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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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    Consider the lobstermen

    Consider the lobstermen

    A tense conflict between indigenous fishermen and commercial lobstermen flared up in Nova Scotia in the fall of 2020. Today, how it all got started and how the Canadian government added fuel to the fire. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

    • 24 min
    A locked door, a secret meeting and the birth of the Fed (Classic)

    A locked door, a secret meeting and the birth of the Fed (Classic)

    The story of the back-room dealings that created America's central bank. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

    • 15 min
    Day of the Debt

    Day of the Debt

    We make a loan to the U.S. government, and it does not go the way we thought it would. Plus: the story of that one time the U.S. defaulted. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

    • 21 min
    You asked for real raises, free shipping, and a special delivery

    You asked for real raises, free shipping, and a special delivery

    It's listener question time. We've got answers about "free" shipping, full employment, when a raise isn't a raise, Taylor Swift, crypto seizures and our very own Micro-Face comic. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

    • 28 min
    A trunk full of truffles (Update)

    A trunk full of truffles (Update)

    Truffles are one of the most expensive and sought after ingredients in the world. Today, we look back at our NYC adventure with a truffle smuggler and how the market has changed since we last talked to him. | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

    • 25 min
    Of boats and boxes

    Of boats and boxes

    We take a trip to ports on the east and west coasts to ask what's on everyone's mind: why are they so clogged? And how can we fix it? | Subscribe to our weekly newsletter here.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
27.4K Ratings

27.4K Ratings

MCT135 ,

Must Listen

Planet Money (I subscribe) is a must listen program - I never miss an episode. The quality and variety of economic news they cover is a wonder. I learn something in nearly every show.

Ensray ,

Good propaganda for capitalism

I enjoy listening to these Fed Shill’s. They almost convince me that economist’s are actually scientists and not some sort of dark art practitioners. I miss Cardiff. He was top shelf.

BNTCPA123 ,

Stop with the schtick and don’t treat listeners like they’re dumb

The recent inflation episode was so bad and off-key, I had to turn it off. Talk to your listeners as the intelligent and intellectually curious people that I’m sure they are.

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