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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:

  • Three Reasons for the Housing Shortage
    America's housing shortage has been decades in the making. A lot of people blame Baby Boomers — but is it really their fault? We unpack three big reasons for the... Read more
    Published on: 2021-07-30
  • SUMMER SCHOOL #1: The Stock Market & Penelope The Cow
    The first class of Planet Money Summer School starts off with a field trip. With the help of a cow, two economists, and three cute animals, we learn what a... Read more
    Published on: 2021-07-28
  • Banque Worms
    Last year, one of the biggest banks accidentally paid off a client's loan to its lenders — a $900 million mistake. Some of the recipients wouldn't give the money back.... Read more
    Published on: 2021-07-23
  • Video Gaming The System
    Two groups of people who would never meet in real life collide in a world of wizards and dragons. They battle it out in a low-tech video game, and it... Read more
    Published on: 2021-07-21
  • The Great Inflation (Classic)
    For much of the 1970s inflation was bad. Prices rose at over 10 percent a year. Nothing could stop it — until one powerful person did something very unpopular. Today's... Read more
    Published on: 2021-07-17
  • 100 Years Since Sadie Alexander
    In 1921, Sadie Alexander became the first Black person in America to receive a PhD in economics. Then, she was functionally shut out of economics jobs, got a law degree,... Read more
    Published on: 2021-07-14
  • Of Memestocks and Milk Bags
    We answer your questions about memestocks, milk in bags, the size of cereal boxes, and products exclusive to the rich, but not for long? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter... Read more
    Published on: 2021-07-09
  • Two Indicators: Clogged Ports And Corporate Vets
    We bring you two stories from The Indicator on two industries that are undergoing rapid change: vets and container shipping. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.... Read more
    Published on: 2021-07-07