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.
All types of companies are struggling with burnout. Many try to fix it. Most of them fail. One exception: A 26-year-old call center manager, with stress balls and costumes in her arsenal. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
Bonus: Janet Jackson's 'Control'
On the 35th anniversary of Janet Jackson's first No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit, our friends at It's Been A Minute look back at Control, her career-defining album that changed the trajectory of pop music in the late '80s and '90s.
Noncompete agreements have become an integral part of job contracts. A show about what they are and how we got here. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
How Do You Feel? (Classic)
We tend to think of economists as cold, unfeeling, attempting to be as rational as possible. But once a month, economists pick up the phone to just... check in with us. How are we feeling? Good, bad, worse than a year ago? It's a very specific phone call with very specific questions and a few years ago we looked into the origins of this very important survey that factors into economic decision making.
For decades, banks used one rate to help set all other rates: LIBOR. After it came out that it'd been rigged, regulators said: no more. Now it's a race — and a road trip — to find an alternative. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.
We set up an offshore company in a tax haven (Classic)
The Pandora Papers released this week reveal how many world leaders allegedly hold wealth through the use of shell companies. We listen back to when we set up our very own Planet Money shell companies.
Very good listening
Fantastic podcast. Very informative stories, love the creativity behind each episode. It’s an intelligent podcast with effortless listening. A ten year old and a professor could listen to this show and enjoy it equally.
I will say however, episode 1475, the Janet Jackson episode, I’m cringing every time the host says “y’all”
The way that the hosts weave storytelling with economics is seamless and not only does it help you understand economics but also human nature.
Why are you platforming Invisibilia?
The show is normally great but the episode DIY Reparations left a terrible taste in my mouth. Why would you platform a racist trying guilt folks and trying to get people to lie to their family so she can get some bread?
Sounded really cult-y, too. Felt like i was listening to one of those prosperity doctrine sermons where instead of coming back to you 10 fold, giving money absolves you of some sin that your white ancestors committed (completely ignoring that a huge percent of Americans, both white and black, immigrated after slavery).