoing Obama


Published: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:04:00 -0500
Summary: Congress writes laws, but the president makes the rules that put the laws in action. President Obama's staff has been scrambling to lock in rules before Trump takes the helm. But will they stick?..


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#744: The Last Bank Bailout


Published: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 14:28:00 -0500
Summary: The man who ran the last bank bailout has a plan to prevent the next one...


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#747: The Man Who Sued Iran


Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 16:58:00 -0500
Summary: When Steve Flatow's daughter was killed in a terror attack, he wanted someone to pay. His target was the Iranian government. His quest would pit him against both Iran and the White House...


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#577: The Kansas Experiment


Published: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 19:12:00 -0500
Summary: A Republican governor lives the dream. He cuts taxes dramatically in his state and he promises good times ahead. But the good times do not come...


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#746: Wall Street Goes To Vegas


Published: Fri, 06 Jan 2017 16:33:00 -0500
Summary: Wall Street traders and Las Vegas gamblers have a lot in common. But when a Wall Street firm set up shop taking Vegas bets, both sides got a surprise...


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