Episodes
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
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 support.npr.org/planetmoney. We appreciate it.
Published 12/21/18
How a professor invented a formula for synthesizing cannabinoids and unintentionally helped launch a drug revolution.
Published 12/20/18
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.)
Published 12/17/18
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.
Published 12/15/18
We try to figure out what makes cents.
Published 12/13/18
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?
Published 12/07/18
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.
Published 12/06/18
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.
Published 12/01/18
We talk to Kid Rock about how he tried to cut scalpers out of the business — and still sell cheap tickets to his shows.
Published 11/28/18
For 70 years, a Coca-Cola cost a nickel. The price didn't change. How is that even possible? You can also watch the video here: https://youtu.be/Bcz0BJGEVUY
Published 11/26/18
We go deep inside the market for online mugshots. Is it extortion? Or is it a First Amendment right?
Published 11/23/18
You get what you measure. Work expands to fill the time allotted. Who comes up with this stuff? And is it true?
Published 11/21/18
A quick history of slow credit cards. This video also available here: https://youtu.be/2IksSNiEo2g
Published 11/19/18
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.
Published 11/17/18
How World Patent Marketing stole nearly $26 million. And how the acting attorney general was involved.
Published 11/15/18
If you die in America, chances are the cemetery is going to promise to maintain your grave forever. Americans take this for granted, but it's a wacky, wild promise that we maybe should not be making.
Published 11/12/18