Planet Money

The economy explained. 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.

Latest Episodes:

  • AI Podcast 1.0: Rise of the machines
    We used to think some jobs were safe from automation. Though machines have transformed industries like agriculture and manufacturing, the conventional wisdom was that they... Read more
    Published on: 2023-05-26
  • Green energy gridlock
    Lyle Jack wants to build a wind farm on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. But to make the project work, he has to... Read more
    Published on: 2023-05-24
  • Predictions: Jobs!
    It's time for another installment of ... Planet Money Predictions! *air horn* Last year, we invited two economic forecasters to tell us what they saw... Read more
    Published on: 2023-05-19
  • How AI could help rebuild the middle class
    For the last four decades, technology has been mostly a force for greater inequality and a shrinking middle class. But new empirical evidence suggests that... Read more
    Published on: 2023-05-17
  • Inflation and the Profit-Price Spiral
    Economists say that inflation is just too much money chasing too few goods.But something else can make inflation stick around.If you think of the 1970s,... Read more
    Published on: 2023-05-12
  • The Day of Two Noons (Classic)
    (Note: this episode originally ran in 2019.)In the 1800s, catching your train on time was no easy feat. Every town had its own "local time,"... Read more
    Published on: 2023-05-10
  • How you fight a squatting goat
    Back in 2005, Burt Banks inherited a plot of old family land in Delaware. But when it came time to sell it, he ran into... Read more
    Published on: 2023-05-05
  • Two Indicators: the influencer industry
    When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up? An astronaut, a doctor or maybe a famous athlete? Today one... Read more
    Published on: 2023-05-03

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