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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.

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    • 4.6 • 27.9K Ratings

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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.

Got money on your mind? Try Planet Money+ — a new way to support the show you love, get a sponsor-free feed of the podcast, *and* get access to bonus content. A subscription also gets you access to The Indicator and Planet Money Summer School, both without ads. Learn more at plus.npr.org/planetmoney.

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    Would you like a side of offshoring with that?

    Would you like a side of offshoring with that?

    A lot of restaurants took a hit during the pandemic. And when they struggled to find workers, some found surprising solutions. On today's show, what happens when you offshore cashiers.

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    • 22 min
    The miracle apple (Classic)

    The miracle apple (Classic)

    Today on the show, how we got from mealy, nasty apples to apples that taste delicious. The story starts with a breeder who discovered a miracle apple. But discovering that apple wasn't enough.

    • 14 min
    Econ's Brush with the Law

    Econ's Brush with the Law

    What happens when you take some of the most powerful people in America — federal judges — and teach them economics? We look at the swanky econ retreats that may have changed American law forever.

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    • 22 min
    The Midnight Connection

    The Midnight Connection

    Texas's energy grid is largely disconnected from the rest of the U.S. That led to disastrous consequences last year when the state's grid was overloaded during a winter storm. Back in the 1970s, one company attempted to change the system in a secret, middle-of-the-night operation.
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    • 33 min
    The Indicator is piloting a new quiz game. You could be a contestant! (Planet Money+)

    The Indicator is piloting a new quiz game. You could be a contestant! (Planet Money+)

    Show your support for Planet Money and the reporting we do by subscribing to Planet Money+.

    Planet Money's daily economics podcast, The Indicator, is piloting a new quiz game — and searching for contestants. In this episode, host Wailin Wong and producer Corey Bridges tell you how to enter for a chance to appear on the show and test your economic smarts!

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    Vibecession Vibes Session

    Vibecession Vibes Session

    We're not in a recession, but why are the vibes feeling so off? We put the question to an economist and one expert on "vibes" and also hire a jazz band to take a pun way too far.

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    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
27.9K Ratings

27.9K Ratings

grad_descent_er ,

Too much non-sense

I’ve only listened to a hand full of episodes and I think they offered interesting information. But if an episode is 20 minutes, 10 minutes of it is filled with complete non-sense that is completely irrelevant to the story. If they can cut that down the non-sense by 50%, they would have a much better show.

KRWISE1 ,

No more Sarah

Sorry to be negative, but the idiotic questions and simplistic views of Sarah make me cringe. It’s as if the target audience is in first grade. Not every reporter is going to have a good Q score, but come on. At least attempt to be unbiased. Listened to over a 1,000 episodes. Now I just skip past if Sarah is doing the interviews. Am I alone?

lrhhrl ,

Such a shame this has gone downhill

Everyone knows NPR is a left wing mouthpiece without much value to real discussion but this show was the holdout until recently. It is still enjoyable at times but getting worse. The deregulation of the 80s was good yet there is a whole episode bashing it. Weird.

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