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The economy, explained, with stories and surprises. 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. That's what we're going for at Planet Money. People seem to like it.

1 Jun 23, 2017

#780: On Second Thought

Flip-floppers, this one's for you. Changing your mind is hard, but it's one of the smartest things you can do.
#780: On Second Thought
00:23
2 Jun 21, 2017

#779: Shrimp Fight Club

What happens when an unstoppable shrimp meets an unmovable senator? A researcher goes to Washington to defend herself, her shrimp, and science itself.
#779: Shrimp Fight Club
00:23
3 Jun 16, 2017

#778: What the Falcon's Up With Qatar?

Qatar was on top of the world. Seemingly overnight, it became a pariah. On this episode, we drill into a rift years in the making: It's a tale of falcons, kidnapping, and a glowing Saudi Arabian orb.
#778: What the Falcon's Up With Qatar?
00:19
4 Jun 10, 2017

#777: Free Love, Free Market

How a free-love commune embraced the free market and became a blockbuster brand.
#777: Free Love, Free Market
00:22
5 Jun 07, 2017

#776: Here We Grow Again

The president's budget promises 3% growth. Is that doable? Yes, but he won't like what it would take.
#776: Here We Grow Again
00:19
6 Jun 03, 2017

#775: The Pigweed Killer

A battle with a weed divides neighbors and leads one farmer to shoot another dead. Today's show: The hunt for a better pesticide gets way out of hand.
#775: The Pigweed Killer
00:24
7 May 26, 2017

#774: Unspeakable Trademark

You can name your business whatever you want. But the government won't register it as a trademark if it thinks it's offensive. It gets weird when you try to decide what is too offensive to trademark.
#774: Unspeakable Trademark
00:20
8 May 24, 2017

#773: Slot Flaws Scofflaws

As long as there have been casinos, people have tried to cheat them. The latest attempt was by a group of hackers who tried to take down slot machines using math, iPhones, and a whole lot of swiping.
#773: Slot Flaws Scofflaws
00:22
9 May 19, 2017

#772: Small Change

How fast is the world really changing? The answer has implications for everything from how the next generation will live to whether robots really will take all our jobs.
#772: Small Change
00:21
10 May 12, 2017

#771: When India's Cash Disappeared, Part Two

What happened when India's Prime Minister declared most of the paper money in India worthless? We travel to India to see what happened after the country's demonetization.
#771: When India's Cash Disappeared, Part Two
00:20
11 May 11, 2017

#770: When India's Cash Disappeared, Part One

Something incredible happened in India about six months ago. The government declared most of the paper money invalid. Demonetization they called it. Today, we meet the man who came up with the plan.
#770: When India's Cash Disappeared, Part One
00:23
12 May 05, 2017

#769: Speed Dating For Economists

We visit a job market created by economists, for economists. It's a hyper-efficient, optimized system, tested by game theorists, tweaked by a Nobel Prize winner, but it requires comfortable shoes.
#769: Speed Dating For Economists
00:24
13 May 03, 2017

#768: A Chat With Ben Bernanke

Ten years ago, two little-known funds at Bear Stearns blew up, and the financial crisis was on its way. Today, we ask the person at the center of it all, former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, why it happened.
#768: A Chat With Ben Bernanke
00:18
14 Apr 28, 2017

#553: The Dollar At The Center Of The World

Today on the show, how a New Hampshire hotel filled with boozing economists saved the global economy.
#553: The Dollar At The Center Of The World
00:20
15 Apr 27, 2017

#767: Georgetown, Louisiana, Part Two

In 1838, the Maryland Jesuits sold 272 people, slaves, to pay the debts of Georgetown University. We talk with the descendants about what - if anything - they're owed.
#767: Georgetown, Louisiana, Part Two
00:30