Episodes
When an American company named ABRO learns their goods are being counterfeited in China, they start their own trade war.
Published 03/15/19
The internet was supposed to get rid of middlemen--but instead they are taking over the global economy.
Published 03/13/19
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.
Published 03/08/19
The story of an NBA All-Star and an experiment: To make a desirable basketball shoe cheap enough for anyone.
Published 03/07/19
The story of the day the Federal Reserve got its independence and the fight—an actual physical fight—to keep it.
Published 03/02/19
Airbnb has changed New Orleans. And now landlords and preservationists are fighting over the future of the city.
Published 02/28/19
What does the rise of dominant tech companies say about competition and the state of antitrust law? Third in a series.
Published 02/22/19
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.
Published 02/20/19
At the turn of the 20th century, Ida Tarbell investigated John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil. What she discovered changed the economy of the United States.
Published 02/15/19
To catch drug traffickers, the U.S. government tried something it had never tried before. It set up and ran a fake offshore bank for money laundering. Fake name. Fake employees. Real drug money.
Published 02/14/19
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.
Published 02/08/19
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.
Published 02/07/19
Five years ago, two sides met on our show to make a bet about the future of bitcoin. Today, we announce the winner.
Published 02/01/19
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?
Published 01/30/19
Today on the show, we take on one of life's most vexing problems: Sharing.
Published 01/25/19
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.
Published 01/23/19
In 2010, Panera launched several pay-what-you-want cafes. On today's show: How this charitable experiment worked out.
Published 01/18/19
In 1879, Congress and the President were locked in a battle over the rights of African-Americans. It led to the first government shutdown.
Published 01/17/19
On today's show we answer questions about silver dollars, Venmo, and Brexit. Why? Because you asked!
Published 01/12/19
We go inside a professional poker tournament, where some of the smartest betting takes place behind the scenes.
Published 01/09/19
Hackers are an expensive headache for companies. But there might be a simple economic fix.
Published 01/04/19
People are the engine that fuels an economy. But what happens when you start running out of people?
Published 01/02/19
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.
Published 12/28/18
How the card game "Magic: The Gathering" deflated a speculative bubble. You can support our show at donate.npr.org/planetmoney.
Published 12/26/18
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.)
Published 12/24/18