When an American company named ABRO learns their goods are being counterfeited in China, they start their own trade war.
The internet was supposed to get rid of middlemen--but instead they are taking over the global economy.
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.
The story of an NBA All-Star and an experiment: To make a desirable basketball shoe cheap enough for anyone.
The story of the day the Federal Reserve got its independence and the fight—an actual physical fight—to keep it.
Airbnb has changed New Orleans. And now landlords and preservationists are fighting over the future of the city.
What does the rise of dominant tech companies say about competition and the state of antitrust law? Third in a series.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Five years ago, two sides met on our show to make a bet about the future of bitcoin. Today, we announce the winner.
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?
Today on the show, we take on one of life's most vexing problems: Sharing.
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.
In 2010, Panera launched several pay-what-you-want cafes. On today's show: How this charitable experiment worked out.
In 1879, Congress and the President were locked in a battle over the rights of African-Americans. It led to the first government shutdown.
On today's show we answer questions about silver dollars, Venmo, and Brexit. Why? Because you asked!
We go inside a professional poker tournament, where some of the smartest betting takes place behind the scenes.
Hackers are an expensive headache for companies. But there might be a simple economic fix.
People are the engine that fuels an economy. But what happens when you start running out of people?
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.
How the card game "Magic: The Gathering" deflated a speculative bubble. You can support our show at donate.npr.org/planetmoney.
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.)