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Wanna see a trick? Give us any topic and we can tie it back to the economy. At Planet Money, we explore the forces that shape our lives and bring you along for the ride. Don't just understand the economy – understand the world.

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    The ice cream conspiracy

    The ice cream conspiracy

    Take a look in any supermarket ice cream freezer section and you may see a mystery. There are big containers of the typical ice cream brands: Breyers, Turkey Hill, and Edy's. And there are specialty brands that make gelato, low-fat and vegan ice creams. And then there are the fancy pints: which is mostly Ben & Jerry's and Häagen-Dazs.

    Häagen-Dazs has flavors like vanilla, chocolate, pistachio—the sort of flavors that run smooth. And then Ben & Jerry's specializes in chunky flavors: Cherry Garcia, The Tonight Dough, Chunky Monkey, etc. The two hardly ever cross into the other's turf. Why?

    It's possible they are experiencing something common to natural competition—they are specializing in what works best for them. But, as Christopher Sullivan of the University of Wisconsin-Madison suspects, the two companies may be engaging in what is known as "tacit collusion," where two parties silently agree to... stick to their own territory.

    We try to get to the creamy core of what makes up a conspiracy, and how the consumer eventually loses out in this cold, cold war.

    Today's episode was produced by Willa Rubin and Alyssa Jeong Perry. It was engineered by Josh Newell and fact-checked by Sierra Juarez. It was edited by Jess Jiang.

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    • 24 min
    Baby's first market failure

    Baby's first market failure

    Anyone who has tried shopping for day care knows that it is tough out there.

    For one, it is hard even to get your hands on information about costs, either online or over the phone – day cares will often only share their prices after you have taken a tour of their facilities. Even once you find a place you like, many day cares have waitlists stretching 6 months, 9 months, a year.

    Waitlists are a classic economic sign that something isn't right, that prices are too low. But ask any parent and they will tell you that prices for day cares are actually too high. According to a recent report from the U.S. Treasury, more than 60% of families can't afford the full cost of high quality day care. Meanwhile, day care owners can barely afford to stay open. No one is happy.

    On today's show, we get into the very weird, very broken market for day care. We will try to understand how this market can simultaneously strain parents' budgets and underpay its workers. And we will look at a few possible solutions.

    This show was produced by Sam Yellowhorse Kesler. Emma Peaslee helped book the show. It was mastered by Gilly Moon. Keith Romer edited this episode. Jess Jiang is our acting Executive Producer.

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    • 23 min
    Groundhog Day 2023

    Groundhog Day 2023

    Each year on February 2, the only story anyone can talk about is whether or not a groundhog has seen its shadow. Our hosts try to find the story to break this news cycle curse.

    • 24 min
    To all the econ papers I've loved before

    To all the econ papers I've loved before

    How a great economics paper can surprise you, delight you, and even change your life.

    • 24 min
    The story of "Monopoly" and American capitalism

    The story of "Monopoly" and American capitalism

    Monopoly is a game legendary for its celebration of American capitalism, but its creator envisioned something very different.

    • 22 min
    Charles Ponzi's scheme

    Charles Ponzi's scheme

    Some of history's biggest financial scams owe their name to Charles Ponzi. Here's the story of the man behind the eponymous scheme.

    • 22 min

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