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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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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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    A new way to pay for college (Update)

    A new way to pay for college (Update)

    College has gotten incredibly expensive. And some colleges are offering students a new way to pay. It's not a scholarship. It's not quite a loan. It's more like the students are selling stock in themselves. We check in on how income share agreements at one school have been working. | Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org/planetmoney.

    • 26 min
    SUMMER SCHOOL 4: Inflation & Drinking Buddies

    SUMMER SCHOOL 4: Inflation & Drinking Buddies

    Inflation can be one of the scariest forces in the economy. As prices rise and your dollar doesn't go as far, you feel poorer, and it's all out of your control. To better understand inflation, we turn to the story of Brazil, where, in the 90s, hyperinflation threatened to derail the whole economy until the country turned to a group of unlikely heroes: four drinking buddies. | Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org/planetmoney. |At this Summer School, phones ARE allowed during class... Check out this week's PM TikTok! | Listen to past seasons of Summer School here.

    • 30 min
    BONUS: Micro-Face: The Musical

    BONUS: Micro-Face: The Musical

    Mirco-Face: The Musical. A concert recording of a live musical that grew out of our project 'We Buy A Superhero.' Written and directed by Kit Goldstein Grant.

    • 45 min
    Two recession Indicators

    Two recession Indicators

    So are we in a recession or not? The jury is still out, but there are some warning signs. GDP is down and inflation is up. But how much do we know about the 'indicators' that tell us how the economy is doing? Today, the stories of two of our most important indicators, the Consumer Price Index and GDP, and what they can and can't tell us about our current economic predicament.| Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org/planetmoney.

    • 20 min
    SUMMER SCHOOL 3: Booms, Busts & Us

    SUMMER SCHOOL 3: Booms, Busts & Us

    Life has its ups and downs. Same for the economy. Today we ask, can the business cycle be tamed? Two stories of recession and techniques for moderating the ferocity of booms and busts. Plus, how bankruptcy is a secret weapon of the American economy. | Subscribe to Planet Money+ in Apple Podcasts or at plus.npr.org/planetmoney. | At this Summer School, phones ARE allowed during class... Check out this week's PM TikTok! | Listen to past seasons of Summer School here.

    • 32 min
    Listener Mail: An Underground Ice Cream Economy (Planet Money+)

    Listener Mail: An Underground Ice Cream Economy (Planet Money+)

    Help support Planet Money and the reporting we do by subscribing to Planet Money+.

    This episode, Erika Beras and Alexi Horowitz-Ghazi share a few notes from our inbox. Alexi answers a question from a listener who asked us to get the scoop on a shadowy barter economy in Vermont.

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
27.8K Ratings

27.8K Ratings

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Loving Summer School!

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Fantastically educational and fun!

A great podcast for people who want to stay informed on current economical issues and understand the meaning and history behind them. Also, very entertaining with specials like the “Beigey awards” and the 7-part series on buying a comic book character Micro-face.

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